RMAC To Host Painting & Collage Workshop

Adults of all experience levels are invited to participate in a two-day workshop with Santa Fe-based artist Linda
Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Choctaw) exploring individual responses to current and personal life events through painting and
collage. The event will take place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center on Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day.

This session is based upon Lomahaftewa’s recent works created at the end of 2020 in which she produced a body of
work including paintings, collages, drawings and monotypes that were unlike any works she produced in her 60-year
career. Lomahaftewa describes her new work as “being grounded by looking at things from the past like pueblo pottery designs from my previous research, giving me confidence knowing where I come from through connecting to the past.

Like meditation; similar to doing beadwork or quilting.” She came to realize these works were a response to the strong
feelings and emotions she was experiencing due to the world events around her at that time such as climate changes,
the 2020 presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this two-day workshop, Lomahaftewa will work with the participants to create works using painting and drawing
as a vehicle to create pieces. On day one, participants will create several small paintings on paper. Lomahaftewa will
guide each student on mark making with lines of color. The second day will be radical. Each student will cut up their
paintings and rearrange them through mixing and matching them using collage as a technique to create new pieces
connected to their original idea. At the end of the workshop, the class will discuss their work together as a group.
Funding for this workshop is provided by the RMAC Foundation through funds generously bequeathed by Lorene
Johnson Gratton, a long-time museum member and Roswell resident, in support of learning opportunities for adults
with professional artists. Lorene Johnson Gratton workshops are open to both paying students and those with a financial
need who require a scholarship to participate. Based on need, students may take the workshop free of charge or pay up to the suggested donation of $125. Workshops are open to adults of all experience levels. All materials will be provided, including acrylic paint, brushes and paper.

Gratton received her first art training in free classes at the Roswell Museum in the 1930s. Programs like these provided
the skills necessary to express herself artistically, and the inspiration to bring art into the lives of her family and friends.
The Gratton Endowment supports similar access to quality art education for adults, continuing a museum tradition of
making art a regular part in the lives of the citizens of Roswell.
Linda Lomahaftewa is a Hopi-Choctaw printmaker, painter and mixed media artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She
teaches painting, color theory and 2-D art foundations at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Lomahaftewa has
traveled and exhibited internationally. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to
teaching at IAIA, Lomahaftewa taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.
1011 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell, NM 88201

The Roswell Museum and Art Center is located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave., just north of the Roswell Convention Center.

Registration is available online at www.roswellmuseum.org, at the museum’s front desk during operating hours 10 a.m.-
6 p.m. daily, or by calling (575) 624-6744.