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NMWS Southern Chapter Reminders


 Join us for the Artists' Reception during the 10-10 Art Hop, Saturday, April 13 from 2-5 pm.   The Cafe is located at 2190 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005.  The show continues through the end of May.  




Sunday, April 14, 2019.  2:00 PM (business meeting) 3:00 PM (presentation)

Good Samaritan Village Art Room, 3025 Terrace Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88011

Working in detail, painting the often unnoticed but distinct highlights that can help make a mediocre painting more interesting.

Most often used in florals and landscapes but can be used in structural and portraits to spice up backgrounds and foregrounds, 


New Member Tea

The NMWS Southern Chapter will host a New Member Tea on SAT, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Laurel Weathersbee, 2206 Bright Star Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88011. All members who joined since the last new member tea in May, 2018 will be invited by emailed and mailed invitations. However, if you have never attended a new member tea, you are welcome. Please call Linda Keener (575-915-7576) to request an invitation.


Don't forget:  Hand-delivered paintings will be received 10:00-Noon on Thursday, May 2nd at Dona Ana Arts Council Gallery, 1740 Calle De Mercado, Las Cruces.  LATE ARRIVALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Artists' Opening is Saturday, May 11th from 4-7 at the Dona Ana Arts Council Gallery.  Please come out and support the artists and our organization!  


One of the new DVDsDon't forget about our DVD Lending Library!  For only $3 a disc, you can borrow it for a month of education in the comfort of your own home.  Our goal is to continue to weed out old/unused DVDs and purchase new ones for all to use.  So look for that, and possible mini fundraisers to be able to purchase more DVDs.   Download the list:  2018_05_NMWS-SC DVDs.pdf 

The new DVD Librarian is Beverly Messer.  Contact her at bev2art[at]aol.com to suggest titles for her topurchase for our library.


Jan Hampton is opening her studio, Desert Sunrise, on Monday Mornings from 10-1 and Wednesday afternoons from 2-5.  She has space for up to 10 artists to paint 

together and socialize.  Desert Sunrise Studio is at 537 N. Alameda, Las Cruces.  Read about her new studio in the Jan 2019 Desert Exposure or on her blog 



NMWS-SC chapter founding member Margaret Pedreny passed away Monday, April 1. Besides watercolor, Margaret worked with Julie Ford Oliver to learn egg tempera, and she was interested in pastel and colored pencil. Her daughter, Maria, lives in the Las Cruces area, and often works at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, where Margaret had served as bookkeeper for several years. Margaret played Mah Jongg for about 12 years with other SC members, Betty Sweeney, Lucia Wilcox and Laurel Weathersbee. 


Picacho Hills Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden will be on Sunday, May 5th, from 10-5 this year so mark your calendars.

Homeowners who love their gardens invite you to visit and get ideas for your home. Master gardeners will be present to answer questions and share plant information. There will be 17 artists displaying work in a vast array of media so that you might find the perfect complement to your d├ęcor.

Maps will be available in the commercial plaza at 1338 Picacho Hills Drive the day of the event. Red flags will mark the open gardens.

For more information visit events at: www.artistsofpicachohills.com


The Dona Ana Arts Council is hosting workshops by SC member Nancy Frost Begin this spring. 

Nancy Frost Begin and her sister Susan Hansen will present this workshop at DAAC April 16-17, 9am - 4 pm. View complete info 




I have openings in the 4 week session of Spring classes in April.  The classes are Wednesday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. to noon each week. The dates are:    April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. 

There is a demonstration each Wednesday morning with plenty of time for painting after the demonstration. Class members are welcome to paint along with me or they might decide to bring their own projects on which to work during class.  

For more information contact Marie at   575-647-1193 or msiegrist2[at]comcast.net


New El Paso member Katie Gelinas is offering to cut mats for SC members for free, provided they provide her the matboard and window dimensions and size of mat required.  The best way to contact her is by phone/text at 915-204-2945 to arrange details. 



We need someone to organize Programs and Workshops for next year!  You can do this!!!
MEMBERS - PLEASE GET INVOLVED! It's the best way to meet fellow watercolorists and learn about tips and tricks to advance your painting skills. Volunteers are needed NOW for committees and activities. Contact
 Mayanna Howard - 575-522-6382

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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