Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts  

Museum of Heritage and Arts Closed to Public to help Curb Spread of COVID-19

November 2020 Museum Press Release- COVID-19 2

Available Now:

 The 8th annual juried art show:

“2020 Celebrations of New Mexico”

To view all juried art go to: 

Museum of Heritage and Arts Facebook 

After Party - laura sanchez


Presenting the Los Lunas Museum's 2019 Juried Art Show Winner's Exhibit.  Winner Marilyn Drake was awarded her own private show. The Los Lunas juried Art Show is virtual this year due to COVID. Enjoy her work.


The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts hosted an online art contest, “The Conform Project: Creating a Historical Art Piece While in Quarantine,” from home.

The winners for the Conform Project are:


• First Place: “Resilience” by Jeremiah Bahe, of Mentmore, N.M.

2nd Place  Wayne Bodmer

• Second Place: “Isolation/Depression” by Wayne Bodmer, of Rio Rancho

3rd Place  Jenna Pressley

• Third Place: “Life in Radiology” by Jenna Pressley, of Advance, Ind.

Three People’s Choice winners:

People Choice  Gerardo Contreras Castro

• “Thank You For Saving my Life” by Gerardo Castro, of Los Lunas

People Choice  Amaria Avila (1)

• “First Responder, COVID-19 Prayers” by Amaris Avila, of Belen


• “Wash Your Hands” by Julia Rangel, of Los Lunas.

Prizes included gift cards, such as $100 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for third, and $25 for most Facebook likes.

All entries are displayed on the museum’s Facebook page.

The judges of the contest were the staff of the Valencia County News-Bulletin, Brent Thomas, an art teacher at Valencia High School; Carrie Ryan, a teacher at Los Lunas High School; and Doris Karney, a local gallery owner.

The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts will hold an exhibit of all the COVID-19 art submissions at the beginning of 2021.

More than 145 artists submitted their work, including from TACL students.



Museum of Heritage and Arts Closed to Public Until April 6, 2020

For Immediate Release

Los Lunas Public Library and the Museum of Heritage & Arts Will Close to Public Monday, March 16, 2020

Los Lunas, March 16, 2020 – Effective immediately, in the interest of preserving public health and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Los Lunas Public Library and it’s branch the Museum of Heritage & Arts will be closed to the public until Monday, April 6th, 2020. During this time, programs at both locations are cancelled.

The due date for all items that are due between Monday, March 16 and Monday, April 6 has been extended to Saturday, April 11, 2020. Holds that are ‘Ready for Pickup’ will continue to be held for you through the first week after we reopen.

We encourage you to utilize our digital services for E-books and E-audiobooks. To access please visit https://nm.overdrive.com/. If you have questions on how to use please call (505)839-3850 and we will walk you through the process.

The Los Lunas Public Library staff will use chavezan@loslunasnm.gov as a reference question platform and will be answering questions at (505)839-3850.

Similarly, the Museum of Heritage & Arts staff will use micalettie@loslunasnm.gov as a reference question platform and will be answering questions at (505)352-7720.

Also, our creative and resourceful staff members are already exploring online programming opportunities such as storytelling, reading programs, gardening. gaming and more. Be sure to watch for these announcements on our webpages https://www.loslunasnm.gov/library and https://www.loslunasnm.gov/museum.

Don’t forget to like out Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/loslunaslibrary and https://www.facebook.com/loslunasmuseum for additional programming and information.

A Branch of the Los Lunas Public Library


Reopening April 7, 2020 

Wonder Women of the Rio Abajo: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Rights

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. New Mexico ratified the 19th Amendment on February 21, 1920. The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts is commemorating this milestone with celebrations, lectures, workshops, readings, presentations and other events.


To be rescheduled                                                                                             2:00 - 4:00 PM

Women's Voting Rights by Roberta Scott

The Susan B. Anthony amendment was voted upon twice in the United States Senate before it was approved on June 4, 1919 and sent to the states for ratification. Once in 1884 and again on March 19, 1914, when it failed to secure the two-third vote, but secured a majority of one vote, the vote being 36 to 35.

April 18, 2020                                                                                                       2:00 - 4:30 PM

Local Herbs Along the Rio Grande Valley by Elena Ayala

Local Herbs Along the Rio Grande Valley by Elena Ayala For centuries their have been traditional healers or Curanderas along the Rio Grande utilizing herbs and traditional remedies to heal the wounded and sick. Join local Curandera Elena Ayala as she shares some of these traditional methods.

April 25, 2020                                                                                              9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn to Colcha

Sabanilla labrada, or wool-on-wool colcha embroidery work, was developed and made in New Mexico during the Spanish colonial period. Wool from black sheep were dyed using indigenous plants. Women would embroider primitive drawings of what they observed in their daily lives. Join Annette Turk & Julia Gomez as they teach you this traditional New Mexican art.

April 25, 2020                                                                                                      1:30 - 4:00 PM

Learn to Make Earrings

Learn how to make a pair of southwest earrings to take home!

May 2 , 2020                                                                                                         2:00 - 4:00 PM

La Nina Otero-Warren

Born into the families Luna and Otero of Valencia County, Nina moved to Santa Fe as a teenager. La Nina was superintendent of schools. She was also an organizer of Santa Fe Fiesta, Indian Market, and Spanish Colonial Arts. She worked to get New Mexico women the right to vote, then ran for U.S.