Cibola Arts Gallery of Mountainair will celebrate its 21st birthday with an opening reception for their show, “Coming of Age,” April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

In 1995, a group of artists, looking for a place to show and sell their work, created a cooperative gallery. Built around consensus, the membership of artists has changed through the years. Two of the original members, Mary Schultz and Anne Ravenstone, continue to be actively involved today.

Cibola Arts is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the same building where they began at 217 W. Broadway, next to the post office and bakery, and across the street from the market and Salinas Monument Visitor’s Center.

People from all over the United States, as well as many other countries, stop by while traveling through. The guest book is evidence of visitors from Minnesota to Florida, California to Maryland, England and Germany, and beyond.

Artists range from painters to weavers, jewelers to photographers, potters to woodworkers, mosaic to stained glass crafters, and even a blacksmith. They staff the gallery, along with a few volunteers, and visitors often find answers to questions about the area in addition to art.

The artists invite the public to see how they’ve interpreted the theme “Coming of Age.” For more information, call 505-847-0324, and check out the website at

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at