Jemez Springs’s newest artist-in-residence and community outreach program is hosting a launch event at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Jemez Springs Public Library.
The location of the program is a property Mike Murphy left to his daughters at his death in 2014. He started Mission Street Arts as a studio and gallery space.
Mission Street Arts is now owned and operated by Devin Williams and Eva Murphy, and managed by artist Billy Ehret. They are furthering his vision and enthusiasm for many many artistic disciplines.
“We want to let everyone know about Mission Street Arts and gather feedback from the community about what we can best do with our resources to facilitate the arts in Jemez Springs,” Ehret said. “Mission Street Arts exists to further the artistic vision of resident artists and the community by providing facilities in a scenic and supportive environment.”
Artist residencies are available for up to two artists at a time and one to eight weeks.
The residence includes a private bedroom, shared bathroom, kitchen, library, living room, studio space and outdoor working area with access to tools and equipment. Mission Street Arts is developing programs that include scholarships and various levels of payment for room, board and studio use. Artists are responsible for all travel and food expenses.
Past artists at the residence include comic book artist Shawn Dubin, screenwriter Paradox Pollack and collage artist and painter Aaron Wexler, to name a few.
But Mission Street Arts supports all creative types, including emerging artists, who come to Jemez Springs for inspiration.
The “Who We Are and What We Do” introduction to Mission Street Arts will take place at the Jemez Springs Public Library at 62 Jemez Springs Plaza.