Watercolors brighten museum's Arts Corridor

Aug 15, 2013

A new fine art exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum focuses on the rewards and challenges of gardening in the Chihuahuan Desert.

The exhibit, “The Chihuahuan Desert Garden,” features the creations of The New Mexico Watercolor Society – Southern Chapter. The show opens in the museum’s Arts Corridor on Aug. 16 and continues through Dec. 1. A reception, which is open and free to the public, is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 19.

There are 35 watercolor paintings in the show that feature flowers, cacti, wildlife and much more.

In the Chihuahuan Desert, the old saying, “You can grow anything in the desert if you just have enough water” does not always hold true. Harsh extremes of temperature and unexpected weather take a toll on desert garden plants – while birds, mammals, reptiles and insects engaged in their own struggles for survival often prey on them.

Many types of cactus are well adapted to desert life, as they require little water and have sharp needles to keep enemies at bay (while we marvel at their gorgeous blossoms.) But if a plant is not suited to the extremes found in the desert, or if it lacks in defenses against living enemies, it will often die.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society – Southern Chapter has been active in Las Cruces since 2001. It is part of the New Mexico Watercolor Society in Albuquerque, and exists to further the interests of artists and the public in watercolor, and also increase the stature of watercolor as an important and creative permanent art medium.

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For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.