Thank You Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors for the Mountain Road Banner Project:

Golden Crown Bakery
Mountain Road Fine Furniture
MGP Mechanical
Brent Lomako
Wells Park Neighborhood Association
The Next Best Think to Being There
Isaac Benton, Councilman for District 2

History of the Neighborhood: Banners for Mountain Road

If you are thinking of submitting a piece for the Banners for Mountain Road Project, here you will find a document that contains pictures of some of the oldest buildings in the Sawmill-Wells Park neighborhood. It tells the history of the area too. I enclosed a photo of the old gas station now a coffee shop at 8th and Mountain. Submissions:

Sawmill-Wells Park history

Two new original linocuts on bags…

One of my favorite poets, Garcia Lorca has entered the public domain. In my design you can see his his home near Granada Spain in the background. Living during one of its darkest times, he is now considered Spain’s greatest 20th century poet. He was executed by a firing squad in 1936. Alongside Garcia Lorca, I have my Pan Dulce bag. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the French pastries that have such unusual names in Mexico such as “mustache”, “underpants” or “foot of the mule”. In each bag, I have written the story that goes with the design.


Art in August on Mountain Road

 Join us on Mountain Road for Art in August at three locations. At the Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery I am excited to show the work of printmaker Mary Sundstrom along with some new linocuts of mine. August 12, 10-4 and August 13, noon to 5pm. Get coffee and a delicious meal at Farmacy across the street, and take a walk down Mountain to see work at Little Bird de Papel and The Next Best Thing to Being There.

Arte Sin Fronteras: A Printmaker’s Collective in Burque

Denise Weaver Ross, Kate Padilla, Juliana Coles, Andrew Fearnside, Risa Taylor and Julianna Kirwin have formed a Printmaking Collective on Mountain Road near Albuquerque’s Old Town. Working at the Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery, the group has designed an image for a proposal submitted to the Southwest Print Fiesta in Silver City, NM. If accepted, the 36″ x 36″ linocut will be printed by a steamroller at the festival on Sept 2nd.

We’ll keep you updated on the project! We are calling our group, Arte Sin Fronteras! We are all artists (and some of us are also poets) who participate generously in Albuquerque’s local art scene. Thanks to Denise Weaver Ross for her assistance in the design for the project.

Original Block Prints: Wearable Art

My name is Julianna Kirwin and I have been designing and printing my own images for twenty years. Until last year, my focus was on the original prints I created on paper. But in 2015 I was asked to do a workshop for The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Participants of an International Design Summit would need my help to create and print their designs onto cotton bags they would take home. The success of that workshop led me to start printing my own line of wearable hand-printed bags.

Why do I love printmaking? It’s an art-form that was part of the Mexican tradition of “arte popular,” folk art made by hand and reflecting the culture of a particular place.

Lupita - Handprinted bag

Pablo Neruda hand printed bag

Here in my neighborhood, those folk traditions are still part of every day life.

I hope you will enjoy these hand printed bags that depict some of my favorite poets, composers, animals and local scenes. Each bag is designed and printed in my studio on Mountain Road in the heart of Albuquerque.

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