First Friday, Citywide, September 5


DrakePurple Sage Galeria
201 San Felipe NW – 450.4059 –
Artist Reception for Local Treasure Marilyn Drake 5-8pm
Marilyn Drake is being honored as a 2014 Local Treasure by the AABA. Among the reasons Marilyn chose to move here from New York City was the dramatic landscape-the vistas, the light, the geology and native plants. It awakened her desire to be a fine artist, after years spent in commercial art. She is now a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of NM and has served as newsletter editor, website manager and exhibition chairperson. She was also president of Plein Air Painters of NM. Join Purple Sage Galeria in celebrating her achievements at this First Friday event!

Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 –
Featured Artist Reception 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery spotlights the artistry of Sharon White; water media painter, Marta Burckley; basket and gourd artist, and Barb Fajardo; jeweler – all Featured Artists for the month of September. Yucca Gallery is a cooperative, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. It features the work of 40 member artists, using mediums ranging from acrylic to collage, glasswork to ceramics, and elegant jewelry.

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.

Essence Gallery & Boutique
323 Romero St. NW, Suite 1 – 843.7367
Open House 5-9pm
Essence Gallery & Boutique is a new gallery opening in September. Come view artwork, clothing, jewelry, and much more.

Art by Elguera
2 Church Street NW – 243.0099 –
Reception 5-9pm
The gallery will be featuring art by Ron Elguera who specializes in the “alla prima” style of portraiture, which requires only one sitting. The artist says of his process, “My cello studies taught me to absorb the laws of perspective, composition, design, human figure, anatomy, portraiture, color theory and tonal plans.” Elguera has studied all the great masters from Giotto to Marcel Duchamp and Picasso. Come enjoy an exhibition of Elguera’s diverse works.


1157_21_White Man's MoccasinsBernCo ARTScrawl
Starts at 1 Civic Plaza NW, 10th Floor
BernCo ARTScrawl Receptions 4-6:30pm
Bernalillo County Cultural Services brings you art at three downtown County locations. Start at 1 Civic Plaza NW, 10th floor conference room B to pick up your map. Enjoy FREE LIVE MUSIC and FOOD at five dynamic art exhibits. See the BernCo ARTScrawl listing for more details.

VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2140 –
VSA is participating in the 11th Annual Sandia Heights Studio Art Tour, see the listing under High Desert Art & Frame for details.



Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 –
Artists Reception 5-8pm
Sumner & Dene is proud to present Reg Loving Contemporary Landscapes. Reg has been a major fixture in the Northern New Mexico contemporary art scene since the 70’s. This exhibit continues his passion for the landscape with his own contemporary twist and style. On Sunday, Sept 7, from 1-3pm Reg will be recognized as a Local Treasure at the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

OT Circus
709 Central NW – 249.2231 –
Open House 5-11pm
OT Circus presents Ted Apgar a gifted artists who focuses his work on biker art. The entire gallery will be dedicated to his work and the artist will be at the Open House.

harwoodHarwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 –
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Main Gallery: Remote Response is Harwood Art Center’s 5th annual exhibition dedicated to the artistic exploration of contemporary social justice issues. In this exhibition, artists with ties to this community explore diverse themes in diverse media. Front Gallery: EVAN DENT: Dust and Glitter. The exhibition represents Dent’s explorations into nostalgia and imagination. He works with old photographs from flea markets and antique stores that he feels a strong curiosity and attraction towards. With the addition of paint, glitter, and other materials, he imagines new lives for the people in the photographs. The re-imagined characters serve as storytellers of adventure, calamity, and small injustices.


matrix Laura-Robbins-Walkway-300-dpiMatrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 –
First Friday Event 5-8pm
Two Placitas-based artists come together to exhibit their mosaic and fused glass pieces in Fusion-Glass and Mosaics by Laura Robbins and Lisa Chernoff. Laura Robbins and Lisa Chernoff are three-dimensional artists that gather inspiration from nature. Robbins incorporates glass, ceramic, natural and man-made objects in her mosaics. She is committed to protecting the wildlife of New Mexico and much of her imagery includes animals, flora and fauna. Chernoff creates bold, colorful fused glass wall and ceiling hangings that invoke a sense of wonder. The glass sculptures combine flowing movement, layers, and balanced asymmetry that keep the viewer entranced. Show runs through September 27.




New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268.8952 –
First Friday Event 5-8pm
New Grounds presents Collections-Etchings, Monotype and Gravure by Mary Sundstrom, Local Treasure. The gallery is happy to announce that Mary Sundstrom has been chosen as a 2014 Local Treasure, an award that honors local artists who have given back to their communities and excel in the arts by the Albuquerque Art Business Association. Sundstrom works in a variety of media and will be exhibiting her newest etchings, gravure and monotype prints of persimmons, birds, and plants. Etching demonstration from 6:30-7 pm during the reception. Show runs through September 27.

inpost 1Inpost Artspace at Outpost
210 Yale Blvd. SE – 268.0044 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Artist Raychael Stine and curator Nancy Zastudil present my little dust, an exhibition of Stine’s paintings that make visible—literally, picture—experiences, memories, and the passing of time. The selection of works translates the general appeal of Stine’s personal commitment to specific things: paint and its possibilities as material and image, the physical intimate experience of looking at and making paintings, and relationships that are based on an exchange between looking and touching.




High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 –
Preview Night 5pm-8pm
Artists from the 11th Annual Sandia Heights Studio Art Tour display their work at High Desert Art & Frame this month. The Sandia Heights Studio Art Tour Preview takes place during the citywide First Friday. Works include oil and watercolor painting, acrylics, pastels and mixed media, pottery and fused glass, gourds and fabric baskets, jewelry, photography and exotic woods. Maps for the weekend event will be available at the preview.

shomakerFraming Concepts Gallery
5809 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE – 294.3246 –
Artist Reception from 5-8 pm
Dianna Shomaker has been honored as a 2014 Local Treasure by AABA. Shomaker is an innovative and creative thinker who seeks to explore mark making as a voyage of discovery. Following a path with new eyes as observed by Marcel Proust; is the catalyst for a new series of faceless people with the goal of providing their messages without being dependent on their faces is emerging. The colors, the movement, the posture and more, bring the message. Shomaker’s artistic journey parallels her approach in business, community and in her professional pursuits tempered with integrity and truth to self. Her tireless dedication to the artistic community and support of community art based events makes Shoemaker a Local Treasure deserving of recognition.

palette2Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 –
Opening Reception 5-8pm
Show runs through October 3, 2014. This September, Palette will be displaying the art glass sculpture of Hungarian artist Péter Botos and Czech artist Pavel Trnka in a show titled Illusions. Péter uses optical glass for his pieces and looks at this medium through the lenses of both art and science, while Pavel is influenced much more by geometry. Whatever the differences in influence are, they both are experts at transferring color through their glass!

Pollen Fused Glass by Marcia NewrenWeyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 –
Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Weyrich presents “Seeds Notes”-An Introduction works in fused glass by Marcia Newren who has been honored as a 2014 Local Treasure by the AABA. Newren says of her work, “Planted with hope, subject to climatic whims and preyed upon by creatures of all sizes; these little sculptures symbolize both fragility and fierce endurance. Despite their mutability, there is much to learn and admire in examining their elusive beauty…In this exhibition I salute something that will never stop enticing me…the lives, the architecture and, by extension, the symbolic meaning of seeds.” Show Closes September 26.




The Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 –
Artists’ reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Visions of Nature, featuring three gallery artists: James Janis, whose photography shows the visual design and simplicity in what is all around us; Carol Lopez, who paints with beeswax to express the surrealism of nature; and Tricia H. Love, who wants the viewer to look at her work and interact emotionally, imagining it in another time and place. Artist Insights, 6pm: Tricia H. Love shares her inspiration and techniques. The September Salon Exhibit features oil paintings by Michael Meyer.


SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816.0214 –
Open House 5-8pm
Have you been to the gallery where Art and Technology hang together? Check out the amazing local artists whose art comes from technology. Attention parents with kids ages 4-11: give yourself time to enjoy all the art the city has to offer. It’s Kids Night Out at Engineering For Kids of New Mexico! Information and registration at:

The Artistic Image
1101 Cardenas Dr. NE, Suite 206 – 554.2706 –
Opening Reception 5-9pm
Marie Maher says of her work, “Through my photography, I seek to not only depict the subject visually, but also express emotions, memories, or other intangible dimensions. I attempt to tell a story, to capture the essence of being in that specific place and time. Frequently, I will explore mystical (some would say dark) themes, and I am fascinated by dreams and the transition from sleep to awakening.” The show is a stunning must-see event. Show closes October 31.


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