OLD TOWN AREA
Art by Elguera
2 Church Street NW – 243.0099 – artbyelguera.com
Grand Opening 5-9pm
Ron Elguera is holding a grand opening for the August First Friday ARTScrawl at his new gallery in Old Town. Elguera’s wide variety of styles, for which he is becoming rapidly known, reflects his absorption of the old masters from Giotto to Rothko. Every ten dollar purchase will buy a chance at winning a $300 gift certificate, and 10% of all sales will go to Family Promise, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families with children get back on their feet.
323 Romero St. Suite 13 – 247.2988 – sites.google.com/site/studio13site/
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
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..
Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 – yuccaartgallery.com
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery, now celebrating its 50th year in Old Town, spotlights the artistry of Sally Bryant; watercolorist, Barbara Barnett; ceramics artist, and Lind Reyes-Alicea; jeweler. Yucca Art Gallery is a cooperative featuring the work of 40 local artists in media ranging from encaustic to water media to glasswork and woodwork.
VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2140 – vsartsnm.org
Opening Reception 5-7pm
Detour: Rust, Glass & Chrome, the second annual N4th Car Show and Art Exhibit, highlights three local artists exploring the timeless subject of the automobile. Paul Littman presents eloquently photographed and digitally enhanced images that recall visions of the open road and nostalgia about car culture. Richard Mordecki’s representational paintings of classic cars have a strong tendency toward fantasy, placing classic cars in dreamlike landscapes. Gail Sutton produces photographs printed on a variety of metallic media creating the illusion of depth in vivid colors on untouched junkyard treasures. The show runs through September 8.
Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 – harwoodartcenter.org
Opening Reception 6-8pm
MAIN GALLERY: Contemporary Contrasts: Fire & Water new works by Elaine Roy & Christopher Thomson. Thomson, artist blacksmith, forges yellow hot steel into improvised sculpture for homes, gardens and public spaces. Varied metals, bright colors, kinetics and wonder of process inform his impromptu elegant forms. Roy photographs the ocean off the coast of Maine, embeds the images in wax and completes her process with oil paints. The mysterious enigmatic wall pieces inspire subliminal water memories. FRONT GALLERY: Continuum new paintings by Joyce Shupe. Shupe creates a low relief language of parallel lines, to represent the cycle of life, one generation following another. The lines are obsessive in their insistence, soothing in their constancy, and mantra-like, a metaphor for continuum. The spatial arenas that separate the lines speak to chaos. Shupe’s manipulation of the paint ultimately provides a narrative to support her long held personal belief that painting is really about paint, the medium itself.
709 Central NW – 249.2231 – otcircus.com
Open House 5-7pm
Joining the circus has proved to be a lot of fun! The gallery has had the opportunity to add several artists from California and here in New Mexico. Colette Rodriquez owns and operates the fashion truck Desert Willow Mobile Boutique. Artist Emily Brown will also be featured, her creativity is spectacular. Look forward to Ryan Kellogg’s building circus art, his goldfish will be known by all show goers.
516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445 – 516arts.org
First Friday Event 5-8pm
Digital Latin America explores the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the Southwest United States and features work by Jessica Angel (Colombia), Hernando Barragán (Colombia), Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil), Rejane Cantoni & Leonardo Crescenti (Brazil), Paula Gaetano-Adi (Argentina), Matt Garcia (Kansas), Amor Muñoz (Mexico), Jessica Pizaña Roberts (Texas), Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado (Peru), Claudia X. Valdes (New Mexico/Chile), Gabriel Vanegas (Colombia), Javier Viellgas (Colombia) and William Wilson (New Mexico).
Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 – sumnerdene.com
Painting Roundup & Barbeque 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene is proud to present Angus Macpherson: Painting Roundup & Barbeque, an exhibit with an “all the barbecue trimmings” reception for the artist. Angus Macpherson: Painting Roundup is the artist’s annual summer exhibit. A major fixture in the Albuquerque art scene for the past 30 years, Macpherson, who is famous for his billowing cloudscapes, will present his full stable of art including treescapes, cityscapes, and figurative work. His paintings of dramatic skies, often in radiant translucent layers of twilight and dawn hues, are fluid compositions of the grand and intimate simultaneously. A third generation Albuquerquean, he paints that powerful yet dreamy scenery that we all identify as the ultimate New Mexico skyscape. His paintings range from twelve inches to twelve feet wide.
Concetta D Gallery
20 First Plaza NW – 243.5066 – concettadgallery.com
All Gallery Show 5-8pm
This show highlights the historical works of Wayne Cooper (permanent collection Gilcrease Museum, Will Rogers Museum, State Capitol), and features gallery artists Paul Cheng, Robert Kuester, Carla D’Aguanno, Dan Griggs, David Harlan, Rich Nichols, Jeff Otis, Marilyn Yanke, Piao Xue Cheng, Luke Stavrowsky, Michael Natalie, Nancy Chaboun and others.
NOB HILL AREA
Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 – matrixfineart.com
Born and bred in New Mexico, Jacob Matteson understands the New Mexico landscape intuitively. In Landscape Tapestries – Paintings by Jacob Matteson his vibrant, semi-abstract oil paintings are not depictions of actual places but rather snapshots of New Mexico’s ever changing scenery. They capture a moment in time such as the building summer heat around noon, the moment immediately after a rain shower, the first morning light, or the temperature drop just after sunset. The show runs through August 30.
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268.8952 – newgroundsgallery.com
New Grounds presents Bamboo Gardens- Mixed Media Prints by Katharine Noe. A three time cancer survivor, Noe’s work is peaceful and speaks of meditation, love and healing. At the same time, her images are playful and expressive. Printing demo from 6:30 to 7pm during the reception. The show runs through August 30.
NORTHEAST HEIGHTS AREA
SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816.0214 – se-oc-rightbraingallery.com
Open House 5-8pm
Local artists showcase work that is made from or in some way based on the various optics and metalworking technologies of the gallery’s parent business, Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation. You will find various styles of glass and metalworking, photography, fiber optics and solar. Come take a closer look for yourself and see what happens when the right brain and left brain work together.
The Artistic Image
1101 Cardenas Dr. NE, Suite 206 – 554.2706 – PhotoArtNM.com
Artist Reception 5-9pm
The Artistic image presents Car – Toons Original Photography by Allan Price. This show will feature prints of Antique Automobiles, Hot Rods, and Muscle Cars like you have never seen them before. Allan has found a way to make his images really stand out. Their colors are spectacular and you will see many of your old favorites. There will be over 30 prints and a Multi Media show of another 100 plus images. Stop in, meet Allan and you will agree that these cars never looked as good as they do in his prints. The gallery will also be celebrating the winners of the 2014 ABQ Arts Photo Contest.
The Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 – thegalleryabq.com
Artists’ Reception 5–8pm.
The Gallery ABQ presents Red Hot Summer, featuring three gallery artists: Nina Adkins, who uses the vibrant colors of watermedia to convey how she feels about New Mexico; Anita Daniels, who manipulates kiln-formed glass to create unique and complex designs; and Judi Foster, whose watercolors and oils project the spirit and energy of the American Southwest. Artist Insights, 6pm: Anita Daniels shares her inspiration and techniques. The August Salon Exhibit features oil paintings by Jeff Warren.
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 – weyrichgallery.com
Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Momentary Essence in a Changing World features Contemporary Concepts; New Paintings & Monotypes by Sandra Humphries and Contemporary Fine Jewelry by Celest Michelotti. Humphries is an abstract expressionist landscape painter and print maker who is somewhat of a stylist. Celest Michelotti creates clean, contemporary, and minimalist jewelry that is inspired by nature, particularly the heavens above. The show runs through August 29.
Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 – palettecontemporary.com
Opening Night 5-8pm
Stay Tuned is Palette’s fourth annual summer vintage radio show and sale. We are challenged by our “no holds barred” approach in our attempt to tie together the art, design, and vintage radio/electronics worlds in a typically “modernist” manner with which to keep your attention. Show runs through September 4.
High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 – highdesertartandframe.com
First Friday Event 5-8pm
High Desert Art & Frame features Largely Abstract: Works on Paper, a show featuring work from VSA’s North Fourth Art Center Day Arts and Exploratory Arts programs. Largely Abstract features vibrant and thought provoking multi-media works by thirteen artists, demonstrating a range of techniques, media, and color choices. VSA Arts of New Mexico offers education, performance and exhibition opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in classes offered year-round in the visual, performing and literary arts. The N4th Theater & N4th Gallery in VSA’s North Fourth Art Center provide creative and cultural access and exploration for people of every ability through the arts.