Events and exhibitions fill the arts council in October


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The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is hosting a special event on Saturday evening, October 8, and will be showcasing two local artists throughout October at their gallery, 250 W. Amador Ave., Suite B.

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, the DAAC will feature musician and storyteller Randy Granger in an evening of Native American flute and storytelling beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Tickets are $10 or $15 for two and can be purchased at the door, at or by calling DAAC at 575-523-6403.

“The DAAC embraces this observance and strives to ensure that the wide range of people in our community engage in a wide range of arts,” said DAAC Executive Director Greg Smith.

“Granger is an award-winning recording artist, performer, educator and emcee at Native American music festivals across the country,” the press release reads. “It is also known for its popular full moon concerts in White Sands National Park.”

A retrospective exhibition of the work of local artist Maria Dolores will be presented at the Staszewski Gallery of the Doña Arts Council (DAAC) in October.

Originally from New York, Dolores has resided in Las Cruces for nearly four decades, the Arts Council said. She studied with some of the most prominent art teachers in the Mesilla Valley including Sally Quillin, Fred Chilton, Joe Ireland and Jan Archey. Dolores has exhibited several times at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and the old Cutter Gallery. His work can be found in private collections across the country.

Recently completed works by artist Rosemary McLoughlin are also on display in an exhibition called “The Gift of Loss”.

The exhibition is a visualization of McLaughlin’s journey to rediscover his creativity and art.

In 2018, McLoughlin’s glaucoma, which was diagnosed in 1976, caused permanent vision loss, limiting his painting, the DAAC said. Further loss of vision in 2019 temporarily halted her work until recently when she resumed her brushes, according to the press release.

“I am now on a new journey and hopefully in this new way of seeing it will be a journey of discovery and painting all that life can inspire,” McLoughlin said.

DAAC exhibits will be on view through Saturday, October 29 at the DAAC, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of October 7, and noon to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of 21st of October. 8.

Contact DAAC Executive Director Greg Smith at 575-523-6403 and [email protected]



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