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Art Exhibits

Children’s Art Exhibition
Planet Art: Creativity Across Cultures


Exhibit dates:  Saturday, April 7, 2018 through Thursday, April 26, 2018

Public Reception: Friday, April 13, 2018 5 pm – 7 pm

Library Hours: Tuesday, 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm

“Art is the signature of civilizations.” — Beverly Sills

Art in the School (AIS), a nationally recognized New Mexico volunteer program, has provided supplemental art education for more than 20 years to Placitas Elementary School (PES) students. The theme for the 2017-18 school year – “Planet Art: Creativity across Cultures” –- will be celebrated April 7 – 26 with an exhibition of student work at the Collin Room of the Placitas Community Library.

Program coordinator, Linda Hughes, notes that trained volunteers including parents, grandparents and community members were invited by teachers into five different classrooms at the school to take students on a journey around the world with lessons exploring historic, geographic, cultural, economic and social context of communities near and far.

This year students learned about and responded to Assyrian clay reliefs, New Mexico-based print-making methods and imagery, reverse applique molas from the San Blas Islands off the shore of Panama, and African masks from Mali and Bourkina Faso. The results of their exploration of these topics will adorn library walls for nearly a month allowing the entire community to learn alongside and through the children’s efforts.

In May, following the Children’s Exhibit, the Library will host the annual Garden Tour Plein Air art exhibit in conjunction with the Placitas Garden Tour.

For additional information please contact:
Rebecca Cohen, PCL Art Committee PR Representative –
Linda Hughes, AIS Program Coordinator for Placitas Elementary –

Images available on request.

Participating PES classrooms, teachers and volunteers include:

  • Kindergarten:
    *  Teacher: Chandra Gonzales
    *  AIS Volunteer: Jenny Trujillo and Jeanie Pawlowski
  • First Grade:
    *  Teacher: Leandra Montoya
    *  AIS Volunteer: Anna Jones and Crystal Trujillo
  • Grade 1-2 Combo:
    *  Teacher: Lisa Esquibel
    *  AIS Volunteer: Anna Jones and Tracie Sipple
  • Fourth Grade:
    *  Teacher: Vince Sheehan
    *  AIS Volunteer: Tracey and Sam Baczkiewicz
  • Fifth Grade:
    *  Teacher: Laura Mallett
    *  AIS Volunteer: Roz Corriere

If you are interested in displaying your art at the library, please go to this page where you will find the Call for Artists  and submit the electronic form.