Previous Residencies

Daniela Molnar

October 15 – November 15, 2020

Daniela Molnar will use the time at Mission Street Arts to recalibrate, reflect, and explore while expanding on three existing projects.

Check out this article in Variable West on her art and her residency here at MSA:

The New Earth Series This project was recently the topic of a front-page feature in the Los Angeles Times  This series envisions how climate change is reshaping our planet and our embodied experience of it.

The Topography of Water/WEB series. The special relationship of Jemez Springs to water will no doubt have a wonderful impact on this series, which explores local pigments and materials, using the waters, rocks, and plants of a particular place to meditate on the ever-changing nature of riparian systems and oceanic systems.

Words in Place Project.  This collaborative project activates public spaces with temporary artistic installations of poems referencing those spaces.

Molnar has her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry (pending), from Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina.  She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, CA with a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration and has a BA in Environmental Studies and Art, from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. She continues her studies at the School of Visual Arts (NY) and Pratt Institute (NY).

181 Collective

October 2 – October 9, 2020
October 9 – Situational Composition – “Tilde: At The Coming Of The Night”

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.

The 181 Collective also were visiting artists/guest lecturers via zoom with 65 first year undergraduate art students at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE on 10/5 and on 10/6 they were visiting artists/guest lecturers via zoom for the intermediate and advanced ceramics classes at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM while in residence.

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

February 15 – March 30, 2020


Salon Discussion at the Jemez Springs Public Library February 29, 2020

Walter McQuie stated that, “Following a happenstance but oh so enchanting visit to Northern New Mexico 15 years ago, I have occupied and explored our mountains and high desert, canyons, mesas and badlands. This evolving relationship has involved me in two creative endeavors—market gardening and landscape photography—that benefit not just from specialized knowledge but insight and passion. After seven years of sharing my experiences growing vegetables, I join Mission Street Arts to invite you on my photographic journey of exploration and seeing.”

Sylvia Warner

February 15 – March 30, 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.

Warner 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, Ohmstroff 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.

Ohmstroff’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.

Ohmstroff 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

Art/Work/Life: a Q&A with Shawn Dubin and Aaron Wexler
Sunday March 24 1:30pm Jemez Springs Public Library Conference Room

Open Studio March 30, 2019

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

Art/Work/Life: a Q&A with Shawn Dubin and Aaron Wexler
Sunday March 24 1:30pm Jemez Springs Public Library Conference Room

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 a new animated short 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 preparation 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.

Still from animated fireworks by Mike Enright.

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 beekeeper.