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NMWS Southern Chapter Reminders

Upcoming Meetings

December 10th @ 2:00 Holiday Party and Card Swap.  Bring a treat to share or donate money to Beverley Pirtle for purchase.  

PAINTOUT: Thursday, December 14th @ 10:30 at the Ramada Inn University and Valley street.  The inner courtyard is beautiful, like a street in Mexico. 

January 14 @ 2:00  “Gouache: Transparent & Opague” 
Mary Zawacki, retired advertising art director and graphic designer, will be painting two studies of the same subject (from a photo reference) in gouache: one primarily using transparent techniques, and the other using opague techniques. Mary will demonstrate layering, brush stroke techniques, and creative interpretation of the subject’s photo reference.

February 11 @ 2:00   “Learning Tables I”   
You will be able to move through four demos to learn more about: Alternative Surfaces (Laurel Weathersbee), Digital Use of Social Media for NMWS News (Laurie Kibbe, Ruth Burket), Specialty Brushes (Marie Siegrist), and Using a Mat Cutter (Arlene Tugel).  

March 11 @ 2:00       “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.   

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 Mclennan. 




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.


Have you been following us on Instagram or Facebook?  

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.  


Thanks to Ruth Burkett's hard work, our digital scrapbook is now available at 


Please thank her next time you see her! 


NMWS' Early Journey online exhibit will again be held this year.  This NMWS-sponsored exhibition is designed to encourage watercolor artists early in their artistic journey to display their paintings by learning how to register and enter watercolor exhibitions. Cash prizes available!!!  Download prospectus here and register at  2017 Early Journey ONLINE ExhibitionDEADLINE EXTENDED to Thurs, Nov 30th at midnigh!  

For the Love of Art exhibit for the Southern Chapter will be at Carolyn Bunch's studio front room and limited to 15 artists with one entry each.  The theme will be "Small Miracles" and the framed size will be 12" x 12" with image size 8"x 8".  Laurel will have frame kits at the January meeting for the chosen 15. Anyone who wants an entry form can contact her by email or phone. Download Prospectus/Entry Form in word doc or pdf format.   DEADLINE is December 22nd.

SC Spring 2018 juried exhibition that counts toward signature status will be held at the Rokoko Gallery in Mesilla.  The theme is "Something Wild" and will run in April.  Registration opens Jan 29 and ends Feb 16th.  Here's the prospectus in pdf or doc format to learn all about it!  DEADLINE is February 16th at 6 pm


Congrats to Pat Bonneau-White for achieving NMWS Signature Status at NMWS's Spring Show, May 2017!! 


Members Jacques Barriac,  Laurie Churchhill, and Sahyly Martinez have multiple works featured in the El Paso Arts Association's member show "Splash of Autumn" which opened November 10th and runs until Saturday December 16th at the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano, El Paso (near the baseball stadium at the Porfirio Diaz exit) 

Paul Vakselis will have a one man show entitled"What's In a Title?  at Cafe de Mesilla  November.  mid show Artist event: Friday, November 17th from 5-7 pm. 

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery--A "Holiday Extravaganza Art Show and Sale" was held Saturday, November 11 from 1 to 4 pm.  As a member, Arlene shows a small selection of paintings in this co-op gallery all year round. Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM.  www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com "Garden Pomegranates" by Arlene Tugel.



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.  

Bring a check donation (before the end of December) toward the Student Scholarship fund and give it to Pat or Ivan White.  Make out the check to NMWS-SC with scholarship on the memo line. 

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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