Fall 2018 FEED YOUR MIND Cultural Seminars Two courses at Doña Ana Arts Council

August 13, 2018 Julian Nunez

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s fall courses in the popular FEED YOUR MIND series have two very different, yet equally interesting, topics: Rock Art and the Sahara Desert presented by Bill Key and Post-Impressionism with Kathleen Key. In addition to the FEED YOUR MIND courses, both Bill and Kathleen Key teach classes at UTEP’s Osher Learning Institute.

Bill Key is an engineer and has traveled extensively in Egypt and the Middle East. Mr. Key’s four-part course, which is about desert exploration and the interplay between the real-life characters of the book and movie “The English Patient,” begins Monday, September 24, and is presented each Monday through October 15.

Rock Art and the Sahara Desert course description: The world’s largest art museum is the Sahara Desert. Tours to view the remarkable art (etchings, carvings, and paintings scattered on the rocks and caves deep in the desert) require extensive planning, government approval and a military escort. The cave art work was done before changes in Egyptian climate drove artisans to the banks of Nile and was discovered by an ex-Legionnaire, a German considered crazy by many, the English Patient, and a rock hard Egyptian archaeologist named Sir Ahmed Hussanein Bey, all of whom were hunting for the lost Oases of Zerzura. This exploration took place when the only navigational tools were the stars, a sextant, and chronometer, and while some had vehicles for transportation, most only had camels.

Rock Art and the Sahara Desert classes are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a social time with light refreshments from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $50 for the full four-evening course or $20 to drop in to an individual class.

Next, Kathleen Key, an art historian who has taught art history for more than thirty years, presents a six-part course on Post-Impressionism beginning Monday, October 22, and running a total of six Monday evenings through December 3, with no class on November 26.

Post-Impressionism course description: Post-Impressionism will explore the art and artists who followed Impressionism and preceded Modernism: Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustave Caillebotte, Gustave Klimt, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, Arnold Bocklin, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat. There will also be a lecture on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement, a fascinating group of artists with memorable art work.

Post-Impressionism classes are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a social time with light refreshments from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $70 for the full six-part course or $20 to drop in to an individual class.

Attendees are able to register for each course separately. All proceeds from the FEED YOUR MIND series are used to fund youth art education programs.

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in the Bulletin Plaza. To register for either course and to see other offerings such as Get ArtRageous! two-hour hands-on art classes, or multiple day artists’ workshops, go to www.daarts.org or call (575) 523-6403.

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