Gala, an art auction is raising funds for murals under the El Paso Spaghetti Bowl

Artists from El Paso have teamed up to preserve, protect and replace murals in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Artist Tino Ortega organized an auction to raise money for works of art that have graced the pillars under a spaghetti bowl in south-central El Paso for decades.

At least 19 murals on the pillars of the interstate overpass have been destroyed over the years due to construction to widen the overpass, Ortega said.

Those not affected by the highway improvements were boarded to protect themselves during construction.

The Ortega Art Gala and Auction 2022, scheduled for Saturday, May 14, will raise money to restore some murals and fund new works in the area. The auction will take place at the War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Lincoln Gallery owner and El Paso muralist Tino Ortega helped plan the 2022 Art Gala and auction, raising funds to replace murals in Lincoln Park that were demolished due to construction.  Ortega posed next to a mural in Lincoln Park in south-central El Paso on Thursday.

“The whole point is to promote art and culture and put that on more walls and feel represented,” Ortega said. – Since last year, we have been talking about raising funds and obtaining some sponsorships.

Ortega said the murals, which date back to the 1980s, were difficult to protect as a whole because artists had to fund and support their own work. Among the earliest murals is the one created in 1981 on the Virgen de Guadalupe on top of a bouquet of red roses, on the corner of Durazno Avenue and Uva Place.

Lincoln Gallery owner and El Paso muralist Tino Ortega is holding a propeller he painted for the 2022 art gala and auction, raising funds to replace a mural in Lincoln Park that was demolished due to construction.  Ortega stands in Lincoln Park in south-central El Paso on Thursday.

Each mural can cost from $ 8,000 to $ 15,000, from spray paint to lifting equipment needed to retain the artist, as well as liability insurance.

Ortega is not sure how much can be raised by this event, but he hopes.

“We would like to restore some of the murals that have been removed, but we would definitely like to incorporate new works of art,” he said.

Ortega, an artist for 10 years, takes care of the neighborhood, where he has a gallery, Galeria Lincoln at 3915 Rosa Ave., across from Old Sheepdog Brewery, and seeks to promote different artists and reciprocate to the community.

Lincoln Gallery owner and El Paso muralist Tino Ortega painted a propeller for the 2022 Art Gala and Auction, raising funds to replace a mural in Lincoln Park demolished due to construction.

“It’s a little scary” to organize a big fundraiser, he said, “but at the end of the day, it’s very useful because you know you’re giving back.”

The event will feature the art of Ortega, Baba Tavacolli, Voodoo, Pablo Hernandez, Christin Apodaca, Visual Bluff, Exist1981 and Eugenia “AO” Carmona.

Among the works for sale at the auction are airplane propellers painted by Ortega, who worked as an aircraft mechanic.

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María Cortés González can be obtained at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

The work donated by Visual Bluff for the Art Gala and Auction 2022 will help raise funds for local artists to work on the Lincoln Park Conservation Project, replacing murals demolished due to construction.

Make plans

What: Art Gala and Auction 2022

When: Saturday, May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road, Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Price: Tickets are $ 75 per person and include wine, food and entrance to the museum hangar.

Information: 575-589-2000

The works donated by the artists to the Art Gala and Auction 2022 will help raise funds so local artists can work on the Lincoln Park Conservation Project, replacing murals demolished due to construction.

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