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Posted on: June 16, 2022

"Illuminations: Crows and Ravens" at the Branigan Cultural Center

Painting of crows flying

Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, “Illumination: Crows and Ravens,” which features artwork by artist Catherine Eaton Skinner.

Fourteen, large-scale encaustic paintings of these beautiful, intriguing, and intelligent birds will be on view from July 1, 2022, through Sept. 24, 2022. A gallery walk led by Skinner will be at 5:30 p.m. July 1.

Crows and ravens have been embraced as significant messenger birds in a wide variety of cultures across the world and throughout time. They are known as speakers from the underworld, guardians of souls, and tricksters who test human resolve.

Recent scientific experiments on crows and ravens show that they have an amazing capacity for spatial memory, social interaction, and tool use. Skinner embraces all these characteristics as she portrays them in her artwork.

Catherine Eaton Skinner is an artist who combined her background in science with her passion for art and spent 20 years doing biological illustrations. She has since become a multidisciplinary artist, embracing a diverse range of methods including encaustic painting, oil painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and found objects.

Skinner has presented in more than 40 solo exhibitions, domestic and international, and has been included in numerous group museum and gallery exhibitions.

Skinner divides her time between Santa Fe, NM, and her hometown Seattle, WA.

The Branigan Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge.

The Branigan Cultural Center is accessible via RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 1. For information, visit the Museum System website at https://www.las-cruces.org/1523/Museums or call 575/541-2154.

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