A sneak peek at the new banners slated to go up on Mountain Road

All 13 are black and white, created with woodcuts, and focused on area history
The old banners, one of which is pictured above, are slated to be replaced in a few weeks.
Though some of the festivities surrounding it are postponed or up in the air, the installation of new banners for the lamp posts on Mountain Road between 5th and 12th is still scheduled for early May. The banners - 26 in total featuring 13 images - depict a series of people and places from Wells Park, Sawmill, Old Town, and the Downtown Neighborhoods. Most of the artists are from the immediate area.

All of the artwork is made from woodcut prints, organizer and Wells Park artist Julianna Kirwin told DAN. The artists took flat pieces of wood and carved out sections from them, essentially creating a mirror-image stamp that can be inked up and used to make prints.

This is the second round of banners for Mountain Road. (A fundraising effort is underway here.) The old ones, which Kirwin says are still in pretty good shape, will be given to the artists who made them or auctioned off.

Below are all 13 woodcut prints, with artist commentary.
Duran Home
Bill Mohr
This print is based on a historic house at 12th and Bellamah. Says Mohr: "The Durans owned a large part of the property in and around Mountain Road and this home is beautifully preserved to this day."
Martin Vigil - A Boy and His Chicken
Melanie LaBorwit
Martin is a reminder, LaBorwit says, "of how close Albuquerque is to its traditional agricultural roots." The piece is based on a historical photograph.
Acequia Madre
Bomi Parakh
The acequia, Parakh says, is "a narrative of human engineering ... and the story of cooperation and community, where neighbors interact and work together to resolve conflicts."
Luis Moya
Artist: Hershel Weiss
Moya is the father of Emma Moya, "a local legend who grew up in Old Town and whose research into the history of the first Spanish settlers is an important contribution to everyone." Weiss says.
Cecilia Castaneda Montoya
Emma Moya herself, based on this photo. More information on her life and work is here.
Candelaria Garcia
Artist: Barb Miller
"Garcia was the third wife of Salvador Armijo, who owned much of the property around Old Town and Los Duranes," Miller says. 
Singing Cowboy
Cheryl Thorpe
The piece "was inspired by a historical photo of a singing cowboy (in old Albuquerque) with his big hat, guitar, and sheepskin chaps," Thorpe says.
Petrol Station
Vicki Bolen
The piece, based on this photograph, memorializes the former gas station at the southeast corner of 8th and Mountain. Grinding Gears Coffee Company and Cafe now calls the building home.
1103 Granite
Venae Warner
The artist stuck close to home for this work. "1103 Granite is a woodcut print of my 1906 historic house," Warner says.
Eduvijen Baca Romero
Artist: Micaela Seidel
Seidel took inspiration from her great-grandmother for this work: "She raised my mother in Downtown Albuquerque beginning in 1922 ... and was married to Andres Romero, one of the founders of early Albuquerque.
Trolley Car
Leo Romero
In 1910, this trolley ran in front of Romero's house on 12th, en route to the sawmill. 
The Ride
Lena Weiss
The print is based on a historic photo from the area around Mountain Road, Weiss says. 
History of the Neighborhood Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists
Julianna Kirwin
The banner show's title piece "represents the stories from our grandparents about the history of Mountain Road that went all the way from the Old Town settlement to the mountains and the community Carnuel."
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