When the Doña Ana Arts Council moved to their new offices in Mesilla, they gained something they hadn’t had before: the perfect space to hold receptions, art classes, and intimate musical performances. With the launch of the new Arts & Cultural Center, they began offering programs such as FEED YOUR MIND cultural seminars with local experts and most recently, Get ArtRageous! art classes, which have been filling up almost as soon as they’ve been made available.
Each Wednesday evening, a local expert teaches an art class on topics including pen and ink with watercolor, torn paper landscapes, painting flowers in acrylic, and small scale sculptures. Get ArtRageous! classes are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include all materials and light refreshments. If the evening classes fill up, they may add an afternoon class as well.
The series kicked off with Sally Quillin teaching her filled-to-capacity class to paint Josefina’s Gate. Each student went home with a completed painting in hand after a fun evening enjoying art instruction, good company, and some snacks. It continued with Judy Licht teaching her students to paint on silk, and continues February 21 with Patricia Black teaching her students to paint and embellish gourds. On February 28, Quillin returns to teach pen and ink with watercolor techniques, with the evening class full and the only remaining slots being in an added afternoon class. The point: sign up early if you see a topic of interest.
Classes are currently scheduled through the end of May. “We’ve had a wonderful response from the community for these classes,” says Kathleen Albers, Executive Director of the Doña Ana Arts Council. “Both beginners and more experienced artists are finding a relaxed environment to experiment and leave with a finished work of art.”
All classes are on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center.
Feb 21: Pat Black, gourd painting
Feb 28: Sally Quillin, pen & ink with watercolor (2 – 4 pm only available)
March 7: Laurel Weathersbee, torn paper landscapes
March 14: No classes
March 21: Sherry Doil-Carter, Book Short, creating a collage of ideas
March 28: Sally Quillin, painting a purple iris in acrylic (2 – 4 pm or 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
April 4: Tiffany Figueroa, abstract painting with fluorescents and black light effects
April 11: Andrew Nagem, small scale sculptures with bake-able clay
April 18: Linda Elkins, gelatin printing
April 25: Sally Quillin, spring courtyard in watercolor (2-4 pm or 5:30 -7:30 pm)
May 2: Rachel Courtney, alcohol ink creations
May 16: Laurel Weathersbee, simple block printing
May 23: Sally Quillin, still life paining in acrylic (2 – 4 pm or 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
May 30: Linda Elkins, pole-wrapped silk shibori dying of a silk scarf
The classes are $30, including all materials, tools and refreshments. Please be aware that art can be messy, so dress appropriately or bring a smock or apron.
To sign up for a Get ArtRageous! class, call the office or go to www.daarts.org. If a class is listed as full on the website, please call the office at 575-523-6403 to see if a space has become available or an afternoon class is being added. If you register at the same time for 4 or more classes, you are eligible for a 15% discount. All classes are held at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla in the Bulletin Plaza next to Paisano Café.
For more information, go to www.daarts.org or call the DAAC office at (575) 523-6403.
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