Art Buzz – September 2017

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Sept. 3, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History once again hosts the 2017 Local Treasure Awards. Every September, the Albuquerque Art Business Association, the gallery association that brings you First Friday ARTScrawl, recognizes and honors Albuquerque artists who not only excel in the arts and their artistic discipline, but who have given back to their community. This year’s master of ceremonies will be the 2016-2018 City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate Manuel Gonzalez. The 2017 recipients of the Local Treasure award are Elaine Bolz, Jade Leyva, Renee Gentz, Mark Horst, Cheryl Godin and Ilene Weiss. A reception will follow the awards presentation with music by Don Shearer. Details at

It’s a hoopla! Join the Ghostwolf Gallery Sept. 9 to celebrate online literary magazine Eclectica’s 20th anniversary. There will be readings, music, food, libations and several guest artists including internationally renowned tapestry artist Sue Klebanoff, mosaic artist Laura Robbins, photographer Stuart Gelzer, and jeweler Pamela Gemin. Ghostwolf was founded and is curated by Amy M. Ditto, and is focused exclusively on displaying contemporary fine art and craft created by artists with truly unique visions. Visit

The 14th annual Sandia Heights Artists Studio Tour is Sept. 9-10, where you can see the work of 26 local artists from 10 different studios. The artists of Sandia Heights love to celebrate art and creativity. And what better way to do so than by sharing their studios and creations with friends and neighbors? Patrons will see a fun variety of media: woodturning, water-media and collage, gourd art, photography, pottery, ceramics, oil and acrylic painting, mixed media, jewelry, silver, beads, fiber arts and more. Details and a map at

Santa Fe

It’s time, Sept. 23 to be exact, for the sixth annual Reaching for the Stars fundraising event, benefiting Rising Stars of the Southwest youth leadership programs. Come eat, drink and dance to the music of the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band at the Santa Fe Opera. Auction treasures are from local retailers and renowned artists like Kevin Red Star who graced the cover of Local Flavor’s August issue. Details at

Through Nov. 4, Peters Projects presents In Situ by Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara, the first exhibition since her critically acclaimed Border Crossing at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Jami explored a remote stretch of the U.S./Mexico border, finding two-liter bottles used to carry water. Struck by the essential sameness of the plastic bottle and the potsherd, she re-conceptualizes the plastic bottle to represent its function as a precious object capable of sustaining human life. In this exhibition, the artist contemplates what it means for humans and technology to be “in place” in the world of nature, and for people to be “in place” in the world of nations. Details at

The Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce the presentation of the exhibition American Studies by Richard Sober, through Nov. 5. The Santa Fe-based artist grew up in an urban working-class family with a strong work ethic and complicated societal expectations that were instilled in him from a young age. He adopted his parents’ work ethic but approached their expectations from the point of observation rather than participation, giving him an awareness of a working-class perspective that continues to inform his painting career and current project, American Studies. The 32 paintings are selected studies of what Richard observed while passing through space, mostly on foot. Info at

Mill Contemporary is pleased to announce Elemental Abstraction, an exhibition that showcases the artworks of Suzanne Laura Kammin, Jim Nickel and Ky Anderson, through Sept. 23. Brooklyn-based Ky creates paintings that are marked by explorations of balance and form. Jim’s sculptures involve the conservation of found material in a reconfigured form. RISD– and San Francisco Institute-trained Suzanne creates paintings that navigate the relationship between figure and ground and the inner and outer self through the juxtaposition of hard and soft edges and the meeting of intense color combinations. More at


Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 bring the annual El Rito Studio Tour, newly sponsored by the El Rito Art Association. This small community, embraced by the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, fosters independence and creativity, brimming with talent in both traditional and contemporary media including weaving, welding, tin and iron work, retablos, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, furniture and carvings, and musical instruments. With 18 stops, including one on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and one on the New Mexico Potter’s Trail, you can see the work of over 40 artisans in the setting in which it was created. Details at

by Kelly Koepke

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