Arts Council exhibition in May features ‘Water and Women’

Newsletter Report

The May 2022 exhibition at the main gallery of the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC), 250 W. Amador Ave., is “Water and Women” and includes works by local artists Maria Lopez and Ana M. Uranga .

Lopez is a figurative painter who focuses on the female form, DAAC said in a press release, while Uranga leans towards Impressionism in her landscape paintings that often include aquatic elements. These artists are both retired teachers turned full-time painters.

“I’ve wanted to paint since my first visit to a museum as an adult,” Lopez said. “I painted a little here and there, but mostly I taught school and raised my family. It was only after the pandemic that I started to paint seriously.

Lopez, who earned a master of arts in teaching from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, has integrated art into other subjects to spark her students’ interest in learning, the DAAC said. Upon retirement, she began painting landscapes in oils and now paints mostly stylized portraits and figures in acrylics. Lopez focuses on color, line and shapes to guide the process of discovering her subject. She has lived in Las Cruces since 1979 and studied with artist and Las Cruces art teacher Wayne Carl Huber.

Uranga studied art at Chabot College in Hayward, California, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. She also holds a Master of Arts from California State University Hayward. While living in California, Uranga developed a love of the ocean, often reflected in her work, DAAC said. She found the emergence of the Impressionist style of painting throughout her years of painting, giving her freedom of expression. Uranga returned to live in Las Cruces after many years in Northern California and also studied with Huber. She is a member of the New Mexico Artists Guild.

“My work expresses the many moods of moving water, the brilliant colors of the sun shining on it, and the spirit, strength and power of nature in its splendid beauty,” Uranga said. present.”

The DAAC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the first Art Ramble Friday (May 6), and noon to 5 p.m. for the second Saturday (May 8).

Call the DAAC at 575-523-6403. Visit

Norma D. Ross