An Exhibit by Las Cruces Artist Jo-an Smith [NMSU '75] to Benefit the Williams Hall Renovation Project

You are cordially invited to An Exhibit by Las Cruces Artist Jo-an Smith [NMSU ‘75] to Benefit the Williams Hall Renovation Project.

Exhibit: "Beyond Imagination: From Deep Water to Outer Space" (Paintings and Jewelry)

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am – 3pm

Place: Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road [Corner of El Paseo & University] Las Cruces, NM 88001, 575-541-0658

The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Smith and the Cutter Gallery will donate 20% of the dollars earned from the sale of her paintings and jewelry to the Williams Hall Renovation Project THIS DAY ONLY.  The donated amount will be MATCHED by Ammu [NMSU ’93] and Rama Devasthali.  Jo-an will personally be in the gallery on October 25th from 10-2pm.

About The Exhibit:
"I titled this exhibition of paintings ”Beyond Imagination" because I had never imagined the beauty of the space objects so recently made visible to us by the Hubble Telescope.  With new technology, we are now exploring the deepest waters on earth, as well.  I see striking visual similarities between the deep waters and outer space.  I invite you to come and see and experience this new adventure in art."

About the Williams Hall Renovation Project:
Williams Hall, the home of the Art department at NMSU is in great need of renovation.  President Garrey Carruthers and the Board of Regents have designated this building as one of the major capital renovation projects to take to the New Mexico Legislature in 2016.

The Williams Hall Renovation Project will have a tremendous long-term economic and cultural impact on our students and faculty at NMSU as well as the larger community of Las Cruces and southern New Mexico.  Campus impact alone will increase our studio and instructional space, help to showcase NMSU’s visual arts program, greatly improve our student’s work environment, and help draw students from other departments on campus to explore their hidden talents.  A new and improved art complex will also help us serve our community, state and region more fully as NMSU faculty and students lead the way in reaching out to the public as to the significance of art and culture in our lives.

About Jo-an Smith:
Jo-an smith was born and grew up in the Pacific Northwest.  As an adult, she and her family traveled and lived all over the United States, Alaska, Central, and South America.  In 1972 the family moved to Las Cruces.  Jo-an has been creating unusual one-of-a-kind jewelry since 1976 when she completed her Masters of Art at NMSU.  About twenty years ago she started painting and has studied with Aleksander Titvets, Laura Robb, Cheng Khee Chee, and Stephen Quiller.

Jo-an was invited to be in Who’s Who In American Art in 1976 and in Who’s Who in American Women in 2006.  She is a Distinguished Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and is a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.  She was awarded Dona Ana Art Council’s “Papen Family Award” in 2008.  Jo-an has paintings in the New Mexico permanent collections including the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City and The Capitol Art Foundation in Santa Fe.

Jo-an Smith’s art has been collected all over the U.S. and abroad.  She and her art have been featured in several books and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles.  She has exhibited her work extensively in juried shows and is the veteran of more than a dozen one-woman shows.  A recent one-woman show was “Intertwined” which exhibited at the Cutter Gallery during September and October 2011.  Her jewelry and paintings may be seen at the Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces on an ongoing basis.

Information about Jo-an Smith reprinted from The Border Artists, PO Box 64, Mesilla, NM 88046, 575-644-1820,

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