The talent of the New Mexico Watercolor Society will be on display in a new art show at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

“Seasons of Enchantment: Painting the New Mexico Farm and Ranch” features 28 works of art by members of the society. A public meet-and-greet with the artists is planned for 12 to 2 p.m. on April 23. Entry is free to this reception and the art show only. Admission to see the rest of the Museum is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for children 4 to 17.

These watercolor paintings celebrate the daily life of New Mexico farmers and ranchers and their families, evoking a sense of time and place. They elevate the ordinary to extraordinary and reflect the wonder of the landscape and its people.

The paintings include rural landscapes, livestock, farming and ranching scenes, and wildlife.

Artwork from members of both the Albuquerque and Las Cruces chapters of the New Mexico Watercolor Society have been selected by Juror Lynn McLain, AWS, NWS. The Society honors and celebrates the medium of watercolor through the support of highest aesthetic standards, education of the public, promotion of community engagement, and facilitation of member development. The Albuquerque chapter began in 1969 and the Southern Chapter celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The artists whose works were selected for this show include New Mexico Watercolor Society members John Glass, Laurel Weathersbee, Barbara McGuire, Susan Davis, Patricia Black, Jay Leutwyler, Junko Nakao, Robert Highsmith, Richard Harris, Penny Thomas Simpson, Tina Little, Dorian Clouser, Mark Cirzan, Dave Cook, Tina Stallard, Rachel Murphree, Bonnie Deming, Rebecca A. Johnson, and Nancy Frost Begin. More information about the New Mexico Watercolor Society can be found here:

The show will be on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor through July 30, 2022.

About the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum:

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The 47-acre interactive museum brings to life the 4,000-year history of growing food and fiber in this region. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it features livestock, indoor and outdoor exhibits, barns, greenhouse, gift shop, and demonstrations. 

4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, N.M. 88011, (575) 522-4100.  Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Museum is supported by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

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