The Farm and Ranch Museum features historic artwork

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Artwork recently acquired by the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum (FRHM) is now displayed in the northern portion of the museum’s central hallway.

Six artworks that include five different mediums are on display, FRHM said in a press release.

Here is a summary of each coin and its creator by Craig Massey, FRHM Public Information Officer:

  • “Organ Mountains”, by Robert Shufelt, 2019 limited edition giclée print. This drawing of a rider on horseback near the Organ Mountains is one of Shufelt’s most recent works. The Las Cruces artist, who donated his collection to the FRHM, is world famous for his ranch drawings of cowboys, horses and cattle. His work is very realistic, with precise details of animals and equipment.
  • “The Bedroll”, by William Matthews, 2000, framed original watercolor. Matthews had a long and prolific career, spanning five decades. He designed scrapbooks, painted book covers, traveled the world and documented it all in beautiful watercolors. He is best known for his depictions of the American West. His paintings and murals appear on the walls of three continents and in the halls of Congress. The Colorado artist is the subject of three books and a documentary.
  • ‘Tomlin Onion Farm’, by Betty Krebbs, original pastel on paper from 2020. The inspiration for this painting is an onion farm in the Mesilla Valley. Originally from New York, Krebbs has made New Mexico her home and has become deeply connected to its history, culture and natural beauty. Her art, along with her husband’s oil paintings, was featured in an exhibit at the museum last year.
  • “Puppy Training”, by Charlene Parenteau, 2017 original graphite and charcoal. This work won the Best of Show Award and the “Plainsman” Award at the American Plains Artists Association’s 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2017 at FRHM. The artist from Ontario, Canada grew up on a farm, which led her to have a passion for horses, dogs and wildlife. This drawing represents a child with a sheepdog and sheep.
  • “A Face Anyone Could Love,” by Linda St. Clair, oil painting from 2000. St. Clair distinguished herself as an innovator who creates animal portraits that explore the personality of creatures large and small. This painting of a cow reflects his work which is characterized by the contrast of warm and cool colors, loose brushstrokes and thin and thick textures.
  • “Braceros Series: Lettuce,” by Jeri Derochers, 2012 oil painting. This painting of a farm worker in a lettuce field was created as part of a Braceros program show. The Las Cruces artist grew up on a small family farm and celebrates the joy of color and texture in his works. She specializes in oil painting.

FRHM, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $3 for children 4-17, $2 for active duty U.S. military members and veterans, and free for adults. children 3 and under, Friends of the Museum members, and New Mexico seniors. Wednesday.

The 47-acre interactive museum brings to life the 4,000-year history of food and fiber cultivation in this region.

Call 575-522-4100. Visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

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