September – Wayne Suggs

Wayne Suggs is an award winning photographer who has photographed landscapes for over 40 years. A Las Cruces native, who at an early age, was introduced to the wonders of nature by parents who knew the importance of having a relationship with the Great Outdoors. Wayne captures the beauty of the Southwest and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help increase awareness of the necessity to preserve our precious surroundings.

Wayne has won numerous awards for his photography, including the 14th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photographer of the Year, the Oliver Award for his work on night photography with petroglyphs, and numerous others. His work can be seen in national, state, and local publications such as New Mexico Magazine, The Reflector Astronomy Magazine, New Mexico Travelers Guide, and the Wilderness Society Publications to name a few. His work can also be seen in galleries around Las Cruces and the Southwest. Wayne leads photography workshops through Muench Workshops, Dona Ana Community College, and private workshops as well. He can be reached at

October – Frank Peacock

A native son of a New Mexico pioneer family, artist Frank Peacock lives and works in Las Cruces, NM. More than three decades of his adult life have been spent in regions of America as diverse as Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Santa Fe.

Private collections nationwide contain paintings, etchings, and drawings by Peacock, which depict the variety, distinction, and beauty of the ever-changing landscape.

With the development of the “Part Shard Series” the artist created a unique collection of paintings and prints rendered from ancient Southwest American motifs. The works were both true to the potters’ designs, and modern abstract compositions embodying those designs.

In this exhibit, Peacock has taken that sense of the abstract and incorporated faith-inspired imagery such as cruciform, tree forms, and uplifting compositions. Enjoy the timeless spirit of hope and the basic elements of praise to life, to love, and to God, and share in the color and texture of future promises.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 at 5 pm

November & December – Kayla Blundell

Currently a resident of Las Cruces, Kayla Blundell was born in West Texas in 1988. The works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso inspired her passion for art. Blundell’s artwork ranges from representational landscapes to abstract paintings. While she enjoys learning new processes of painting and mixing different media together, her work is primarily oil, acrylic, watercolor, and soft pastel.

Blundell was selected as the Artist in Residence by the Friends of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument for September 2016. During her residency, she photographed and created paintings of the landscapes and flowers that are found throughout the monument. Her desire was to create art that will capture the eye of viewer and, more importantly, to show the beauty of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. By showing its beauty, she hopes to inspire others to learn more about its historical and cultural significance and continue to preserve the Monument for future generations.

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