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Upcoming Meetings

November 12th @ 3 pm: "ART AND THE LAW" with Bill Frazier (Good Sam's Auditorium)  Short general meeting at 2 pm.

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

See Las Cruces meeting page for complete info. 


Note date change: TUESDAY, November 14th  Paintout at Paul's house, 24 Loma Real Rd. Las Cruces at 3:30 pm. 

Saturday, Oct 28th

WHAT:  Fun and funky woven technique for watercolor on paper.  See Laurel's latest blog post for a cool example!


WHO:   You, friends and instructor Laurel Weathersbee, NMWS

WHERE: Good Sam’s Activity Room

WHEN: Saturday afternoon, October 28 – 1:00-4:00

YOU WILL NEED: 2 "failed" watercolor paintings in similar colors, same size paper (1/4 sheet is perfect). If you have several to choose from, bring more; a pair of scissors, masking tape and your support; your palette and a couple of brushes; $30 cash for instructor. 

Contact Laurel to register. 

SC Holiday Cards

Each box of 10 cards has 10 different images, and sells for a donation of $10 per box. 

Click on the image to see a larger view.  The set of cards will be in a clear plastic gift box with gold elastic bow. An extra card will be on top so that the buyer can see all ten images. 

Cards will be sold at our fall meetings or they can be preordered by contacting Mary McCoy, 575-312-6036.  maryblmoose@comcast.net

Preorders help us so much so we can bring the cards to our fall meetings. Cash (please try to bring the correct amount) or checks made out to “NMWS-SC” will be accepted.

Speaking of holidays.....


The Artists of Picacho Hills will host their annual HOLLY DAY HOUSE at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, 225 West Griggs in downtown Las Cruces, NM on Friday, November 10th from 4:00 until 7:00, and on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 until 5:00.

Twenty+ artists (including SC members Rebecca Johnson, Marie Siegrist, and Donna Wood)  will be exhibiting their work during the event.  Medias  include watercolors, acrylics, encaustic painting, basketry, loom weaving, jewelry both rustic and refined, quilting, knitting, woodworking, photography, glass, copper, gourd art, lariat baskets, metal work and ceramic art by juried members of Artists of Picacho Hills.

The show also will include a raffle of artist donated items to benefit  Mesilla Valley Hospice so that  both attendees and the artists can give back to our community. Included items will be within a price range suitable for gift giving at this festive holiday time of year. The artists look forward to sharing their talent with you.  




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.


Congrats to Cindy Lane for achieving NMWS Signature Status at Fall National's Opening, October 7, 2017!! 

Marie Siegrist -- Frary Peak, Antelope Island, Utah

Marie Siegrist, Linda Keener and Penny Simpson were in the Grant County Arts Guild Purchase Award Show in Pinos Altos at the Hearst Church Gallery.  The theme of the show was "Quest for the Real West". 

The judging and awards were presented on Tuesday evening, September 19th.  The three Southern Chapter entrants all received awards.   Here is the result of the judging by Krystyna Robbins:

Acrylic Category - 1st Place, Marie Siegrist for "Frary Peak, Antelope Island, Utah" (above)  This painting also won the People's Choice award! 

Linda Keener -- Cattle Drive, Valles Caldera Watercolor Category -
1st Place,  Penny Simpson for "Claret Cup" (photo coming soon)
2nd Place, Linda Keener for "Cattle Drive, Valles Caldera" (above)
3rd Place, Marie Siegrist for "Totem Pole & Yai Bi Chei" (below)

Marie Siegrist -- Totem Pole & Yai Bi Chei

Call to Artists

SunBowl Exhibit @ the International Museum of Art, El Paso.  Deadline October 25, 2017.  See 2017_10_SC_Sunbowl prospectus.pdf

For the Love of Art exhibit for the Southern Chapter will be at Carolyn Bunch's studio front room.  The theme will be "Small Miracles" and the framed size will be 12" x 12". More info as it becomes available.

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.  More info as it becomes available.


Many of our members have artwork on display at Salud! de Mesilla restaurant for the month of October.  We had a nice reception with yummy appetizers and good conversations at the opening, October 6th. Please stop by and see the show and support the restaurant for supporting us! 

Paul Vakselis will have a one man show entitled "What's In a Title?  at Cafe de Mesilla  Oct/November.  Opening during October 6th Ramble 5-7 pm, and mid show Artist event November 3rd Ramble, 5-7 pm. 

New SC Member Richard Harris will have a show at MAS Art, 126 S. Main Street, October 6th from 5-7 pm during the Art Ramble. Richards is a "self-taught water media artist whose work is inspired by his encounters with nature".  

Deb Vance has a show at the Amaro Winery,  402 S. Melendres St. Las Cruces.  October 6th from 5-8 pm.  Food trucks and live music too! Your Last Stop on the Art Ramble! 


Wondering where our photo archive went?  Our website Phanfare closed so over the summer, Ruth Burkett, our fearless Historian, will be moving our photos to SmugMug.  Stay tuned! 



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.  


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. 

Volunteer to help direct public traffic at the Art and the Law talk on November 12th meeting at Good Sam's.  Contact Linda Keener to volunteer. 

New Mexico Watercolor Society

P.O. Box 11604
Albuquerque, NM 8719

New Mexico Watercolor Society - SC
PO Box 1571
Las Cruces, NM 88004-157

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