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Peter de La Fuente (grandson of Peter Hurd) will make presentation at second Hurd exhibit

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The Wyeth Hurd Gallery, in cooperation with the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, will present a one-week exhibition of paintings by four generations of the Wyeth Hurd family.

Fourth-generation Wyeth Hurd artist Peter de La Fuente. (Courtesy of DelawareToday)

The exhibit starts June 17 with a come-and-go from 1 to 4 p.m. at the HSSNM Museum, 200 N. Lea Ave., and continues through the week until June 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Peter de La Fuente (grandson of Peter Hurd) will present a 20-minute documentary titled, “Egg Tempera, “A Wyeth Hurd Tradition,” followed by a short lecture about the medium of egg tempera and their long family history in the Roswell area. de La Fuente’s presentation will be on June 17 at 3 p.m. in the HSSNM Archives Facility.

The Death of Finward Keelfarrer” by N.C. Wyeth, 1914, oil. (Courtesy of Peter de La Fuente)

de La Fuente said the idea of having two exhibits together “just sort of fell into place.”

“We have a long history with the Historical Society and this dovetails with the exhibit at the Roswell museum,” he said.

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de La Fuente, who has operated the Wyeth Hurd Gallery in Santa Fe for 35 years, said he is migrating back to Lincoln County to be closer to his parents.

“I grew up in San Patricio,” he said.

“Valley Farm” by Peter Hurd, 1964, watercolor. (Courtesy of Peter de La Fuente)

Peter Hurd was born in Roswell and then moved to San Patricio, where the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery is located.

Because there have been so many artists in the Hurd family, people might wonder if its genetics.

de La Fuente said it is more environmental than genetics, because one would “naturally develop looking at the world that way.”

And while some people may think art is frivolous, de La Fuente said there is a very practical side to it.

“If you paint, you don’t eat,” he said. “It’s a discipline rather than an indulgence. It’s hard work.”

Hurd said he is looking forward to giving the presentation on egg tempera, which is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium (usually glutinous material such as egg yolk).

“Skep” by Jamie Wyeth, 1985-86. oil on board. (Courtesy of Peter de La Fuente)

“We only use recipes from 1830s,” he said.

He also is excited about the exhibit.

“This is going to be magnificent show,” he said. “This is going to be a supportive, historical view of the whole family.”

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.