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NMWS Southern Chapter Reminders

Congrats to SC spring show selected artists! 

Jan Addy, Carolyn Bunch, Joy Calvert, Dorian Clouser, Nancy Diaz, Woody Duncan, John Glass, Sue Ann Glenn, Johnnie Gubanski , Richard Harris, Mayanna Howard, Linda Keener, Cindy Lane, Rachel Murphree, Alejandrina Nunez , Lynne Peckinpaugh , Rob Sheldon , Marie Siegrist , Penny Simpson , Beth Welter and Phil Yost had paintings selected by Judge Mary Ann Beckwith.  The SC Spring 2018 juried exhibition that counts toward signature status will be held at the Rokoko Gallery in Mesilla, 1785 Avenida de Mercado.  Opening night is March 31, from 5-7 pm.  See you there! 

Alternate Spaces at the Black Box Theatre 430 N. Main, Las Cruces from March 2-18.   Theme is small town American life. Deadline to submit electronic images is February 23rd. Hanging date is Feb 27th.   Download the call to artists for more info:  PDF or doc.  


Services for past SC president Lucia Wilcox will be 11:00 a.m., February 24, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano in Las Cruces.  Lucia Wilcox unexpectedly passed away in her 70s in January.  She was past president of the Chapter and had been ill for a while. The membership voted to name the scholarship fund after Lucia in our January meeting. 



 March 11   “Unexpected Surprises”

Nancy Begin, well-known artist and NMWS Signature Member, will demonstrate how she gets inspiration and unexpected surprises for a painting by using mixed media and college to produce unusual textures and shapes.

April 8  “Learning Tables II”

You will be able to move through four demos to learn more about: Alternate Surfaces, (Laurel Weathersbee), Specialty Brushes (Marie Siegrist), New Ways with Pen & Ink (Jeannie Melvin), and Textures in Watercolor (Dorian Clouser).

May 20   “Annual SSS” (Swap & Sell & Socialize)

••Clear out your studio of gently used or new supplies or paintings/prints/cards that you would like to swap or sell.  NEW: Bring some of your work to sell too. (Set up at 1:30 pm; sale starts then.)••

General Meeting followed by Swap, Shop and SOCIALIZE!  To end the year we are serving refreshments to honor the hard work our volunteers do.  Be sure to join us for this end of the year PARTY!

See Las Cruces meeting page for complete info. 


If you missed seeing the new titles that Janet McClennan has purchased for our library, here is the expanded list.  Beverley Pirtle donated sixteen DVDs recently!  Fees are $3 for each month you borrow each DVD.  Send your suggestions for this year's purchases to Janet McClennan. 



Registration is open for the March workshop.  Attendance is limited to 16 people. 
Sign up soon at: 

Suzy Powell Workshop REGISTRATION Southern Chapter

Let Beth Welter know if there's any artist that you'd like to see us bring in to do a workshop in the future.  



Marie Siegrist, Las Cruces

All skill levels are welcome in this friendly, relaxed class.

Each week there is a demonstration and lesson after which students have plenty of time for painting and personal instruction. The emphasis is on traditional watercolor techniques but occasionally other watermedia is introduced to the class

Classes are scheduled regularly throughout the year in four or six week sessions. For more information please contact Marie. 


Julie Cruz -- El Paso

Julie teaches small group lessons on Thursdays at her home in northeast El Paso.  $20 per lesson. Contact Julie  for more information. 

Our demos & classes page has lists of other classes taught by NMWS members.

Plein Air painters of New Mexico WEEKEND paintout Feb 23-25! 

Download the pdf for complete info!  PAPNM Paint out Brochure.pdf

fOR THE LOVE OF ART  runs through march 29

See art photos and opening photos on our Smug Mug page


Patsy Blasdell will be one of the featured artists at Lundeen's Inn of the Arts for the month of February @ 618 S. Alameda, Las Cruces.   


Please join SC member Laurie Churchhill and other Gypsy Sage Artists,  as they continue their For the Love of Art Month exhibit Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 12-4 in February  at Nopalito's Galeria 310 S. Mesquite Street, Las Cruces


SC Member Jacques Barriac's dramatic iris painting graces the postcard for this year's Rio Bravo Watercolorists' annual show in El Paso. Other SC members have work in the exhibit. The exhibit and demos are at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana St, El Paso. The exhibit runs until Sunday, February 25.

Demos at 2 pm on the following Sundays: 

Feb 18th:  Darrell McGahhey will demonstrate on the effective use of complimentary color.

Feb. 25th:  Connie Weaver will demonstrate how to do the stained glass window effect with acrylics.

Robert Highsmith will be having a one man show at the Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces starting March 3rd with an artist reception from 1-4pm. The gallery is at the corner of El Paseo Road and University Avenue.

He will have 25-30 new watercolors in the show which continues till the first week in April. If you have any questions contact him at 575.650.1556.

Pictured: Near the Tracks.


Laurel Weathersbee: Paper Landscape Collage at Dona Ana Arts Council 

Laurel will be teaching a fun evening workshop in Dona Ana Arts Council’s new “ArtRageous” workshop lineup: Torn paper landscape collage; Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, www.daarts.org, (575) 523-6403 to register.


If you are on these internet sites, please follow us on Instagram  or like us on  Facebook  (we are a group called NMWS) and share posts from NMWS onto your own pages or via email to your friend groups.  In this way we can publicize our chapter to hopefully increase our membership and elevate watercolor in the Las Cruces/El Paso area! 

Everyone is strongly encouraged to  join the FB group and post your own photos of your work.  Instagram works differently so I will post winners from the show, and will gladly post anyone else's photo that is in the show.   If anyone has contacts with art teachers in the schools/colleges, please send me their info. Please send photos to publicize to Rachel Murphree. 

Feed your Mind series, see info below sponsored by the Dona Ana Arts Council.  Seats are limited so register early. 

New Mexico Watercolor Society

P.O. Box 11604
Albuquerque, NM 87192

New Mexico Watercolor Society - SC
PO Box 1571
Las Cruces, NM 88004-1571

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