5 Random Acts - talk on Pablita Velarde et al

Pablita Velarde, Shalako (1998), casein on paper

In the late 1930s, Santa Clara Pueblo painter Pablita Velarde was commissioned by the National Park Service to create scenes of Pueblo life for the Bandelier National Monument. The commission was paid for by a grant from the Works Progress Administration, and Velarde completed more than 40 works while on the project. Velarde would go on to become one of the most acclaimed Pueblo painters of her generation. At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, the New Mexico chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association hosts a free fireside chat at Blue Rain Gallery (544 S. Guadalupe St.) about Velarde, her daughter Helen Hardin, granddaughter Margarete Bagshaw, and great-granddaughter Helen K. Tindel — all accomplished artists in their own right. Tindel is the guest speaker at the event, which is in conjunction with Blue Rain’s current exhibition Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, Margarete Bagshaw, and Helen K. Tindel: A Painting Dynasty from the Land of Enchantment (through April 13). Call the gallery at 505-954-9902, visit blueraingallery.com, or call the National New Deal Preservation Association at 505-473-3985 (newdeallegacy.org) for information.