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Monday, December 23, 2013 - 1:17pm
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — The City of Las Cruces received a very special holiday gift this season. Local artist Joyce T. Macrorie has donated 41 original art pieces in both oil and acrylic to the Permanent Collection of the Dona Ana County Government Center.
Macrorie, a Las Cruces resident, earned her Master's degree in Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and began her career as a painter and printmaker in the 1960s. She moved to Santa Fe in 1979, where she exhibited at the Muson, Waxlander and Running Ridge galleries. In 2002, Macrorie moved south to Las Cruces. Her current work incorporates her love of landscape, along with views from above.
Macrorie, now 82, lives in a 1892 adobe home and attached gallery in the Mesquite Historic District of Las Cruces. Macrorie's printshop, which houses her etchings, woodcuts and and monotypes printed on a Tackach press are in a new, adjacent building to her gallery. Macrorie continues to work six days a week, and exhibits in invitational shows and in her own gallery.
In addition to Macrorie's paintings, the permanent art collection within the Dona Ana County Government Center includes a series of historical photographs in the upstairs rotunda, as well as a photograph of the Organ Mountains donated by Las Cruces Artist R. Frederick Silva in 2007. . The piece, titled “Fall Splendor,” hangs on a second floor east wall, adjacent to the main entrance to the administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the Office of the County Manager.
The public is invited to tour the art exhibits both upstairs and downstairs at any time during normal county business hours. The Permanent Collection is augmented by a downstairs art exhibit featuring the work of students within the Las Cruces and Gadsden districts. The student artwork changes twice annually, in the months of February and October.
A reception to acknowledge Macrorie's generosity will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, on the second floor of the building, where her work is displayed.