It's a rarity to find so much
information about a mural in the development
stages, but this mural on US Highway 60 in Mountainair,
New Mexico, is a charming exception. "The
Mural" was created by a team of local artists
over a fifteen-month period, and you can follow
its path to completion by reading the blog posts
of the Mountainair Arts council beginning in
April, 2006. The concept for the project apparently
originated with Shirley and Wray Simmons. They
orchestrated the project and also painted much
of it. Other local artists involved include
Ann Hopping, Megan Lemcke and Judy Mowris. Indicative
of the sense of humor that characterized this
project, in December, 2006, "The Mural"
was awarded the first annual "Monty"
award by the local arts community:
Monty. Roll out the red carpet. Drumroll please.
Movies have Oscars, advertising has Addies,
websites have Webbies. Mountainair? What else
but Monties? Besides, an opportunity to make
"full monty" jokes is well nigh irresistible
"The Mural" was finished
sometime in late fall, 2006.
of the mural in progress
"The Mural" is on the side of the
Firehouse Restaurant on the corner of Broadway
and Ripley in downtown Mountainair, New Mexico.