New Mexico New Deal Sites November 2018 - Photo #156 - Old Albuquerque Municipal Airport

Photo: 13 November 2018
Pop Chalee
Pop Chalee; Photo: [3]
Old Albuquerque Municipal Airport lobby: Taos Horsetail Dancer fresco by Pop Chalee[1,2,3,4] (Merina Lujan Hopkins, 1906-1993), 1945. She was commissioned not by the WPA but by Howard Hughes and Jack Frye (president of TWA) to create three works for the airport; she reportedly charmed them into allowing her to paint 12 murals instead (some of her frescoes were painted over in later renovations)[2].
  1. Pop Chalee, Wikipedia, accessed 27 November 2018.
  2. The enchanted forests of Blue Flower: Artist Pop Challee, Santa Fe New Mexican website, accessed 27 November 2018.
  3. Preserving Pop Chalee, Albuquerque Journal, 16 June 2017.
  4. Pop Chalee, Public Art Archive, accessed 27 November 2018.
  5. New Deal Art in New Mexico, Collector's Guide website, accessed 27 November 2018: Includes Pop Chalee among well-known New Mexico artists "involved in the New Deal Program".