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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 for purchase. 

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 is November 27th.  

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.  More info as it becomes available.


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. 

Arlene Tugel! Nov 3-26. Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM--This is a new venue for Arlene.  Two of her paintings were accepted in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 9th National Juried Members Show. The show runs November 3 to 26 and is located at 125 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe. "Enchantment at Caballo, plein air" by Arlene Tugel shown at left.  Over 140 paintings by 80+ artists are included in the show and can be viewed on the Sorrel Sky Gallery website http://sorrelsky.com/index.php  Select EVENTS, scroll down to 2017 and select Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. note:  SC member Deb Vance also had one painting accepted to this show. 

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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