Art Buzz – July 2017


Arts and culture in Downtown Albuquerque notched a big win Wednesday, with the announcement of more than $100,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The City of Albuquerque’s Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, Downtown Arts & Cultural District, and a group of 10 local organizations and nonprofits, including Fusion Theatre Company and gallery 516 Arts, will use the money to support Feed the Heart: Downtown Arts Nurture The Community, a collaborative series designed to spur downtown revitalization, provide economic opportunities for artists, and enliven Downtown cultural spaces through a coordinated series of live performances, arts events, and arts and cultural activities. Separately, Downtown’s historic KiMo Theatre will receive $20,000 from the NEA’s Art Works program for its 90th anniversary celebration year.

Onyxswan Gallery, Albuquerque’s gallery in Old Town, presents Embellished Figures, featuring figurative forms, portraits and masks. Artist and gallery co-owner Navada Swan creates female figure drawings in rich pastels, with emphasis on gesture and muscle. Steve Feher contrasts hard and soft figures through pastels, watercolors embellished with beadwork and fluid metal sculptures and masks made out of copper and recycled bicycle chains. The illusion of motion and body tension is created through the exaggeration of forms and repetition of lines. In addition, Navada has created a series of watercolor portraits, inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo, that are embellished with beadwork creating a layer of texture and rich, vibrant color. Opening July 15, details at

Save Aug. 4-6 for The Great Southwestern Antique & Vintage Show, now celebrating 18 years, and its showcase of quality art and antiques from around the world from more than 200 quality antique dealers. Learn about the art of collecting and investing in fine art and antiques, ethnographic tribal and Native American art, historic photos, rare books, jewelry and more. This year includes the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love special exhibit, featuring clothing, accessories, posters and other 1967 period items from the collection of Mark Hooper. The collection encompasses the Hippie/anti-Vietnam peace movement, a sometimes-volatile yet pivotal time in our country’s history, where music and fashion were used as vehicles in expressing that change. Details at

Santa Fe

If it’s July, it must be Art Santa Fe, the four-day contemporary art show in its 17th year, taking place at the Santa Fe Convention Center, July 13 to 16. Art Santa Fe features extraordinary art from around the world, specially curated programming, special events, entertainment and more. Last year’s show featured a wide range of innovative exhibiting artists, dealers and publishers from across the globe—and 2017 promises to be an even bigger and better show! Info at

Angel Wynn’s fascination with “Adelitas” is beautifully expressed in the works featured in a 7 Arts Gallery show opening July 21. Adelita was the name given to the women who followed husbands, lovers and family members to war during the Mexican Revolution. From 1910-1920, these camp followers cooked, cleaned and nursed wounds. And Adelitas bravely picked up guns and fought. “After viewing some painted murals that first introduced me to these extraordinary women, for days afterwards all I could think of how difficult the lifestyle they endured,” Angel says. “Searching history further, I became completely fascinated by these young women called Adelitas. A passion to tell their story set in and would not leave me alone.” More at

Global Warming Is Real, the new exhibition at the Museum of Encaustic Art, brings artists from across the country together for this juried show. Says the museum, “As scientific reports and photos document the changes in our Earth’s atmosphere, we become sensitized to how global warming impacts us now and in the future.” Running July 1 to Aug. 20, come meet the encaustic/wax artists and enjoy the diverse interpretation on the topic. Garrett Smith, the juror, is an architect, artist, professor and lecturer who has won awards locally and abroad. In addition to the exhibition, enjoy the Encaustic Art Institute-members’ side of the museum with over 100 works of art for sale. More at or

Tokyo meets the Southwest in a solo exhibition by Santa Fe-based contemporary painter, Anri Tsutsumi. On display until July 30 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, her exhibition, Wasabi Salsa Rhapsody, is a kaleidoscope of color, a joyful jumble of Eastern and Western influences, which she describes as a “wasabi salsa.” Raised in Tokyo, and living in the U.S. for much of her adult life, it was only upon settling in the desert Southwest, and Santa Fe specifically, that Anri felt she had truly come home—both to herself and the distinctive beauty and culture of Santa Fe. Over time, the two defining cultures in her life have melded together to inspire a unique, riotous and whimsical group of contemporary offerings. More at


The Legends of Taos Series continues at 203 Fine Art July 8-30 with an exhibition featuring paintings by Michio Takayama and R.C. Ellis. Good friends in life, accomplished modern abstract artists and both recipients of a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Grant in Taos, Michio and Robert were both important contributors to the group known as the Taos Moderns. Now they’ll hang side by side. Details at

by Kelly Koepke

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