Connoisseurs of fine tapestry will want to visit a new installation titled “Amiens Reflection III” by renowned Dutch weavers Donald and Era Farnsworth located on the South Wall of the NMSU Grants Library as you first walk in. This tapestry is done in a cotton Jaquard fabric weave and it depicts a tree resplendent in fall colors with a reflection pattern picking up greens and reds that echo the walls and floor of the newly renovated Library.
This artistic piece is a permanent installation funded by the Art in Public Places Program under the New Mexico Arts Department of Cultural Affairs. The installation took place on November 7 and was conducted by Michael Carroll and assisted by Steve Buxton of the Turner/Carroll Gallery of Santa Fe. The $9750 piece was the result of a state program to promote art after renovations of public buildings. The NMSU Library was renovated in 2014-2015.
Library staff members Peggy Leslie and Rose Gingrich invite faculty, staff, students and community members to observe this beautiful tapestry. Peggy points out that Donald Farnsworth is a Dutch artist and his wife and artistic partner Era Farnsworth is of Japanese ancestry. Interspersed within the weaving are Japanese calligraphy, a hallmark of the Farnsworth’s artistic style.