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Gallery Reception: Wayne Carl Huber & Friends

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 2021 Gallery


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is proud to  feature Wayne Carl Huber and eight of his former and current students: Joy Calvert, Penny Duncklee, Jane Grider, Richard Harris, Maria Lopez, Carmen Navar, Beverley Pirtle, and Ana Maria Uranga.


This group of artists present an impressive résumé. Several are Signature Members of the New Mexico Watercolor Society; most have received awards, and their work has been seen nationwide and outside of the United States. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to see landscapes, figurative work, abstract, still life, all with vibrant colors and various mediums.


Wayne Carl Huber started his art career at the University of Michigan and eventually finished with a degree in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University. After teaching school for a few years, he earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In the 1970s, he started teaching at the collegiate level in St Louis, MO.

His illustrious career includes representations in galleries, many one-man shows, group shows, juried exhibitions, and awards for his work. Since moving to Las Cruces, he has taught at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, Doña Ana Community College, and private art classes. Teaching and painting have been the focus of his life.

Joy Calvert, a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, has studied with David Drummond, Tom Jones, Ken Hosmer, and Jeanne Hyland. Her work can be found in private collections from California to North Carolina, and she has won awards in several regional shows.  She currently serves on the Board of the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.


Penny Duncklee has illustrated and painted the covers of books and magazines and shown her work both regionally and nationally, winning awards.  She is also a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.


Another watercolorist, Jane Grider’s education includes coursework at the Chicago Art Institute. She uses both pastel and watercolor to create landscapes that reflect the local scenery.


Richard Harris, a self-taught artist, captures the elegance and magic of our feathered friends.  He has received formal training from Julie Ford Oliver and Nancy Begin. He works in watercolor, acrylic, and water-soluble oil paints.


Maria Lopez, a retired teacher, often integrated art into other subjects to stimulate her students’ interest in learning. Upon retiring, she began painting landscapes in oil and now paints mostly stylized portraits and figures in acrylic. She focuses on color, line, and shapes to guide the process of discovering her subject matter.


Carmen Navar, an award-winning multi-media artist, recently received a Bachelor’s in Fine Art and a Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in Drawing from the University of Texas at El Paso.  She has been in various solo, juried, and non-juried art shows in El Paso, Mexico, Latin America, and at the UTEP Glass Gallery.  She teaches art from her home studio and believes strongly that the arts can be used to heal.


Beverley Pirtle has been taking art workshops since 2007, and she achieved NMWS Signature status in 2018. She loves to paint expressive landscapes, animals, and florals.  Beverley paints mainly in the wet-to-wet style allowing the medium to guide her work. She often adds details after the paint dries.


Ana Maria Uranga, a member of the Artist Guild of New Mexico, has studied art at New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, and in Northern California. Her work, influenced by Impressionists’ study of color and light, captures the dramatic movements found in nature.


The exhibit will be available for viewing from March 1-26, 2021, at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center located at 250 W. Amador during regular business hours, 9 am to 5 pm, and will be open Saturday, March13th from 12-5.  For more information, please visit the website www.daarts.org or call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403.