A passion for art

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Marty Lane teaches about the development of ideas and how they will work to create images suitable for the first print. Lane was recently named the Higher Education Art Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Art Education Association. (Courtesy Photo)

Mescalero High School and Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso teacher Marty Lane was recently named the Higher Education Art Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Art Education Association.

Lane is a native of Kansas City, Mo., who currently resides in the south-central Ruidoso mountains of New Mexico. In her late teens she discovered her passion for two interrelated disciplines and vowed to pursue them: art and communication.bright spot

Today, she lives out this vision and teaches art and communication courses for Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso, Mescalero Apache High School, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Her primary focus is in the visual arts, working with students at Mescalero Apache High School as she continues to teach at ENMU Ruidoso and IAIA. In addition to a variety of art classes. Lane teaches dual-credit art and communication courses that prepare high school students to pursue their higher educational endeavors.

Lane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Arts from ENMU-Portales and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is currently working on a second Master of Arts degree.

She said her love of art and travel compels her to take students abroad. She provided an ENMU student trip to Italy, “Sketching Tuscany” in 2015, and in March 2019 she will take a group of 26 Mescalero students and chaperones on an eight-day trip to Europe that will focus on Italy: “Art and Culture.”

Many of the students who participate in this adventure will receive college and high school credit for projects that are related to the trip, Lane said.

“The Mescalero schools are big on visual arts. They promote it in K-12th grades and they are very supportive,” Lane said.

In addition to a passion for teaching, Lane continues to work in her studio and maintains an extensive travel art journal. “I encourage my students to keep an art journal (sketchbooks) and add to it every time they have the chance,” Lane said. Drawing and watercolor painting are her primary media.

She is an award-winning Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and is a popular workshop teacher who emphasizes drawing skills and good “art habits.” In 2015 she developed and taught alongside Michael Hurd in the Legacy Workshop at his ranch in San Patricio.

Lane supports the Apache tribal cultural initiatives, while integrating Apache language and history are a part of her instructional curriculum.

Students are currently working on the Apache Language Coloring Book, which will serve to raise cultural awareness beyond the reservation. Students are also producing a series of large-scale collages featuring several of their prominent historic leaders.

Earlier this year, students traveled to do volunteer work, reinforcing awareness of the tragedies suffered by the Mescalero Apache tribe and their imprisonment at Fort Sumner.

The reservation, initially, was to be a self-sufficient and they were taught to be “modern farmers.”

In 1865, there were some 500 Mescalero Apache interned at the Bosque Redondo. Those strong enough to flee managed to escape that year and by 1868, the U.S. Army had determined that Fort Sumner and the Bosque reservation had failed.

Lane aspires to see her students succeed in their higher educational goals and invites interested and promising students to travel with her to Santa Fe twice a year to explore these possibilities at the Institute of American Indian Art.

Mescalero currently has three 2018 graduates at IAIA.

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