Beautiful artwork recently acquired by the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is now featured in the northern part of the Museum’s Central Corridor.
Six works of art that include five different mediums are displayed. This is an opportunity for Museum guests to view outstanding works by renowned artists, some local and some not.
Here is a summary of each piece and its creator:
Organ Mountains (2019), by Robert Shufelt. Limited edition giclee print. This drawing of a rider on horseback near the Organ Mountains is one of the most recent Shufelt works. The Las Cruces artist, who has donated his collection to the Museum, is world-renowned for his ranch drawings of cowboys, horses, and cattle. His work is highly realistic, having accurate details of the animals and equipment.
The Bedroll (2000), by William Matthews. Framed original watercolor. Matthews has had a long and prolific career, spanning five decades. He has designed albums, painted book covers, traveled the world and documented it all in beautiful watercolor paintings. He is best known for his depictions of the American West. His paintings and murals appear on the walls on three continents and the halls of Congress. The Colorado artist is the subject of three books and one documentary.
Tomlin Onion Farm (2020), by Betty Krebbs. Original pastel on paper. The inspiration for this painting is an onion farm in the Mesilla Valley. A native New Yorker, Betty Krebbs made New Mexico her home and became deeply connected to its history, culture, and natural beauty. Her art, along with her husband’s oil paintings, were featured in a show at the Museum last year.
Puppy Training (2017), by Charlene Parenteau. Original graphite and charcoal. This artwork won Best of Show and the “Plainsman” award at the American Plains Artists Association 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit in 2017 at the Farm & Ranch Museum. The Ontario, Canada artist grew up on a farm, which led to her passion for horses, dogs, and wildlife. This drawing is of a child with a herding dog and sheep.
A Face Anyone Could Love (2000), by Linda St. Clair. Oil painting. St. Clair set herself apart as an innovator who creates animal portraits that explore the personalities of creatures great and small. This painting of a cow reflects her work that is characterized by the contrast of warm and cool colors, loose brushstrokes, and thin and thick textures.
Braceros Series: Lettuce (2012), by Jeri Derochers. Oil painting. This painting of a farm worker in a lettuce field was created as part of a show on the Braceros Program. The Las Cruces artist grew up on a small, family farm and celebrates the joy of color and texture in her artwork. She specializes in oil painting.