Previous Residencies

181 Collective Fall 2020

Situational Composition- Friday, October 9th on Madrid Rd in Jemez Springs, NM

181 Collective is made up of Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, and Jason Rhodes.  These artists were in residence from October 2nd through October 9th at the Mission Street Arts studios.  Over the course of the residency the collective sketched together, collected, and built, all with an eye toward a “one night only!” situational composition. Various special guest artists from across the country participated via the internet including Brittany De Nigris, Aaron K. Hoffer, Mike Marks, Phil McGaughy, Joe Netta, Mike Roche, Charlotte Thurman, and Jacob Zimmerman.

As a collective, the 181 is interested in creating situations that generate experiential spaces which expand, contract, or reassemble as information sloshes about.  They attempt imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole.  The members of the collective can be described as a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice they view with distress.

The 181 Collective have been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a glim glam golden Q, roughly 10 yards of transparent lavender vinyl, and a broken hold on the sea’s reflection.  Since then they have gathered and appeared in places like the Arthur Craven Foundation, Milan, Italy; Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; LPM, Rome, Italy; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; an alley in Eugene, OR; the ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; transmissions beamed from Maine to Sao Paulo, Brazil; the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia; Slingshot Festival, Athens, GA; Herrick Cave in Lake County, OR; High Desert Test Sites HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA; and upcoming in spring 2021 at Locust Projects, Miami, FL.


Walter McQuie Spring 2020


The free public salon took place at the Jemez Public Library February 29th.

Sylvia Warner Spring 2020


Sylvia Warner stated that, “For me, weaving is a metaphor for life.  My tapestries blend old yarns with new approaches, the designs always changing, evolving on the loom.  As with life, intuition is important.”  Fiber Arts and writing are the paths of Sylvia Warner’s second career after university/ college teaching in the humanities for a quarter of a century.  “I enjoy every aspect of weaving: the quiet and meticulous work of warping the loom, the excitement of color and pattern combinations as I begin, the pleasure of developing an idea.” Sylvia’s tapestries are rich in texture and color, showing the natural landscapes around her home setting in the Sangre deCristo mountains of northern New Mexico.  Mesas, mountain ranges, high desert meadows frame scenes of a solitary hogan or a distant pueblo.
Sylvia retired early from teaching English Language and Literature ( mostly in Canada ) back in 1996, and then studied weaving at the El Rito Campus of Northern New Mexico College for a couple of years.  She worked on her own for a decade, taking classes from local masters such as Rebecca Bluestone and Ted Hallman. She has exhibited her works at the Fine Arts Gallery of Jemez Springs, joining the collective at the same time as the sculptor Murphy. We became good friends.“I am delighted to be a part of Mission Street Arts. It’s peaceful yet vibrant community setting, provides inspiration for me to pass on what I have learned.” Sylvia’s home is north of Cuba, NM, where you find her living  ‘close to the land’, writing, walking her two dogs – Bravo and Encore, taking cello lessons, and sketching.

Doug Ohmstroff  

Summer 2019

Glass Artist

Public demonstration at the Jemez Springs Public Library August 14

Workshops at Mission Street Arts studio August 17 & 18

Doug Ohmstroff ​has been a practicing glass artist for over 25 years, creating works in both Hot Shop and Flameworking techniques. ​As a child, Doug was fascinated with campfires. Making glass art satisfies this enduring fascination with fire and the materials that it transforms. As he says, “flame-working is like playing with a stick with a hot ember on it for the first time”.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Douglas worked in a number of local glass studios including: La Sorgente, Taylor Backus, Bucks County Community College, The Crefeld School, Tyler School of Art, Glass Light, 160 Studio, Hudson Beach Glass, and the Corning Museum of Glass. He assisted teaching glass blowing and art therapy for adults and teenagers at the Crefeld School and Bucks County Community College.
Doug’s glass sculptures are influenced by nature and his practice of foraging. When he was young, he says he was excited to scavenge for natural forms- fossils, frogs, shells, starfish, blueberries, black walnuts. Foraging in nature became an inspiration for him today. Doug Ohmstroff brings the natural form to the torch to transform glass into sculpture.
Douglas relocated to Colorado in 2009 and built a glass studio focused on Flameworking. Currently, he teaches Flameworking workshops for adults and children in the community.

Aaron Wexler Spring 2019
Painter and Collage Artist

Aaron Wexler created new studies for larger work and held an open studio. Along with Shawn Dubin they held a panel discussion at the Jemez Public Library entitled Art/Work/Life a Q&A.
Aaron Wexler is based in Brooklyn and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He has exhibited with galleries in New York City London and Tokyo. His work is in the collections of numerous public and private collections including the West Collection, Saatchi Collection and the Fidelity Collection.

Shawn Dubin Spring 2019
Illustrator and Character Artist

Shawn Dubin continued work on his upcoming book, “Simon”. Along with Aaron Wexler they held a panel discussion at the Jemez Public Library entitled Art/Work/Life a Q&A.
Shawn Dubin is an illustrator and tattooist living in New Orleans with his wife, Jen, and their brood of cats.
He is the co-creator/illustrator of the Dreary & Naughty book series along with author John LaFleur (The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty, Friday the 13th of February, and The ABCs of Being Dead, published by Schiffer Publishing).
He also works on a handful of indie comics and is currently in the midst of writing and illustrating a graphic novel of his own. You may find him selling his wares at a local art market or sitting behind a table at comic cons across the country. He tattoos at Idle Hands Tattoo Parlour in New Orleans four days a week.

Mike Enright Summer 2018

Mike Enright created this for the Jemez Springs 2018 4th of July Celebration. The original 15 minute version was projected onto a 12 ft sphere that floated above the center of town while a live band played. The time lapse photography was captured while in residence at Mission Street Arts. Animated elements were created after the retreat in preparartion for the festival. Apps used: Framelapse Pro, Adobe Animate CC, Adobe After Effects CC, and Adobe Premiere CC. Audio was captured with Samsung Galaxy 7. Special Thanks to Antonio Caamano.

Paradox Pollack Winter 2017

Paradox Pollack created new writings while in residence.
Paradox is an actor, producer and movement director. He has worked directly with some of the biggest names in film including actors Robin Williams, Will Smith, Rene Russo, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, directors JJ Abrams and Kenneth Branagh, as well as legendary stunt coordinator and second-unit director Vic Armstrong.
He was a co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco). He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil and performed with many other companies, including Circo Zero (San Francisco),Bindlestiff Family (New York), Lucent Dossier (Los Angeles), and Cahin Caha (France). His extensive background in the performing arts created the foundation for his work as a fight choreographer and movement director for feature films.
“My time at the Mission Street Arts allowed me the tranquility and collaborative environment to really make headway with my book. The beauty of the environment and the space itself was all I needed to be able to focus and create.”

Eric Schoefer Spring 2017
Wood Carver

Eric Schoefer was our first resident on the property and spent his 5 days carving wood collected from juniper trees on the property. Eric can be described as a renaissance man living in Philadelphia. He is known for his work as a choreographer and being a passionate bee keeper.