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The EPAA has opened its memberships to include all artistic, visual disciplines. We firmly believe that artistic diversity and individual participation is the key to our success.



STORIES - Interview with DON BEENE



EPAA has had many talented members. One of the more colorful artists was Jan Herring. Jan is well known for her mystical portraits of children and landscapes. Married to Henry Herring, Jan lived on a dairy farm near Clint,Texas. Her son, Bill, a nationally respected artist, tells the following story about his mother Jan that says a lot about her strength of character and determination.


Jan asked Henry for money to buy new furniture. He promised he would in a couple of years. She agreed and told him that she would remember his promise. Two years went by and Jan reminded Henry of his promise. He said times were still hard but if she would be patient he would fulfill his promise in a couple more years. Jan reminded him of his original promise. A few days later Henry and Bill were heading home when they noticed a column of smoke and some neighbors watching a large bonfire. Jan and her daughter were piling chairs and other old furniture on the fire. Henry leaped out of the car and rushed up to Jan saying, “Are you crazy?  What are you doing?” Jan turned to him with a smile and said, “Henry, you really shouldn't make promises you don’t intend to keep.”  And, with that, Jan got her new furniture.

The EPAA will be celebrating 65 years in 2015. If you have any stories or photographs to share regarding the start of our association, please email to Newsletter@ElPasoArtAssociation.com.




"Red, White, Blue & Camouflage"

Entry Deadline June 16

Opening June 26




(Online Entry Required)

Entry Deadline June 28

Opening July 31



(Online Entry Required)

Entry Deadline August 16

Opening October 3




May 17

June 14

September 13

October 11


The silk painting demonstration last month was amazing. Judy Licht captured everyone’s attention with a hands-on silk painting demonstration. Everyone was able to participate and create a unique scarf. The artists who participated in making this one-of-a-kind scarf include Judy Licht, Donna Vessely, Rami Scully, Linda Noack, Cristina Valdez and Karla Zanelli. The beautiful scarf will be raffled at the Colors of Spring opening on April 24th.


The Soldier Art Workshop Program is designed to address soldier and family anxiety and stress issues resulting from deployment. Several talented artists are volunteering their expertise to teach art to soldiers as they transition to normal military and family life after deployment.


The El Paso Museum of Art, Plein Air Painters of El Paso, Pastel Society of El Paso, Rio Bravo Watercolorists, and other El Paso community sponsors are all participating in this program to provide amazing art to our military families. Military sponsorship is provided by Ft. Bliss Morale, Welfare &

Recreation (MWR), the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), and the Ready & Resilience Center (RRC).


Click HERE to see a list of the workshops.

Click HERE to donate to this program.

Julie Caffee-Cruz is one of the artists participating in the art program. She is teaching participants about drawing. Here is what she had to say about her experience with the program.


The Soldier Art Workshops have been a great experience for me thus far, one that I am proud to be a part of. Having been a military spouse, I have been around military for 14 years, so I know some of what these people have been through. It is always fulfilling to share my art knowledge with others and to see them gain confidence, and be so proud of the art they have created.  There was one soldier in the class that had never drawn before but was so amazed at what he had accomplished in just one class. It will be fun to see the great drawings that come out of my next two classes as the students start to show more of their individual styles and continue to gain in their creativity.


EPAA is looking for organization sponsors, volunteers, and other interested artists to support this important program for our soldiers and their families. For more information, please contact John Robbins at (915) 309-1891 or Gary Crossland at (915) 534-7377.



March 27 to April 18, 2015


Student Scholarship Exhibition

Crossland Gallery

Artwork from Mountain View High School and Horizon High School went on display March 27, 2015, at the Crossland Gallery, 500 West Paisano (at Durango). Western Impressions Best of Show Winner, artist Robert Dozal, judged the students’ entries.


Thank you to our sponsor Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust.

April 24 to May 23, 2015



Entries now closed for this show.

Crossland Gallery


Entries for this award show will be judged by NMSU Art professor Tauna Cole Dorn. One entry will win the Annual Yearbook cover award. Winners will be announced at the gala opening on Friday, April 24th, from 5-7pm.


Thank you to our sponsor Damon Crossland Nationwide Insurance!

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