Grants, New Mexico is located on the Historic Route 66 – a highway known to many for its rich culture and history. The Double 6 Gallery, appropriately named for its location, brings you back in time with its facade of a 40’s style theater.
The Double 6 and the adjoining Cibola Art & Artifacts Museum are both part of the Cibola Arts Council which is dedicated to providing the citizens it represents, especially youth, with experiences in the arts by providing an educational resource, promoting area artists and celebrating our region’s rich cultural diversity. In their recent newsletter they say, “The arts promote tourism, are basic to education, are fundamental to a robust economy, and art is cost effective!”
Ava Peets, a lifelong artist, became a professional artist in Grants, New Mexico. Ava reflected on her joy of living in New Mexico: “It is such good fortune to live in this wonderful state–with all the beauty, cultures, and history, which serve as constant inspiration for innumerable subjects to paint.”
Ava was encouraged to become an artist at an early age by her parents. She began drawing and cutting silhouettes at six years old. Later, upon entering Southwest Missouri State University, she studied fine art and commercial art. Her plans to become a commercial artist were changed when she married and had children, but she still continued to take various art lessons. She stated, “The desire to pursue my artist interests has never left me.”