This exhibition showcases a lifetime of beautifully creative work by the late Las Cruces artist Connie Garcia.
Connie, who passed away Jan. 3, 2017 at age 66, had a creative flair and a love of art that is evident in her work. She expressed her creativity through tile, foil, drawing, contemporary painting, cards, and much more.
Connie began creating her artwork in the 1970s, starting with batik art, which she sold at art shows throughout the country. Batik is both an art and a craft, using wax and dye to decorate cloth.
“I create my art with devotion and intensity,” Connie wrote in her artist’s statement last year. “I like to carve my own style. I don’t follow any particular ‘school’ of art or technique but instead see myself as being a piece of most schools, whether logical or illogical. I find that modern, expressionists, mythological, and psychic autonomous pieces, are my strongest influence. The energy of a piece pulls the spirit and material collage assemblage. If a client is not disturbed, if there is no mystery, curiosity, or reason for further contemplation about a piece, then there is no need for the piece.”
Connie’s daughter, Victoria Franks of Las Cruces, said her mother’s art is best described as “very eclectic.”
“She went through different phases with her artwork and always had a million ideas going at once,” Victoria said. “She was inspired by everything around her.”
The show has been in the works for almost two years. It includes 37 pieces of artwork.