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Art and Info on the Border

Pancho Villa State Park hosts summer exhibit and lecture series starting June 9.

 

If you're looking for a cool way to take a break from the blistering sun, look no further than Pancho Villa State Park's summer 2007 "Border Art & Sol." The 10-week summer series, which kicks off June 9 and runs through August 11, will showcase border area aspiring and established artists, authors, cultural historians and community members from both sides of the US/Mexico border.

With the goal of providing a venue for artistic works, the park has opened up its 1902 US Customs House for exhibitions. The building, which was standing at the time of the 1916 raid by Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa, was originally built to regulate trade coming across the border from Palomas, Mexico. The wood frame building previously housed Pancho Villa State Park's administration and served as its museum until the new Exhibition Hall opened in March 2006.

Art exhibitions will run for two weeks in the US Customs House. The public is invited to mingle with individual artists at 11 a.m. on alternate Saturdays during a reception honoring the opening of each new show. Featured artists include Columbus tile-maker Diana LeMarbe, photographer Gordon Taylor and artist Linda Werner.

At 10 a.m. every Saturday morning, a variety of speakers are scheduled in the Exhibition Hall's conference room located at the east end of the new 7,000-square foot museum/exhibit hall. Speakers include US Army Sergeants Major Academy historian Dr. Robert Bouilly, Columbus historian Bill Wehner, noted Arizona author Charles Bowden, fiber artist and Colcha expert Monique Durham and Deming businessman Tom Lindsay, with a presentation on famed Mexican trumpet player Rafael Mendez, who, as a child, was "drafted" by Pancho Villa to play music for him and his troops.

For more information, call Heritage Educator Sylvia Brenner
at 531-2711.