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Environmental Artist Gives Painting to Coronado
The painting by Louise Phillips celebrates the beauty of the Rio Grande bosque.
Environmental artist and writer Louise Phillips visited Coronado Elementary Monday, Sept. 22, speaking about conserving nature through art and unveiled her painting of the Rio Grande bosque.
After meeting with the school’s Bosque Team and visiting the school’s garden, Phillips spoke to the entire school at an assembly, where she was made an honorable Caballera. Phillips then cut the ribbon on the painting she donated to the school, revealing it to the students and staff for the first time.
“We are honored to receive this piece of art from Ms. Louise Phillips,” Principal Anna Marie Ullibari said.
The painting, which will be installed in the school library, celebrates the beauty of the Rio Grande bosque. Phillips donated the painting, and two more at other locations in the state, to show her support of the U.S. Forest Service efforts in New Mexico for encouraging children to appreciate the forests.
Working with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the U.S. Forest Service, Coronado provides opportunities for students to learn about the bosque as part a grant the school received.
“The purpose of this grant is to provide opportunities for our children to visit and enjoy the bosque as well as provide opportunities for families to see this beautiful area within our city as a place where they can enjoy nature,” Ullibari said.
Phillips’ visit to Coronado is one of three stops in New Mexico arranged by the U.S. Forest Service. Her career has been dedicated to inspiring children to conserve nature through art. In addition to her art, she has written several nature-based children’s books and plays, combining performing and visual arts. An educator by profession, with emphasis in elementary and early childhood education, Phillips combines her artistic and educational background to advocate for national forest lands and the arts.