Art buzz: May 2016


Last year’s inaugural Creative 505 Festival was awesome. This year’s promises to be epic. Creative 505 Festival is a collaboration between Albuquerque’s art, theater, craft, tech, start-up and music communities. The festival-style mixer features vendors, musical groups, performances, craft beer, art installations, interactive exhibits, entertainment and food. And it’s kid-friendly! Save May 21, check the Facebook page, and get creative!

On Mother’s Day weekend, the 19th Annual Placitas Studio Tour brings together 59 Placitas artists for open studios and personal and educational behind-the-scenes looks at their artwork. Works will include a wide array of fine arts and crafts in a wide variety of mediums. Meet and talk with the artists about how they create their work, and discover the fascinating and varied working environments they have designed. Details at

Weyrich Gallery/Rare Vision Art Galerie presents Let the Mystery Be: New Work by Betsy Williams-Potter, opening May 6 with a meet-the-artist reception during the First Friday Citywide Event. Betsy’s work has a Zen-like meditative quality and presents a distinct interpretation of the understated aesthetic of that tradition in a refreshing way. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine, and in Wood-Fired Ceramic, 100 Contemporary Artists. Details at

The first weekend in May the Village of Corrales will once again host Corrales Art and Studio Tour, where Village artists open their studios and homes, hosting artists from the surrounding areas. The tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet the artists, see their work, and learn about their creative processes. As in past years, many of the studio stops will feature multiple artists in locations throughout the Village. For maps and info, visit

Excavated showcases lithographs created by 16 student artists who are currently working at Tamarind Institute. After a full semester dedicated to perfecting their technique, Tamarind students become master printers as they collaborate with art students in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Art and Art History. Tamarind printers include Mark Williams, Ash Armenta, Eric Euler, Thomas Cert, Carlie Salomans, Jordan Welsh, Michael De La Cruz and Shasta Blackford. University of New Mexico artists include Ed Brandt, Hollis Moore, Kacie Smith, Marcie Brewer, Molly Zimmer, Ben Lenetsky, Bianca Ferreira and Erin Fussell. A selection of the resulting lithographs created during the program or before will be on exhibition (and for sale) May 6-12. More at

Santa Fe

The Encaustic Art Institute offers a class for beginners May 7, including all materials, covers the basic encaustic techniques with different waxes, boards, canvas and paper. Instructor Douglas Mehrens promises you’ll leave excited about this ancient wax medium dating back to the Greeks. Encaustic means “to heat or burn in,” which describes how heat is used to melt beeswax and varnish to fusing layers of wax. The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. To sign up, call 505.424.6487.

May 6-7, experience the world of art on Canyon Road during a day filled with music, food and fine art. On Friday, The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival includes gallery openings, late-night dining and entertainment, while Saturday has the artist slow draw, artist reception, silent and live auctions. Details at

More than 180 Native American artists sell their museum-quality work in the annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival May 28-29 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Each of the artists is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, to represent the best and brightest of the Native art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum’s permanent collection. Tickets and artist list at

There’s revolution in the air in Santa Fe this spring, as emerging and alternative art projects by young creatives take the spotlight. On May 20, Strangers Collective will stage a daring takeover of Santa Fe’s downtown arts district with NARROWS, an exhibition of 32 local emerging artists and writers, at Community Gallery (at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center). NARROWS is Strangers Collective’s fourth public exhibition, featuring visual art in diverse mediums by 17 artists, and zines by 15 writers. Strangers will host artist talks on Wednesday, June 1, and a zine workshop on Saturday, June 4. Follow them on Facebook for more.

The Women’s International Study Center has two art-related events in May. On May 19, Karina Puente will present over 100 feet of a cut paper story. She is a full-time painter and installation artist and has exhibited her work in national galleries. May 26, Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, presents from her book Art Gal: Elaine Horwitch and the Rise of Contemporary Art in the American Southwest. Responsible in part for the “Santa Fe look,” Julie sold jewelry, rugs and other objects of Native American art to Ralph Lauren and many other designers for photo shoots and New York showrooms. Her Indian Market parties in Santa Fe became legendary. Details at


Opening May 22, Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West, a traveling exhibition organized by the Harwood Museum of Art, focuses on an influential 20th Century figure who brought modern art to Taos, and influenced legions of European and American “movers and shakers” to find Northern New Mexico’s physical and cultural landscapes. The works of artists like Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, and Georgia O’Keeffe will be displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists. More at

Dive into summer with the Taos Poetry Festival, June 2-4, a weekend of poetic pursuits. Tell a story at the poetic justice story slam, engage with youth and adult poets, attend workshops and listen to spoken works, or perform your work at the open mic. Guest poets include Ocean Vuong, whose first full-length collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds was published this spring; Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Nathan Brown (Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013/14); Sabina Jones, a senior at Taos High School and Alyia Martinson, a recent graduate of Taos Academy Charter School. Complete info at

By Kelly Koepke

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