‘Watercolors Of The High Desert’ Exhibit Opens June 30 At Step Up Gallery

‘I’m Looking Through You’ is a 29″X 23″ watercolor by Lonnie Shan of Taos and will be on display at Step Up Gallery beginning June 30. Courtesy photo

‘Boots Done Walking’, a 12’x12′ water color by Jeanne Hyland of Santa Fe is part of the ‘Watercolors of the High Desert’ exhibit opening Thursday at Step Up Gallery. Courtesy photo


Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library is proud to announce its next exhibit: “Watercolors of the High Desert: The Work of Signature Artists of the New Mexico Watercolor Society” which will run from June 30 to July 27.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS) members have been creating and sharing luminous watercolors statewide since 1969. The Society celebrates the unique properties of watercolor through education of their members and the public.

The vision of its 300 members from all corners of New Mexico, and a few former residents, is to capture and portray the stunning light and color of our New Mexican surroundings. The watercolorists commit that inspiration to a permanent surface, imbued with the artist’s personality to be enjoyed daily in a gallery or on a wall in your home.

In a first-time-ever event, the “Signature Member Group” of the more accomplished artists within NMWS will be bringing a fresh collection of nearly 70 paintings by 36 different artists to Step Up Gallery located on the top floor of the Mesa Public Library in the historic center of Los Alamos, during July. The remarkable gallery, designed by New Mexican architect Antoine Predock will serve well, the sparkling watercolor showing. The public is invited to attend an Opening Reception and meet the artists on Saturday, July 9 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served.

Signature Members of NMWS earn that distinction through perseverance, skill development and education. To achieve that status, a member must have had 5 different paintings accepted into 5 approved, juried exhibitions within 5 years. Their paintings are “a cut above” in terms of composition, design, complexity and technique.

Signature Member artists, featured in the “Watercolors of the High Desert” – themed show, hail from around our dynamic state. Kathi Geoffrion Parker is a favorite Los Alamos area resident. Lonnie Shan and Marilyn Price-Reinbolt portray inspiration drawn from the people, mountains and rivers around Taos. Botanist Jane Fritz of Las Vegas, NM shares her impressions of  plant life and canyons of the high altitude West. Jeanne Hyland, long time Santa Fe resident, and Karen Bunkowski of Lamy, depict iconic western imagery and animals. Not to be overlooked, Rachel Murphree and Phil Yost of Las Cruces create brilliant images from living in southern NM environs. And best of all, the multiply awarded, most accomplished, senior watercolor artists and instructors from the Albuquerque area have contributed more than half of the paintings in this show – including a full-time Sandia Lab scientist who displays awesome watercolor mastery!

NMWS vision is “Inspiring a Passion for Watercolor Art.” Please come to see the exhibition from June 30 to July 27 and share in the celebration of our New Mexico beauty. All 70 signature watercolors are for sale and can be purchased in Step Up Gallery’s Art Market online at: https://lalamosartscouncil.artspan.com/home

Step Up Gallery is open the same days as Mesa Public Library: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm; Friday: 10am – 6pm and Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays. At this time, masking and social distancing is welcome, but not required. Policy, however, may change without notice. Mesa Public Library is located at 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos.