The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) kicks off the month of March 2020 with the Las Cruces Arts Fair, the largest fine arts event in the community, which takes place March 6 – 8 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Other DAAC-sponsored events will take place at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. DAAC members receive a 20% discount on classes and workshops. For more information or registration, call (575) 523-6403 or go to ww.daarts.org .
March 2, 9, 16 & 23: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Feed Your Mind: Art in Paris OR March 5, 12, 19 & 26: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Feed Your Mind: Art in Paris An art history and cultural series that continues in March. Students are welcome to jump in at any time. The series is presented by popular art historian, teacher and world traveler Kathleen Key. Cost is $60 for all four March sessions, or $20 per individual seminar.
Art in Paris: The city of light is also a city of art and art museums, churches, restaurants, great shopping, great food, even great ice cream! Come join us for six weeks of the art in Paris from the Louvre museum, the d’Orsay museum, the Cluny museum, the Orangerie, the Marmottan, the Delacroix museum, the Moreau museum, the Pablo Picasso museum, the Georges Pompidou, as well as the exceptional churches of Paris not just Notre Dame,
restaurants, shops, and famous neighborhoods! Come join us for six weeks of fun, beautiful and uplifting art!
March 3, 10, 17 & 24: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Feed Your Mind: Impressionism with Kathleen Key is an art history and cultural series that started in late February and continues through March. Students are welcome to jump in at any time. Come study the history of the artists and the movement we call “French Impressionism” –for many, their favorite period in European art! We will begin with the Barbizon artists, Eugene Boudin, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas moving to Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pisarro, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt and
others. The time period for this class is 1860 – 1926, the year of Claude Monet’s death.
We will study the work of these artists plus the towns and regions of France they were working in such as Giverny, the Normandy coast and the south of France. Come join us for six weeks of beauty, light and fun! Cost: $60 for four weeks in March; or $20 per individual seminar. Registration at daarts.org or 575-523-6403.
March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Essentrics: Body Toning and Strength Building with Carol Witham continues through the month of March on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Essentrics is a dynamic weight-free strengthening program based on elements of Pilates, Ballet, Yoga and T’ai Chi. The name Essentrics stems from the concept of eccentric muscle work, which implies that there is a load on the muscle while it is being lengthened.
Essentrics was originally developed by Miranda Esmonde-White who stars in the “Classical Stretch” program on PBS. Local expert Carol Witham trained with Esmonde-White and is one of only 5 specialists in the country. According to Carol, “Each class is filled with movement, energy and strength building exercises.” Bring a yoga mat and water. Pre-registration required. Cost is $10 per class. Class maximum is 12 people. Call DAAC at 575-523-6403 to check if space in the class is available.
March 4, 2 -4 p.m. Get ArtRageous! Mixed Media Art Journals with Jan Hampton. Create an art journal cover and, if time, decorate several pages within your journal, using collage, stamping, watercolor resist, and other techniques. We will be decorating old, recycled books and new sketchbooks as our journals. You choose which to make your own! These two-hour art classes offer a great experience to experiment with a new technique or improve already established skills. The class is $35 and includes all materials and light refreshments. DAAC members receive a twenty per cent discount. Dress appropriately to have fun with potentially messy art materials. March 6, 5- 8 p.m.; March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; March 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 10 th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair. The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Las Cruces Arts Fair, the area’s most expansive collection of art and fine crafts, will celebrate its tenth anniversary when it returns to the Las Cruces Convention Center on March 6, 7 and 8, 2020. Over 100 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric,
painting and drawing, print making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture. Fair hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $10 for adults and free for children 12 years and younger. Tickets are good for all three days. Tickets are available on line at www.daarts.org , by calling the DAAC office 575-523-64-03, or at the door.
March 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Get ArtRageous! Watercolor Torn Paper Collage with Laurel Weathersbee. Join Las Cruces watermedia and collage artist Laurel Weathersbee for a fun two-hour class on torn paper collage. The subject is birds! We will tear and cut hand colored watercolor papers to assemble a beautiful, textural painting of your favorite bird ideas. All materials will be provided by the teacher. You don’t need to bring anything but your ideas — photos or sketches or just ideas in your head. You’ll leave with a finished 8 X 10 work, ready to frame and hang! Capped at 10 students. These two-hour art classes offer a great experience to experiment with a new technique or improve already established skills. The class is $35 and includes all materials and light refreshments.
DAAC members receive a twenty per cent discount. Dress appropriately to have fun with potentially messy art materials.
March 14, 4 – 7 p.m.: Second Saturday 10-10 Arts Hop Opening Reception for the Dinah Swan’s “Animal Magnetism” gallery exhibit. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be available for viewing during the month of
February during DAAC regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 14, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Classical Drinking with Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo soprano, and Deena Kay Jones on piano. This popular live music series produced and hosted by NMSU Music professor Jim Shearer, returns for March 14 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. This is the fifth of a new six-part live music series that features regional musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo-soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Vocal Area at NMSU. She has also held positions at
Elizabethtown College in PA and Marshall University in WV. Dr. Daughtrey received the DM in Vocal Performance and Literature from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with renowned soprano Patricia Wise. While at IU, she was privileged to perform in a staged version of Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of acclaimed baritone Håkan Hagegård with the
composer in attendance. Cost: $15 at the door, in advance on-line at daarts.org, or at the DAAC office 575-523-6403.
March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: One-day Workshop: Painting Animals with Pastels with Dinah Swan. This one-day workshop begins with a short lecture/demo by Dinah Swan followed by exercises on painting animal eyes and fur. In preparation for the next part, participants will review value, shape and contrast to create dynamism. All participants will then paint a coyote head/shoulders (image provided), and will finish the workshop by
painting another animal: bear, dog, rabbit, wolf or a second coyote. Included in this workshop fee is a two hour class on Wednesday, from 2-4:00pm, “Framing Your Art using Recycled Frames”. Cost: $75. Register at daarts.org or call 575-523-6403.
March 19, 4 – 6 p.m. Opening Reception for Three-Day Pop Up Art Sale for Dona Ana Community College Ceramics Students. March 19 – Opening Reception 4-6 p.m. ; March 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during regular DAAC Arts & Cultural Center operating hours.
Saturday March 21, 12 noon -4 p.m. with clay demonstrations in the courtyard outside of the Arts & Cultural Center. Free and open to the public. Sales directly benefit the ceramics students.
March 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Get ArtRageous! Painting on Silk with Judy Licht.
Judy Licht is a local silk artist, who loves exploring a variety of ways to use silk. The class will be an introduction to painting with dyes on silk. Participants will create one or two 11″x11″ silk art pieces. These two-hour art classes offer a great experience to experiment with a new technique or improve already established skills. The class is $35 and includes all materials and light refreshments. DAAC members receive a twenty per
cent discount. Dress appropriately to have fun with potentially messy art materials.
March 27, Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley, monthly educational and networking meeting for all who are interested in the arts. Promoting Art is usually held on the fourth Friday of the month at noon. For March, Dinah Swan will give a gallery talk on her exhibit “Animal magnetism”. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
March 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: One-day Workshop: Multiwatermedia Painting on Watercolor Paper with Marie Siegrist, NMWS. This workshop will explore the charmsand possibilities of using acrylic and watercolor in the same painting working on cold press watercolor paper. Join local watermedia artist and popular teacher Marie Siegrist to create an image of a Cooper’s hawk on an old dead tree at the top of a rim in Aguirre Springs.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of painters, beginning through
advanced. Supply list provided upon registration. Cost: $70. Register at daarts.org or call 575-523-6403.
The Dona Ana Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, New Mexico. The mailing address is PO Box 1721, Las Cruces, NM 88004. For more information and to register for classes, go to ww.daarts.org or call the DAAC office at (575) 523-6403.
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