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Frame and Art Center features Beloved Community artwork


By Mike Cook

Las Cruces Bulletin

The Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main St. in Pueblo Plaza, has a very special art exhibit that will continue through the first week in December, said Brenda Nevue, who owns the store along with her husband, Ean.

The pieces on display are art projects created by members and affiliates of Beloved Community, which was started in 2013 in Las Cruces after state Sen. Bill Soules, D-Doña Ana, introduced Senate Memorial 20, which created a task force and generated state funding for a demonstration project to serve community residents with developmental disabilities (DD). The organization is a “grassroots endeavor” to build a community for young adults with DD.

The artwork at the Frame and Art Center includes group art pieces “Whimsical Way” and “The Masks We Wear,” which were created by Beloved Community members and others with guidance from Las Cruces artist Dorothy Zitzler. “Peace Drum,” is another group project you will see, along with the works of artist Austin Millbourn, whose “artistic interests and talents” were rekindled by Zitzler.

The Frame and Art Center opened in 1980. Brenda and Ean Nevue bought the business from Ron Saltzman in 2019, after having worked there 35 years between them. Ean is the expert in building frames, while Brenda specializes in matte cutting, she said.

“It’s so fun to put that extra thought into the project,” Brenda Nevue said.

In addition to framing and matting almost any kind of artwork you can imagine, the store carries a wide range of paints, brushes, tools and books to suit any art project.

The store also features the work of a different artist every month.

The Frame and Art Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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