January 12, 2018 Julian Nunez


Feed Your Mind, an arts and cultural seminar series, is a new initiative for the Doña Ana Arts Council, bringing knowledgeable speakers on a wide range of topics to the community. The presentations will begin February 1 and will continue through May. The evenings will begin with a social hour and light refreshments from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the seminars from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All presentations will take place at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, located in the Bulletin Plaza at 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B – D.

Kathleen Key will be the first speaker, giving three presentations entitled, “New Mexico Art, Past to Present.” Her talks will be February 1, 8, and 15. In the last of the lectures, Key will talk about art in the Mesilla Valley, featuring current local artists.

Kathleen Key earned a master’s degree in art history and has taught for 32 years, including presenting a wide range of art history courses at the Art Institute of Houston, Houston Community College, and University of Houston. She is now a popular professor at University of Texas at El Paso and the college’s Continuing Education Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

The next presenter will be Bill Key with a presentation entitled “Everything You Want to Know About the Nile, But Were Afraid to Ask,” on February 22 and March 1. Bill Key is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic, having lived and worked in Egypt for over 20 years. During that time, he traveled the length and breadth of Egypt, as well as read and studied every book he could find on the history and geography of the Nile region.

Bill Key says of his topic, “After a brief discussion of how the Nile formed on the African continent, we will journey down the Nile. We will start in Alexandria and terminate at the source of each tributary source, the Blue Nile and the White Nile. This journey could easily take several years, but we will do it in two 90-minute sessions.”

Kathleen Key will also present four talks on Impressionism, on March 22, 29, April 5, and 12. Marisa Sage, NMSU Art Museum Director, will present one seminar Hidden Treasures: the Art of Sol LeWitt on the NMSU Campus on April 19th. Other speakers to round out the spring series will be announced.

The subscription price is $95 for the spring series, which is planned to include 12 presentations, or seminars may be paid for individually for $20. The goal is to have a presentation Thursday evenings every week from February 1 through mid-May (except the week of March 15 when DAAC will be preparing for the Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center). Proceeds from this program will be used to support the non-profit’s community art programs for children.

“We’re thrilled to offer the Feed Your Mind seminars featuring local experts speaking on a variety of topics,” says DAAC board president Barbara Reasoner. “We envision our beautiful new Arts and Cultural Center as the meeting place for taking classes, enjoying a seminar, listening to music and whatever else we come up with for promoting the local art scene. This is the time to show off and promote all the talent that we have in the Mesilla Valley!”

For more information, go to www.daarts.org or call the DAAC office at (575) 523-6403.

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