Art Exhibit August 2020

The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will feature the work of Las Cruces artists Paul Maxwell and Phil Yost in August at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center gallery.  Both artists bring many years of experience, extensive travel, and a keen eye for detail to this exhibit.

Paul Maxwell paints full-time in his Southern New Mexico studio in Santa Teresa, focusing on landscapes and local subjects using acrylic paints.   According to Paul, “For this new exhibit, I’m exploring different border crossings and immigration issues.  One of my paintings, Twenty-Two Stars over El Paso, relates to the August 3rd massacre at the Wal-Mart in El Paso in 2019.”  Paul traveled extensively in and around Florence, Italy in 2013 and 2014, where he studied at the Academe de Arte, worked with several Italian artists and produced paintings based on his travels.  Paul continues to explore different media and themes often influenced by the southwest desert and life on the border. 

Phil Yost took up painting watercolors in 1996 and soon excelled.  He was accepted to his first juried exhibition in the New Mexico Watercolor Society Show in 2002, earning the Award of Excellence. “I like the outdoors and I like old things,” says Phil. “I like to paint old buildings, especially old adobe churches, bottles, cars and other things I find outdoors.  I’m a scientist, and I guess I bring that to my work.  Getting detail and exactness is important to me”.  Phil has exhibited in numerous juried shows, including the NM Watercolor Society, Arts for the Parks, SW Federation of Watercolor Societies, Masterworks of New Mexico, and the International Art Show in El Paso.  In 2005 his work based on the Missouri River was selected to be featured in three venues in Montana commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark trek of 1803-06.

The exhibit is available for viewing from Aug 3 through Aug 29, 2020 at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during extend hours for the Second Saturday, Aug 8th from 12 noon to7 p.m. For more information, visit the website or call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403.

The Dona Ana Arts Council office and Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, New Mexico.   The mailing address is PO Box 1721, Las Cruces, NM 88004.  For more information visit or call the DAAC office at (575) 523-6403.


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