First Exhibit Of 2021 Season Opens Mar. 13 In Step Up Gallery At Mesa Public Library Is ‘ESPAÑOLA: People and Places’

‘Pinups’ at Lowrider weekend 2019 in Espanola. Photo by Jane Whitmore

‘Stop and Eat’ – Photo by Eugenie Johnson


A photographic exhibit, ‘ESPAÑOLA: People and Places’, a Collaboration by Jane Whitmore, Psy.D. and Eugenie Johnson, opens Saturday, March 13 at Mesa Public Library’s Step Up Gallery. The public now has access to the Mesa Public Library building from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. At present, access will be limited to 30 people at a time for no longer than 30 minute visits.

‘ESPAÑOLA: People and Places’ visually examines everyday life in our neighboring city of Española. Images of people and places, well-known to its residents, are elevated to art in stunning black and white prints by two Santa Fean photographers.  Jane Whitmore and Eugenie Johnson spent a year regularly photographing Española, recognizing the rhythms and symbols of life in this north central New Mexican town. The photographs acknowledge Española’s vitality as evident in the longevity of successful family-owned businesses, religious faith and a strong sense of community. 

The exhibit will remain in Step Up Gallery until the opportunity for adequate viewership goals have been met. Questions about this exhibit and general inquiries about Step Up Gallery can be emailed to

Please check the status and safety requirements of Mesa Public Library’s policy on public access prior to planning your visit to Step Up Gallery at or call (505) 662-8250.