Previous Residencies

Russell Prather

June 18 – July 31, 2021

July 17, 2021- Artist Talk at Jemez Springs Public Library

July 24, 2021- Open Studio at Mission Street Arts

Russell Prather designed and created four new hanging pieces during his residency. These art pieces will be incorporated into a traveling solo exhibition of new work called “And the Heart is Pleased by One Thing After Another.”

Prather also conducted an artist talk at the Jemez Springs Public Library discussing his process, as well as a open studio at Mission Street Arts showing his work.

“The Mission Street Arts artist residency is professionally managed by a great bunch of people in a beautiful and interesting place. The residency provided me with everything I needed—facilities, tools, moral support, community involvement—to be innovative and productive as one of its visiting artists. Very highly recommended!”

Russell Prather

Monique Martinez

June 5 – June 12, 2021

June 12, 2021- Collage Workshop at Jemez Springs Public Library

While in residence, Monique Martinez immersed herself in the research she has done about her family’s New Mexico genealogy to create four new pieces. Photographs, painting, computer generated images, and personal artifacts will be stylized in personal collages depicting their life stories.

Her form of storytelling was shared with the community during a collage workshop that will take place in Jemez Springs Village Plaza, June 12th between 11am to 1pm, in collaboration with the Jemez Springs Public Library.

Monique Martinez in residence at MSA

“My overall impression of the residency was very positive with a welcoming tour of the residence upon my arrival that made my stay very comfortable.”

Monique Martinez

Elise Martin

May 20 – May 31, 2021

May 29- Natural Dye Workshop at the Jemez Springs Public Library

Elise Martin is a Detroit-based visual artist working primarily in the areas of fiber arts and sculpture. As a maker of objects, she has become invested in exploring the autonomy of the things she creates, and the power of inanimate objects in general to influence human behavior. Much of her work revolves around intimacy, empathy and connection between persons and the role that objects play in either facilitating or obstructing these relationships.

Elise Martin creates sculptural works that tip-toe the line between passive object and active participant. While in residence Elise led a plant based fabric-dying and textile-printing workshop in association with the Jemez Springs Public Library

Elise Martin at the loom

“The residency at Mission Street Arts offered me a rare opportunity to make art away from the distractions of my daily routine. After visiting, I completely understand why so many artists before me have sought out New Mexico as a source of creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the folks at Mission Street Arts, as well as exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with the creative community of Jemez Springs.”

Elise Martin

Hayden Harasta

May 6 – May 16, 2021

May 15- Installation and workshop at Jemez Springs Village Plaza

Hayden Harasta, while in residence worked on a large interactive synthesizer sculpture taking the shape of a tentacle. The final creation was an immersive and interactive with buttons that could be pushed and played by visitors. The installation was located at the Jemez Springs Village Plaza on Saturday May 15th from 9am – 9pm.

Also on Saturday, May 15, Harasta lead workshops where participants each created personal pocket synthesizers that can be played. The hour-long workshops took place at the Jemez Springs Village Plaza, adjacent to the installation. The workshops were suitable for all ages, with some knowledge of tools.

The suggested donation was $20 to cover material costs with sponsorships available for kids and teens. These workshops were presented in association with the Jemez Springs Public Library.

Hayden Harasta with installation
Pocket synthesizer workshop

In Transport

“It took everything I had, and I couldn’t be happier”

Hayden Harsta

Daniela Molnar

October 15 – November 15, 2020

Molnar used 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).

Daniela Molnar creating work in the studio space
Molnar’s palette and tools

New Earth 16
Topography Detail 6

“I loved every second of my time at MSA. My overall impression is that of four extremely good people in an extremely special place making an extremely good thing happen together with love, care, and dedication.”

Daniela Molnar

181 Collective

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

The 181 Collective is made up of Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, and Jason Rhodes. 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.

Walter McQuie

February 15 – March 30, 2020

February 29 – Salon Discussion at the Jemez Springs Public Library

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.”

Landscape Photography by Walter McQuie

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. 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.

Sylvia Warner and Bravo at her loom

“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 Warner

Doug Omstroff

Summer 2019

August 14 – Public Demonstration at the Jemez Springs Public Library

August 17 – Workshops at Mission Street Arts

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.

Glass Scorpion

Public demonstration
Kids workshop

Aaron Wexler                 

Spring 2019

March 24 – Art/Work/Life: a Q&A with Shawn Dubin and Aaron Wexler at the Jemez Springs Public Library

March 30– Open Studio at Mission Street Arts

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.

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.

Recent work
Open Studio

Shawn Dubin 

Spring 2019

March 24 – Art/Work/Life: a Q&A with Shawn Dubin and Aaron Wexler at the Jemez Springs Public Library

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.

Dubin is an illustrator and tattooist living in New Orleans. 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).

Dubin 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.

Character Illustration
Q&A with Shawn Dubin and Aaron Wexler

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

Paradox Pollack

Winter 2017

Paradox Pollack created new writings while in residence.

Pollack 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.”

Paradox Pollack

Eric Schoefer 

Spring 2017

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

Platter and spoons

Schoefer at work in the shop