Several weavers from the guild will be on hand in the galleries to speak with visitors and demonstrate a range of weaving techniques and styles representing some of the pieces on display in the gallery. The weavers will be working on textiles at various stages of completion and visitors will have the chance to examine these pieces in detail with an expert. Looms will also be available for participants to try their own hand at weaving and instructions for at-home projects will be provided. The demonstration will be given twice.
A Renaissance of Fiber by the Mesilla Valley Weavers opens Friday, October 3 and features a diversity of fiber items created by members of this local weaving group. The exhibit demonstrates how weaving has changed over the last 400 years. This craft has gone from an everyday necessity to an art form, while still maintaining its place in our daily lives. Attendees will observe how the Mesilla Valley Weavers are keeping the weaving traditions of the past alive, yet creating innovative art. The exhibit will showcase contemporary weaving and will demonstrate how it harkens back to traditional weaving. There will be examples of items woven from reeds and textiles both woven and knitted. Baskets in traditional and non-traditional forms, ranging from functional to home décor items of all shapes and sizes, will also be on display.
The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. The Branigan will be reopening after renovation for the First Friday Arts Ramble on September 5. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at las-cruces.org/museums.