For the past four years, we have worked with APS teachers Sue Triplett and Ramon Gomez in their Highland high art classes to create designs for two large signs along Central Ave. This past spring, a generous grant from PNM allowed us to expand our program to bring additional artists into Highland classes. Lindsey Fromm, James Meara, Erin Fussell and Christy Cook led over 60 students though a series of field trips, photography, graphic design and painting techniques to create several bold sign designs.
A group of longtime Barelas residents including Carmen Baca, Dorothy Chavez, Henry Chavez, Henry Pacheco, Rodolfo Estrada, Lucy Salazar and Maria Castillo worked with Ellen Babcock and Cristine Posner this past summer to develop designs for the upper oval of the old Horn Oil gas station. The first and last of the above six designs were selected to be placed in the renovated sign, which should be completed by spring.