Fiber Arts Center Launches Painting Of Memorable Mural

by Staff Reporter / Aug 09, 2017 / comments
Conceptual rendering of new mural being created on the east wall of the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. Courtesy image.

Fiber Arts Center Launches Painting Of Memorable Mural

The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC), located at 325 Paseo De Oñate in Española has a history of embracing the multiple cultures and Fiber Arts legacies of Northern New Mexico, and now they are embracing that tradition in the creation of a new mural.

A new mural commissioned by the EVFAC is going up on the east-side of their building, depicting two female figures, bearing local features, who are engaged in a methodical and contemplative process of preparing yarn.

“They are creating the base from which all fiber artwork is rooted, letting the branches of imagination blossom and provoke the interpretation in the viewer’s mind” April Jouse, Director of Operations explained. Strong geometric motifs speak of shapes found in woven tapestries while organic vines, flowers and birds bring to mind the imagery characteristic in Colcha embroidery. The interconnecting linear shapes and fluid elements communicate a holistic view of all Fiber Arts techniques. The depicted objects, such as plants and birds, remind us of the close connection to nature these textile traditions of Northern New Mexico inherently nurture.

“We are the go-to teaching facility for Fiber Arts, and we place significant emphasis on nurturing the rich fiber heritage of the region while supporting our mission of cultivating and supporting multi-generational participation in local, traditional and contemporary Fiber Arts, Jouse stated.

Olimpia Newman, Director of Development added “During the most recent growth phase, EVFAC has placed emphasis on increasing the visibility of the Center to drive- by visitors and making the Center more welcoming. The mural’s objective is also to educate and inform the larger public, as it captures the essence of textile heritage while visually enhancing Española’s historic district”

“We have gathered input from EVFAC’s leadership and Members, and worked closely with lead artist Nani Chacon, in developing the design” Jouse explains. The mural painting started on Monday, July 17th and will continue throughout August. By engaging youth from Española, Ohkay Owingeh, Abiquiu and Ojo Caliente in the painting process, Nani Chacon will pass on the importance of Northern New Mexico’s Fiber Arts heritage, EVFAC’s role in the Fiber Arts community and how to create noticeable and memorable public art.

The imagery of the mural is an allegory of local artistic creation and pays tribute to the handmade process and the art forms practiced in this region for generations past – and generations to come. The mural respects the past while embracing the future through the flowing thread of everlasting creation of Fiber Arts. “Presently we refer to mural as EVFAC’s memorable mural” Newman explains. However the title of the mural will be revealed during the unveiling of the mural will occur during EVFAC’s 20th Birthday celebrations on September 16th, 2017.

“The Mural and façade upgrade project has been generously supported by National Endowment for the Arts, McCune Charitable Foundations and many private supporters”, Newman explains. However EVFAC continues to fundraise in order to upgrade the front façade and signage. Support is still needed, so visit the fundraiser on and donate generously.

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About the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center

The  Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC, the Center) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that cultivates and support multi- generational participation in local, traditional and contemporary Fiber Arts. Its three main areas of focus are to build expertise in the Fiber Arts for adults and youth through Education, to increase awareness and participation in the Fiber Arts and foster economic growth in the fiber arts community through collaborative efforts that respect heritage and promotes a Fiber Ecosystem - that grows, harvests, prepares and uses fibers creatively.