Lorene Johnson Gratton Workshop

Funding for these workshops is provided by the RMAC Foundation through funds generously bequeathed by Lorene Johnson Gratton, a long-time museum member and Roswell resident, in support of learning opportunities for adults with professional artists. 

Gratton received her first art training in free classes at the Roswell Museum in the 1930s. Programs like these provided the skills necessary to express herself artistically, and the inspiration to bring art into the lives of her family and friends. The Gratton Endowment supports similar access to quality art education for adults, continuing a museum tradition of making art a regular part in the lives of the citizens of Roswell.

Linda Lomahaftewa
Linda Lomahaftewa
Linda Lomahaftewa

Linda Lomahaftewa: Painting & Collage in a Pandemic World
Artist lecture Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Open to adults of all experience levels
Register online, at the front desk during museum open hours 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily, or call 575-624-6744
Sliding scale $0 - $125 
Lecture is open to the public | Members free | Non-members welcome with price of admission

Adults of all artistic experience levels are invited to participate in a two-day workshop with Santa Fe-based artist Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Choctaw) exploring individual responses to current and personal life events through painting and collage. The event will take place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days.

This session is based upon Lomahaftewa’s recent works created at the end of 2020 where she produced a body of work including paintings, collages, drawings, and monotypes that were unlike any works she produced in her 60-year career. Lomahaftewa describes her new work as “being grounded by looking at things from the past like pueblo pottery designs from my previous research, giving me confidence knowing where I come from through connecting to the past. Like meditation; similar to doing beadwork or quilting.” She came to realize that these works were a response to the strong feelings and emotions she was experiencing due to the world around her at that time such as climate changes, the 2020 presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this two-day workshop, Lomahaftewa will work with the participants to create works using painting and drawing as a vehicle to create pieces. On day one, participants will create several small paintings on paper. Lomahaftewa will guide each student on mark making with lines of color. The second day will be radical. Each student will cut up their paintings and rearrange them through mixing and matching them using collage as a technique to create new pieces connected to their original idea. At the end of the workshop, the class will discuss their work together as a group. 

Lorene Johnson Gratton workshops are open to both paying students and those with a financial need who require a scholarship to participate. Based on need, students may take the workshop free of charge or pay up to the suggested donation of $125. Workshops are open to adults of all experience levels. All materials will be provided including acrylic paint, brushes, and paper.

Linda Lomahaftewa is a Hopi-Choctaw printmaker, painter, and mixed media artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now retired, taught painting, color theory, and 2-D art foundations at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Lomahaftewa has traveled and exhibited internationally. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to teaching at IAIA, Lomahaftewa taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sonoma State University.