Mesa Public Library Opens First Exhibit Of 2021 Season With ‘ESPAÑOLA: People And Places’ In Step Up Gallery March 13

‘Stop and Eat’. Photo by Eugenie Johnson

‘Pinups’ (Lowrider weekend 2019). Photo by Jane Whitmore


The photographic exhibit ESPAÑOLA: People and Places, a collaboration by Jane Whitmore, Psy.D. and Eugenie Johnson, opens Saturday, March 13 at Mesa Public Library’s Step Up Gallery.

The public now has access to the Mesa Public Library building 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. At the present time access will be limited to 30 people at a time for no longer than 30 minute visits.

ESPAÑOLA: People and Places visually examines everyday life in neighboring Española. Images of people and places, well-known to its residents, are elevated to art in stunning black and white prints by two Santa Fean photographers. 

Jane Whitmore and Eugenie Johnson spent a year regularly photographing Española, recognizing the rhythms and symbols of life in this north central New Mexican town. The photographs acknowledge Española’s vitality as evident in the longevity of successful family-owned businesses, religious faith and a strong sense of community. 

The exhibit will remain in Step Up Gallery until the opportunity for adequate viewership goals have been met. Questions about this exhibit and general inquiries about Step Up Gallery can be emailed to

Note: Be sure to check the status and safety requirements of Mesa Public Library’s policy on public access prior to visiting the Step Up Gallery at or call 505.662.8250.