Keeper of Fire, 2016

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Keeper of Fire
Summer 2016

Mural Imagery and Narrative
On a cold winter night, friends and families huddle close to a bonfire, sharing stories and singing songs around the fiery blaze.  Like people all over the world, generations before them have gathered on winter nights.  The Pueblo of Laguna and a snow covered Mount Taylor sit on the horizon.

Overhead, snowflakes dance in the sky and gently fall onto forest trees.  These trees offer protection for small woodland creatures.

In the starry night, the constellations Orion and Sirius are brought to life and depicted as guardians protecting the earth from above.  The figure of Orion represents an ancestral warrior guardian with deep, intuitive wisdom.  In one hand he holds a spiral galaxy as his shield, and in the other a comet shooting across the heavens.  Sirius is portrayed as a wolf, the ancestor of modern domestic dogs and humanity’s most loyal companion.

High above these celestial figures, the Pillars of Creation nebula invites us to contemplate our histories and connections.

Apprentice Artists
Jordyn Bernicke          Jordan Caldwell
Victoria Cereceres       Larissa Chavez
Mollie Coriz                  Isabella Del Frate
Paulina Duran             Bethany Godwin
Jacklyn Le.                   Jessica Lovato
Tori Lucero                  Santi Prentice
Jacquelyn Yepa

Lead Apprentices
Helen Atkins, Karly Granze, & James Long

Lead Artists
Vanessa Alvarado, Staci Drangmeister, Margarita Paz-Pedro, & Cassandra Reid

Special Thanks to
Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Clay, & La Academia de Esperanza        

This project was funded by
New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, & Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation

The Mayor’s Art Summer Institute
Presented by ALMA