The city of Española, New Mexico, held a Lowrider magazine-sanctioned show a few months back, and to drum up support and awareness for the event, the city also hosted a lowrider-themed art show the day before the gates opened. The city decided to sponsor the location and ultimately chose Toby Morfin as the event's curator, thanks to his knowledge in the lowrider art scene. "I collaborated with my friend, Moises, to choose a group of artists that would fit the show's theme," says Toby. Given Toby's New Mexican connections and some people that Moises had met at a previous show in Oceanside, California, the duo knew they could bring in the right artists for the exhibit. There were over a dozen artists from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and New Mexico areas invited to participate in the show, and it gave on lookers a chance to absorb the culture a day before the car show opened. Some of the artists with works on display included Bugs, Mickey Horton, Ricardo Islas, and the legendary Gilbert Magu Lujan, who passed away in 2011. "I think it was great to see the different styles of artwork come together," says Toby. "This was biggest lowrider art exhibit ever to come to Española, and I'm proud to have been a part of it."
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