At the HeART of the Co+op

The Mountain View Market Co+op cafe just got a whole lot more beautiful!

We were recently gifted a series of beautiful tile murals created by the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from La Academia Dolores Huerta Charter School in Mesilla, New Mexico (formerly located on North Main St, Las Cruces).

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Students used clay slabs to sculpt and carve images and designs depicting scenes of foods, mountains and local motifs.

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Co+op Board of Directors president Chris Bardey, who taught at La Academia Dolores Huerta from 2010 to 2018, worked with students to create bas-relief sculpture throughout the tiles.

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Once the clay slabs were carved and sculpted, students painted the pieces with ceramic glazes in bold, vivid and exciting colors.

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Local artist Deborah Moore of Studio 1060 in Mesilla, helped create the initial clay slabs for the students and provided technical support and labor in assisting in the glazing and firing of the tiles.

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The tiles shown are just the beginning of an ongoing project and collaboration. As time goes on, more tiles will be added to the collection on display in the cafe at Mountain View Market Co+op.

We want to extend a huge thank you to Chris Bardey, Deborah Moore and especially to the talented students who created these beautiful works of art for us!