They wanted to showcase the beauty of New Mexico, but Albuquerque’s crime problem reared its ugly head. The hard work by a young pair of artists was destroyed by thieves.
“All of the prints are from all around New Mexico. There’s some from Las Cruces, Taos, the Sandia Crest,” says Robert Jaramillo.
The New Mexico Print Gallery is the brainchild of Jaramillo and his business partner, Lyric Moya. “We see all of the negative things that are going around in our city and our state, we wanted to come up with a way where we can at least help change it a little bit,” Moya says.
He’s referring to all the crime. That is, unfortunately, ironic, considering what they found at their year-long secret project Saturday morning. “Going through the gallery, I saw glass everywhere. Our unstretched prints just disorganized,” says Jaramillo.
Jaramillo got the call from his landlord. They believe the crook got in by throwing a manhole through the front window. The computer was the first thing they noticed was missing, and once they looked up at their gallery wall, they saw two photos were gone as well. “These images, they’ve put in hours and hours and hours. It’s just swiped away from them,” Jaramillo says.
Jaramillo and Moya believe both were worth about a thousand dollars each, but they don’t necessarily want them back. “Keep the prints. That’s the whole point of this is not to give them out or have them stolen, but to show people what our state has to offer,” says Moya.
It’s put a dealy on their grand opening. However, these two are still invested in showcasing the natural wonders from the Land of Enchantment. “We still do think it’s going to be a great addition to downtown Albuquerque,” says Jaramillo.
Jaramillo and Moya ended up finding their stolen computer being sold on the streets, hours after KRQE News 13 spoke with them.
No word on the whereabouts of the missing photos just yet. New Mexico Print Gallery will now have a soft opening in two weeks.