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Upcoming events

    • 2018-09-20
    • 2018-10-04
    • 3 sessions
    • Classroom & Conference Room
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    Learn how to knit even if you have never held a pair of needles before. Using needles and yarn from the Textile Lab, participants will learn the knitted cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and bind-off. Then we will move on to combining knits and purls for stockinette, garter and ribbed fabrics. Finally, learn about needle types, yarns, and the mysteries of gauge.

    This is a 3 part series taking place on Thursdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th. Plan to attend all three days.

    Day 1:  Cast-on and knit stitch

    Day 2:  Purl stitch

    Day 3:  Combining knit and purl and binding off


    Ages: 18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    What to bring: Yourself. All needed materials are provided.

    Cost: Free

    About the Instructor: Sara Jones is the team lead for the textile room at Cruces Creatives. She has been knitting for 17 years.


    • 2018-09-21
    • 2018-10-19
    • 4 sessions
    • Audio Visual Room
    • 4
    Register

    FRIDAY FIGURE -Drawing/Painting Model Sessions

    Each week artists gather for a model drawing and painting session at Cruces Creatives. Artist are invited to work in oil paints, water color, graphite and charcoal from live models. These fine art sessions are suited for artists of all skill levels. 

    Join us Friday evenings  from 6 PM- 8:30 PM to draw and paint the figure from life. Poses last for for the entire 2.5 hour period. This gives artists a chance to complete a oil painting or more in-depth drawing. This pose will last 4 sessions and is currently limited to 10 people.  Because the pose carries over, participants have the option to reserve a spot from week to week to insure that they can continue the drawing or painting they were working on the week prior.  To reserve your spot purchase all sessions in advance.  The remaining spots will be available to drop ins.

    Materials: Easels, drawing boards, and a space to store their work from week to week will be provided. Artists are responsible for bringing their own drawing and painting materials each week. All drawing and painting media are welcome, with the exception of toxic mediums such as odorless mineral spirits. 

    Ages: 18-up Models will be nude and sessions will be closed to the public.

    COST:

    $10.00 per session for all four sessions, package deal total $40.00.

    $15.00 for individual sessions or drop-inns.

    This is not a class or workshop, however some guidance and critique is included if so desired. (Instruction will be available if needed at an additional cost of $20/hr.)


    About the instructor: Felicia Castro is a Las Cruces-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the Southwest. She has a BFA is studio arts from NMSU and studied classical realism at Hawaii Atelier and figure drawing at NMSU.

    • 2018-09-22
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-09-22
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-09-22
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-09-24
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


    Board Meeting

    Located in the Conference Room / Classroom of Cruces Creatives



    • 2018-09-26
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-09-29
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-09-29
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-09-29
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-09-29
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 2
    Register
    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training

    This is the advanced safety course for using the Textile Lab. We will discuss safe use of the Sergers, the industrial sewing machine, and the shoe patch.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives, and should have already gone through the Intro Textile Lab Safety Training. - 

    • 2018-10-02
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    Register


    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at least six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


    • 2018-10-03
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-04
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    • 10
    Register


    Software for 3D modeling is often aimed at animators or engineers, and it can be hard to learn. SketchUp was originally designed for fast architectural modeling with client interaction, so it's simple and intuitive to use. As a web application hosted by Trimble, you can access the program, and your library of models, from any connected computer. In this workshop, you will learn how to access the application, navigate in a 3D environment, and create models using the basic tools. You will also be introduced to the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, which is the largest repository of free 3D models in the world. For continuing learning, there will be a companion website with further links and tutorials.

    Additional Information

    Cost: $10

    What to Bring:
    A laptop with SketchUp previously installed (visit https://www.sketchup.com/download), a wheel mouse, and a computer power supply. 

    Ages: 
    16 and older

    Prerequisites: 
    No previous experience in 3D design is required, but participants should be proficient in the use of their computers, including use of web browsers, navigating tabs, familiarity with ‘wheel’ mouse, and email. Participants should have a working email address, and should be able to access their email during the class, unless they have previously registered with Trimble and created an account. Ideally, participants should register with Trimble online before coming to the workshop. 

    To make sure that your computer and web browser are compatible with SketchUp, install and run SketchUp before the workshop. SketchUp is available for free download at https://www.sketchup.com/download.

    About the Instructor:
    Daniel Kim has used SketchUp for over ten years, creating models to plan home improvement and woodworking projects. Professionally, he has used the software to model machines designed and built by the NMSU Engineering College, and for valves and actuators in a company web catalog. He has taught how to use it at NMSU in a lab section, and in short Community Education courses at DACC.



    • 2018-10-06
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-10-06
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-10-06
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    • 10
    Register


    Through demonstration and follow-along practice, you’ll use colored pencils to create a realistic still-life of an apple while learning foundational drawing principles and basic colored pencil techniques including sight-measuring proportions, identifying color, layering, creating depth, burnishing, and unifying a composition.

    Additional Information

    Cost: $25, plus material costs (participants bring supplies)

    What to bring:

    • White Bristol paper (any WHITE smooth/minimally-toothed paper, decent thickness)
    • 50-count Crayola colored pencils
    • Erasers, stick and rubber
    • Pencil
    • Painter’s tape

    Ages: Adults, 16 and older with a parent or guardian present.

    Pre-requisites: No previous experience is necessary, but basic drawing skills will be helpful.

    About the Instructor

    Valerie Devereaux holds a BFA in studio art from NMSU (2017), and her arts awards include Best in Show for the NMSU Juried Student Show, Honorable Mention in the NM Women in the Arts Scholarship, the Jesus & Josefina Mata Award, and the Karl & Sylvia Schueppert Scholarship. She has been working with colored pencils for 6 years.


    • 2018-10-10
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-10
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-10-13
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-10-13
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-10-17
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-17
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Conference Room/Classroom
    Register



    What if you could turn your passion or hobby into a viable business?

    Imagine how satisfying it would be if you could tap into your gift for crafting and develop a unique product line to share with others.

    Mesilla Valley Artisans/Crafters Guild is designed to help you make that dream a reality. Donna Schwendinger, founder of Blue Gecko Southwest, will offer practical tips on how you can build a business, based on her years as an artisan/crafter in Kansas, Virginia, New Mexico, and Texas.

    At this meeting, Donna Schwendinger will share ways to effectively use social media marketing to get the word out on your latest product or service. Visitors are welcome to attend!

    For more information, contact Nancy Hastings at n.hastings@crucescreatives.org

    More Information

    Cost: Free

    Ages: 18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:

    Donna Schwendinger founded Blue Gecko Southwestin 2003 while she was exploring ways to turn her passion for crafting gift items into an actual business.  Her aha moment came when she made miniature spa bags for 25 staff members who worked for her at a medical billing company. Shortly afterwards, several of the women asked to buy more of her specialty soaps. That moment of customer validation proved she had a product that was marketable. 

    Following the positive response of her employees, Donna ramped up her inventory and started selling at local farmers’ markets and at the PX on the post where her husband was stationed. She soon learned that she needed a greater variety of product lines to offer her repeat customers. She began experimenting with different products, including gourmet doggie biscuits and pupcakes. 

    Relocating as a military wife gave her an opportunity to sell at farmers’ markets in Virginia, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas.  As a direct result of actively selling at church and school craft shows, Donna was able to hone her marketing skills through hands-on experience and develop a loyal following for Blue Gecko Southwest.

    Currently she has her merchandise on display in shops in France and Germany. She also has returning customers requesting her specialty soaps, versatile jackets, or durable tote bags on a regular basis. 

    After fifteen years of trial and error, Donna has successfully achieved her goal of finding a meaningful way to build her hobby into a flourishing small business for extra income when she retires. That plan is working well, much to her amazement. Her dream is to share her insights and experiences with other crafters so they can find empowerment in owning and operating their own businesses.

     






    • 2018-10-18
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    • 5
    Register

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    Learn everything you need to record basic audio in the Cruces Creatives sound booth. Through demonstration followed by hands-on practice in small groups, this course covers

    • How to choose the right equipment for your project
    • How to set up and test mixers, microphones, and cables
    • How to record audio in Audacity, an open-source digital audio workstation
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in Audacity
    • How to record basic audio in GarageBand
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in GarageBand

    No previous experience with recording or audio engineering is required. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to record audio for your songs, podcasts, video voiceovers, or other projects.

    Cost: Free to members, $10 for general public

    Ages: 18 and older, or 12-17 with a parent or guardian

    About the instructor:

    Pat DeSimio is a songwriter who has worked with recording equipment and audio engineering software for about 15 years. He helped set up and equip the sound booth at Cruces Creatives.


    • 2018-10-20
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-10-20
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-10-20
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-20
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 4
    Register
    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training

    This is the advanced safety course for using the Textile Lab. We will discuss safe use of the sergers, the industrial sewing machine, and the shoe patch.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives, and should have already gone through the Intro Textile Lab Safety Training. - 

    • 2018-10-24
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-10-27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-10-27
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-10-31
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)