January’s schedule at the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC), much like the new year, is brimming with possibilities. Art education, the promotion of local artists, and art as an economic driver are at the core of DAAC’s mission.
There are numerous opportunities for those interested in the arts, including Get Art Rageous! two-hour art classes, Feed Your Mind art and cultural seminars,gallery exhibits, Promoting Art presentation, and, new in 2019, multi-day intensive art workshops.
All events take place at the DAAC Arts & Cultural
Center at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza. For more
information about any of these activities, contact the DAAC office at (575)
523-6403 or go online to www.daarts.org.
DAAC Art Workshops
The newest additions to the program
are multi-day intensive art workshops taught by talented local and regional
teaching artists. The first will be a two-day
workshop with Julie Ford Oliver on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a
one-hour lunch break each day. The title of the workshop is “Fracturing
Technique in Oil or Acrylic.” The class will be offered again February 1
The cost is $200 for the two-day
workshop, or $160 for current DAAC members (a 20 percent discount). There
is space for 10 students and registration may be completed at www.daarts.org
or by calling (575) 523-6403. A required materials list for the workshop
will be provided upon registration.
instructor, Julie Ford Oliver, is a local Las Cruces artist and popular
teacher. In Julie’s words, “Passionate about painting, I love to teach painters who
wish to loosen up their style. I developed a technique which provided
me with a method of combining tight and painterly work in both color
and form. It’s fun and easy! Come prepared to have
plenty of demos and individual attention.”
Get ArtRageous! art classess
Doña Ana Arts Council continues
the popular Get ArtRageous! make-and-take art classes Wednesday evenings, focusing
on a new technique each week with instruction by a talented local artist. The
class fee of $30 includes all materials and light refreshments. Dress
appropriately for working with art supplies, some of which can be messy.
Classes start at 5:30 p.m. and
last two hours. As needed, afternoon sessions may also be added. Call the DAAC office or check online for the
January 2: No class
January 9, 5:30 p.m.: Barbara
Armstrong, Pour Painting: Create a
unique painting with this technique using acrylic paints and a “pouring
medium” that binds and separates different colors.
January 16, 5:30 p.m.: Linda
Gendall, Gold Metal Leaf: Learn how to use
metal leaf, available in many metal colors, in art work, on art canvas, art
objects, calligraphy, and in special places in your home. Students will learn
how to apply metal leaf on different surfaces. They will also learn about
undercoating and how to glaze over and protect the leaf.
January 23, 5:30 p.m.: Jeri
Desrochers, Painting with Oils: Learn the basic techniques of painting
with a palette knife in oil. Develop rich texture and clean colors on a
landscape. Use of solvents will be very minimal in the classroom with no
mineral spirits or turpentine. Different kinds of knives and mediums for
use with impasto paint will be discussed and available to try.
January 30, 5:30 p.m.: Sally
Quillin, Cork and Paint: An
imagination is a plus in this class as fun foam and paint are used to create
interesting images or designs on cork.
Feed Your Mind seminars
The first Feed Your Mind art history and cultural seminars for the
year features art historian and UTEP Art
History Instructor Kathleen Key, who will teach a six-week course on Monday
evenings starting January 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., entitled “Impressionism
Beyond France.” Each week she will focus the presentation on artists from countries
around the world who embraced the Impressionist style.
Key will also offer a Thursday
afternoon seminar, starting January 31, on “The History of Women in
Art.” Key says, “Women have made art since prehistoric times, even
though they have not been represented in historical accounts. In this six-week
class, we will look at women artists from earliest times to present day.” Sessions will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Classes are $20 for a drop-in
fee per class or $60 for a full six-week course. Light refreshments and
beverages are served starting at 5:00 p.m. before each seminar. All seminars are held at the Doña Ana Arts
Council’s Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla.
Promoting Arts in the Mesilla Valley
The monthly Promoting
Art presentation takes place Friday, January 25, for an hour beginning at noon.
Rebecca Courtney, chair of the City of Las Cruces Art Board, will present
information about the process for drafting a new public art plan. Courtney
says the process will include a steering committee and advisory committee,
along with community input, to create a plan to present to city council. These
monthly programs are free of charge and open to the public and take place at
the Doña Ana Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de
Mercado in Mesilla.
January Arts & Cultural Center
Artist Opening Reception/10-10 Arts Hop
The Doña Ana Arts Council will exhibit the work of Sonya Fe
in the Arts & Cultural Center in January. Fe is a California-based artist
whose work has been shown internationally. Her website states that her topics
range “from the inequities of gender and racial bias to the renaissance of
human thought and global community.”
Her art will be on exhibit beginning the first week of
January and will be featured at the monthly Second Saturday 10–10 Arts Hop on
January 12, which offers the opportunity to explore art over a 12-hour period,
from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Six galleries are open for the Arts Hop, splitting
the 12 hours to give art lovers a leisurely day to stroll the galleries and
stop for lunch or dinner at nearby restaurants. The Arts & Cultural Center
will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. during the Arts Hop.
January 12, 2019 Second Saturday
10–10 Arts Hop locations and Arts Hop hours:
• Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 4 – 7 p.m.
• Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• University Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a
children’s art activity at 1:30 p.m.
• Rokoko Gallery, 1785 Calle de Mercado, 4 – 7 p.m.
• Four Points Perspective Art Gallery, 3405 NM Highway 28, 7 – 10 p.m.
• Art Obscura Gallery, 3206 Harrelson Street, 7 – 10 p.m.
The DAAC Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in
Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza. For more information about
DAAC’s many arts-related programs, go to www.daarts.org or call (575) 523-6403.
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