OK, so this isn’t in Albuquerque but…About 75 percent of all Native American art sold worldwide is made in the Gallup region, and for the first time, local artists have come together to create a showcase unlike any other. The first Gallup Native Arts Market is Aug. 10-12, deep in the landscape that has inspired and nurtured their art for generations, featuring artists selected by a commission of Navajo and Zuni master artists, creating the finest and best examples of Native art in the region. Spanning everything from jewelry to ceramics, and sculpture to weaving, the work on display and for sale is certain to connect powerfully with collectors and enthusiasts alike. It’s free and open to the public. More at galluprealtrue.com.
Cross Pollination, an exhibition and series of public programs continues through October in venues around Albuquerque, showcasing work at the intersection of art and science that focuses on bees and other pollinators and their role in the world’s food supply. About 35 percent of the world’s food crops and 75 percent of the flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Pollinators, including bees, moths and butterflies and birds, have become increasingly threatened by human action. With this knowledge, artists have responded to the issue by working with and for pollinators to raise awareness about their profound benefits to life on Earth. An opening reception is Aug. 19 at 516 ARTS. A full schedule at 516arts.org.
Painter Rachel Rankin grew up under the big skies and beautiful mountains of Albuquerque. She’s now mounting a show at Weyrich Gallery/The Rare Vision Art Galerie titled Earth and Sky, Aug. 4–25. Rachel states, “I think the thread that holds this body of work together is the sky. I have been drawn to paint the sky and clouds the last six months.” These influences have been an inspiration throughout her life. Rachel’s technique utilizes a palette knife to create the layered texture in her paintings.
If it’s August, it must be the annual (45 years!) Girls Inc. Arts & Crafts Show! This juried show on the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe benefits Girls Inc. of Santa Fe on Aug. 5 and 6 and features the work of over 160 national and local professional artists. This show is the third largest market on the Santa Fe Plaza each year, with fiber art, jewelry, painting, pottery, sculpture, metal work, wood work, photography, specialty foods and much more. Proceeds from artists’ booth fees benefit Girls Inc. a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. More at girlsincofsantafe.org.
In a groundbreaking solo show, photographer April Hartford leads viewers into an immersive exploration of gender dissonance and transition. Transgender: One Person’s Journey is a multimedia exhibition that revolves around Hartford’s black-and-white fine-art photographs, nude self-portraits made at key phases during her transition from male to female—from Justin Hartford (her birth name) to April. The images are more metaphorical than explicit, portraying the inner journey as much as the outer one. The show runs through Oct. 7 at April’s studio, 539 Old Santa Fe Trail. “Most photography about gender transition documents the before/after, the front/back, of body parts,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “I try to approach the subject in a more sensitive way by portraying, through the body in nature, the psychological places where a transgender person travels.” Details at aprilhartford.com.
The Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe returns Aug. 15–18, bringing together more than 65 of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in Native American art and thousands of select historic art objects from Indigenous cultures throughout the United States and Canada. Admission includes a special viewing of Homage to the Square, a groundbreaking exhibit of 25 early Navajo rugs and blankets circa 1870-1950, juxtaposed against a series of original modern artworks utilizing simple polygon design and complex color interaction. The show lineup varies from textiles and pottery to jewelry, basketry, beadwork, woodcarving and more, the show highlights the artistry, imagination and tribal traditions of historic, largely unknown Native artisans and the beauty, inspiration and material resources of the Native landscape. Info at antiqueindianartshow.com.
The month of August at Magpie, 1405 Paseo del Norte in El Prado, will be special because Lenny Foster will have the first photography show there, with an Aug. 5 artist reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. Says Lenny, “At the beginning of 2016, there were no plans for moving, although I did sense that change was imminent. It felt as though 23 years in Taos was good enough. I consciously chose then to shoot selected medium format film images that would detail my year, but wasn’t aware it would be El Año Pasado. Reflecting now on this body of work, I now see a common theme of peace, stillness, maybe even a quiet mourning. I feel they have more reverence, a more succinct and refined homage to my time here.” Visit magpietaos.com.