New Mexico is, without a doubt, just packed with art and artists. People move to New Mexico to pursue their artistic passions, and those who live here all know people who eke out some kind of living as creative souls. I think that this place really is different than other places in that way. So it isn’t a surprise that over the years our Governors have awarded recognition to small groups of artists. This year Irvin Trujillo was so honored. That’s Governor Susana Martinez standing next to Irvin in the back row in this picture.
Irvin has received honorifics before, but he continues to be surprised when they come to him. This award is one that he was aware of long ago, when his father was nominated for it repeatedly. His father never was honored by the Governor. This makes this award a little bit of a bittersweet experience for Irvin, as he has always regarded his father as a great master of weaving.
It was an even more memorable event because we were able to celebrate with the whole family!