“Color Las Cruces” Paints the Town En Plein
September 9th, 10th & 11th
The Second Annual Color Las
Cruces Plein Air Competition and Community Arts
Festival returns on September 9, 10 & 11, 2011.
Artists will compete for over $4000 in cash and
merchandise prizes and have the opportunity to
exhibit and sell their work. Leading up to the
weekend will be a three-day plein air workshop
with noted artist David Schwindt. All proceeds
from Color Las Cruces support the Arts Council’s
Career Art Path (CAP) summer camp for kids.
Color Las Cruces highlights
• Plein Air Workshop with noted
artist David Schwindt on Sept. 6th, 7th & 8th
• Plein Air Competition
• Cutter Gallery Artist Reception for Jo-Ann
Smith (in support of CAP program)
• VIP Artist Reception, Award Presentation &
First Look Exhibit
• Plein Air Art Exhibition and Sale
Color Las Cruces VIP Artist
Reception takes place on Saturday, September 10
at 6:00pm. See all the paintings for the first
time, enjoy hors d’oeurves prepared by Master
Chef John Hartley, wine hosted by St. Clair
Winery, and music by the Las Cruces High School
Chamber Music orchestra and Latin jazz sounds of
Feral Root. Award winners will be announced.
Tickets prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the
door. Tickets can be purchased at
www.Las-Cruces-Arts.org or by calling
575-523-6403. All proceeds from ticket sales
fund the CAP program.
As part of the three day
festival, the Camino Del Arte Gallery Walk in
the Historic Mesquite District will feature
artist demonstrations by Plein Air Artists on
Saturday. On Main Street, local artists
including NMSU students will be constructing a
sculpture made entirely from collected coffee
Coffee mugs are now being accepted for the
creation of the mug sculpture - Here’s your
chance to get rid of those unwanted mugs taking
up space in your cupboards! Mugs can be dropped
at participating Starbucks, Toucan Market, and
the Rio Grande Theatre.
Plein air artists seek the quality of natural
light and atmosphere outdoors. Their art work is
in direct response to the beauty they find in
nature. They use a variety of media, from oils
through watercolors and pastels. The public will
be able to join in the fun by watching
individual artists developing a painting on the
spot and can move from painter to painter
throughout the day. Guest judge for this year’s
competition is Preston Thayer, Director of the
NMSU Art Galleries.
COLOR LAS CRUCES CALENDAR
SEPT. 6, 7 & 8th, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30am Three Day Plein Air Workshop with David
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9th
8:00am - 2:30pm Plein Air Painting Competition
begins at Rio Grande Theatre
Artists will be at various locations of their
choosing – Public is invited to watch!
5:00pm - 8:00pm Reception/CAP
fundraiser at Cutter Gallery.
Featured Artist – Jo Ann Smith
Free to Public
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10TH
11:00pm-3:00pm Camino Del Arte Gallery Walk
The Gallery Walk in the Mesquite District will
feature artist demonstrations by Plein Air
Artists. Please look for the Color Las Cruces
12:00 – Finished Mug Sculpture
Construction by NMSU art students with
assistance from community.
During the day students from NMSU will be
constructing a sculpture
in the downtown area. The sculpture will be made
entirely from collected coffee mugs. Public is
encouraged to watch the on-going work and bring
unwanted mugs to contribute to the piece. Mugs
will be accepted until 12:00 noon at the Rio
6:00pm Unveiling of "mug
6:00pm - 8:00pm VIP Reception &
First Look Exhibit of paintings
Meet the artists, Enjoy hors d’oeurves, wine, &
music and see all the paintings for the first
time. Awards will be presented.
Food by Chef John Harding
Wine bar hosted by St. Clair Winery.
Music by Las Cruces High School Chamber Music
Feral Root Quartet
Ticket Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Proceeds raised fund the Arts Council’s Career
Art Path Program.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11TH
10:30am -12:00pm Quick Draw Competition. ($10.00
Public invited and encouraged to participate.
Register at the Rio Grande Theatre.
First Place - $250 Cash
Second Place – Merchandise Award
Third Place – Merchandise Award
12:15pm Awards for Quick Draw
12:00pm - 2:30pm Gallery will be open to the
public with the artists available for
For more information, visit
www.Las-Cruces-Arts.org, or call (575)