For the ninth year, the Albuquerque Art Business Association honors area artists as Local Treasures who not only excel in the arts, but who have given back to their communities. Congratulations to this year’s nine exceptional artists: Joan Fenicle, Lyla Garcia, Phil Hulebak, Carol Maestas, Pat Marsello, Lee McVey, Marcia Sednek, Jorge Trisanti and Alice Webb. The awards ceremony on Sept. 4 at the Albuquerque Museum features keynote speaker Manuel Gonzalez, Albuquerque Poet Laureate. Receptions for the artists at sponsoring galleries will be held throughout the fall. The awards ceremony is free and open to the public, details at http://artscrawlabq.org/2016-local-treasures/
Tamarind Institute hosts an opening reception for Garo Antreasian: Innovation in Print on Friday, Sept. 9, with the retrospective exhibition running through January 2017. This overview of Antreasian’s innovations as a printmaker will also feature a public conversation with Garo Antreasian, and a book signing for his recent book, Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art. Look for a future collaboration with Tamarind’s new Master Printer Valpuri Remling, too. Antreasian’s contributions to printmaking techniques and standards, his experimentation with commercial materials and methods, and his role as Tamarind’s first technical director cannot be overemphasized. Tracing six decades of work, this exhibition will draw extensively from the Tamarind archive, photographs and letters from this period, and the artist’s own writings. Visit tamarind.unm.edu.
Opening Sept. 17 and continuing into October, Palette Contemporary Art and Craft holds its annual radio show and sale. Foreign Flair features mid-century-designed radios with an artful touch. These restored, overseas beauties include brands such as Blaupunkt, Braun, Ekco, Emud, Grundig, Hallicrafters, Ostfold Monark, Philips, Radiola, Saba, and Sony. The best part? All of these radios are fully functional and can be played for you! There will be a door prize drawing on Sept. 17 for Artful Saturday attendees, so be sure to check out the radios and maybe win something, too. Visit palettecontemporary.com.
Through October, form & concept in the Railyard District presents ReFashion, which plays with the expectations of what fashion or wearability is. This group show features works that reinterpret the world of wearables, from clothes that keep superheroes warm to the bonnets of Joseph Smith’s wives, reimagined. Director and Curator Frank Rose says, “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another level––not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as a starting point for conceptual pieces.” More at formandconcept.center.
Hit the road in September for a weekend of art tours. Sept. 17-19, journey through Pojoaque Valley’s inspired ambiance on the Pojoaque River Art Tour. Art lovers will be rewarded with a wide array of paint and print styles and media, including contemporary and traditional oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, assemblage, monotypes, Sumi-e, watercolor, gouache and pastel, as well as photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, weaving and ceramics. The Tour includes 17 stops with 28 artists and artisans. Begin at Than Povi at Cottonwood Trading Post, the Native American art gallery at San Ildefonso Pueblo, which hosts the tour’s opening reception on Sept. 16. Obtain maps at individual artists’ studios during the tour, or go to pojoaqueriverarttour.com.
That same weekend, head the other way out of Santa Fe for the Pecos Studio Tour. Made up of a loosely knit group of artists living in and around the village of Pecos, just 20 minutes from Santa Fe, the small community hosts a blend of unique people. Besides artists in all media, many residents have long historic and cultural ties to the area. With clean air and wonderful light, it’s the perfect atmosphere for creating inventive art. Print your own map and see the full list of artists at pecosstudiotour.com.
Art On Tap! The Harwood Museum of Art fundraiser is a funky, fun art sale that benefits the exhibition program and local artists. Taos Mesa Brewing is the venue Sept. 17, with free admission and artwork priced from $30 to $500 per piece. Participating artists include Kathleen Brennan, Steven Bundy, Lee Lee, Abby Salsbury, Victor Goler and Mel Scully. TMB has also brewed up a Harwood Ale for the occasion. Beer and art. Two great tastes that go great together. More at harwoodmuseum.org/artontap.
Envision Gallery opens Elements of Texture: A Two Woman Show from Sharyn Blaustein and Katie Woodall on Sept. 17. This exhibition touches on personal themes in the artists’ lives, expressing recent transitions, loss and travels. Blaustein works in mixed media. She paints with her hands, using unusual elements like roofing material, amethyst crystals, sand, mica, pieces of copper and other objects. Woodall has lived in Taos for 25 years, continually finding new ways to assemble images and textures inspired by this edge-of-mountain desert. The natural feminine forms found so readily in the temperate moist richness of her native South have been replaced over time by inquiries into physical interactions of hot, cold, wet, dry. Details at envisiongallery.net.
Celebrate the 30th Annual El Rito Studio Tour Oct. 1-2. El Rito is brimming with talent in both traditional and contemporary media including weaving, welding, tin and iron work, retablos, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, furniture and carvings, and musical instruments. With 17 stops, including one each on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and New Mexico Potter’s Trail, over 40 artisans will display their works. Enjoy the Mercado at the Community Center, too, featuring the art and crafts of artists from nearby communities. Visit elritostudiotour.org to explore the each artist’s web page with photos, biography, artist statement, and contact information, and info on the Death by Chocolate fundraiser, too.
by Kelly Koepke