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Muleshoe Art Association hosts Spring Art Show – Muleshoe Journal

Pictured are four of these students with their art teacher, Alyssa Lopez: left to right; Judas Reyes, Anastasia Soto, Ms Lopez, Marlee Mendoza and Ari Ortega.

Note from Alice: This story first appeared on my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on April 10, 2022. This was the first year the show was held at the Oneita Wagnon Senior Center, which was a boom since the This year’s show featured one hundred and two works of art, so the taller building gave us plenty of room to sit. Hope you were able to check out all the works on display, but if not, here’s a sampling of what you missed.

After missing two years in a row, thanks to Covid, the Muleshoe Art Association held its 2022 Art Exhibition at Oneita Wagnon Senior Center the week of April 4-8. Twenty-seven local artists submitted 102 entries, along with works by eighteen art students from Muleshoe High School. Quite a display, I must say.

Entries were taken on Monday, judging was made on Tuesday, and the artwork was on display all week, with winners being recognized Friday morning, closing the show. The artworks were grouped according to the media used by the artist, which included oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels and drawings, photography and mixed media.

The judge for this year’s exhibition was Carolyn Lindsey from Cuervo, New Mexico, who commented on the high quality of the works presented in all categories.

In the acrylic division, “Abandoned” by Jon Birdsong of Portales placed first.

Clovis’ Kip DeFoor won first place with his oil titled “Adobe House.”

Jon Birdsong also placed first with his watercolor entitled “Red Door”.

In the pastels and drawings division, Muleshoe’s Misti Prater took first place with “Sitting on High.”

Mixed media had a variety of mediums used by artists, but Sandi Chitwood took first place with her copper enamel piece, “Taos.”

In the photography division, Terry Brewster took first place with “Small Treasures.”

Best of Show was won by Shirley White of Muleshoe with her photograph titled “Hats”. “Hats” also won the People’s Choice Award, the artwork voted by visitors to the art show as their favorite piece on display. What a story!

Muleshoe High School art students were invited to submit nominations in the student division. Although students are not permitted to accept scholarships under UIL rules, they are permitted to exhibit their work and be recognized for artistic creativity and a job well done.

“Cardinal in the Coffee Shop” by Judas Reyes was deemed best of the show.

Anastasia Soto won first place with “Ideal to Inferior”.

Marlee Mendoza’s “Playtime” was judged second.

Third place went to Ari Ortega and “Una Maravilla”.

If you haven’t come to see the huge range of artwork on display, you’ve been missing out on a good show. But don’t despair – this time next year, if Covid is doing well and the senior center is still nice, the Muleshoe Art Association will be inviting local artists to come and show off their labor of love again.

See you later.

Thanks to all the artists who presented their creations and made the show a success, and thanks to the members of the Muleshoe Art Association who worked to make the show happen. Thank you, Oneita Wagnon Senior Center, for making your facility available for the show.

Not all photos may make it into the newspaper version, so to see more of the first-place winners, go to You can also find out more about previous art shows by typing art show in the search line.