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A New Deal for Tse Tsan: Pablita Velarde at Bandelier
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Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, took up the art of easel painting at the age of fourteen even though it was not considered the role of a pueblo woman and certainly not a career choice. Her paintings are significant because they express the woman's point of view of Pueblo life and she chose themes that express the interests and concerns of women, a subject that was of little interest to other Pueblo artists and non-Indian observers. An image featured in the exhibit At the young age of nineteen Velarde was commissioned by the National Park Service, under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to create scenes of traditional Pueblo culture for the visitor center being built at Bandelier National Monument. She produced over 84 paintings in casein on Masonite, matte board and glass between 1939 and 1945. Sixty-eight of these paintings are included in the exhibition.

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