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Events and Programs

These projects are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, by the National Endowment for the Arts,  by the Devasthali Family Foundation Fund, and by the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

Current Events and Programs

Writing for the Calm:
A Journaling Workshop
Feb 21 - Mar 27

Since 2024 promises to be stressful in so many ways, we all can use a space to spill our guts, reach for solace, ask the unanswerable questions, and learn more about ourselves. Not only can journaling improve our overall writing practice, recent research indicates that journaling helps sustain mindfulness and reduce stress in ways that mirrors mediation. Join Rochelle and Kathy for a journaling workshop where we can explore new techniques for self-expression and reflection.

This 6-week workshop is open to all writers, from novice to experienced. You will need to bring writing materials—of varying types—whatever will help increase your focus.

We will use prompts and timed writings, readings from some favorite poets, philosophers and prose writers, and mindfulness exercises to bring our material to the page. Sharing your writing will be encouraged but not required; this is purposely not a critique group. Join us to enliven your writing practice and celebrate writing in community.

About Rochelle Williams: Journaling is the foundation of my writing practice. I write fiction and poetry. In 2015 I received an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of online and print literary journals: Chokecherries; Desert Exposure; Earthships: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets; Women on Writing; Menacing Hedge; The MacGuffin, Packingtown Review.

About Kathy Roark-Diehl: I have been teaching for NMSU in multiple capacities since 1990, first as a college instructor of English at NMSU, Las Cruces; and at NMSU Alamogordo where I retired Professor Emerita in 2021. Throughout my years of teaching, I have emphasized “pen to page” techniques in order to free my students from their fears of writing. As an academic, I have promoted journal writing as a way to learn content, organize time and ideas, calm fear, and explore the self. As a writer and life-long journal keeper, I see journal keeping as a way to know myself, and free myself from an often cluttered mind.

When: Each Wednesday from February 21 to March 27, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Where: Otero Artspace @ 12th St and Indiana, Alamogordo

Cost: $50 includes all sessions (50% of proceeds will be donated to Otero Arts, Inc.)

Questions: email

Class is limited to 10 participants. A limited number of scholarships are available.

2024 Veteran Arts Writers' Workshop


Otero Arts Inc * 12th and Indiana, Alamogordo NM

Have you ever wanted to write about your personal experiences of war, military service, or the after-effects of these in your life?

Rochelle Williams and I are hoping you can join us again for our Writers Workshops as part of Otero Arts 2024 Veteran Arts Showcase.

2024 season kickoff on Saturday February 17 and Saturday March 2nd, 2024 from 9am-noon.

RSVP by February 14

As in our first Veteran Arts Writers' Workshop there will be no "drop-ins" so please call or email us no later than Wednesday prior.  

We anticipate having room for a few new participants so please do share the attached flyer with others who may want to join us.

And FYI Otero Arts is also hosting a journaling workshop Wednesdays, not tied to the Veteran Arts Showcase -- let us know if you would also be interested in future events.  

Dr. Lori Arella, Facilitator
Military Mental Health Specialist
Co-Founder: Veteran Arts Showcase in NY and in NM    845-797-3642

Rochelle Williams, Facilitator
Master of Fine Arts, Fiction
Poet, Fiction Writer, Photographer

Upcoming Events and Programs

Otero Arts is proud to present “Chasing the Light” a plein air pastel exhibition with work by Janet Amtmann and Lyn Canham.  The exhibition opens with a reception on March 1, from 5 – 7pm at Otero Artspace, 1118 Indiana Avenue, in Alamogordo.  The exhibition continues through March.  


The two artists are members of Otero Arts as well as Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Pastel Society of New Mexico, and Cloudcroft Art Society.  

In the course of winding down her career as a Cognitive Psychologist, Lyn Canham reintroduced herself to drawing and painting by studying with various New Mexican art teachers.  Her pastel paintings flow from her lifelong love of nature.  She often paints landscapes on location, because of “her passion for being planted right in the middle of the beautiful terrains of the Southwest.” 


Lyn is represented by two galleries in southern New Mexico.  She has participated in many exhibitions in New Mexico.  


Janet Amtmann’s interest in painting began as a young child studying with her mother, a landscape and portrait artist.  She studied oils, acrylics and watercolor in her teen years with established artists/teachers in Florida and Chicago.  At that time, she painted en plein air as well as studio still lives.  It wasn’t until she retired in 2001 and took a course in pastels with Kathleen Schallock in Santa Fe, that she embraced pastels as her central medium. “My work carries with it the whispered teaching of many artists I have known and the joy and excitement I feel when confronted with the natural world that is New Mexico.”  


Janet has exhibited in National Pastel Exhibits in Chicago, Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, Kennebunk, Maine and Colorado.  She has also shown in exhibitions in various locations in New Mexico.  She teaches beginning art classes at the Alamogordo Senior Center.  

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After registration, please complete the fillable permission form below and bring it with on workshop day. 

NOTE: Art exhibits generally open on 1st Fridays and remain up for the month.


Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 1-4 PM

February 5: Reception for Rochelle Williams' February exhibit, 5 - 7 PM

February 10: Children’s Mask Workshop, 10 AM - 12 PM

February 17 & March 2: Free Veterans Writer's Workshop, 9 AM - noon

February 21 - March 27: Writing for the Calm: Weekly Journaling Workshop by Rochelle Williams and Kathy Roark-Diehl,  each Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

March 8: Reception for Lyn Canham and Janet Amtmann March exhibit : 5 - 7 PM

March 9: Children’s Focused Drawing Workshop, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

April 5: Reception for Student Show April exhibit, 5 - 7 PM

April 13: Children’s Collage Workshop, 10 AM - 12 PM

May 11: Children’s Notan/ Japanese Paper Cutting Workshop, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

June 8: Children’s Folk Art Workshop, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

July 13: Children’s Sandpainting Workshop, 10 AM - 12 PM

August 10:  Children’s Mini-Mural with Tempera, 10 AM - 12 PM

September 14: Children’s Macrame Workshop, 10 AM - 12 PM

October 12: Children’s Clay Workshop, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

November 9th: Storytelling/voice acting, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

December 14th: Xmas ornaments, Age 8+, 10 AM - 12 PM

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