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Posted on: February 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Visit Las Cruces Commissions Large-Scale Visitors Center Mural

Anahy Nunez

Las Cruces Latina Artist Anahy Nuñez Wins Bid

Visit Las Cruces is proud to announce Anahy Nuñez as the artist chosen to paint a large-scale mural at the Las Cruces Visitors Center, 336 S. Main St.
Nuñez was among 65 applicants from across the U.S. who submitted designs. Through an extensive selection process, Nunez’s artwork, titled “Con Amor,” a postage stamp-style concept, captured the colorful culture that draws visitors to the city.
Nuñez is widely known as a professional face and body painter, tattoo artist, and multi-media freelance artist. Her passion for the area and its Hispanic culture can be seen in her creations and in the two businesses she co-owns with her fiancé, and fellow artist, Aaron Valenzuela – Atom Bomb Studio and La Tiendita Gift Shop. Both businesses are in downtown Las Cruces.
The title “Con Amor” translates to “With Love,” befitting as Nuñez’ love for her hometown shines through in her mural concept.
“Born and raised in Las Cruces, I wanted to encompass everything that makes up the beauty of this city, the wonderful community, and its colorful landscape,” Nuñez said. “I poured my heart onto a canvas for this mural, and I created ‘Con Amor,' a visual love letter for the city that made me the artist I am today.
“I’m very proud to share this creation with everyone and hope that they enjoy becoming a piece of the artwork itself.”
Applicants were asked to create a large, outdoor mural to fill approximately 860 square feet of space and that invited visitors to take photos as they immerse themselves in it. The mural will cover the exterior east wall of the Visit Las Cruces building, facing Main Street. The winning concept makes for a colorful representation of the city while also adding to the city’s growing collection of Insta-worthy murals.
“Las Cruces is a vibrant and culturally rich destination, known for its authentic and welcoming community,” said Visit Las Cruces Executive Director Rochelle Miller-Hernandez. “Our city is more than just one attraction or location. It is an abundance of diverse experiences that we invite visitors and locals alike to enjoy and fall in love with.”
In partnership with Valenzuela, Nuñez plans to have the art piece completed within 30 days from start. Work on the mural will begin in early spring and the finished art is expected to be officially unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2023.
Nestled in southern New Mexico's Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is the state’s second largest city with a population of more than 100,000 – encompassed by thriving retirement, student, and family living. Las Cruces is nationally recognized for its diverse landscapes, agricultural industry, affordability, hospitality, farmers market, food and more. It offers convenient access to White Sands National Park and multiple national monuments and state parks and has close connections to space tourism as the gateway Spaceport America.

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