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Following a successful start to its 2016-17 season, the Artesia Arts Council is looking forward to additional workshops, classes, programs and shows in the new year.

“The Artesia Arts Council has been spectacular the first half of the 2016-17 season,” said Executive Director Laurie Schotz. “As we head into the New Year, we want to take a moment to reflect on the key people that overwhelmingly support our mission to develop and create interest in the arts and enrich the life in Southeast New Mexico through educational, artistic and cultural opportunities.”

The Artesia Arts Council now offers watercolor workshops, canvas classes, music lessons, yoga, and personal development classes for adults. The children’s education program is blooming with fine arts, beginning, advanced and elite theatre, and music lessons, including piano, guitar, drums and violin.

“These activities are all in addition to our regular season of grand entertainment,” said Schotz. “If you have not had an opportunity to become a member, please consider making that a priority for the New Year. We have prorated our Golden Ticket, so make sure you take full advantage of that opportunity.”

Those interested in becoming members or purchasing Golden Tickets should contact Jenna Secrist, membership director, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 746-4212. Anyone interested in classes, workshops, concerts, or special events may also contact the OPAC or drop by and enjoy a brown bag lunch while perusing works in the OPAC’s lobby gallery.

Artesians should note, however, the OPAC will be closed to the public through Jan. 9. Tickets for workshops and shows may still be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com during this time. The OPAC’s concert season will resume Jan. 31 with the Olga Vocal Ensemble of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

“We make it our personal responsibility to ensure you are informed and we exceed your expectations,” said Schotz. “Thank you for a great first half of the season! Happy New Year, all; see you in 2017!”