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Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

Images of the surrealistic landscape of White Sands National Park as captured by acclaimed photographer Craig Varjabedian will be exhibited from April 29 through July 3, 2021, at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

The artist shot the images during a five-year study of the national park, one of the world’s natural wonders located about 15 miles west of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and about 96 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas.

White Sands, which actually is gypsum crystals, spans 275 square miles  in the heart of the Tularosa Basin. Varjabedian’s photos depict waves of pure white dunes accented by flourishing desert vegetation and wildlife.

The photographer’s eloquent and evocative photos that make up “Into the Great White Sands,” catch the park’s visual beauty that is unique and unforgettable. It’s days begin with vivid sunrises and end in vibrant sunsets. Additional photos may be found in Varjabedian’s recently published book by the same name.

 The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, the oldest museum in El Paso, will reopen to the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday starting on April 28, 2021. Groups of less than five may walk in without reservations during these hours. Larger groups should contact the museum at 915-747-5565 to make a reservation.

Friday, July 2 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, Tom Lea Gallery University Avenue & Wiggins Rd. El Paso, Texas 79968

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