Mary Beagle is the September featured artist at the Doña Ana Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Center Gallery. The exhibit opens September 8 with a reception during the Second Saturday 10-10 Arts Hop from 4 – 7 p.m.
Beagle’s art reflects her interest in the Native people of the Southwest. Although she long lived in Connecticut and later snow-birded in the Mesilla Valley, she and her husband now live in Las Cruces full-time. With the move, she says, “Now my colors are becoming more vibrant with an emphasis on lighting. I like incorporating geometric or Native designs in my compositions to complement the faces and figures I paint.”
While most of her art is created with oil on canvas, Beagle studied stone carving at workshops in northern New Mexico and has added works in alabaster, marble, and limestone to her repertoire. She has also studied painting locally with Julie Ford Oliver and Carolyn Bunch.
Her work has been printed in “Southwest Art,” “Art of the West,” and “Cowboys and Indians” magazines.
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in the Bulletin Plaza. For more information about the non-profit organization, go to www.daarts.org or call (575) 523-6403.
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