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DOÑA ANA ARTS COUNCIL

Arts Council showcases photography and ‘Visions of the Southwest’

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The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is excited to be exhibiting photography by Wayne Suggs in June and July in a show titled “Visions of the Southwest.”

A Las Cruces native, Suggs was introduced to the wonders of nature at an early age by parents who knew the importance of having a relationship with the Great Outdoors. He has spent most of his life exploring and capturing majestic landscapes and night skies through his photography.

Suggs is currently a Muench Workshop Pro for Muench Workshops, a company that operates on the principles of responsible and ethical photography all around the globe. He has won numerous awards for his photography, including the 14th annual New Mexico Magazine photographer of the year, the Oliver Award for his work on night photography with petroglyphs and numerous others.

His work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine, Patagonia, The Reflector Astronomy Magazine, Wilderness Alliance Publication and The Wilderness Society. In addition, his images are often used on New Mexico marketing materials to include the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks Photobook, The Las Cruces Magazine, The New Mexico Treasures Calendar, New Mexico Travelers Guide and the Cloudcroft Visitors Guide. His photographs have been included in the top 101 International Landscape Photographers of the Year for two years running, 2019 and 2020.

Recently, he has published his latest and most meaningful images in a new book titled “The Color of Dreams.” This tabletop book, a collection of his photos, values and stories, brings the reader to the realization that photography is more than just taking a photograph. There are 100 high-definition color images in the photo, accompanied by a narrative of how and why Suggs captured the specific location and time.

In addition to capturing the beauty of the Southwest, Suggs has integrated photography into his custom homebuilding business, Classic New Mexico Homes, that he and his wife Kiki own. His images of New Mexico architecture are routinely featured on Southwest magazine covers to include Su Casa and La Ventana magazines and the Housing Journal.

DAAC’s Suggs exhibit will be available for viewing through June 29 in the main gallery and July 2-30 in the Staszewski Gallery at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

Call 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org.