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Arts Council’s November show features Southern New Mexico Watercolor Society members


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will showcase the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society’s (NMWS-SC) annual juried show titled “Eureka! Inspiration in Watercolor,” from Nov 1 through 29.

Patrons will see a wide variety of subjects represented in 36 paintings selected by juror Robin Lee Makowski, who holds signature status with the Florida Watercolor Society, the Western Federation Watercolor Society and the New Mexico Watercolor Society. Marisa Sage, director and head curator of the New Mexico State University Art Museum, will judge the works for specific awards. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

There are 29 artists in the show, and several have received regional and national awards for their work, DAAC said in a news release.

In 2003, featured artist Robert Highsmith received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work has been featured in many well-known art publications, including American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector.

Nancy Frost Begin has received numerous awards and recognition from the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Western Federation, Masterworks, El Paso International Museum, Hubbard Museum of the American West and The Southern Vermont Art Center. In 2018, she was the featured artist at the Las Cruces Art Fair.

Penny Simpson has won national awards, and her work is often featured in North Light Publications.

"Visitors to the gallery will recognize works by local artists as well as NMWS members from northern New Mexico,” said NMWS-SC President Rachel Murphree. “They may also discover new favorites among the many talented artists included in this show."

“We appreciate having the Watercolor Society show in our gallery,” DAAC Executive Director Greg Smith said. “These artists do such spectacular work, and we feel privileged to be able to share it with our community.”

NMWS-SC founded in 2001. Its monthly meetings are at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month, September through May, in the Good Samaritan Village activity room, 3025 Terrace Drive. The meetings are free and open to the public. The organization also sponsors workshops, juried and non-juried exhibitions, paint-outs and a library of watercolor DVDs. It supports a student awards program to encourage young artists to explore painting with water media such as watercolor, gouache, egg tempura, casein, watercolor pencils and crayons, water-soluble pigmented inks and fluid acrylics. NMWS-SC serves southern counties in New Mexico and the El Paso, TX area.

The DAAC arts and Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.

Contact DAAC at 575-523-6403.

Visit www.daarts.org and http://nmwatercolorsociety.org.

Doña Ana Arts Council, New Mexico Watercolor Society