OLD TOWN AREA
Park Fine Art
323 Romero St. NW – 764.1900 – parkfineart.com
Open House 5-8pm
Fellow Artists’ new work.
Essence Gallery & Boutique
323 Romero St. NW, Suite 1 – 843.7367 – essencegalleryboutique.com
Opening Reception 5-9pm
Featuring acrylic artist, Nina Baldwin. Baldwin paints contemporary abstracts incorporating emotion, symbolism and a blend of rich color. Inspired by the intensity of New Mexico’s landscape and beautiful sky! Show runs through April 26th.
323 Romero St. Suite 13 – 247.2988 – sites.google.com/site/studio13site/
Open House 4-7:30pm
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.
323 Romero St. NW, Ste.16 – 243.9525 – BlackbirdGallery.Biz
Open House 5-8pm
This month, this unique and delightful gallery on the Old Town Plaza features the Southwest Native American paintings of Blackfeet artist Farrell Cockrum, new works by this renowned stylist and colorist have arrived! Also featured are cottonwood carvings from Navajo artist Matthew Yellowman; fine art prints; Baltic amber jewelry; alabaster sculptures from Michael Connor; landscape paintings from Robert Perea and Fred Cleveland; and the amazing high-fired pottery from Seattle artist Matthew Patton.
Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 – yuccaartgallery.com
Opening Reception 5-8pm
In April Yucca Art Gallery will spotlight the special talents of Kate Palmo, encaustic painter, Steve Janecky, wood artist, and Leah Ready, jeweler. Ms. Palmo uses a variety of interesting materials to create texture and light effects in encaustic paintings, Mr. Janecky juxtaposes different woods to achieve exciting patterns in his boxes and cutting boards, and Ms. Ready is justifiably well known for her intricate beadwork jewelry. During the opening reception, Ms. Palmo will demonstrate her painting technique and Ms. Ready will discuss the use of design in her jewelry. Light refreshments will be available. Yucca Art Gallery is a cooperative of over 40 artists working in a wide range of media and styles.
VSA – N4th Gallery
4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2140 – vsartsnm.org
Opening Reception 5-7pm
Down the Line is an exhibit of sculpture and other works by renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo, who has been involved with VSA North Fourth Art Center since its beginnings in New Mexico in 1981. The show is part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, runs through May 4.
OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 – offcenterarts.org
Artists’ Reception 5-8pm
Throughout April, OFFCenter will be celebrating Earth Month with specialty workshops in a variety of expressions utilizing natural and recycled materials and with a special, non-juried exhibit Art for the Earth, showcasing works created from natural materials and works which celebrate the natural world. Art for the Earth will also feature creations from a special Spirit Doll Making Workshop presented by the Rainbow Artists Women Artists’ Collective.
709 Central NW – 249.2231 – otcircus.com
Open House 5-8pm
OT Circus presents Robert Palmer, Brewmaster from Palmer’s Pool and Brewery. Tastings of the craft will be available.
516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445 – 516arts.org
ABQ Designers Trunk Show 5-8pm
During First Friday Artscrawl, visit 516 ARTS for a special one-night only trunk show featuring Albuquerque designers with fresh new work for sale, including unique clothing, home accessories and more. Featured designers include Maude Andrade, Kei & Molly and the Westbund West collective.
Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 – sumnerdene.com
Artists Reception 5-8pm
Sumner & Dene is honored to present Dan Garrett, Mark Horst and Rik Burkard. Dan Garrett creates abstracted three dimensional metal work of steel, paint and patinas. These works compliment the works of Mark Horst, internationally known for his human figurative paintings, who combines his figurative, landscapes and architectural paintings into one great show. The three person show is topped off with ceramicist Rik Burkard who creates colorful, whimsical, abstracted, oceanic, and space-age sculptures plus fun functional containers. The exhibit is part art of the gallery’s on-going year long 35th Anniversary Celebration.
NOB HILL AREA
Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 – matrixfineart.com
Matrix presents Feathered Creatures – Paintings by Sarah Hartshorne. Sarah Hartshorne is following in Monet’s footsteps since she is a painter who is almost completely blind. Unlike Monet, Hartshorne creates large paintings that are almost hyper realistic. This exhibition features lovingly and meticulously painted songbirds, crows and waterfowl.
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268.8952 – newgroundsgallery.com
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery presents The Mysterious Conspiracy of Existence – Etchings by David Avery. If you have a sweet tooth for symbolism and surrealism, and a weakness for Bruegel, Ensor, Chirico, Magritte, and the other sly fabulists of Old Europe, then David Avery’s enchanted etchings will restore your soul. Although Avery’s highly detailed etchings are inspired by myths, literature, and fairy tales, he is a master at spinning his own stories. His images reveal layer upon layer of symbolism and meaning. This show is a feast for the eye and a celebration of the etching medium.
Sixty Six Contemporary Art Gallery
4009 Central Ave. NE – 545.2030 – sixtysixgallery.com
Gallery Reception 6-8pm
Sixty Six Gallery presents Urban Aces a group show of interpretations of the visual urban environment. Artists featured in this exhibition include Charles Ford, Evan Hecox, Mike Kimball, Sarah Newton, Eric Rewitzer, David Soukup, Toru Sugita, Kirsten Tradowski, Stephen C. Wagner and others. The show runs through April 26.
Thursday Art Group Studio
4401 Central Ave. NE Ste. B – 280.8659 or 228.8116
Open House 5-7:30pm
The Thursday Art Group Studio Gallery presents the Essence of Light: new works by member artists. The show is also open by appointment.
THE HEIGHTS AREA
The Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 – thegalleryabq.com
Artscrawl Reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Darlene Moore, Glass artist, who combines the modern screen printing process with traditional stained glass, and Robert Wirz, Oils, with all the sights and sounds happening in the world. 6pm, Artist Insight Talk with Darlene Moore, ‘Firing contemporary and historic screened images in glass’. April Salon Exhibit, Watercolors by The Local Color Art Group consisting of professional level artist who meet to offer support, challenge, and direction in their visionary art endeavors. Exhibit runs through April 28th.
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 – weyrichgallery.com
Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Harriette Tsosie will have acrylic works and encaustic pieces. Her encaustic paintings are made with both bleached and unbleached beeswax and Damar varnish. She likes working with encaustic because of its luminosity. Light hits the surface of the painting but is also refracted by the oil pigment suspended in the wax. Tsosie, states, “‘Linguicide’ references the death of language, which includes both extinct (no longer spoken) and dead (still in use of scientific, legal or religious functions) languages. Since language embodies culture, I believe such extinction and death is serious. We even today see the Native languages here in New Mexico, most of which have never been written, under siege. Witness the desperate efforts by their speakers to preserve them through language immersion programs and developing a written form for them.” Show closes April 27, 201
Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 – palettecontemporary.com
Open House 5-8pm
Join Palette Contemporary Art and Craft for Scanda Style, featuring (mostly) Scandinavian glass modernism. Featured artist will be Helena Tynell, who made what appears to be the Finnish equivalent of kokopellis. Swedes Rune Strand and Per Olof-Strom, as well as Norway’s Olav Joff will also be shown. Rounding out the show will be the wondrous, luminescent, blue glass from Germany’s Friedrich factory.
High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 – highdesertartandframe.com
High Desert Art & Frame presents Leave Your Fingerprints Here: Textured Works by Tara Miller. The artist describes her show, “Please DO Touch the Artwork. Texture is my thing. If you have the urge to reach out and touch one of my pieces, then I feel I have succeeded in my artistic quest. I strive to create depth in my works. Your eyes will swim across the canvas, seeing new layers and dimensions each time you circle around. Please Enjoy!”