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“Bringing History to Life Through Sculpture,” by Diana LeMarbe at the Branigan Cultural Center 2018

Join the Branigan Cultural Center and artist Diana LeMarbe as she presents the lecture “Bringing History to Life Through Sculpture” at noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.

LeMarbe received a bachelor’s degree in secondary art education specializing in pottery and jewelry making, with minors in geology and special education in 1971. She has taught in Oregon, Alaska, and New Mexico. She came to New Mexico in 1979, taught school then became a business owner and operator.

LeMarbe is also a sculptor who created the current exhibit Braceros: Melding History and Art with Raymond Cobos and painter Jeri Desrochers. LeMarbe learned about the Bracero Program in 2017 – almost 40 years after she moved to New Mexico. She has found that many New Mexicans do not know much about this part of the region’s history. LeMarbe and Cobos felt that it is important for people to know about the Bracero program brokered between the U.S. and Mexican governments, which kept this country fed during World War II.

Braceros: Melding History and Art is on display now through Wednesday, Oct 3. The exhibit features sculptures by LeMarbe, paintings by Jeri Desrochers, and historical research by Cobos. Through the art and history, this exhibit tells a unique facet of an underappreciated part of U.S. history.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main St. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..Enjoy special summer evening hours when the museum is open until 8pm on Wednesdays. For addition information, visit our website at or call 575/541-2154.