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El Malpais Art Walks are Back!

Great News! After a rocky government shutdown and challenges with a limited staff, I am happy to announce that the monthly art walks are back! Let's all have a stress free morning of art and photography! The BLM at El Malpais National Conservation Area have been offering monthly art themed nature walks for over two years. We get many enthusiastic artists, painters, sketchers and photographers out to gain a bit of inspiration. This Meetup is also announced on the Albuquerque outdoor and hiking page and the Arts New Mexico page.



We will meet at the North West New Mexico Visitor Center at 9:00 am. Then we will caravan to a different place within the National Conservation Area each Sunday, where all artistic minded folks can set up their easels, or pull out their cameras and let nature inspire. There can be as little or as much walking involved as you wish. There might be artistic inspiration right in the parking area. Or you can join Ranger Jenn on a short walk for a stunning view. Total round trip mileage each Sunday should not be more than about 1 and 1/2 miles. It's more about being outside getting creative, than about hard core hiking. However, if the weather is really bad, we can find inspiration looking out the warm sunlit windows of the Visitor Center.

Bring your own art supplies: paint, canvas, pencils, cameras, or sketch books. We plan to finish by noon or 1 depending on weather and the feelings of the group. Artists are encouraged to linger if they wish.

Dress for changing weather, layered clothing, closed toe shoes, hat, gloves, sunscreen, water, and snacks.

Please contact me at the BLM office[masked] if you would like more details. Or on the day of the walk, call the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at[masked] Hope you can join us! :)

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  • Jerry W. K.

    I hate to do this, I've got to drop out and I hope I can make it to the next one. I'm still looking for more work as a real estate photographer and I'll be going to more open houses on Sunday. I hope all of you have fun and snap lots of great images!

    January 18, 2014

    • Jerry W. K.

      Thanks Ranger Jenn, it's been a great day and I'l have two high end homes to photograph this week. Things are looking up!

      January 19, 2014

  • Robin

    Ranger Jenn...GREAT job! El Morro was beautiful and the weather was good. I so enjoyed taking photos. I'm a SLOW hiker so maybe I'll do better next time and get to spend more time talking to folks. Altogether lovely day.

    January 19, 2014

  • Liz B

    thanks Ranger Jen, for another wonderful Sunday trip

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My back is giving me trouble, so I will have to do it another time. Hope everyone else has fun.

    January 19, 2014

  • Sharon T.

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation...woke up with a migraine this morning...difficult and draining and long drive in the sun not good....next time...thanks for the opportunity.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott, if you'll send me your phone # we can make arrangements to meet. Thanks. Marlene

    January 12, 2014

    • Liz B

      Scott I was looking to car pool can you fit another?

      January 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I can- call me at[masked]

      January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this area baby stroller friendly? Anyone know?

    January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone?

      January 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ranger Jenn, that would be so cool, thank you! My son weighs about 28 lbs, I'm hoping he will fit.

      January 15, 2014

  • Robin

    Hi...I'm new to the group and really looking forward to meeting all of you!

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bum a ride with someone? I don't like driving far in areas I'm not familiar with. I can meet you somewhere.

    January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I can give you a ride. I live in the Eubank/Academy area.

      January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in sharing the drive with someone.

    January 12, 2014

  • Liz B

    Can we go to el morro?

    January 12, 2014

  • Liz B

    Anyone want to car pool from Abq?

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    John and I will be looking forward to it!

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to join you, where is the NW NM visitor Center?

    Marlene Phillips. Happy New Year!

    December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!

    December 28, 2013

  • Martha S.

    Cannot wait, ready to go now

    December 17, 2013

  • Ron M.

    Will be in Mexico on 1/19/14, but please keep me posted on ElMalpais outings.

    December 16, 2013

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