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Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts

Juried Student Art Show Opening and Upcoming Lectures

4th Annual Juried Student Art Show: Milestones opens this Saturday! (March 4th)

Celebrate the talent of Valencia County student artists, browse a selection of student artwork available for sale, and enjoy light refreshments!

Award-winning pieces will be announced at the event including:
Best of Show
Elementary School: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
Middle School: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
High School: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place

All students with award-winning pieces will receive a prepaid debit card with an image of their artwork on it.


Los Lunas Mystery Stone, a lecture by John Taylor

The Los Lunas Mystery Stone (also referred to as Los Lunas Decalogue Stone) is a large boulder west of Los Lunas carved with an abridged version of the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, in Paleo-Hebrew script. Environmental and human interference have made it impossible to conclusively date the stone. Scholars have proposed its age to be anywhere from 200 to 2000 years old. The mystery and controversy surrounding the origins of the carvings on the stone remain unresolved. Many scholars dismiss the stone as a modern hoax while others are convinced of its ancient origins and authenticity.

John Taylor's lecture will cover major theories about the stone's origins and contextualize the conclusions various scholars have reached regarding the stone's authenticity.

This lecture does not require reservations and is open to the public.

John M. Taylor retired as the Manager of the Integrated Technologies and Systems Strategic Management Group Support Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University and was a member of Sandia's Technical and Management Staff from 1975 to 2010. During his tenure, he published over 50 technical reports and papers. Prior to coming to Sandia he was assigned as Reactor Controls Officer on the USS Nautilus (SSN #571). He served as the Science Advisor to the START Delegation in Geneva and as the DOE liaison to the State Department for the implementation of the post-Desert Storm Iraqi cease-fire resolutions. He is the author or co-author of nine books: two on Catholicism in central New Mexico (Dejad a Los Niños, published by LPD Press, and Catholics Along the Rio Grande, published by Arcadia Press), two on the Civil War in New Mexico (Bloody Valverde and The Battle of Glorieta Pass, both published by UNM Press), three anthologies of stories from Valencia County (Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in the Rio Abajo, A River Runs Through Us, and Enchanted Journeys—all co-authored with Richard Melzer), one on the science of soccer (The Science of Soccer—a Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick, UNM Press), and one on a private high school in southern California (The Thacher School, Arcadia Press). Five of these books have won New Mexico-Arizona book awards. In addition, he has published numerous articles in various books and journals on Civil War, Catholic history, and soccer topics. He is married to Lynn and they have four daughters and three granddaughters.

Please note: the Los Lunas Mystery Stone Tour on March 18th is currently completely booked. We are working to schedule a repeat tour of the Mystery Stone this Fall to accommodate those unable to go on the March 18th tour.


Rarámuri, the Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre, a lecture by Diana Molina

Rarámuri, Uto-Aztecan for Tarahumara, are among the world's best runners from lives spent traversing the canyon walls and plateaus of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northern Mexico. In a personal narrative complimented by anthropological, ethnographic and scientific research, Diana Molina will feature the exceptional Rarámuri culture, discuss the impact of modern society on their lifestyle and highlight the amazing expanse of the canyon environment with stunning photographs taken while living among the tribe for extended periods of time.


Diana Molina, Photographer, Writer and Artist

Trading in a career as a software engineer for IBM to follow her passion as a professional photographer and writer, Diana Molina moved to Europe for a decade before settling back home in New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley. Her sociological portrayals have appeared regionally and internationally with features published in Elle, Esquire, GEO, GQ, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, Texas Highways and The New Mexico Magazine. Her traveling exhibits have shown in venues that include The World Museum of Art in Rotterdam, Holland; The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.; The Houston Museum of Natural Science; The Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio; The Centennial Museum at UT El Paso; The Anaheim Museum; The El Paso Museum of Archaeology; The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, The Carnegie Museum of Art in California, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and The Las Cruces Museum of Art.


This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs.


A HUGE thank you to the local businesses and organizations that sponsored prizes for the Student Juried Art Show! Check them out below!

Background photo courtesy of Baldwin G. Burr, Battle of Valverde Reenactment, Escondida, NM


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