At Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM
Join artists Francesca Searer, Nani Chacon, Erin De Rosa, Jessica Chao, and Haley Greenfeather English for a tour of Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge Field Murals depicting ongoing conservation efforts to restore and imagine a landscape that does not yet exist. Following the mural tour will be a poetry walk through the Bosque with Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero and Amaris Ketchum, who has done a poetic inventory analogous to a “scientific inventory” of the Rio Grande’s biodiversity. V.B. Prices says, “Ketchum’s poems, like wild landscapes and cities, are to be experienced as one would blaze a trail, keeping track of scat and paw prints and herbs and hobos, noting each leaving of identity and imagination.” The field murals are a collaborative art project sponsored by the Bernalillo County Public Art Program. Each of the murals represent different ecosystems/habitats being developed throughout the Refuge, showcasing the future of the land through artistic interpretations of the flora and fauna that will consider these sites home. The tour departs the Refuge parking lot at 2pm to caravan through the fields and then participants can park by the Bosque for the poetry walk to the river.