First Friday, Citywide, February 7

OLD TOWN AREA

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 our 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 our 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.

DOWNTOWN AREA

VSA – N4th Gallery
Artist Reception 5-7pm
4904 Fourth Street NW – 344.4542 – vsartsnm.org
REVOLT! features work by Christian Gallegos, an Albuquerque abstract artist who combines contemporary designs in unique idiosyncratic form derived from techniques accumulated over the past twenty years. The exhibit’s large-scale abstract paintings on canvas explore issues of social injustice and give expression to the artist’s underlying thoughts and feelings about the world around him. The show runs through March 12.

Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW – 242.6367 – harwoodartcenter.org
Opening Reception 6-8pm
Harwood Art Center and ArtStreet, a program of Albuquerque HealthCare for the Homeless, are pleased to present Recycled Heart: The Artists of ArtStreet, featuring mixed media and recycled art by the artists of ArtStreet. Through a community effort, ArtStreet artists create an installation that reflects the diversity of styles, ideas and individuals that make up the ArtStreet community. In the spirit of togetherness and Valentine’s Day, artists combine themes of love and objects-both lost and found. The exhibition runs through February 27.

Concetta D Gallery
20 First Plaza NW – 243.5066 – concettadgallery.com
5-8pm Open House and Group Showing
This all gallery show includes new works by gallery artists including Local Treasures recipients Robert Kuester and Jeff Otis and artists Mauricio Fernandez, Nancy Chaboun, Paul Cheng, Rich Nichols, Marilyn Yanke, Wayne Cooper, Dan Griggs and Piao Xue Cheng. The gallery will also be featuring new estate pieces by Sheldon Parsons, Andy Warhol, and Von Hassler.

sumner1Sumner & Dene
517 Central NW – 842.1400 – sumnerdene.com
Artist Reception 5-9pm
Sumner & Dene presents an all artists Valentine Group Show Love, Hearts and Flowers. Participating artists includes painters: Angus Macpherson, Patricia Wyatt, Jeannie Sellmer, ceramics: Johanna Hansen, Frank & Nickie Keith, metal artist: Dan Garrett and jewellers Dawn Estrin, Alice Bailey, Annie Onderdonk, Cheryl Thorpe, Jana Lee Aspin and Teresa Archibeque.

 

 

 

OFFCenter Community Arts Project
808 Park Ave, SW – 247.1172 – offcenterarts.org
First Friday Event 5-8pm
OFFCenter presents a free card making event for the “wild at heart” to make even wilder cards. Take home or donate your cards – all materials are supplied. Spontaneous fun making is encouraged and expected.

NOB HILL AREA

matrix1Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A – 268.8952 – matrixfineart.com
Artscrawl reception 5-8pm
Matrix is pleased to announce Two Japanese Masters in Printmaking – Takahiko Hayashi and Ando Shinji. Takahiko Hayashi is a rising star in Japan. His work has a mystical quality and the titles reflect interest in philosophy as well as natural phenomena. His etchings are composed out of hundreds of detailed lines creating masterfully bold abstractions. Ando Shinji creates highly detailed botanical etchings in which he combines several plates with chine collé to achieve a maximum saturation of color. Shinji custom dyes Gampi paper for maximum control of his overall color scheme. His subjects often emanate out of a soft shadow into subdued light, giving them a sense of wonder, as if seen unexpectedly in their inherent beauty.

new grounds2New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 B
268.8952  – newgroundsgallery.com
Artscrawl reception 5-8pm
New Grounds presents Urban/Suburban – Etchings by Nicholas Hudak. Trained as a scientist and engineer, Nicholas Hudak’s lovingly detailed black and white etchings explore the intersections between natural and man-made, urban and industrial, scientific and aesthetic. His images of warehouses, water towers and parking lots capture both the beauty and decay of industrial structures. Hudak often isolates buildings from their surroundings and employs dramatic perspective and repetitive geometries to create subtle references of industrial structures to religious iconography. This is Nicholas Hudak’s first solo exhibition at New Grounds and it promises to offer a fresh look at structures we tend to take for granted. Nick Hudak will demonstrate the etching process from 6:30-7pm during the reception. Sneak preview February 4-7. Exhibition runs through February 28.

NORTHEAST HEIGHTS AREA

the gallery abq web imageThe Gallery ABQ
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE – 292.9333 thegalleryabq.com
Artists’ reception 5–8pm.
The Gallery ABQ presents Moments & Memories, featuring three gallery artists: Darlene Moore, who creates unique kaleidoscopes and screen printing on glass; Fran Ryan, whose watermedia paintings reflect the Northern New Mexico landscape; and Ray Tussing, whose dramatic 3-dimensional painted sculptures reach out to capture the viewers attention. Artist Insights, 6pm: Ray Tussing shares his inspiration and techniques. The February Salon Exhibit features collage art by Elaine Tassy.

high desertHigh Desert Art & Frame
12611 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite A-4 265.4066 – highdesertartandframe.com
Reception 5-8pm
High Desert Art & Frame presents The Pencil Drawings of Shelby Brannin. Shelby Brannin brings Western Art to life with graphite pencil. He aims for detail and realism in his drawings. As a Southwest native and third generation cowboy, Shelby’s work has a depth of feeling and character that draws the viewer into the scene. He invites you to step up into the saddle and take a ride with him as his artwork captures the heart and the experience of the great American Southwest.

Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Suite 22 – 855.7777 – palettecontemporary.com
Opening 5-8pm
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft presents Czech Glass Modernism by internationally-renowned glass artist, Frantisek Vizner (1936-2011). The show features the early career stage of Vizner’s functional glass vessels whose timeless design was rooted in the avant-garde design of the 1930s. Frantisek Vizner’s minimalist glass creations can be found in museums, and public and private collections across the world. One of his most famous works is a large scale installation in Karlovo Námêsti underground station in Prague which was completed in 1981. The show “Czech Glass Modernism” will primarily feature Vizner works leading up-to and during his time with Skrdlovice glass. Two other period Czech glass sculptures will also be show. This exhibit will run through March 6.

weyrich Red black gold gractured square donna contractorWeyrich Gallery
2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE – 883.7410 – weyrichgallery.com
First Friday Artist Reception 5-8:30pm
Donna Loraine Contractor reintroduces her Architectonic series in Architectonics Plus Additions, three-dimensional imagery as viewed from a two dimensional plane. The series combines unlikely dynamic forms with a palette of dark and light to achieve the illusion of depth. Hand-dyed and tightly spun wool, with its particular and beautiful light reflecting characteristics produce a texture and luminosity that no pigment on paper could. All tapestries are designed and woven by the artist and are woven with hand dyed wool on a strong cotton warp and are moth proofed. The show runs through February 28.

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