Cheech Marin To Introduce New Las Cruces Exhibit

Apr 24, 2014

  To complement its new exhibit, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, the Las Cruces Museum of Art proudly presents a special work-in-progress by Werc, one of the popular artists featured in the exhibition.

The event will be introduced by Marin and takes place on Saturday, May 3, between 9 a.m. and  2 p.m. in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall.

With a huge canvas as his backdrop, Werc will produce an exceptional street art mural before attendees’ eyes. As he crafts an intriguing example of urban art, two local artists-in-residence at Alma d’arte—Ernesto Moncada, and Julian Hunting—and two local urban artists, Saba and Killacam, will produce 4 X 8’ canvases.   

These unique urban artists are to be introduced at 10 a.m. by the individual making the Chicanitasexhibit possible: Cheech Marin. One aspect of his life that may come as a surprise to many is his very early interest in painting, which has led to an adult life as an avid art collector. The magical works displayed in Chicanitas offer glimpses into the lives of the artists depicting moments of their individual upbringing, heritage, and life experiences. Marin is delighted to present these new designers and their compositions to the City of Las Cruces. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see ‘street’ art being created as you watch,” said Andy Albertson, Curator of Education at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. “And it offers an interesting aesthetic diversion from the busy Saturday Farmers’ Market.”

In addition to watching artists at work, there will be a chance to participate in the creation of commemorative community artwork.

Art activities for all ages will complement the theme of vibrant street art, featuring the techniques, motifs, and styles seen in urban contexts. Presentations on the history of graffiti art will be ongoing throughout the day in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and the Branigan Cultural Center.

The “Street Art Infusion” event—and the Chicanitas exhibition—is free to the public.

Supported by the City of Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street. For more information on Chicanitas or this event, call 575/541-2137 or visit the website

Information from:  City of Las Cruces