Conceptual drawings to be shown downtown

By Jack King

Ten students from the University of New Mexico’s Design Planning Assistance Center will exhibit conceptual drawings of what downtown Clovis could look like from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Xcel Energy Building, 500 Pile.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, said Catharine Johnson, the program’s executive director.
In an art gallery-style format, each exhibit will be set on easels and the students will be available to talk to interested viewers about the work and their ideas about the downtown area, Johnson said.
“These are young architects, with new ideas and the latest information from the architectural world,” Johnson said. “These aren’t plans, though, nothing is set in stone. We want to start getting ideas about what to do about the downtown and this exhibit is a way of getting the imaginative juices flowing.”
Johnson said the DPAC offers this service to communities around the state, as a way to help the towns and as an exercise in conceptualization for the students. At least one of the students has done a drawing of a renovated Hotel Clovis. Another has done a “streetscape” of the downtown area, while others have drawn new facades for individual buildings or groups of buildings, she said.
Admission is free and food will be provided courtesy of Leal’s restaurant, she said.
For information, contact Johnson at 763-7266.