First Friday, Citywide, May 2


high desert1High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 –
First Friday Event 5-8pm
Mary Martin (pastel artist) and Bill Freer (paper cut artist) will be exhibiting at High Desert Art & Frame. Martin says of her work that it “…captures moments in time-a glance from a child that will be gone in a heartbeat. Or a jumble of fruits and flowers, past their prime in days, but now captured at the peak of their beauty. William Freer’s monochromatic, hand-cut works present a fluid motion, moving your eyes from diminishing rings or sharp angles through sweeping arcs to deep swirls, in images both intensely geometric yet somehow coincidental. Come by and enjoy their work along with the other participating artists’.

Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 –
Open House 5-8pm
Throughout the month of May, Palette will continue featuring A Journey in Progress, New Century Modern Paintings by Stefan Geissbühler. Geissbühler frequently paints with spackling knives and strives to produce “art that sings” through layers of color. His key sources of inspiration include travel, nature and music.

Weyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
Artist Reception & Talk “Nature in Ceramics” 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.

the gallery abqThe Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 –
Artists’ reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Art & Artifacts, featuring three gallery artists: Frank A.Marich, whose colorful artwork is born from personal inspiration and an innate passion; Chris Meyer, whose unique mixed media objects resemble rich artifacts from yet-undiscovered cultures; and Marilu Tejero, who reflects visions of ancient temples and weathered walls in her incredible clay sculptures. Artist Insights, 6pm: Chris Meyer shares his inspiration and techniques. The May Salon Exhibit features wall sculptures by Carmelo Midili.

SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816.0214 –
Open House 5-8pm
Share the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures with us as you enjoy the art created by all of the amazing artists features at SE-OC Right Brain Gallery. If you are unable to make it to the Artscrawl event, stop by any Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm.


Matrix Fine Art

matrix 3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 –
Reception 5-8pm
In Year of the Horse, Matrix Fine Art brings together some of the premier women artist working with the subject of horses. Each of these contemporary non-western artist has perfected equine art in their medium of choice – there will be drawings by Suzanne Betz, Susan Leyland, and Nance McManus, paintings by Cynthia Rigden and photography by Lynne Pomeranz. Subjects range from wild horses to horse portraits and horse love. The show runs through May 31.


new groundsNew Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268.8952 –
Reception 5-8pm
Travel Logs is a two person show featuring landscapes filtered and personalized by two avid travelers. Jessica Weybright spent almost an entire year travelling through China and Vietnam. Jorge Tristani has travelled around the globe. Both artists use photography as a starting point for their gravure prints, but by layering multiple plates and colors they transform and personalize these images into abstract and almost surreal landscapes. Tristani will demonstrate the gravure process from 6:30 to 7 pm during the reception.


VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2140 –
Closing Reception 5-7pm
BIG, a selection of work by students from Southwest University of the Visual Arts encompassing a diverse array of media and techniques, all striking the viewer as immense, huge and definitely BIG. The show runs through May 5.

harwood2Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 –
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Main gallery: Magnum Opus: New Prints by Ken Frink presents an epic installation of 560 etchings driven by ideas of rhythm, variation, gesture, modularity, and color. Front gallery: A Second Life: installation by Karl Hofmann creates a painterly, visual field in the round representing his process of squaring self with the world’s order and chaos. Entryway: Drowned Floor: installation by KB Jones shifts perspective to a horizontal plane with the artist’s floor installation composed of suggestive lines and color. Satellite component of Jones’ MFA thesis exhibition will be at John Sommers Gallery. Exhibitions run through May 29.



Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 –
Artist Reception 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene is honored to present Frank McCulloch Annual One Person Show. Frank, the grand-daddy of the arts of Albuquerque, creates the New Mexico atmosphere like no other. His oil landscapes capture that magical moment prior or post a storm when there is a crimson calm. Frank has been awarded The Governor’s Award for the Arts, The Bravos Award, been recognized as a Local Treasure, and has exhibited a retrospective at the Albuquerque Museum. During Frank McCulloch’s reception more than 75 “Little Houses” created by Albuquerque’s local arts community will be auctioned in a silent auction in the upstairs showroom to benefit OFFCenter, 5-8pm.

OT Circus
709 Central NW – 249.2231 –
Open House 5-7pm
OT Circus will present works from Jay Dickersen of Gallup, NM and artists from VSA Gallery. Now lets talk shopping…Colette Rodriguez, a thrifty fashionista and business owner of Desert Willow Mobile Boutique, is excited to roll into Albuquerque this spring in a classic 1979 Chevy Van that serves as a mobile boutique. Rodriguez has a passion for finding savings and especially finding value in a unique few items so she decided to take her experiences, creativity, and style to the streets. You will find a unique blend of woman’s apparel, accessories, and jewelry. Rodriguez has been working in the fashion industry for the past 12 years. She developed her career with industry leaders like Guess Inc? and Louis Vuitton, so she is no stranger to the world of fashion. With her desire to share new and thrifty finds she hopes to lead the way into a new era of shopping. Visit her website You can find a calendar of events, photos, and map of where the truck will be located at the OT circus gallery and various other places in the 505.

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
247.1172 –
5-8 pm Upstairs at Sumner & Dene Creations in Art, 517 Central Ave. NW.
The Little Houses Silent Auction will astound you with the variety of creative approaches that over 125 established and emerging artists have taken with the meaning of “home.” Artists donating “Little Houses” for past auctions have included Frank McCulloch, Angus MacPherson, Stephanie Lerma, Melody Mock, Maria Moya and more! Come see who will donate a unique, quirky “Little House” this year for you to take home! The auction will be held at Sumner & Dene Creations in Art during Frank McCulloch’s opening reception. It is free to attend, bidding starts at $25 for each “Little House”.


Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year, spotlights the work of Dahl Delu, oil painter, Sharon Patrick, gourd artist, and Emily Holcomb, mixed media and jewelry artist, all featured artists for the month of May. Yucca Art Gallery is a cooperative also featuring the work of 38 additional artists in mediums ranging from acrylic to encaustic, ceramics to fabric arts and fused glass work.

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 5-7pm
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.


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