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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Monthly meetings are  at Good Sam's Activity Room,  Social Center @ 3011 Buena Vida Circle, Las Cruces, NM. 

SC February Meeting: “Chinese Painting and Mounting on Rice Paper” (click to view)

Disocactus flower by Jacques Barriac


February SC paintout (click to view)


Alternate Spaces Show --  Register now!  Deadline is January 27th:

Our next alternate spaces exhibit will be at Cafe Mesilla and will run from February 1-March 31st, 2020. Download complete information and register with this word form and send to Paul Vakselis.  Reception is Saturday, February 8, from 2-4 pm.

SPRING JURIED EXHIBIT 2020 will be at the Branigan Museum, 501 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001 from April 3 - May 23.  The theme is:“Rough and Tumble: Life in a Desert Town”.   The juror will be Linda Doll (http://lindadoll.com) and the placement judge will be Robert Dozal   (robertdozalartwork.weebly.com).   Download prospectus and register here: REGISTRATION 2020 SC Spring Exhibition (members only)   The deadline to register for the exhibit is February 1, 2020. 

Keep in mind that artworks will NOT be for sale due to City policies, and the work cannot have been shown in any commercial gallery in Dona Ana County within the past 12 months.  


Dorian Clouser NEW Membership Chair for Computer activities and Joy Calvert to take over Hospitality Duties

Thank you Dorian for agreeing to handle the computer activities for the Membership Chair.   Thank you to Joy for taking over hospitality duties at the meetings and for hosting the New Members Tea this spring! 


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 are Paul Vakselis who will have videos at each month's meeting for you to use and return the next month.  Contact Paul at vakselis[at]gmail.com  to suggest titles  to purchase for our library.


The gallery at Dona Ana Arts Council is hosting a free Open Studio for artists to work together every Thursday from 10-12.  

If you are interested in teaching a 2-hour Get ArtRageous! art class and/or a 1 or multiple day workshop at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, please send a brief proposal to manager@daarts.org  For more information phone 575-523-6403.  


FLOA: "For the Love of Watercolor" Exhibit  will be held February 2020 at the Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main, Las Cruces, NM. 

The opening is February 7, 2020 from 4-7 pm during the First Friday Art Ramble. 

The exhibit runs until February 29th.

Laurel Weathersbee offers a short torn paper collage workshop at Frame and Art, 1100 North Main in Las Cruces, on Saturday, February 1, from 1:00-4:00 p.m, in conjunction with our For the Love of Watercolor Exhibit at the Center in February.

ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED -- bring your ideas for a simple landscape or still life subject. Participants will take home a beautiful work in an 8 X 10 mat, ready to frame and give as a special valentine!  $40. Limit 10 students. Email Laurel, laurel.weathersbee[at]gmail.com to register.

LOCAL ART EVENTS with SC members

Marie Siegrist's open studio "STUDIO 1490"  1490 Via Norte in Picacho Hills

Saturday, Feb 8 from 10-4 pm -  Watermedia demo at 11 am and 2 pm. 

Sunday, Feb 9 from 12-4 pm -  Watermedia demo at 2 pm.

Light refreshments provided.

Donna Wood - Studio Tour will be Feb 8 and 9 at 8133 Willow Bloom Circle.

Debra Vance's Studio 

Open House: Feb 8-9 and Feb 22 (with live music) and Feb 23.  
2200 W. Union Ave, Las Cruces, NM  



NMWS-SC signature member Laurel Weathersbee, together with Las Cruces photographer John Catlett, present "Bird Love" at the Dona Ana Arts Council gallery during January.

The show opens Monday afternoon, January 6 at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla.

All works will be available for sale. Lots of free parking.

Questions, contact Laurel, 575-288-5125.


by Tina Stallard, NMWSNMWS Signature Member Tina Stallard will present a Negative Painting workshop February 13- 14 from 9am -4 pm.
It will be held at the Good Samaritan Society Social Center, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. $195 for members ($245 for nonmembers, or they can become members for $50.)    Tina taught a very well-received workshop for the SC in November 2016 and we are thrilled she has agreed to return! 

Click on the link for complete information and to download a flyer and artist bio.  Registration opens for NMWS members Sunday, November 10th.   Workshop FULL but you can add yourself to the waitlist: 

Tina Stallard, NMWS,Negative Painting Workshop Southern Chapter Feb 13-14, 2020 Workshop


A Monumental Wilderness Experience in the Gila National Forest   

Led by Erik Sandgren and Paul Hotvedt  

May 5–7, 2020 Silver City, NM 
See details:  2020_05_SC_pleinairGilahotvedt.pdf

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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