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Fundraiser scheduled to keep Eagle Man in Las Cruces

By MIKE COOK

Las Cruces Bulletin

The Foundation for Las Cruces Museums (FLCM) will sponsor a five-course wine dinner at Salud! de Mesilla, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to raise funds for the foundation’s campaign to keep a sculpture by a world-renowned artist in Las Cruces.

“Eagle Man,” by sculptor Michael Naranjo, has been on loan to the city since 2011, said Eagle Man Committee member Bailey Harrington of Las Cruces. It is valued at $95,000, Harrington said, but Naranjo has offered to sell it to the city

for $63,000. About half that amount has been raised to date, Harrington said, and FLCM is hopeful the Salud! dinner will go a long way toward retiring the amount still to be collected before the end of the year.

Eagle Man is on display in the courtyard on Main Street between the Museum of Art and the Branigan Cultural Center.

“It’s just a wonderful piece of art,” said Harrington, whose wife, Karen Dumont, is also a committee member.

“Naranjo is a Vietnam War veteran who sustained a combat injury that blinded him,” Harrington said in a news release about the effort to keep the sculpture in Las Cruces. “The loss of sight intensified his sense of touch. Guided by his tactile ability and innate sensibility, today Michael Naranjo is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent sculptors.”

Tickets to the dinner are $60. Call Salud! at 575- 323-3548 for dinner reservations.

For more information on the Eagle Man Committee, contact committee chair Michael Weiss at 575-202-9971 or mikeweiss65@ gmail.com.

Visit foundationlcm. com/eagleman to donate to the Eagle Man Go-FundMe account online.

The public can also send a donation to Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, P.O. Box 2783, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004.

To view more of Naranjo’s work, visit www. matteucci.com.

Mike Cook may be reached at mike@lascrucesbulletin. com.

“Eagle Man” has been on loan to the city by artist Michael Naranjo since 2011.

BULLETIN PHOTOS BY ELVA ÖSTERREICH

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