First Friday, Citywide, November 1


leich lathrop LayeringCertainties_2Leich Lathrop Gallery
323 Romero Street, NW, Suite 1 – 243.3059 –
First Friday 5-7:30pm
Exploring the space between what is certain and what is uncertain Alex Peña takes us on a rich visual tour. Pseudo writing and un-squared image areas contrast with the absoluteness of a tree firmly rooted in the ground or straight lines in a struggle to find “what is certain and uncertain” in life. Peña leaves us to make our own determinations as his art has no easy answers; sometimes revealing the artist’s inner thoughts as much as obscuring them. His materials (hand-made paper, paint, ink, photographs, and shellac just to name a few) add to the chiaroscuro that rewards close inspection.

Weems Gallery
303 Romero NW – 764.0302 –
Open House 5-8pm
Weems presents works by Jack Atkins. Atkins paints the Southwest’s intense desert light, its spectacular vistas, and the people and things that create its sense of place. He has been fascinated with its cultures and traditions since he was a teenager in Taos, New Mexico, a place that influenced him with how strongly it emphasizes and values art & artists.

Blackbird Gallery
323 Romero St. NW, Ste.16 – 243.9525 – BlackbirdGallery.Biz
Open House 5-8pm
Blackbird Gallery has recently added the wonderful southwestern landscape paintings from Placitas artist Vicki Van Vynckt to the gallery collection. She joins contemporary Native American artist (and local favorite) Farrell Cockrum, and Grants native Robert Perea as the featured trio in our unique Old Town gallery. Featured also this month are the Navajo cottonwood carvings from Matt Yellowman and an extensive new selection of Baltic Amber jewelry in with our usual mix of Navajo, Zuni and other Native American original jewelry creations. Sculpture from Taos artist Michael Connor; Michael Cramer ceramic hand-made fountains and new pieces by Matthew Patton of Seattle, WA.

Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 –
Reception 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery, nearing its 50th anniversary, spotlights the artistry of Mary Madsen; painter, Emily Holcomb; mixed media artist, and Tricia Simmons; jeweler. Their work will be on special display and the ARTSCrawl reception will feature discussion and refreshments. Yucca Gallery also features the work of 37 additional artists in a variety of mediums and techniques.


VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 344.4542 –
Closing Reception 5-7pm
False Face: Whose Face? is a mask exhibit featuring masks by New Mexico artists and masks from around the world for sale and for display only. The show will close November 4 with a closing reception during the first Friday ARTSCrawl.

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 –
Friday, Nov 1, 5-8 pm Exhibit Opening
In Shadows and Silhouettes artists explore the dark side of their shadow self, the silhouette image and more in this open interpretation and non-juried community art exhibit displaying our “other” sides.

516 ARTS_Margraita Cabrera_Tractor 2516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445 –
Reception and Book Signings 6-8pm
Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses: This exhibition investigates the artistic practices of contemporary artists who have responded to the current sociopolitical environment of the border between the U.S. and Mexico. With a shared interest in the climate of the U.S./Mexico border and the conveyance of this territory in visual terms, artists explore subjects including immigration struggles, drug-related violence, craft as identity, and the fluidity of cross-border cultural exchange that defies physical walls. Curated by Kate Bonansinga. The book release party is for photography icons of New Mexico; David Scheinbaum’s ‘HIP HOP: Portraits of an Urban Hymn’ and Janet Russek’s ‘The Tenuous Stem’. David and Janet are generously offering selected original prints for sale at this event, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the nonprofit 516 ARTS. They are also signing a limited edition of 11” x 17” posters of their work, produced just for this event, 100% of the proceeds from which will benefit 516 ARTS. The celebration will include a live DJ from the scene of David Scheinbaum’s work, and refreshments from Tractor Brewing.

s and d piper glass plateSumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400
Artists’ Reception 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene is honored to present the Crafts and Gift Show, an arts and crafts show featuring Lydia Piper; glass, Lisa Lyn Sharpe; painted boxes and furniture, Mike Tarter; horse hair pottery, Nickie and Frank Keith; masks, Suzanne Visor; hand painted silk, Ruth Morrisdolls, Carol Mullen; paper figures, Aubrey Eckert; origami mobiles, Sarena Mann; floating figures, Rik Burkard; pottery, Steve Benjamin; cutting boards, Carol Bailey; wire silverware, Luna Garcia; pottery and Michelle Allen; clocks. Show runs through November 30.

Concetta D Gallery
20 First Plaza NW – 243-5066 –
Open House 5-8pm
The gallery will be having a holiday open house and all gallery show, new works by gallery artists, estate pieces miniatures, and 20% holiday discount.


Inpost Artspace at Outpost
210 Yale Blvd. SE – 268.0044 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Inpost Artspace presents the Outpost Member Exhibition, the bi-annual Outpost Performance Space members’ exhibition which celebrates the creativity of our community. The Inpost Artspace has been actively exhibiting local and regional artists’ work for over 15 years and plays an important role in fostering the visual arts in Albuquerque. The members’ exhibition will feature the Outpost’s many creative individuals and highlight the collective wealth that exists amongst its diverse audience and beyond. Featured artists include Maude Andrade, Jill Christian, Frank McCulloch, Ben Roe Jr. and Valerie Roybal, among many amazing others! Show runs through December 27.

ng Mirror at John DuranMatrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268-8952 –
First Friday Reception 5-8pm
Plein air painter Ken Daggett of Taos and still life painter Sarah Hartshorne of Albuquerque give us their representation of nature in this exquisite showing of watercolors and oil paintings titled Nature Elements-Paintings by Sarah Hartshorne and Ken Daggett. Daggett’s watercolors glow with the color and drama of sun-flooded scenes and shady mountain meadows. One feels the heart of the artist as well as the spirit of place in his works. Hartshorne’s paintings of flora represent a microcosm of the life cycle and encourage viewers to look closer at the beauty of nature. Hartshorne explores with the play of light, shadow and color in these luscious paintings of plant life. Early Bird Preview: October 29-31, show runs through November 30.

Crescent, 300 dpiNew Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268-8952 –
First Friday Reception 5-8pm
Untold Stories-Relief prints by Jeff Simpson & Etchings by Ray Maseman is an exhibition of visual stories by two talented and unique printmakers. Jeff Simpson creates black and white relief wood engravings that depict scenes similar to the ones found in 19th century “Penny Dreadfuls” melodramatic novels. Ray Maseman’s images illustrate various animals on voyages and quests of land, sea, and air. Both artists have created visually stimulating images that represent their unique interpretations of life. During the First Friday Artscrawl on November 1 from 5 to 8pm only, New Grounds is hosting a sale to benefit “Art in the School”, a nonprofit after school art program for children. Artwork will be on sale throughout the gallery in support of this wonderful organization. Please contact Beth Larson at 505-306-0471 or for more information.
Sneak Preview: October 29-31
Demonstration: from 6:30-7pm during the reception


credit Ungelbah Davila Pinup 2 Small the artistic imageThe Artistic Image
1101 Cardenas NE, Suite 206 – 554.2706 –
Opening 5-9:30pm
The Artistic Image continues Ungelbah Davila’s show titled Pinup-ology: The Science of Pinup. There will be much of Davila’s pinup photography on display in the gallery and the artist will be on hand to discuss her work. As an added feature the gallery will have a couple of her pinup models live in all their mid-century glory, ready to pose in the studios. Bring your cameras and take advantage of having these perky pinups available. The show will be open Friday November 1, 5-9:30pm.

GABQ-Tricia-H-Love_MtnBooks-700wThe Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292-9333 –
Artists Reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Changing Times, featuring three gallery artists: Tricia H.
Love, whose watercolors will transport you to another time and place; Jerry Love,
whose watercolors and drawings reflect his grandfather’s era; and Trish Meyer, an
experimental artist who combines digital imagery, printmaking and encaustic. Artist
Insights, 6pm: Trish Meyer shares her inspiration and techniques. The Salon Exhibit
features “A Celebration of Clay” from The New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists.

Weyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Weyrich Gallery presents Blue and White Porcelain: New Works by Kathryne Cyman and Ten University of New Mexico Students. Participating students: Adalia Hughes, Nickolas Guzzardi, Ashley Chapman, Brianne Clarkson, Christina Rockwell, Melissa Martinez, John Wong, Christopher Casey, Rick Orlando, and Jon Deyhle. Saturday, November 2 at 12pm Kathryne Cyman will give a lecture on the journey of cobalt blue underglaze painting on porcelain and the aesthetics reflected today in her students’ current works. Show Closes November 29.

Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 –
Artist’s Reception 5-8pm
Contemporary Painter Janet Bothne’s second show is titled Finding Finished. Upon initial viewing, one might conclude that Janet’s paintings are “abstract landscapes”. With the exception of her previous “Woods” series, this isn’t necessarily true. She says that in most instances with her diptychs, even though they are often horizontal striations that evoke “landscapes” in many minds, many times, they’re not. Janet feels more like she’s weaving “colorful blankets”, or perhaps exposing a close-up of an “exotic feather”. Whatever it is, she wants to it to feel organic and lively, and to balance the familiar and enigmatic. Her show continues through December 5,2013.

High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 –
Show 5-8pm
Jeanette Cromer’s show My Life’s Harmony includes pastels, colored pencil, graphite, conte crayon, watercolor, watercolor collages, acrylics in abstract and realistic endeavors on paper and canvas. Cromer will also show her original jewelry.


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