Tortuga's Bosque Mural

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Raised by 54 people in 3 months

In collaboration with Mural Fest 2018 and Tortuga Gallery, three local artists have designed a nearly 25' x 90' mural, celebrating the flora and fauna of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Bosque. The mural will wrap around the gallery's home at 901 Edith SE during Mural Fest 2018 starting at the end of September. This ambitious project kicks off on July 6 with a fundraiser previewing the mural design in which participating artists Denise Weaver Ross, Joel Davis, and Roe LiBretto will exhibit their individual works. 

Funding for this project includes sponsorship opportunities and a raffle of the mural artists' work. The raffle will begin at the July 6 exhibition and end at the July 21 Artful Saturday event featuring art, food, and local music. Go to www.tortugagallery.org to buy raffle tickets for the artists' work. Mural Fest 2018 has worked with Tortuga and the artists to launch this Go Fund Me campaign. 15% of the money raised during the Go Fund Me campaign will go to Sierra Club’s Bosque Action Team, the rest will go to pay the Mural Team before the painting begins on Sept. 22.


Denise Weaver Ross  is the lead artist and project manager. She has completed two previous murals: Garden of the Muses located in The Source’s Community Garden on Carlisle SE, and We the People on Tapia Road in the South Valley. In 2017 she featured as the poster artist for ¡Globalquerque!’s world music festival. Weaver Ross is well known for her House of Cards series of 56 large-scale, and in the past five years she has exhibited in national juried exhibitions in Attleboro, MA; Las Vegas, NV; Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Her work can be seen regularly at Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town, and has a one-person show scheduled for October at Tortuga Gallery.

Joel Davis  is a sculptor and mosaic artist who has worked with various artists providing installation support at Meow Wolf, was celebrated as an emerging artist at Harwood’s 2016 Surface exhibition, and currently exhibits at Relic Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. He has shown work in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Oakland Denver, and Santa Fe. His mosaic tile can be seen locally at the Guild Cinema and the Remedy Day Spa. He will provide important mosaic elements to the mural.

Roe LiBretto  is contributing rendering expertise and organizational abilities to her first mural project. She studied drawing, painting, and design at the Brooklyn Museum, the School of Visual Arts, and City College of New York. Roe has exhibited in juried gallery shows in Longmont, CO; New York City; Paris, France; Brooklyn, NY, and Pittsfield, MA, and received commissions from the New York City Cultural Council and the Massachusetts State Council on the Arts. Locally she has shown in many venues, including the KD Neeley Gallery and Tortuga Gallery, Her work can be found regularly at the Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town.

Pax Garcia and Jill Logan are the co-directors of the Tortuga Gallery.  Tortuga is housed in a building that dates to the 1880s when the railroad came through Albuquerque. From the beginning, the mission of Tortuga Gallery has been to support artists, musicians, poets, writers, teachers and the local community as a gathering space for creative expression. The Mural Fest 2018 theme of “Nature Calls” is a reflection of what Tortuga is all about. It feels like a natural next step for the space, bringing together artists and collaborating on ideas that truly express the theme aligns with the ideals of Tortuga. See tortugagallery.org for more information.
Mural Fest 2018
September 22nd - October 13th 2018
40+ Muralists, 30+ Events, 1 City!

Beautify, Unify & Showcase!
West Downtown, Downtown, EDo, Barelas, South Broadway, Wells Park, Nob Hill, International District, Indian Acres and @Midtown

This year's theme When Nature Calls brings focus to Planet Earth’s climate crisis and how it is effecting all life on this floating rock we call home.  From California being on fire to Houston & Puerto Rico being under water to New Mexico facing one of the worst droughts in history—we felt a need to bring our world community together through murals, music and culinary arts to highlight solutions we can all play a part in moving forward. For more info please visit MuralFest.com. 


15% of the Go Fund Me donations to this mural project will be donated to the Sierra Club’s Bosque Action Team . In addition, anyone who donates $50 or more will get an archival gicleé print of the flora or fauna of their choice based on photo of that section of the finished Mural. These beautiful archival prints will be provided as a donation by Carr Imaging . Finally, donors of $50 or more will have their names on an exterior plaque next to the mural.

Visit SaveTheBosque.org  and RioGrandeSierraClub.org  for more information on saving our beautiful Bosque. Visit CarrImage.net  to learn more about the services offered by this wonderful company.

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A wing and a prayer and lots of volunteers! On Monday Jill and Pax, the owners of Tortuga Gallery prepped the building for the undercoat. Today Aron Kalaii showed up with his trusting paint sprayer and long-handled roller and painted the under coat. While on the inside of the gallery Roe and Denise and volunteers continue to assemble the stencils that will keep everyone on track while creating this 24 x 90 foot mural. The next step is to rent a lift and begin the underdrawing where we trace all the flora and fauna from the stencils onto the building. We hope to start on Friday!

Donate here or purchase 2018 Festival Pass featuring Albuquerque’s best restaurants, bars and shops. The pass is a mere $50 with a value of over $300 of cool free swag! The pass is available at http://muralfest.com/
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We had a lot of fun, hard work, and volunteer help this week in putting together the two largest animals in the mural. The turtle (aka turtlezilla and the cranes) -- we've included the artist for scale. Look below or click on through to Go Fund Me to check out the photos of the stenciling process.
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Today was a big day in getting ready for Mural Fest which is kicking off on September 22. The repair and addition of stucco on the gallery has commenced AND the making of giant stencils to help transfer the mural design onto the wall. Thank you for your support and please share with your friends. The monies collected are going rapidly out the door. Don't forget to click to see the photos!
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Good news -- Gilbert Chavez -- handyman extraordinaire, will begin the stucco work at Tortuga Gallery towards the end of the week. Gilbert previously took care of the stucco and base coat for Denise Weaver Ross' two previous murals.
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