By Craig Massey, Public Information / Media Relations
An art exhibit inspired by Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument and the nearby ranches and farmlands opens at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (NMFRHM) on Friday, April 23.
“Monumental Territory” will be on display in the museum’s arts corridor until the end of July 2021. The exhibition features 22 creative works by Las Cruces artist Kayla Blundell.
Blundell’s selection of artists in residence for the Friends of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument program in 2016 inspired the art of performing.
The exhibition features abstract paintings, including acrylic spray paint, and photographs. Blundell’s work relates to New Mexico culture as it captures the beauty of the national monument and the farm life and ranch communities nearby. In some of her multimedia work, she uses papier-mâché to create a 3D effect to help the viewer feel the feel of the mountains and the Maar volcanic arc known as Kilbourne Hole in southern Doña County. Ana.
“One of the first things all the farmers, ranchers and New Mexicans around see every new day (are the mountains), and it’s a great historical landmark that connects all of the people who live here and continues to be a landmark in our lives, ”said Blundell. “We get so used to the areas we live in and tend to get trapped in complacency, forgetting to look around in the beautiful surroundings.
“If you drive on Baylor Canyon Road you will see three things: ranches with stray cattle, the river and farmland in the distance and the beautiful national monument,” she said. “Plus, if you drive through the valley you will see three things: farmland, cattle ranching and, of course, the magnificent national monument.
In her photograph, Blundell captures the scenes and farm life she loves in hopes of encouraging those around her to love farm and ranch life in the monumental land. Painting is a passion that she carries and uses to express herself through the surrounding nature and culture.
Blundell was born and raised in West Texas. She moved to Las Cruces in 2011 when she married her husband, Josh Blundell, who helped her with this show. He made all the frames for his job.
NMFRHM’s 47 acre facility at 4100 Dripping Springs Road which shares and preserves the 4,000 year history of food cultivation in the area. The campus includes barns, corrals, cattle, art galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a gift shop and snack bar. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
Call 575-522-4100. Visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
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