First Friday, Citywide, March 7


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 the unique Old Town gallery. Featured also this month are the Navajo cottonwood carvings from Matt Yellowman; 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 ConnorMichael 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 –
Open House 5-8:30pm
Yucca Art Gallery will celebrate the arrival of spring in Old Town with an Open House and Reception for featured artists Pat Baca, a watercolor painter; Steve Janecky, wood worker; and Barb Fajardo, jeweler. Yucca Gallery, an artist cooperative now celebrating its 50th year, features the work of these and 40 other artists in mediums ranging from oils to encaustic painting and ceramics to metal working.

purple sagePurple Sage Galeria
201 San Felipe NW – 450.4059
Artists’ Reception 5-8pm
Purple Sage features Spring-ing Along a selection of paintings by Jane E Chandler. Work on display will be landscape views painted en plein air. The show runs through March.




VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 344.4542 –
ARTSCrawl Event 5-7pm
The exhibit, REVOLT! features Christian Michael Gallegos’ new large-scale abstract paintings on canvas which explore issues of social injustice. The artist will discuss his process during the first Friday ARTSCrawl, March 7 at 6:45pm. He will focus on his evolution or “revolt” from his previous work in pushing towards a more figurative way to paint. The show runs through March 12.

harwood2Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242-6367 –
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Harwood Art Center is pleased to present Encompass: Urban Nature, an annual event featuring open studios with the 45 Harwood Artists, collaborative art making projects, live music, culinary offerings and two exhibitions. Shift (front gallery) invites you to engage, explore and alter an immersive installation created by youth artists. Uncharted Territory (main gallery) highlights women artists investigating how they fit in, respond to and affect change in the world around them – and demonstrating a certain, refined optimism in the process. Participants include guest artist Swoon and New Mexico artists Erin Currier, Ann Dunbar, Leigh Anne Langwell, Heidi Pollard, Holly Roberts, Brittany Sundheim and Myriam Tapp, as well as the elementary students of Escuela del Sol Montessori. The exhibition runs through March 27.

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 –
Opening 5-8pm
OFFCenter Community Arts and Rainbow Artists have co-sponsored a no-fee, non-juried exhibit of art t-shirts, Tee-Shirt Fantasies. Entries have been donated for a raffle with proceeds to benefit OFFCenter. All pieces were created by women and while entries of wearable shirts were encouraged, an ‘anything goes’ attitude means that you never know what you’ll find! The exhibit will end with a closing reception and raffle drawing on March 28th.

516 2516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445
Open House 5-8pm
Join in the celebration for the Heart of the City exhibition! Heart of the City is an arts collaboration exploring the urban environment and posing the question: What does the condition of the city’s urban core say about the heart and soul of the city? This project centers around an exhibition at 516 ARTS that features a series of projects created by lead artists with student apprentices or collaborators from 13 organizations representing arts, education and small business. The open house will feature free haircuts in the gallery from ACE Barbershop; to schedule a haircut call 242-1445 or email The exhibition runs through May 3.

sumner2Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 –
Artists’ Reception 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene is proud to announce their March Exhibit David Snow: Enamels and
Rik Burkard: Ceramics. David Snow creates contemporary enamels with copper and fused powdered glass while Rik Burkard sculpts unusual, fun contemporary ceramics. Both are Albuquerque artists. Show runs through March 29.


matrix3Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268-8952
Reception 5-8pm
Matrix presents PENUMBRA: An International Exhibition Showcasing Contemporary Surrealism. Albuquerque artist Archer Dougherty curated this exhibition of contemporary surreal drawings and paintings. Dougherty had the artists explore the meaning of the word penumbra using a grayscale palette. A ‘penumbra’ is the ghostly halo of shadow that surrounds a region of complete darkness. Twenty-five international artists, ranging from Europe to the United States to Indonesia, are coming together to present their ideas relating to shadows, darkness, and everything in between.


New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268-8952
Reception: 5-8pm
New Grounds presents two exhibitions. The first exhibition is Chroma – Etchings by Pamela Wesolek. Most people think of etchings as small, black and white, and realistic in nature. Wesolek completely defies this concept by creating colorful large scale etchings – some four feet across – that are detailed, yet bold and semi-abstract in nature. An avid hiker and life-long observer of nature, Wesolek fuses the individual entities of the organic world – plants, leaves or grasses – with broader concepts such as the seasons, terrains or angles of light. Pamela Wesolek will demonstrate chine colle from 6:30-7 pm during the reception. The exhibition runs through March 29. The second exhibition is Yaybig SW – A trunk show exhibition of Southwest printmakers from the collection of Karl Whitaker which will be on view during the March 7 reception only! For more information please contact Karl Whitaker at or 505-918-9253.


The Artistic Image
1101 Cardenas Dr. NE, Suite 206 – 554.2706 –
ARTSCrawl Event 5-9pm
The Artistic Image will be exhibiting Visions of the Under Ground by Kenneth Ingham. These are award winning photographs shot in the caves of several countries. Meet Kenneth and you will learn about the part of the world that most people have never seen.

Johns’ Western Gallery
1101 Cardenas Dr. NE, Ste. 202 C – 246-2414
ARTSCrawl Event 5-9pm
Artist Peter Bowles will present New Mexico Impressions, a series of his oil paintings on canvas.

SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816-0214 –
Open House 5-8pm
Come see what’s new! Right Brain Gallery is thinking spring and showing off some great solar and other decorative items. Find many beautiful new pieces for your outdoors or a new artist’s work that can help spruce up your indoors.

Framing Concepts Gallery
5809 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE – 294.3246 –
Open House 5-7:30pm
Framing Concepts presents ART 4 SALE. The gallery carries originals and prints and has found many fine signed and numbered prints in the storage bins. Some works are old, some new; some matted, some not; some free, some not; some signed, some not; all good. Many, many to choose from and they are well worth a look.

the galleryabqwebThe Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292-9333 –
Artists’ Reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Light, Color & Brilliance, featuring three gallery artists: Sandra Baca, who uses artistic consideration of composition, color and material as the foundation for her unique jewelry pieces; Maria Cole, who melds her strong academic painting background with the feeling and mood that a scene evokes to create her contemporary oil paintings; and Andrew Kozeliski, whose photographic images reflect his appreciation for nature as well as mankind. Artist Insights at 6pm: Andrew Kozeliski shares his inspiration and techniques.

Weyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
First Friday Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Weyrich Gallery presents Clay and Ink: Processing Process: New Work by Willi Singleton. Willi Singleton, a Pennsylvania ceramicist states, “After nearly three decades as an independent potter, I have recently begun to experiment with woodblock printing, making images that explore my pot making processes. For the first time at the Weyrich Gallery, I am showing my woodblock prints, along with my pots…come and see for yourself.” The show closes March 28.

palettePalette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777
Artist Reception 5-8pm
Geometrically features encaustic paintings by Jo Moniz. Moniz paints and sculpts with encaustic and mixed media. Layers of pigment, beeswax and damar resin create colorful foundations for her vivid paintings. Moniz etches into the encaustic, and occasionally embeds sketches on tissue or rice paper. These layers create both depth and texture and the translucency of the wax allows a new surface to rise from the panel, creating a liquidity in her work. Show runs through April 3.

High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066
Reception 5 -8
High Desert Art & Frame features Living Lines by Susana Perry. The Los Lunas artist embraces living lines and says of her first public show that it is, “the excitement of simple lines coming together to create endless possibilities. Take what you need, leave your imagination with me.”


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