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Near Melrose in Curry County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Estella García/Fabric Artists: Women of the WPA

 
 
Estella García Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. Estella García Marker
Side A:
Inscription. This is a two sided marker
Side A:
Estella García
Estella García taught colcha embroidery at Melrose, New Mexico, for the Federal Arts Program in the 1930s. Anglo and Hispana women in Garcia's class collaborated to design and produce embroidered theater curtains, wall hangings, and seat coverings for institutions across the state including the Albuquerque Little Theatre. García is one of the few Hispanic women artists recorded in FAP documents. Unfortunately, few examples of her work remain

Side B:
Fabric Artists:
Women of the Works Progress Administration
Under the umbrella of the WPA, the National Youth Administration, and the Federal Arts Program, instructors and students were recruited to work in community-based art centers that produced fabric arts, including weaving, colcha embroidery, and lace-making. While the artistic creativity of these mostly unrecognized women was considered “women's work for home use” by WPA administrators, this now popular New Mexican art form has been revitalized.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 34° 25.332′ N, 103° 35.535′ W. Marker is near
Fabric Artists: Women of the WPA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. Fabric Artists: Women of the WPA Marker
Side B:
Melrose, New Mexico, in Curry County. Marker is on U.S. 60 at milepost 366, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melrose NM 88124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Llano Estacado (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkHispanic Americans
 
Estella García/Fabric Artists: Women of the WPA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
3. Estella García/Fabric Artists: Women of the WPA Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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