For Immediate Release: Monday, September 8th, 2017
Contact: Carrie Hamblen, CEO/President
Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
LAS CRUCES GREEN CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2nd ANNUAL MONUMENTS TO MAIN STREET PLEIN AIR COMPETITION
(LAS CRUCES) —On September 1st, Las Cruces area tourism, business and conservation organizations launched a month-long celebration of the positive community and economic benefits of the region’s Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks, Prehistoric Trackways and White Sands National Monuments.
The 2nd Annual Monuments to Main Street Month is a celebration of the events, the protected public lands that surround Las Cruces, and the opportunities that both offer to the residents and visitors to our area.
As one of the many events during the month, The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 2nd Annual Monuments to Main Street Plein Air competition, September 27th through the 30th, 2017.
“Like other Plein Air painting competitions, this Monuments to Main Street Plein Air competition will highlight our incredibly talented artists who paint in locations throughout Doña Ana County, including our three National Monuments, anywhere in town, and on Main Street,” says Green Chamber CEO/President Carrie Hamblen.
Interested artists will be able to register for the 2nd Annual Monuments to Main Street Plein Air competition on September 27th at the offices of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, 221 N. Main Street. Registration will be from 9am to noon. Artists will have three days to paint anywhere in Doña Ana County and White Sands National Monument. Judging of the artwork will take place on Saturday, September 30th at noon at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market.
Participants are encouraged to be thoughtful when painting in the Monuments and around town. Hamblen says, “We are excited to see the images of our community and National Monument through the lens of talented artists. Additionally, We encourage participants to respect the historical and cultural significance of our National Conservation Lands.”
“These monuments, in addition to several other state parks and recreation areas in our region, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Southern New Mexico and pump millions of dollars into our local economies every year,” said Hamblen. “This month of events is a strong recognition by local businesses that having these protected public lands at our doorstep is a blessing to be promoted and celebrated,” she added.
There is a small fee to participate in the Monuments to Main Street Plein Air Competition. More information about the competition, registration, and fees, go to Locallascruces.com/pleinaircompetition2017 or call LCGCC CEO/President Carrie Hamblen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-323-1575.