THE HEIGHTS AREA
High Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 – 265.4066 – highdesertartandframe.com
Open House 5-8pm
Featured artist Joy Conway has been a decorative painter for 16 years, previously working on homes and commercial projects to install murals, plaster, gilding, color washes and faux marble/faux bois finishes. For the past five years, Conway has had a shop on 4th Street in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, where they upcycle vintage hardwood furniture by repainting, stenciling, gilding, color washing and sealing. She is inspired by the Shabby Chic, Cottage and French Country aesthetics. They take pride in saving old, beautifully made pieces from the landfill…thereby helping the environment and satisfying the creative spirit! Come enjoy her creations during Refinish, Repurpose, Recycle.
Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 – palettecontemporary.com
Open House 5-8pm
In celebration of Mother’s Day (May 10th), Palette will be displaying Trinkets for Mom, a number of gift ideas sure to make your mom smile on her day regardless of her artistic leanings! Surprising containers such as Tami Coatsworth’s cast glass Cupcakes and Andrew Van Assche’s Small and Large Boxes will help your mom store jewelry and other small accessories in endearing and stylish fashion. Mixed Media artist Barbara Gilhooly offers her acrylic paintings, entitled Pattern Language Tiles, with no painting having a dimension of more than ten inches in any direction. Most paintings are under three inches square. Pick a number of tiles and arrange them in a creative manner for Your Abstract mom! Landscape artist Eyvind Earle’s beautifully produced Complete Graphics books numbers one and two will remind your California Dreamin’ mom of the wondrous shadowed mountains, oak trees, and inky black cows that dot the landscape of our further west neighbors. Palette has many other offerings for mom in the areas of art jewelry, watches, paintings, and art glass sculpture that are sure to please including a gift certificate for your Unpredictable mom. Bring your list and allow the gallery staff to help you find a unique trinket for mom!
The Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 – thegalleryabq.com
Artist Reception 5-8pm
The Gallery ABQ presents Jewelry and Art in Living Color featuring Fran Ryan; watercolors and acrylics, and Rita Pongetti; fused glass jewelry. Artist Insight Talk with Fran Ryan. Ryan says, “My new paintings from Northern New Mexico are done in acrylic with attention to color harmony.” Pongetti says of her work, “The reward comes from opening the kiln and finding a piece of art that is exactly like your design. It is such a sense of joy and excitement”. May salon exhibit KGB, Three Photographers with Andrew Kozeliski. John Gilbert, and Jeff Tidwell.
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 – weyrichgallery.com
Artist Preview Reception 5-8:30pm
Marta Light’s acrylic painting, some with charcoals, on canvas, board, paper or textured woods, permanently varnished are in this unique show entitled Rhythm and Gestures. Music and nature inspired Light’s new work. She states, “exploring metaphorically, music, places visited, felt and remembered from dreams and moments of hearing music in the past, present, and with references to the future. My intent is to show something in a way that is felt as well as seen in a rhythm and gesture-both hidden and revealed”. Wes Pulkka, art critic, states, “Light has an abstract expressionist approach to her paintings that incorporates natural and architectonic structure with Oriental-style calligraphy. Light’s work parallels early paintings by Kandinsky from his “Improvisation” series that were inspired by music. Light seems to enjoy painting and has the ability to express emotional and romantic response to the sometimes story of landscape. Each image is designed to emerge from the white light like a thought that is never full formed or realized.”
SE-OC Right Brain Gallery
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE – 816.0214 – se-oc-rightbraingallery.com
Featured Artist Ali Gallo is a talented artist who works in a variety of media and the gallery is pleased to be able to showcase her metalworking. Gallo is inspired by found pieces of metal and reworks them into beautiful sculptures. Come see for yourself. Gallo will give an Art Talk at 6:30pm.
NOB HILL AREA
Thursday Art Group Studio
4401 Central Ave. NE Ste. B
Open House 5-8:30pm
The Thursday Art Group Studio Gallery (TAG Gallery) presents the Essence of Light: new works by member artists. Several of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work. Light refreshments will be served.
Sixty Six Contemporary Art Gallery
4009 Central Ave. NE – 545.2030 – sixtysixgallery.com
Gallery Reception 6-8pm
Sixty Six Gallery presents In the Abstract, an exhibition of abstract paintings by artists Michele de la Menardiere and Randy Titchen. Northern California artists Michele de la Menardiere and Randy Tictchenal connect to the physical and spiritual world through their paintings and the process of painting. Michele de la Menardiere employs an abstract language of iridescent color, texture and amorphic shape to explore the visceral landscape. The process of painting is as important as the end result. She paints to be present and to connect to something deeply essential and sublime. Having grown up in Alaska, Randy Titchenal cites his deep connection to nature and wilderness as a primary influence in his painting, which depict worlds of implied topography and symbolic signage. His colors and motifs are grounded in, and contain elements of, the land, water and sky. Both are emigrants to the Bay Area of Northern California, Michele from Washington DC metro area and Randy from the Alaskan wilderness. Both artists maintain painting studios in San Francisco, CA.
Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 – matrixfineart.com
Three local photographers come together in Motion/ Emotion – New photography by Pat Berrett, Tim Anderson and Carol Mell, an exhibition of landscapes, architecture and figure. Tim Anderson enchants with beautifully rendered images of French architecture in the vein of film noir. Pat Berrett captures a perfect point of stillness when a dancer’s movement is fully extended, however he surprises his audience by placing the dancers in the New Mexico landscape. Carol Mell’s painterly photographs manipulate light, using the passage of time to produce colorful, ethereal landscapes.
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B – 268.8952 – newgroundsgallery.com
New Grounds presents The Cutting Edge – Relief Prints by Wayne Chinander, Manuel Lau, and Tanya Landin. This show of relief prints features three distinctly different approaches to this centuries old medium. Wayne Chinander is presenting graphic, multi-plate landscapes which are juxtaposed against the quirky, figurative stone prints of Canadian artist, Manuel Lau, and the intensely layered, effeminate hybrid prints by Tanya Landin.
Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 – harwoodartcenter.org
Opening Reception 6-8pm
In the main gallery, dorsal/ventral: Marne Elmore & Lindsey Schmitt. How does physical distance affect our relationship with bodies of water and the ecosystem? By engaging the viewer’s visual and physical perspective, Marne and Lindsey give attention to scale and distance in nature through their prints and drawings. In the front gallery, Balance: Lance Ryan McGoldrick. Balance is an experiment in individualism through repetition, showcasing the connectivity present in existence. The artist seeks to create large-scale installations, combining geometry, light and found materials with an aim to create immersive environments producing a sense of wonder.
Concetta D Gallery
20 First Plaza NW – 243.5066 – concettadgallery.com
Open House 5-8pm
Come celebrate this group show for gallery artists Jeff Otis, Paul Cheng, Don Ward, Carla Daguanno, Robert Kuester, Kit Mahoney, Dan Griggs, Anderson Giles, and others.
Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 – sumnerdene.com
Reception for Frank McCulloch and Silent Auction Benefitting OFFCenter 5-8pm
Sumner & Dene is honored to present New Mexico Landscapes by Frank McCulloch, the granddaddy of Albuquerque artists. His list of exhibitions and awards covers the entire wall. The 84 year old’s retrospective exhibit in 2008 at the Albuquerque Museum was such a testament to his vast career and enormous talent. A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award in the Arts, University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravos Award, and AABA Local Treasure, this is just a partial list of his recognition as a painter and an artist here in the land of enchantment. Born in Gallup in 1930, with a BFA from UNM and Masters from NM Highlands and Istituto Allende, Mexico, McCulloch taught art to many noted Albuquerque artists including Angus Macpherson and Phil Hulebak. His legacy has been covered in Southwest Art Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Art News, and American Artist to name a few. Watch the artist in “Landscape Artists of New Mexico” narrated by Ali McGraw airing on PBS or on the public access segment on Colores. Please come celebrate at McCulloch’s reception. Upstairs is the showroom for the Little Houses OFFCenter benefit silent auction featuring 110 plus little houses created by the local artistic community!
709 Central NW – 249.2231 – otcircus.com
OT Circus presents Fun with Paintings a show of oil and egg tempera paintings by artist Eliza M. Schmid.
OLD TOWN AREA
Purple Sage Gallery
201 San Felipe NW – 450.4059 – purplesagegaleria.com
Damien M. Gonzales will be present for the Opening Reception of his show which will run through May 31st. A selection of new oil paintings will be on display.
Yucca Art Gallery
206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 – yuccaartgallery.com
Reception and Opening 5-8pm
Yucca Art Gallery will celebrate the Featured Artist opening with a drawing to select two attendees to receive free dichroic glass necklaces. The Featured Artists for the month are Michelle La Meres, a fused glass artist, Sandra Quinlan, a water media painter, and Barb Fajardo, a jeweler. Ms. La Meres is a widely known master of dichroic glass design, Ms. Quinlan is justifiably admired for her mixed media paintings that capture the light and color of the Southwestern landscape, and Ms. Fajardo enjoys an international reputation for her work in polymer clay. All three artists will be on hand at the opening to describe their work and Ms. La Meres will demonstrate her particular talents in working with dichroic glass. Thereafter she will give away the two free necklaces. Yucca Art Gallery is a cooperative that also displays the work of over 40 other artists in different media and styles.
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.
205 Romero St NW – 242.4311 – amapolagallery.com
Open House 4-6pm
The Gallery occupies the second floor of historic Romero House on the plaza in Old Town and carries the work of 40 local artists from greater Albuquerque.
323 Romero St. Suite 13 – 247.2988 – sites.google.com/site/studio13site/
Open House 4-6:30pm
Daniel Ramirez will introduce a new section of the world’s longest Native American painting. Ramirez’ watercolors, acrylics, and drawings have won many awards including the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum.
Essence Gallery & Boutique
323 Romero St. NW, Suite 1 – 843.7367 – essencegalleryboutique.com
Opening Reception 5-9pm
Combining design, color, organic cotton, and inspiration from her ‘far away’ travels,
Elisabeth Horst creates beautiful scarves and tunic tops that are stylish, comfortable and
fun to wear! The artist is the Creator of Saddhu Textiles. The show runs through May 30th.