Blas Aguilar Adobe

Blas Aguilar Adobe and mural of native american

TASJA is planning large mural installations on the sides of the Blas Aguilar Museum in San Juan in collaboration with Domingo Belardes, curator of the Museum. Artist Hyatt Moore, well known for his paintings of ethnic peoples, has been commissioned to create two 8x10-foot murals (acrylic on wood) depicting historic images from San Juan’s past with representations honoring the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation. These murals are intended to be installed at the historic Blas Aguilar Adobe building, next to the Camino Real Playhouse. The images in the adjacent panel show likenesses of the proposed murals on the sides of the Adobe.

While plans are in place, the permit for installing these large murals is being considered by the city. You will be informed when the request appears on the agenda of the commissions and asked that you attend these meetings to express your support.

TASJA believes that these murals represent World Class art by Hyatt Moore and that the subject matter shown on the murals is in keeping with the traditions of the Acjachemen Nation and the mission of the museum. The subjects were chosen by TASJA's Art Advisory Panel and the Museum curator Domingo Belardes in collaboration with the artist. Domingo believes these murals will be widely viewed and become an incentive to visit the museum.

Since the Adobe is an historic site, the murals will be painted on wood and installed without disturbing the original adobe walls. The city will review the installation plans to assure that the walls will not be impacted by the installation of the murals. In the meantime, donations to help pay for the murals are welcome.

Randall HolbrookMay 18, 2022

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