First Friday, Citywide, April 4


Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery, now celebrating its 50th year in Old Town, spotlights the artistry of Bobbi Isaacson, pastel painter, Michelle La Meres, fused glass artist, and Terri Helmer, jeweler. Yucca Gallery also features the work of 37 additional artists in mediums ranging from oils and acrylic to weaving and ceramics.

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 and an extensive new selection of Baltic Amber jewelry in with the 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.

Studio 13
323 Romero St. Suite 13 – 247.2988 –
Open House 5-7:30pm
The work of Daniel Ramirez will be on display. Ramirez’ watercolors, acrylics, and drawings have won many awards including the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum.


VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2140 –
Artist Reception 5-7pm
BIG Expansive LARGE Immense is a selection of work by students from Southwest University of the Visual Arts in response to the concept of “BIG.” The show runs through May 5.

harwoodHarwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242-6367 –
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Finding Reason: New Works by Maude Andrade & Shawn Turung is featured in the main gallery. Finding Reason presents an exploration of techniques and palette that manifests a psychological dialogue through sublime abstraction and dynamic imagery. Topical Tapestries: Vinyl Installation by Margi Weir will be in the front gallery. Topical Tapestries presents fragmented imagery or repeated objects related to topics like ecology and politics. Weir’s stacking of unranked layers of mirrored imagery is a visual metaphor for the way bits of information are thrown at us on a daily basis, with only the occasional “in depth coverage”. The exhibition runs through April 24.

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Hand Made In the Shade is an illuminating exhibit of lamps and shades; together or separate; working or not. Show closes May 16.

516 2516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445 –
Open House 5-8pm
516 ARTS welcomes everyone to First Friday open house events this spring. Come visit the Heart of the City exhibition, get a free haircut* with Gabriel Jaureguiberry from ACE Barbershop and participate in hands-on flower making with Vecinos Artist Collective. These events are part of First Fridays organized by the Albuquerque Art Business Association.
*Space is limited: for haircut appointments, contact

sumner1Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 –
Artists Reception 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene is honored to present Dan Garrett & Lydia Piper Two Person Exhibit at Sumner & Dene. Dan Garrett creates wall and floor metal works with paint and acid washes while Lydia Piper’s fused glass creations range from decorative to functional glass work. The exhibition runs through April 26.




matrix1Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A –
268-8952 –
Reception 5-8pm
Matrix is very excited to introduce two new artists with Skin Deep-Abstract Paintings by Jessica Kennedy and Alexander Eulert. Both of them have developed unique ways of creating intensely layered and vibrantly colored paintings. Jessica Kennedy developed a technique where she partially masks and over-paints each of the many layers in her very organic paintings. Growth is the central theme in her work. It is an enigmatic, rich concept because it can be beautiful and positive as well as destructive and grotesque Her pieces are an elegant fusion of animals, the human body, and plant life. Eulert’s pieces are strikingly geometric, but just as in Kennedy’s pieces it seems to be possible to look deep into the painting. Delicate and dynamic string lines of paint buzz and trickle around often-bold bands of color, evoking rhythmical compositions, emotional states and natural phenomena. The cubical forms are suggestive of monoliths, pueblos, golden-­‐green fields, unearthed inlaid armor from a Homeric poem—or, at times, technology and urban constructs. These are two artists who are dedicated to their craft; they manage to combine inventive techniques with intelligence and mindfulness.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERANew Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B –
268-8952 –
Reception 5-8pm
New Grounds presents Sanctuaries – Monotypes and Mixed Media Prints by Dan Noyes. Dan Noyes’ mixed media prints are calm, meditative and provide a place of refuge in our busy lives. Hues of blue, grey and gold dominate in his work. Although his images reference the home, the mountain, the horse, stupas and gates, they are always abstracted; more like quiet and places of the mind. Dan Noyes will demonstrate his mixed media monotype process from 6:30-7pm during the reception.


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, Suite 202 C – 246-2414
Reception 5-9pm
Johns’ Western presents Dry Country Ranching, a collection of oils by Calvin Toddy. The artist will be at the reception and works by C.M. Russell and J.H. Sharp will also be on exhibit.

SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816-0214 –
Open House 5-8pm
New Artists! New Art! Please join us and find the perfect piece for your home.

2013 cupism 9 betsywilliams weyrichWeyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
Preview Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Table of Contents will feature new work in clay by New Mexico artist Betsy Williams in her sixth solo show at Weyrich Gallery. Williams’ latest body of work includes contemporary tableware, teapots, and her signature multiple-cup compositions. New forms, including wood-fired sculptural vases and tall cylinders with lids, will make their debut in the “Table of Contents” show. William’s says, “I know that every now and then one may have an extraordinary experience in the presence of a supposedly ordinary pot. I know this because it has happened to me. This is surely a rare experience, but it does happen. Like music, poetry, art – this pot may allow us to transcend ourselves, very briefly, to lift that veil.”

galleryabq webThe Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292-9333 –
Artists’ reception 5-8pm.
The Gallery ABQ presents Chroma Unleashed, featuring three gallery artists: Anita Caress, who uses different types of glass to develop beautiful pieces of fused glass art suitable for the home or office; Rebecca Nolda, who explores the nature of hidden and revealed surfaces in her layered, mixed media paintings; and Patricia Klamborowski Williams, who applies her own graphic style to create a unique and fresh look in her watermedia paintings. Artist Insights, 6pm: P. K. Williams shares her inspiration and techniques. The April Salon Exhibit features mixed media paintings by Sue Ann Mika.



Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 –
First Friday Event 5-8pm
Bits and Pieces features colorful glass sculpture and jewelry by Aki Takemoto. Aki’s pieces are composed entirely of glass. Each color and pattern combination is greatly influenced by the passage of time. Her vibrant, patchwork-like sculptures rely on her painting and fusing capabilities. She paints on thin sheets of glass, then piles, fuses, and cuts them into smaller sizes. She then assembles the resulting smaller-sized creations into a mosaic.

Framing Concepts Gallery
5809 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE – 294.3246 –
Opening Reception 5-7:30
The work of artist Emmett Johns represents the New Mexico area; most notably the Dixon Apple Orchard which is now gone but not forgotten. Johns style in both oil and pastel may best be described as expressive. His work includes abstracts, landscapes, and portraiture.

High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 –
First Friday Event 5-8pm
High Desert presents FUN SHUI: The Fine Art Tapestry and Mixed Media Art of Donna Loraine Contractor. Local Treasure Donna Lorraine Contractor will be sharing her tapestries throughout April including a selection of her Feng Shui Series; a meditation on color, balanced energy and finessed design, combining symbols found in the I Ching with geometric forms and vivid hues. Contractor’s work incorporates the landscapes and colors of New Mexico with bold contemporary architectural frames that create depth and optical illusions. The artist will also display recent multi-media pieces. Contractor was recently named a Local Treasure for her contribution to the Duke City’s visual art scene by the Albuquerque Art Business Association.


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