Date: June 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: April Anaya, NMSU Library, (575) 646-3642, firstname.lastname@example.org
An opportunity to glimpse into the brilliant mind of one artist has motivated a movement to acquire a valuable piece of New Mexico history.
In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the completion of the “Old Mesilla” mural (currently displayed in New Mexico State University’s Branson Library) NMSU Alumni John Long and Adair Margo are spearheading a campaign to purchase a rare Tom Lea pencil drawing of the historic art.
“This rare drawing gave birth to the 1934 Mural of Mesilla,” said NMSU Alum Adair Margo, President of the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso, and also one of the heads of the campaign. “If these two pieces are not brought back together now, the opportunity will be lost forever.” The pencil drawing is inscribed: “Mural Design for Library A&M College, Mesilla Park, NM, April 1934, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mural Completed June 1934, To Joe and Marjorie, Tom Lea” and has been in the Lea family until now.
Nearing the halfway mark of the $35,000 needed to make the purchase, organizers want to thank those who have already contributed, but are encouraging others to participate in the campaign. “This is a great way to leave a legacy at NMSU by being part of the effort to pair up the Tom Lea sketch with the mural at Branson Library,” said John Long.
To participate in this historic purchase, contact April Anaya at (575) 646-3642 or email@example.com.
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