The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University invited more than 20 local artists to show their work and invited community members to join together, weaving piles of donated clothing into a work of art. With threads of time and tradition, artists and members of the public have helped to create a tapestry reflecting Las Cruces. The gallery named the exhibit “Las Cruces Creates.”
“This exhibit demonstrates wonderful grassroots community engagement,” said Christa Slaton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am so pleased with the creativity and sense of civic pride that director Marisa Sage has shown us through her leadership in reaching out to make the Las Cruces community part of the gallery.”
Visiting artist John Garrett led the “Community Weave” project, which began Jan. 16. He invited members of the community to donate articles of clothing and asked the people of Las Cruces to help him weave the pieces into a work of art at least 9 feet square.