Each of the Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Program murals is directed by lead artists and assistant artists who are paired by the program coordinator based on their expertise in specific art forms pertinent to the project, their large format work, their unique style, and their experience in working with diverse populations and students ages 7 through 18.

These professional artists work with students from the elementary, middle and high schools in Grant County, over twelve months to design and produce three or four murals.

Kathryn Allen has been a professional artist working in clay for more than 20 years. Her custom architectural commissions include mural, fireplace fronts, door surrounds, garden sculpture and fountains. Her numerous private and public commissions have been installed throughout the United States and have been published in Fine Home Building, Ceramics Monthly and The Guild.  Her wall fragments, large vessels and vases reflect an architectural approach to clay and a distinct Southwest influence, often incorporating native plant imagery. Allen has won numerous awards and has taught workshops in North Carolina, Florida, California and Washington.  Click for more.

Door Surround, 2008
Ceramic Tile

“Virga” 48″w x 92″h x 18″

Fireplace surround, 2007
50″w x 72″h x 18″, Ceramic Tile

Manuel Fred Barraza was born in 1955 in Silver City, NM and grew up in the small communities of Fort Bayard and Santa Clara.  He graduated from WNMU with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, studying under the direction of well-known artists/professors Dorothy McCray, Cecil Howard and Claude Smith. Barraza has created book covers and illustrations for over a dozen books by writer Dutch Salmon and has illustrated the bilingual book “The Cactus Wren and the Cholla” by Valerie Garcia. He has designed numerous posters for special Silver City events, the United States Forest Service and New Mexico Libraries. Barraza’s prints, paintings and sketches have been shown throughout New Mexico in various shows and galleries, and he has acted as lead artist on three MRAC Youth Murals.  www.barrazaart.com

“Cuchillo Flats” acrylic on canvas, 2007
30″w x 35″h

“Gila Whitewater” linocut, 2008

“NO Cattle Co.” acrylic on canvas, 2006
20″w x 24″h

Kate Brown apprenticed at Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina in the early 1970s. She set her goal to work as a rural potter. She draws inspiration from earthenware traditions: the Anglo-American potters of the former British colonies, and that of the Mexican-American borderlands, where she has lived for the past 25 years. In 1983 she established her studio, Kate Brown Pottery, in its present location in Southwest New Mexico. She added tile to her production in 1994. Kate has become a master of slip-decorated, clear-glazed terra cotta ware. www.katebrownpottery.com

“Dragon Wall” 1998
16’X6′ slip decorated & glazed terra cotta

“Hearth Tiles” 2005
96″X12″ slip decorated & glazed terra cotta

“Tessellated Table” 2001 60″ dia slip decorated & glazed terra cotta

Marilyn Gendron received her degree in fine art and art education at the University of Oregon. She moved to Southwest New Mexico in 1976. She operated the Hot Water Gallery in downtown Silver City with a small group of local artists for nine years. Known for her watercolors of the southwestern landscape, Gendron painted Cold Creek Light, chosen as the cover for the art paper Desert Exposure.
Another of her paintings was chosen as the poster for the Gila River Festival in 2006. She works in watercolor, oils, pastels, and silkscreen. Gendron’s work was chosen as part of a juried exhibition at the governor’s gallery in Santa Fe in 1999. Gendron has acted as the lead artist on four MRAC Youth Murals and assistant artist on three others.  www.azuritegallery.com

24″ x 24” Acrylic

“Santorini” 2004
20″ x 24″ Watercolor

“Air Glass Reflections” 2000
20″ x 24″ Watercolor

Diana Ingalls Leyba received her B.F.A. Magna Cum Laude from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia where she had been the recipient of academic scholarships. Her work has been in more than 50 solo and group exhibits throughout the country. Diana has received the Irma Rosenau Memorial Painting Award given by the Abington Art Center and her work was chosen as part of a MRAC regional juried exhibition at the governor’s gallery in Santa Fe in 1999. Since 2003 she has directed the MRAC Youth Mural program overseeing the completion of 24 murals. www.dianaingallsleyba.com

“Wolf Spirit III” 2007
32″ x 32″ mixed media acrylic

“Ofrenda” 2007
50″ x 68″ mixed media acrylic

“Alchemy II” 2009
36″ x 60″ mixed media acrylic

Beth Menczer received an Associate Science Degree, with honors in ceramics, from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, MA in 1969. She graduated with a BA degree from Alfred University’s prestigious College of Ceramics in 1973. Moving to the Southwest in the 1970’s, Menczer finetuned her clay forms during three years with the “Artist-in-Residence” program, a project jointly funded by the NEA and New Mexico Arts. Beth has shown her work exclusively at Eklektikas, now the Seedboat Gallery, in Silver City, NM, Santa Fe and Phoenix since 1986. Her work resides in many private and public ollections throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.  Click for more.

Saucha – clay sculpture 2008

Owl – clay sculpture 2007

Amber – clay sculpture 2009

Carlene Roter’s education includes an M.F.A. from Arizona State University in Tempe, and a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in New York. She has taught higher education art in South Dakota, Oregon, and New Mexico. Carlene has a long list of exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world including at the United Nations Conference in Beijing, China and the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey. Two of her paintings were selected for a juried show of southern New Mexicans at the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM. Roters has acted as the lead artist on two MRAC Youth Murals and as assistant artist on three others.  www.carleneroters.com

“Circle of Life” 20 x 25″ 2008
oil on canvas

“Circle of Life” 36 x 60″ 2009
oil on canvas

“Miners’ Candles” 24 x 48″ 2009
oil on canvas

Cecilia Stanford majored in painting at the University of Oklahoma School of Fine Arts, studied costume history and construction and ceramic sculpture at Palomar College and San Diego State University where she received her BA in Theater Arts. She has worked as a sculptor, costumer and studio artist. Her works include commissions from the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and numerous projects in California and New Mexico. She is an artist in the New Mexico Art in Public Places program, and has had numerous exhibitions across the country. Stanford has acted as the lead artist on three MRAC Youth Murals.  www.ceciliastanford.com

12″ diameter x 18″ tall 2008
ceramic and glass tile

16 x 36 x 3″deep 2008
ceramic and glass tile

12 feet tall 2008
ceramic and glass tile

Zoe Wolfe received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Hawaii and her B.A. Cum Laude in Art and Theater from San Francisco State University. She also has her Teaching Certification in Art for grades K-12 in New York, California and New Mexico. Ms. Wolfe has been Adjunct Assistant Professor at WNMU for multiple courses since 1994, including elementary and Secondary Art Methods, Drawing, Color, Design, Clay and Sculpture with Found Objects. Her work has been featured in numerous Exhibitions from New Mexico to Thailand and Nepal. Wolfe has acted as lead artist on two MRAC Youth Murals and assistant artist on two others.  Click for more.

“Pomegranate” 19″ x 11″ x 11″ ceramic. 2009

“Organics” (rattles) various sizes. Ceramic. 2009

“Lizard Bowl” 20″ x19″ x17″ ceramic/stucco/metal. 2009

Melanie Zipin takes an outsider approach to her artwork & her lyrics that are layers of rhythms with deep connectivity between each layer and a passion that comes from heart & soul. She works first with the details drawing the tiniest parts and images as she builds to a cohesive whole. Her drawings are conversations with her inner rhythms reflecting her joy and her angst.

Melanie Zipin was born in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia. She headed out to New Mexico in the late 70’s living in Taos. And except for a few detours, New Mexico has been her adopted home. Living now in Silver City, her creativity has blossomed. Here she began to sing publicly sharing her unique vocals & songwriting style. Melanie now has three CD’s: ‘On A Wing’, Shades Of Blue’ and ‘Here I Am’. Here, too, she began to take seriously her complex ”doodles” and moved them into the realm of fine art.  www.melaniezipin.com

“once upon a time” 2001 19″x15″ mixed media on paper mounted on linen on wood

“my angel 2″ 2010 17″x24” mixed media on canvas