“LOCAL COLOR: LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE” AND “BLUE” is a two-part exhibition and exhibited at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, New Mexico, from December 13, 2019 through April 5, 2020.
The “Local Color” exhibit represents the broad and diverse interests of our members; basket makers who create baskets that are utilitarian to artistic, spinners who create yarns that are used in weavings and knit work, and others who weave tapestries and experiment with materials not usually associated with textile work.
“BLUE: A Collaborative Community Project” - This wall sized work brings together the disparate talents of guild members and the broader community into a single piece. Twenty-three artists created 82 squares inspired by the colors of BLUE in the sky, water, mountains, minerals, moods, and music. The pieces are woven, crocheted, felted, pieced, quilted, needle pointed, knotted, embroidered, coiled and some constructed using flax roving. The majority of the pieces were woven.
The Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild has long held a tradition of showcasing its members’ weavings, basketry, and fiber creations by participating in numerous fiber art exhibits throughout the years. The Guild has exhibited its work in places such as New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, the Branigan Cultural Arts Center, Tombaugh Gallery, New Mexico State University, and the Branigan Library. Many of these exhibits are documented here.
From its early beginnings, the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild was very active in the community - participating in and presenting many workshops and exhibits. They documented all their activities and kept newspaper clippings, exhibit brochures and even weaving sampler books. The Guild historian maintained a scrapbook of the members’ activities. This scrapbook was brought to Guild meetings for all to enjoy.
The tradition waned for a few years and in 2019, the position of Guild Historian was reestablished in order to document all Guild activities and celebrate the Guild’s history via an online format. The 2019 Guild Yearbook covers some of the major Guild activities that have taken place over the last few years.
2016 - “Pushing the Edge” Exhibit”, Tombaugh Gallery April 3 - May 20, 2016
2014 - “Renaissance of Art” Exhibit, Branigan Cultural Arts Center – October 3 – October 25. 2014
2014 - “Basketry as Art” Exhibit, Tombaugh Gallery – November 13 – November 27, 2014
2013 - “Threads Through Time” Exhibit, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum, March 1 – 31, 2013
2009 – “Fiber Fest Exhibit”, Branigan Cultural Arts Center – June 5 – June 27, 2009