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JOIN US Sunday March 10th for an Informative and timely presentation on how to better frame our work.  Presented by Ron Saltzman, owner of the Frame & Art Center, Las Cruces.

The program will begin after the general meeting which starts at 2 pm.  

See Las Cruces meeting page for future meetings. 


SC WORKSHOP  we still have 2 spaces left! 

REGISTRATION -- Pocket Sketching with Kath Macaulay (SC) Feb 15-17, 2019


SC JURIED SPRING SHOW -- Registration Opens January 14th -- DEADLINE March 1st!   REGISTRATION 2019 SC Spring Exhibition(members only)

Two version of our guide to download are here.  Both include links to webpages for IPhone users:  

If you would like to pay someone to take your photos and resize them for you, please contact Laurel Weathersbee at 575-288-5125.



“For the Love of Toy Trains, Models, and Miniatures”   Join us for this exhibit
 at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N Mesilla St, Las Cruces, NM.  The show consists of 17 paintings on the theme,  sized and framed and priced at $150 each. The exhibit will run through March 2nd.  

Congrats to Beverley who sold her toy train painting! 

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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.



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

El Paso's Rio Bravo Watercolorists juried show will be judged by Carolyn Bunch, NMWS.  Show times are Wed-Fri, 10:00 - 5:00 PM, Sat-Sun 1:00 - 5:00 PM.  Mon-Tues Closed.

Join them for Sunday demos at 2 pm: 

March 17: Laurel Weathersbee, NMWS "Watercolor Torn Paper Collage"

March 24th, Laurie Churchill (SC member) "Watermedia"

March 31st, Jean Holzenthaler "Adding Mixed Media to Watercolor"   



For Love of Art Month

Arlene Tugel will be showing art at open studio tours with fellow plein air painters Michelle Augustyniak, Rhoda Winters and Linda Hagen.   Studio dates Feb 23 and 24. Times are Sat. 10am - 4pm and Sun 12-4pm.

Location: 319 Bell Ave in Mesilla Park.

Other SC members have open studios this month.  See the website for Studio List and Studio Map for complete information. 


SC members Laurie Churchill, Marj Leininger, Mary Diesel and Jan Hampton together with Wendy Weir,will exhibit paintings and prints at Amaro Winery, 402 South Melendres, Las Cruces throughout February, 2019. The artists will be present on Saturdays from 4-7 and Sundays from 4-6 throughout February.  

The paintings and prints by NMWS-SC members and Gypsy Sage Artists Laurie Churchill and Marj Leininger, together with Wendy Weir, will also be exhibited at at Nopalito’s Galeria, 326 South Mesquite, Las Cruces on week-ends throughout February from 12-4 PM.  


Jacques BarriacSC member Jacques Barriac, will present "Mounting Paintings on Rice Paper" will include methodology utilized for painting with watercolor on this medium. He will explain the concept of fine line versus spontaneous illustration with numerous paintings to define his points. In addition, an eye-catching cactus flower is to be mounted during his demonstration.  Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 10:30 AM, International Museum of Art (1211 Montana Avenue, El Paso). 


Around the Farm & Ranch: Watercolors by Penny Thomas Simpson

This exhibit opening in the Arts Corridor of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum (University Drive, Las Cruces) features 33 paintings of life around the farm and ranch -- from fruits and vegetables to old cooking utensils. Las Cruces artist Penny Thomas Simpson's realistic work captures pieces of time with dramatic lighting in a way that brings her subject to life. The show will be on display through March 31, 2019.


Winter WATERCOLOR/WATERMEDIA CLASSES with Marie Siegrist, Las Cruces

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

During the year, Marie hosts  6 week sessions of classes on Wednesday morning, 9:30-noon. Contact Marie at 575-647-1193 or msiegrist2[at]comcast.net


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 


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.  

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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