October 4th Paintout at 9:30

We will meet at the Landscape Garden, 109 W. University Ave on October 4 beginning at 9:30. It's a nice, shady place with good up close and far away views. 

Directions to get there: Going south on South Main, go just under I-10 bridge. Turn right (west) on W. University and go just a little way until the road bends to the left.  You will see the gate to the garden: 109 West University Ave.  Turn in and park.  

On University heading west, go under the I-10 bridge and in a little way the road bends, just before the entrance to the Landscape Garden...

If you are on I -10, get off at University and follow the sign to Mesilla, which heads you west. You see the directions above.


Saturday, October 28th
Woven Watercolors 

WHAT:  Fun and funky woven technique for watercolor on paper.  See Laurel's latest blog post for a cool example! http://teacupinspiration.blogspot.com/2017/09/just-for-fun.html

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. 

Email or call Laurel to register - laurel.weathersbee@gmail.com or 575-288-5125.

Video Library Additions

If you missed seeing the new titles that Janet McClennan has purchased for our library, here is the expanded list.  Fees are $3 for each month you borrow each DVD.  Send your suggestions for this year's purchases to Janet at  jpmclennan2@gmail.com

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.


SC FALL WORKSHOP FULL...but we can take one or two more people!  Sign up on the waitlist. 

Dyan Newton September 24-26, 2017 Southern Chapter Workshop 



Marie Siegrist -- Las Cruces

Marie SiegristMarie Siegrist has an opening in her regular Wednesday Morning Watercolor Class

The six week session begins September 20th and goes until October 25th. Hours are 9:30 to 12:00 every Wednesday morning.  

This class is a relaxed. friendly format with a demonstration each week and plenty of time to paint and time for individual attention.

Class participants can paint along with Marie or they may bring their own project on which to work.

For more information contact Marie; msiegrist2@comcast.net

Julie Cruz -- El Paso

Julie Cruz will be teaching a watercolor class through EPCC Personal Enrichment at the EPCC Transmountain Campus. Fall class begins Saturday, September 9th 9 a.m. To  noon. 8 weeks, ending date October 28. Cost $65.

She also teaches small group lessons on Thursdays at her home in northeast El Paso.  $20 per lesson. Contact Julie at julieacruz@yahoo.com for more information. 

Any other SC members who are teachers, feel free to contact me with details on your classes and I will publicize them in emails and the reminders page. 

Our demos & classes page has lists of other classes taught by NMWS members.

Call to Artists

Fall's Alternate Spaces will be at the Salud! de Mesilla Restaurant and the opening will be during the October Ramble, Oct 6 from 5-7 pm.  See the announcement for complete information on entering this nonjuried show for NMWS members at all levels! Deadline is September 27th. First come, first served. Paul Vakselis is our Alternate Spaces chair and because he has his own show during the Oct Ramble (see below), he'd like volunteers from the artists showing to share the time and host the opening.  

The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 2nd Annual Monuments to Main Street Plein Air competition, September 27th through the 30th, 2017.    See Monuments to Mainstreet Plein Air Competition guidelines finalr 2017.pdf  (note clarification of #6 for watercolorists) and Plein Air Artist Registration.pdf  

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 Rococco Gallery in Mesilla.  The theme is "Something Wild" and will run in April.  More info as it becomes available.

YUPO with Nancy Diaz and Karen Steinberg (OCT program) and "ART AND THE LAW" with Bill Frazier (NOV program) 

See Southern Chapter Meeting and Events page for complete info. 


Art work by Carolyn Bunch

watercolors, pastels, oils, mixed media and mono types.  Show runs through September 30th. Mas Art, 126 S. Main

The Gallery at Big Picture is pleased to host Carmen Navar and SC Member Laurie Churchill for our first exhibit in our new home.  Carmen will exhibit her newest body of work Moments of Now and Churchill will exhibit her whimsical series of mermaids, 
MerMania.  All these works imbue humor, quirky styles and are just outright fun. Please join us for our grand opening.  
The opening reception is 3rd Friday, September 15th 5 – 8 PM. The Gallery at Big Picture is located 2001 E. Lohman Ave. Suite 109 – next to the UPS store. Hours are Monday –Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9:30 - 1:30. For more info: 575-647-0508.

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! 


Arts International -- El Paso Art Association's 50th anniversary exhibit @ the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Street, El Paso.  Opening is September 9th from 4-7 pm. The exhibit runs until October 4th.  

Congrats to the following SC artists whose paintings won awards in the show! Dorian Clouser (left), Julie Cruz (top) and Johnnie Gubanski (bottom)Click on the image to view larger.  Give them congratulations when you see them!! It was a very competitive show with lots of amazing art work.  Well worth the trip to El Paso...  

 Dorian ClouserJulie Cruz

Johnnie Gubanski


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  rcmurphree@outlook.com 

Mailing Addresses:

New Mexico Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 11604
Albuquerque, NM 87192

(Southern Chapter)
New Mexico Watercolor Society - SC
PO Box 1571
Las Cruces, NM 88004-157

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