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Repujado Workshop

March 19, 2 pm, Las Cruces Museum of Art

In this free workshop, El Paso artist Maria Almeida Natividad leads adults and children (age 6 and older) in creating art using the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal to create a design. All materials will be provided.

The metal embossing technique, called repujado in Spanish, arrived in Mexico during Spanish colonization. At that time churches were lit with candles and the smoke from candles damaged the sacred images painted on canvas, thus the change to using images painted on metal. Eventually the technique was used for decorative popular arts, not just for religious art. Mexican and South American artisans have used copper and tin for centuries to produce jewelry and ornamental works.

Ms. Natividad is an installation artist, muralist, children’s book author, and art educator. She serves as the artist in residence for the University of Texas at El Paso’s Chicano Studies Program and her work “Menudo: Breakfast of Champions” is featured in the museum’s current exhibition Graphicanos: Contemporary Latino Prints from the Serie Project.

Advance registration for the workshop on a first-come, first-served basis is necessary due to limited space. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the museum or call 575.541.2137.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street between the Branigan Cultural Center and the Museum of Nature and Science. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 575.541.2137 or visit If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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