Fine art

Visionary mural in the desert

Lynette Haozous gets set to debut artwork designed for a special retreat


Native American artist Lynette Haozous' work on the outside wall of the now-defunct FaraHNHeight Gallery in Taos caught the eye of a Colorado architect who was looking to establish an artist residence in Costilla.

As was stated in a February article for Tempo, "I was selected as a female muralist to paint this new home, and am honored to set the tone for the other women artists who will be residing here," she said.

The three murals she completed are now ready to debut at a newly built women's artist residency in Sunshine Valley, north of Questa, called "Ute A.I.R."

The residence, along with FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery, commissioned Haozous to create three on-site murals during her residency stay and will host a mural reveal and opening reception Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 4-5). Tours of the site are planned Saturday from noon until 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. The site is located at 360 Sunshine Valley Road, north of Questa via State Road 522. Admission is free.

The opening will also feature pottery and cooking by Questa artist Kathy Morsell.

Haozous has been staying and creating the murals and other new works for several months as the first artist-in-residence at Ute A.I.R. Helping to set the tone to this wonderful artist retreat in Questa's Sunshine Valley, Haozous hopes to inspire the next women artist who will reside and create here.

Haozous is of the Chiricahua Apache Nation (of the San Carlos Apache Tribe), Diné and Taos Pueblo. Growing up on and around her three tribes' reservations in Arizona and New Mexico has influenced Haozous' art works.

She is described as a multimedium "artivist," blending art and advocacy to bring attention to the social conditions and injustices in Indian Country. Mediums include working with acrylics, watercolors and spray paint, creating jewelry, screen-printing, writing poetry and acting on stage and film.

In 2012, Haozous was one of the first three artists to receive the "2012 Nativo Lodge/SWAIA Artist Residency" and received the "2017 Nativo Lodge Artists Rooms Residency" as well. Haozous' mural works can be seen at Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque, New Mexico, FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery and the OT Circus Gallery in Albuquerque.

Haozous graduated with a bachelors degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2016. Her current creative base is in Questa, where she is an artist-in-residence.

She is also an art teacher, previously teaching at OFFCenter Community Arts Project and at Working Classroom Inc., working along with Native youth artists in Albuquerque. Haozous' vision is to use art for positive social change, to use art to empower and strengthen communities.