‘Symbols of New Mexico’ opens July 29 at Branigan Cultural Center


Branigan Cultural Center (BCC), 501 N. Main St. downtown, will host a new exhibition, “Symbols of New Mexico: A Personal Experience,” which features artwork by artist Victoria Chick.

The exhibit opens Friday, July 29, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 24. Chick will lead a gallery talk at BCC at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

Even after 17 years in New Mexico, Chick considers herself a newcomer, which she believes allows her to see with fresh eyes the landscapes, animals and plants that are symbols of New Mexico, the City of Las Cruces said in a news release. “Chick enjoys these uniquely New Mexican characteristics and incorporates them into her large, colorful paintings,” the news release said. “Her use of a cat motif within her artwork makes note of the role her pet cats have in drawing her attention to small elements in nature that she might have overlooked.”

Ten of Chick’s paintings are featured in the exhibition.

Chick is a painter and printmaker who is an active art collector. She has served as an instructor of life drawing, painting and art history at several colleges. Her artwork is found in galleries and museums across several states. Currently, Chick is actively involved in working for the establishment of the Southwest Regional Museum of Art and Art Center in Silver City, New Mexico. She is a member of the Silver City Art Association.

BCC is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. BCC is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

For more information, call 575-541-2154.

Visit https://www.las-cruces.org/Museums and https://victoriachick.com/.