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 Continue reading

The Buzz – August 2017


This word just in from Elaines in Nob Hill: “Hello Elaine’s Family. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Elaine Blanco. Elaine has been with our owner, Steve Paternoster, for over 12 years and has been such an amazing person to work with. Her inspiring ideas and hard work will be missed. We wish her the absolute best in her new endeavors! Elaine’s will remain open for usual business hours and we hope to see everyone again soon!” We, too, wish Elaine well, and will be sure to stop in to enjoy the refined New American plates and cozy vibe.

Good news for The Grove Cafe & Market, named to the Good Food 100 list. This list comprises some of the most distinguished and accomplished restaurants in the country, all of which do the hard work of transparent food purchasing while making a positive impact on the environment. The Good Food 100 Restaurants list and ratings are based on percentage of total food purchases spent to support local/state, regional and national Good Food producers and purveyors versus same-category restaurants in the same region. Since 2006, The Grove Cafe & Market has served local, all-natural, artisan foods to their guests because “good food tastes better,” say Lauren and Jason Greene, owners and operators of The Grove. Congrats! Continue reading

Art buzz – August 2017


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 Continue reading

The Buzz- July 2017


Get plowed in Four Hills! Because soon, Tractor Brewing Company—they of the “get plowed” tagline—will be opening a third taproom at Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard. The new spot will feature a large patio and 24 craft beer and cider selections. “This is an amazing opportunity to open a neighborhood public house. A spot for locals, just like we did in Nob Hill in 2011,” says David Hargis, co-owner and brew master. “We are seeing a trend toward people visiting locations close to home. It is a very responsible practice and we want to encourage it.” The new location joins the Nob Hill taproom and the Wells Park brewery, all of which offer take-home growlers and cans.

Another Santa Fe eatery is headed south to the Duke City. Tomasita’s, a staple of the Santa Fe Railyard for tourists and locals alike, joins Jambo Café in heading down the hill to Albuquerque. The New Mexican restaurant is taking over the Texas Land & Cattle building next to Century 24 Theater at I-25 and Jefferson Avenue. They plan a late fall/early winter opening after renovating the space, owner George Gundrey says. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the family – George’s grandmother opened The Central Cafe on Atrisco and Central in 1946 (it closed in the 1970s, when the family moved north). Bienvenidos, Tomasita’s!

Albuquerque marketing dynamo Maresa Thompson announced her departure from Heritage Hotels & Resorts for the universe of nonprofits. She writes, “It has been my pleasure to work for Heritage Hotels & Resorts and my honor to work with the many businesses, organizations, artists, media and community members over the past six years. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with you.” We wish you all the best, Maresa! (And cannot wait to hear about your next adventure….) Continue reading

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 Continue reading

The Buzz – June 2017


Great news for The Shop! They’ve expanded to dinner Fridays and Saturdays. The Nob Hill staple for breakfast and lunch is well loved in the community for its fresh food, innovative recipes and locally sourced ingredients. Visit them on Facebook, too (they’re in the heart of ART country and could use your support).

The National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico proudly announce the 30th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, June 10-17—the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in North America. The depth of cultural programming has something for beginners, culture seekers, aficionados and professionals. This year features six performance companies including 54 master artists from Spain, 20 diverse performances and 35 workshops in eight days, with headlining artists Compañía Marco Flores, Compañía Maria Moreno, Compañía Adrián Santana, Compañía Pepe Torres, Compañía Rosario Toeldo and Compañía Jesús Carmona. The final performances include Alejandro Granados and Carmela Greco, icons of flamenco. Full schedule and tickets at

Summer! How about biking and wine? Join Routes Bicycle Tours for an unforgettable experience June 3 that takes you along the famous Rio Grande river past local farms, restaurants and the city’s Nature Preserve to culminate in the lush surrounds of a beautiful, Spanish-style tasting room. Their professional tour guides lead you on a custom ride that highlights the natural history, culture and beauty of the Rio Grande River Valley and the surrounding cottonwood forest (Bosque). The experience includes a VIP grounds tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Casa Rondeña Winery. They’ve got a ‘Biking Bad’ tour on June 10, too, designed to provide guests with a first-hand experience of diverse locations, characters and moments from Breaking Bad. More at Continue reading