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Longtime Southern Chapter member Tom Gerund passed away of pneumonia on Saturday, October 12th at the age of 91.  Tom was a retired physician, and had been active in the Las Cruces art community for many years. Our chapter sends condolences to his family and friends.  The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 at St. Genevieve's on Espina on Tuesday, October 22nd. 


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

Sunday November 10th at 2 pm: 

Anything that can be imagined can be reimagined”

 Presentation by Paul Hotvedt

Paul Hotvedt is an artist who lives in Silver City and works outside painting the landscapes directly. He will have visuals and will discuss his techniques and experiences painting with watercolors and oils “plein air” in the Gila and other wilderness areas in the US.


Emma Heske Park and Garden @ 750 S. Espina Street (adjacent to the Munson Center) on Thursday, October 17th  Click on the link for information:  SC October Paintout


"For the Love of Watercolor" SHOW  will be held February 2020 at the Frame and Art Center, 1100 N. Main, Las Cruces, NM.  The opening is February 7, 2020 from 4-7 pm during the First Friday Art Ramble.  Click on link for details and prospectus: SC For the Love of Art (FLOA) Exhibit .

SPRING SHOW  The 2020 SC Spring Show will be at the Branigan Museum, 501 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001 from April 3 - May 23. The juror will be Linda Doll (http://lindadoll.com) and the placement judge will be Robert Dozal (robertdozalartwork.weebly.com).  Prospectus to be out this fall.  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.  

“Rough and Tumble: Life in a Desert Town”.  The desert can be a rough place:  think thorns, goatheads, scorpions, rattlesnakes, the blistering sun baking the land or tumbleweed blowing in fierce winds.  For centuries people have lived and thrived here. This theme speaks to the human history of survival in this region, and the wonder of this place (and not only in delicate flowers emerging from a hostile land).   We are thrilled by jagged peaks of rocks against a blue sky, carved out areas of mining-created “beauty”, or smooth river rocks in a dry riverbed, tumbled by flash floods and ice. Indoors or outdoors, life in a desert town can be rough and tumble, and the artwork will inspire artists to respond creatively to this multi-faceted topic.


During the Fall/Winter/Spring Marie usually hosts classes  Wednesday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. to noon each week.  

There is a demonstration each Wednesday morning with plenty of time for painting after the demonstration. Class members are welcome to paint along with Marie  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


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 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.  

The new DVD Librarians are Paul Vakselis and Joy Calvert.  They 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.


   Jan Addy's Show, The Human Figure, a collection of her recent drawings and watercolors, will hang in the lobby of the Black Box Theater at 430 N. Main Street in Las Cruces from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, November 3rd.

You are invited to attend the reception, to be held on Friday, November 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm as part of the First Friday Ramble.

If that date is inconvenient for you, the show is also open to view for the half hour prior to each play's start time - 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday, Oct 18-19, 25-26 and Nov 1-2; 2:30 PM Sundays, Oct 27 and Nov 3; and 7:00 PM Thursday, Oct 31.

Please come.

   Nancy Frost Begin of Las Cruces will be the guest demo artist for the Rio Bravo Watercolorists on November 20, Wednesday at 10:30.  We meet at the International Museum of Art on Montana and our meetings are open to the public.  She will be discussing What Are You Willing to Change?

The art of simplification means to “eliminate the unnecessary to let the necessary to its  job”. Hans Hoffmann . The process begins by finding and grouping together shapes to make a more simple “compound “ shape. A tracing of your image or reference material will help you see the compound shapes, related through value. If you remove the unnecessary you will have space to work with the elements/principles of design. Then to make your work stronger, powerful and personal, ask yourself  “what is it you are willing to change”? Color, shape, scale , space or form? I will have examples of one image, changed five times. Each change was a thoughtful challenge with surprising results. I look forward to sharing some new ideas and to create some excitement dialogues with other artists in the area.


The Grand Opening of the Trails End Gallery & Studio was September 28th, 5-8 pm. A large patio with sail shade coverings in the back of the gallery accents the gallery space where live entertainment and refreshments will be served. SC Signature Members Robert Highsmith and Penny Simpson, and John Schooley all watercolorists, are joined by basket and gourd artist, Patricia Black. We look forward to be joined by art lovers and collectors at the Grand Opening and have a warm welcoming for Las Cruces’ newest gallery at 1732 N. Mesquite.  

Arts International. El Paso's premier juried exhibit

SC Members Nancy Diaz, Sahyly Martinez, Rachel Murphree, and Sue Nichols, have won awards in the 2019 Arts International Exhibit at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana St., El Paso.  The exhibit runs through October 30. 

NEW GALLERY : Agave Artists (with SC Members!)

Agave Artists is the latest gallery to open in Mesilla and three of the Southern Chapter artists are showing there:  Laurie Churchill and Mary Diesel (co founders along with others) and Paul Vakselis.  You’ll find the Gallery at 2250 Calle de San Albino in the historic town of Mesilla, or through the old blue gate just off the patio of Josefina’s. https://agaveartists.com


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. 

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 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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