Las Cruces Wild Weekend! (Weekly list of Events Feb 27th to March 1st)

February 29, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Although the annual For the Love of Art Month is drawing to a close, art-lovers still have plenty more to look forward to — starting with “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020,” the premier exhibition of the brand-new New Mexico State University Art Museum.

María Berrío, “Virgin & Child I,” mixed media on canvas. “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020” opens New Mexico State University’s new Art Museum at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the museum located inside NMSU’s Devasthali Hall, 1308 E. University. Image courtesy of Anna Getty and Scott Oster.

Opening in conjunction with the grand opening of Devasthali Hall, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, “Labor” was co-curated by photographer and filmmaker Laurel Nakadate and Museum Director Marisa Sage and features 22 artists “expanding and enriching the compelling conversations regarding motherhood in today’s sociopolitical climate,” according to Sage. 

The exhibit includes works in video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photography from a diverse group of artists, examining themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety and choice. Immediately after the opening, artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins will give a site specific performance at 7:15 p.m. Friday. 

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ workshop images for site-specific performance on the opening of the exhibit “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020.” Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and Aspen, photo by Trey Broomfield.

The opening reception for “Labor” is just the first in a series of events celebrating NMSU’s brand new and long overdue art building. The Department of Art will host workshops and creative activities in two sessions, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 — happy Leap Day! Among Saturday’s offerings are collaborative still life drawing, printmaking, graphic design, slab building a mug or bowl, photo portrait studio with colored gels, small-scale metals projects and a museum conservation activity, led by faculty, staff and students. Students in the MFA program will hold open studio hours Saturday, highlighting new work. 

Also Saturday, Sage will give curatorial walkthroughs of “Labor,” joined by exhibiting artist Joey Fauerso, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery; Katelyn Buteyn will deliver a live podcast at 2 pm. In the Zane Bennett; and at 3:30 p.m., Lenka Clayton, another “Labor” artist, will read from her book “Mothers’ Days.” 

Events around “Labor” will continue through May; for more, visit 

While the worst of winter is behind us, continuing chilly weather makes this the perfect time of year to indulge in a hot beverage; hot tea toddies, champurrado and herbata góralska Polish highlander tea await you on pages 18-19 of the January/February 2020 issue of Neighbors. Read it at

A Las Cruces couple recently donated a 7,000-square-foot home and five acres property to the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, with proceeds of the property’s sale going toward to CFSNM’s mission of connectings donors statewide with its network of nonprofits, endowments, scholarships and more in seven southern New Mexico counties — and did so anonymously. Read more on these behind-the-scenes benefactors and CFSNM’s plans for the property at 

Also this weekend, the Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival (noon Saturday, Rio Grande Theatre) explores the life, controversies, and legacy of Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman, best remembered for killing Billy the Kid; and New Horizons Symphony hosts its Sister Cities Concert (3 p.m. Sunday, NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall) with 35 members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Torreón, a youth orchestra from Torreón, Mexico.

Still ahead, the Las Cruces International Film Festival (March 4-8, multiple venues) will feature the best of the best in independent cinema, workshops, panels, celebrity appearances with Ricahrd Dreyfuss, Graham Greene, Krista Bridges, Bella Heathcote, Judge Reinhold and Tom Schulman and VIP parties; No Strings Theatre Company opens its production of the brilliant and biting satire “Bosoms & Neglect” (March 6, Black Box Theatre); the NMSU Department of Theatre and American Southwest Theatre Company open “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (March 6-15, ASNMSU Center for the Arts); and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s 21st annual Cowboy Days (March 6-7, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum) features activities and entertainment for the family including mounted shooting demonstrations, livestock parades, chuck wagon cooking, blacksmithing, woodcarving, weaving, living history reenactments, pony rides, musical performances, cowboy poetry and chili cook-off. 

The March/April issue of Neighbors magazine is coming soon, packed with lots of great ideas for a springtime brunch, plus stories about the Las Cruces Space Festival, how to keep critters out of your garden, beautiful homes that are on the market, doing good in our local schools, and so much more! Watch for it at over 300 locations!

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