May 2013 Special Events

May 4

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 –
Studio Reception & “Find the Quirk” Drawing 5pm
Self-guided House Tour 11am-4pm, Tickets $25
offcenter housesTake a self-guided house tour of three uniquely artistic, quirky homes in Albuquerque while giving to a great cause. There will be refreshments & musical entertainment at each house. The homes and sculpture gardens part of this year’s tour range from a violin maker’s shop/home overtaken by story-high dragons, an artist/hairdresser’s shop/home laden with murals and mosaics to a multi-media artist/collector’s home splashed with colored walls, artwork, mosaics and more! The Albuquirky House Tour is preceded the night before by our Little Houses Silent Auction held at Sumner & Dene Creations in Art. Proceeds from both the auction and house tour ticket sales benefit OFFCenter Community Arts Project, a local social-profit (501(c)3) which provides a group open studio space, materials, and skill-building workshops in the visual, literary and musical arts to the entire public – free of charge. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following locations:
On-line at or by calling (505) 247-1172 or in person at:
OFFCenter Arts: 808 Park Avenue, SW
Bookworks: 4022 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW
Robinson & Sons Violin Shop: 3201 Carlisle Blvd., NE
Sumner & Dene Gallery: 517 Central Avenue, NW
Shampoo Alley: 116 Girard, SE (in alley behind Walgreen’s)

Harwood Art Center
Event at Wells Park on 6th St. NW and Mountain Rd. NW
242-6367 –
Children’s Art Carnival noon-2pm
Art CarnivalCreative Roots offers free, in-depth after school art classes to elementary students in partnership with Community Centers across Albuquerque. The Art Carnival is the culmination of the students’ work and will involve student-created games, murals, and a photo wall where families can take fun pictures. There will be art projects to participate in and the games will be run by high school students from the community. Prizes will be art supplies and goodies to decorate. This event is free thanks to the generous support of the Albert I Pierce Foundation, The Albuquerque Community Foundation, and Bernalillo County.

Weyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
Artist Talk 1-2pm
Mixed Influences is a solo exhibit of Marcia Truell Newren’s kiln worked glass. Marcia Truell Newren holds an MA in anthropology from the University of Colorado, specializing in prehistoric architecture, and was involved in archaeological excavations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For eight years, she was the studio assistant to an internationally recognized glass sculptor. In 1996 and 1998, she attended Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and in 1999, studied at the studio of the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York. She has taken classes in studio arts, and Art History at the University of New Mexico: and in lithography at La Corta della Miniera near Urbino, Italy. In 1999, she was nominated for the Corning Award through Pilchuck Glass School. Newren, states, “The distinctive cultures of the world often develop in isolation but become diluted with external contact which blurs boundaries. Being fluid, they change. By extension, these mixed influences and collisions cannot help but be mirrored in the work of those seeking any form of expression which pushes beyond sheer mimicry.” 

May 5

Leich Lathrop Gallery
323 Romero Street, NW, Suite 1 – 243.3059 –
Opening Reception 3-5pm
Join us in welcoming Deborah Gavel, Marietta Patricia Leis & Joyce Shupe to Leich Lathrop Gallery. Each of the artists in their own way create work that is intimate in scale and subject whether it is old paper stencils once used to decorate kimonos (Gavel), impressions of time and space (Leis), or the exploration of line (Shupe).

May 11-12

Wright’s Indian Art
2677 Louisiana NE – 266.0120 –

EventListingPhotoWright’s Indian Art announces its new location and 106th Anniversary!The celebration includes an Outdoor Art Show, Special Exhibits and Performances And an Auction to Benefit First Nations Community HealthSource (Albuquerque, NM) — Wright’s Collection of Indian Art, the oldest continuously operating Indian art gallery in Albuquerque, will commemorate its newest location and 106th anniversary with a festive celebration on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12, 2013

When Wright’s opened in 1907, the New Mexico territory had a population of just 327,000 and was still five years from statehood. Sheep farming was the territory’s most lucrative industry. A young adventurer named Charles Wright, who had been working for the Fred Harvey Company, left the hotel chain to open his own business: Wright’s Trading Post and Curios. It was headquartered downtown in a landmark adobe pueblo-style building at 4th Street and Gold Avenue.

As Albuquerque has evolved from dusty frontier town to cosmopolitan city, Wright’s has changed with it, from a rustic trading post to its new, sophisticated gallery. Over the years, Wright’s has represented the most significant Native American artists of its day, from Pablita Velarde and Maria Martinez to today’s multiple award-winning artists such as Jennifer Curtis, Caroline Carpio, Alfred Joe, Joe & Althea Cajero, Cliff Fragua and many, many more.

Remarkably, the business has remained in the hands of just two families — the Wrights and the Chernoffs. “We’ve lasted 100 years by representing the best of the Native American community — and our upcoming art market is our way of thanking our artists and our customers,” says gallery director Wayne A. Bobrick.

The celebration will kick off on Saturday, May 11, at 10 am, with a ceremonial blessing by a Native medicine man and a ribbon cutting.  Over the weekend, there will be flute playing by sculptor/musician Adrian Wall, dancing by World Champion Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance – recently returned from Cirque de Soleil, an informal fashion show by Navajo designer Penny Singer, and more.

Outside in the parking area, booths will be set up for an Indian Artist Market, where the public can meet and buy directly from dozens of leading artists in various media. A few who have confirmed their presence are jewelers Arland Ben (Navajo), Jennifer Curtis (Navajo), Marian Denipah (Navajo), Don Dewa (Zuni), Michael NaNaPing Garcia(Pascua Yaqui), Tommy Jackson (Navajo), Al Joe (Navajo), Steve LaRance (Hopi), Eric Othole (Zuni/Cochiti), Myron Panteah (Zuni), Lyndon Tsosie (Navajo), and Leo Yazzie (Navajo); Zuni fetish carvers Lena Boone and Herbert Him; potters Caroline Elliot (Santa Clara), Glendora Fragua (Jemez), Jennifer Moquino (Santa Clara),Bernice Naranjo (Santa Clara), Dusty Naranjo (Santa Clara), Wallace Nez (Navajo), Dominique Toya (Jemez), Maxine Toya (Jemez), and Kathleen Wall (Jemez); painters Silvester Hustito (Zuni), Ben Nelson (Navajo), Bennie Yellowman Nelson (Navajo), Chris Peshlakai (Navajo) and Alice Yazzie (Navajo); and sculptors Adrian Wall (Jemez) and Kathy Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara).

Indoors, to honor all of the Native artists who have supported Wright’s over the years, a Silent Auction with a wonderful variety of items will raise money for First Nations Community Healthsource, a nonprofit organization that serves the local urban Native population as well as other underserved populations, such as the homeless.  First Nations integrates a wide range of services – primary care, dental, substance abuse prevention, behavioral health, diabetes prevention, social services and more – with traditional values to enhance the physical, spiritual and mental well-being of its patients.

Also indoors: a trunk show of vintage jewelry and fetishes by Southwest Zuni Connections, a very special appearance by Navajo master jewelers Carl & Irene Clark, with their legendary micro-mosaic jewelry, and artist demonstrations by Maxine & Dominique Toya (pottery),  and Alice Yazzie (pastels).

Wright’s Indian Art currently offers a vast array of American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, fetishes, kachinas, folk art, masks, and textiles. Every single item is handmade, and selected with rigorous standards. Says Bobrick, “Indian art has evolved; what hasn’t changed is the trust inspired by the honesty of our dealings with both artists and collectors.”


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