Making Change: Old Town Arts Entrepreneur and Postcard Artist

Saturday Jan 11, 2020

423 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
US

Phone: 505-848-1376
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

FREE

Ages:

ALL-AGES!

Contact:

The Public Library ABQ-Bernco

Phone: (505)848-1376
Website: Click to Visit

Joe Sabatini delights with his talk about Joseph Roy "J. R." Willis, who had a remarkable and colorful NM career as an entrepreneur of the arts.

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Joe Sabatini is sure to delight with his talk about Joseph Roy "J. R." Willis (1876-1960), who had a remarkable and colorful New Mexico career as an entrepreneur of the arts. Coming to Gallup in 1917, he operated a camera store and was involved in the beginnings of the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial. He published thousands of beautiful but stereotypical postcards about Native Americans and the Southwest, and was called "New Mexico's Aspen King" for his many landscape paintings.  In 1938, he built the home, studio and artists' compound next to the Albuquerque Country Club which is known today as the Casas de Sueños Historic Inn.