Thanks to a 2019 grant from the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance, Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District is excited to help launch new public art and programming in the downtown district.

Alleyway Mural (NWNMCOG Building)

Albuquerque-based artist Marina Eskeets, a Gallup native, was selected to complete a new mural on the back of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments Building in the alleyway that runs between 1st and 2nd and Coal and Aztec Streets. (Completion date: December 2019)

Her piece, titled ‘Óódááł | Everyone Moving Forward,’ will present a colorful depiction of two young Diné | Navajo girls walking behind a flock of sheep. They blow bubbles with their gum and wave their hands in the air to keep the heard moving. They walk past a twisted cedar tree with geometric patterns framing them. In the far background are four wind turbines, mimicking a corn field. Blue gramma grass grows at their feet. Having grown up in Gallup, this narrative is central to Eskeet’s personal story, but also resonates widely with many folks in the area. 


November 11 & 12, 12pm – 5pm, at mural site: Do you have a sheep herding story to tell? Stop by to have your story recorded as part of an audio component accompanying the piece.

November 12, 6:45pm, at mural site: Marina will give an artist talk as part of 2nd Look on 2nd Street!

December 14, 7pm – 9pm, at mural site: join us for a celebration of the new mural during ArtsCrawl!