Explore the Arts in ABQ

First Friday ARTScrawl, 5-8pm



First Friday ARTScrawl

Meet the Artist Events

Create Your ARTScrawl Gallery Tour!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

The Meet the Artist series gives our member galleries the opportunity to present you with fun and creative events that might not fit into a First Friday ARTScrawl. The events are on the day and time of the gallery’s choosing and can be anything from a book signing to a group dinner with the month’s featured artist.

2019 ARTScrawl Schedule


Jan. 4, Citywide ARTScrawl

Feb. 1, Citywide ARTScrawl

March 1, Citywide ARTScrawl

April 5, Citywide ARTScrawl

May 3, Citywide ARTScrawl

June 7, Citywide ARTScrawl


July 5, Citywide ARTScrawl

Aug. 2, Citywide ARTScrawl

Sept. 6, Citywide ARTScrawl

Oct. 4, Citywide ARTScrawl

Nov. 1, Citywide ARTScrawl

Dec. 6, Citywide ARTScrawl

First Friday ARTScrawl – August 2

An ARTScrawl Event

Old Town


Yucca Gallery

Yucca Art Gallery

206 1/2 San Felipe NW – 247.8931 – yuccaartgallery.commap

Celebrate The Great Outdoors with featured artists Steve Janecky, Wood, Leah Ready, Jewelry, and Sandra Quinlan, Water Media, who will display their beautiful artwork. Visit the gallery and enjoy refreshments, unique artwork, and the many wonders of the back patio in Old Town!

Collected Hands

Collected Hands Studio

206 1/2 San Felipe NW, Suite 4 – 217.4593 – collectedhands.commap

Artist Reception and Open House 5-8pm

This Art is for the Birds! From Swan Lake to Hitchcock, everyone seem to be fascinated with those winged creatures in the sky. Come in for a show celebrating New Mexico’s beautiful birds. Media include wood, textiles, painting, photography, ceramics, and more.  

Ghostwolf Gallery

Ghostwolf Gallery

2043 South Plaza St. NW – 246.9653 – ghostwolf.gallerymap

ARTScrawl 5-8pm

Ghostwolf brings you the work of four Local Treasure recipients! Join the gallery in congratulating artist Amy M. Ditto as the newest member of the roster to be awarded the honor, and also enjoy the work of honorees Roe LiBretto, Laura Wacha, & Denise Weaver Ross! Light refreshments.

Amapola Gallery

Amapola Gallery

205 Romero St NW – 242.4311 – amapolagallery.commap

Opening Reception 4-7pm

Weaving Metal and Memories showcases the work of Carol Sparks and Jack Boglioli. Carol Sparks’ masterful watercolors bring to life traditional New Mexican culture. Jack Boglioli meticulously creates jewelry pieces using special binding and weaving techniques that he developed.

Warren Fine Art & Collectibles

Warren Fine Art & Collectibles

328 San Felipe St. NW, #2 – 243.1005 – warrenfineartgallery.commap

ARTScrawl 5-8pm

The Art in Miniature Show continues with miniature paintings by artists Jona Lou Batt, Carol Lopez, Joy Brinkley-Hill, Rémy Rotenier, George Hayes, Cheryl Godin, Jane Hocking and Jeff Warren, miniature egg art by Jane Chevalier, and miniature gourd art by Jean Jones. Come meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Patio Escondido, 404 C-5 San Felipe St. NW – 410.2444 – carlaforrest.commap

ARTScrawl Reception 5-8pm

Landscape of Memory – a solo show of recent contemporary plein air paintings of American Wildlands by Reid Bandeen. Bandeen locates his style primarily on the spectrum between tonalism and luminism, celebrating the brilliant light of New Mexico and the American West through this lens.

The Next Best Thing To Being There

The Next Best Thing to Being There

1315 Mountain Rd NW – 433.3204 – beingthereabq.commap

Artist Reception 5-8pm

Featured artist Jeri Burzin will celebrate the ‘Land of Enchantment’ as well as beautiful colors and landscapes around the world with her framed photographs, collages, cards, and prints.



VSA – N4th Gallery

VSA – N4th Gallery

4904 Fourth Street NW – 345.2872vsartsnm.orgmap

ARTScrawl Reception 5-7pm

Korean Dreams is an internationally touring photography exhibition which reveals a country that seems to exist outside of time. Nathalie Daoust’s darkroom method mimics the way false information is transferred in this obscure nation—the photographs, as the people of North Korea, are manipulated until the underlying truth is all but a blur.

MRWM Landscape Architects

MRWM Landscape Architects

1102 Mountain Rd NW, Suite 201 – 268.2266 – mrwmla.com

Artist Reception 5-8pm

MRWM features the works of Christine Martell and Annie Lilyblade. Martell’s work includes sculptures made of aged books combined with wood and natural fibers, as well as small embroidery pieces full of color, shape, and humor. Lilyblade’s playful illustrations and “pop-ups” capture the essence and vibe of place. Meet the artists and enjoy food and drink.

Harwood Art Center

Harwood Art Center

1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 – harwoodartcenter.orgmap

Opening Reception 6-8pm, Artist Talk at 5:30pm

Retablo: Reyes Padilla explores the art form he was first exposed to as a child and incorporates that inspiration into his contemporary paintings. (main gallery) Psychic Typographies and Guiltless Repetition: Matthew Bollinger features recent works on paper and canvas which stem from a conscious appreciation of popular music and the unconscious collaborative role it plays in his visual experiments. (front gallery)

Freestyle Gallery

Freestyle Gallery

1114 Central Ave. SW – 948.3840​ – freestylegallery.com

Opening 5-8pm

New paintings by Ralph Beery Green. Jazz is such an inspiration to the artist, he listens to it regularly and even more so when he paints. His art includes the same edginess like the “blue” note in Jazz music. There are so many shades of blue, what color of blue are you? Come see the music to your eyes. JCome to the opening night to identify your “BLUE” self in this body of work by well known artist and gallery owner Ralph Beery Greene. After all everybody gets the blues!

Sumner & Dene

Sumner & Dene

517 Central NW – 842.1400 – sumnerdene.commap

Reception and Book Signing 5-8pm

Sumner & Dene is honored to present Angus Macpherson Celebrating 40 Years of Art. Macpherson’s new book 40 Years in Art includes paintings, poems, and essays by the artist plus a forward by Albuquerque art critic Wesley Pulkka.

516 ARTS

516 ARTS

516 Central Ave SW – 242.1445 – 516arts.orgmap

ARTScrawl 6-8pm

On view are two concurrent solo exhibitions by New Mexico artists Paula Wilson and Mira Burack. Paula Wilson’s work blends multimedia and multi-cultural references to create extravagant paintings, prints, and videos and Burack’s Sleeping Between the Sun and the Moon evokes the elemental and celestial surroundings of this mountainous landscape.


Concetta D Gallery

20 First Plaza NW – 243.5066 – concettadgallery.commap

Open House 5-8pm

Group Show featuring gallery artists.

Tortuga Gallery

Tortuga Gallery

901 Edith Blvd. SE – 506.0820 – tortugagallery.orgmap

ARTScrawl 6-9pm

Tortuga Artists at ABQ Art Showcase Features the works of 15 artists whose work may be viewed later in August at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the first ABQ Art Showcase. Artists include: Marian Berg, Vicki Bolen, Julie Brokken, Andrew Fearnside, Roe LiBretto, Lesley Long, Chris Newbill, Eliza Schmid, Marc Sherson, Denise Weaver Ross, Sean Wells, Linsay Locke, Mary Jane Milz, Eliza Schmid, and Janine Wilson.

Nob Hill


Matrix Fine Art

Matrix Fine Art

3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A –  917.8054 – matrixfineartabq.commap

Opening 5-8pm

The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces presents Two Cultures – Two Traditions where ceramics from worlds apart meet in New Mexico. Porcelain from China, purchased in 2018 with a grant from New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, will be shown alongside decorative, sculptural, and functional ceramics by members of the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces.

The Heights


Weyrich Gallery

Weyrich Gallery

2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 – weyrichgallery.commap

ARTScrawl 5-8:30pm

Being Aware Of Being Aware is a solo exhibition of the works of Carol Sanchez, a Printmaker and an AABA Local Treasure. Sanchez’ prints are rich and seductive organic forms. She works in the printmaking process of Mezzotint, which lends to her vision of organic abstractions. Her Mixed Media Constructions up-cycle her prints/proofs and copper plates to create what she calls ‘contemporary relics’.


The Gallery ABQ

Hoffmantown, 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 – thegalleryabq.commap

ARTScrawl 5-8pm

This month’s Featured Artists are Jerry and Tricia H Love, Water Media/Drawings. Jerry Love’s art reflects his grandfather’s era when the horse was still the mainstream of development in America. Tricia Love searches the countryside for unique vintage subject matter and captures their essence in exquisite detail in watercolor. In the Salon: Rita J Noe will be exhibiting Digigraphs, Byoby Digigraphs, wood jewelry, and sculptures.

August Meet the Artist Events



Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Patio Escondido, 404 C-5 San Felipe St. NW – 410.2444 – carlaforrest.commap

Meet the Artist

Featured Artist Demonstration, 1 to 4 pm

Have you always wanted to understand the process of creating a landscape painting? How does one take a flash of inspiration from a moment in time, and translate into a piece of art that conveys that inspiration to a viewer? Landscape artist Reid Bandeen will perform an interactive painting demonstration, fielding questions and discussing elements of tonalism, luminism and other “-isms” along the way.



The Gallery ABQ

Hoffmantown, 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 – thegalleryabq.commap

Meet the Artist 1-4pm

This month’s Meet the Artist will feature Rita J Noe, Mixed Media. Noe creates eye catching digital prints. She will be exhibiting Digigraphs, Byoby Digigraphs, and wood jewelry and sculptures.

The Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico’s Fine Art Expo

Albuquerque Convention Center – South West Exhibit Hall

401 2nd St. NW


The Albuquerque Art Showcase will spotlight 125 of the finest artists from New Mexico and beyond. Galleries, guilds, and hundreds of artists will come together to showcase their creative and diverse talents. This is the first time that all of Albuquerque’s visual arts organizations will be housed under the same roof. These organizations include: New Mexico Watercolor Society, New Mexico Pastel Society, Rio Grande Arts Association, and the New Mexico Plein Air Painters Association.



Gala Preview Night 6 to 8pm

The Gala Night will kick off the first Albuquerque Art 

Showcase. Put on your favorite cocktail attire and enjoy music by Le Chat Lunatic, savory foods, and a first look at the fabulous art on display at the Showcase. Mayor 

Tim Keller and a representative from Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico will say a few words and help kick off the Art Showcase. Proceeds from all ticket sales, as well as a 

percentage of art sales from participating artists, will be 

donated to the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico.

Tickets: $75 per person

Online at holdmyticket.com 

In person at Sumner & Dene – 517 Central Ave. NW.



Albuquerque Art Showcase 10am to 6pm

$10 admission




Albuquerque Art Showcase 10am to 5pm

$10 admission



Albuquerque Art Showcase 10am to 5pm

Local Treasures Reception 1pm

Each year AABA honors local artists who represent 

Albuquerque’s diverse art scene and who give back to their community. 2019 Local Treasures award recipients are Vicki Bolen, Joy Brinkley-Hill, Carol Carpenter, Joel Davis, Amy Ditto, Carol Estes-Nowlin, Tricia Love, Carol Sanchez. Free.



Albuquerque Art Showcase 10am to 4pm

Business Brunch 10am-1pm

At 11am come hear guest speaker David Campbell, City of Albuquerque Planning Department Director, discuss the future of The Rail Yard Buildings. Enjoy door prizes and 

complimentary refreshments. Free.