Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015-16

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80 I Art and heraldry flourish at the annual In 15th century Europe, people attended autumn fairs to replenish food supplies, renew friendships and acquaintances, and relax to dance, song, and festivities. That was then. Things to Do Now, during the first November weekend in Las Cruces, you can reclaim that sense of time and place at the Renaissance ArtsFaire as the Doña Ana Arts Council transforms Young Park into a magical realm where medieval sensibility reigns supreme. The Renaissance ArtsFaire has more than 120 participating fine artists, making it the largest juried art show in Southern New Mexico. Roam the grounds to discover a variety of handcrafted artwork from ceramics and sculptures to paintings, tapestries, and woodwork. As in past years, quality artists from across the country will be in the main art realm to sell original, handcrafted items, including jewelry, pottery and ceramics, photographs, leather goods, paintings and drawings, sculpture, toys, textiles and wood. Creativity is in great abundance for all. Children love the scale of fun-filled, hands-on activities. Adults enjoy the arts and spending time meandering through all this event has to offer. Didn't come in full regalia? Stop by the Damsel in This Dress to discover costumes with ruffled bustled skirts and lacefront stays in fabric and leather. The wearer can portray herself as an 18th century pirate, a matron of an Old West saloon, or perhaps even Red Riding Hood. Each costume has plenty of buttons and bows to create a unique fashion statement. Marvel at the animatronic majesty of Magellan the Dragon, the Faire's most famous icon. He can be seen from the lake's edge or brave the waters on a canoe ride to take a closer look. Witness an Elizabethan play and watch in wonder at the high flying aerial acts performed by Project in Motion. The Imperial Wine Garden is the place to procure a glass of wine or a cold mug of beer featuring suds from four local breweries. Products of the Southwest is set to feature food and wares that originated along the Camino Real in Southern New Mexico. The Camino Real Artistas, sponsored by New Mexico True, is a uniquely New Mexican element where artisans create and sell crafts as they were made in New Mexico during the Renaissance. But there's much more than arts and crafts. Each 80 I Article by Bud Russo • Photography by Lisa Mayhew-Ortiz

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