The Art Buzz – September 2015


For the eighth year, the Albuquerque Art Business Association honors local artists who not only excel in the arts, but who have given back to their communities, sharing their time, talent and passion. This year’s eight Local Treasures will be feted at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, September 6: multi-media artist Marian Berg, painters Dahl Delu, Roger DiCamillo, Carla Forrest, potter Juanita Fragua, weaver and papermaker Karen Simmons, enamellist David Snow and multi-discipline artist Laura Wacha. This year’s President’s Award will go to the late Fermin Hernandez, Master Printmaker. Head to for details on receptions for the artists at sponsoring galleries throughout the fall.

Calling all Tamarind graduates, artists, collectors and supporters to join JUBILEE on September 11-13, a celebration of Tamarind’s 55th anniversary. Tamarind’s celebrating the apex of an era as Marjorie Devon, Bill Lagattuta, and Rodney Hamon retire and a new era begins. September 11 opens with a public reception for Mementos, an exhibition in the Tamarind Gallery showcasing memorabilia from the Marge/Bill/Rodney era. Through January 29, 2016, Tamarind’s gallery becomes the Smithsonian of lithography, as you enjoy historical photographs, and lots more fun related to Tamarind’s history. On September 12, is the third Win/Win Art Lottery, an exclusive event of only 100 ticket holders who will choose a work, in the order of a random number received upon entry. The 100 lots are online for everyone to browse. Then dig out those glass slippers, resurrect that suit coat, and hide from your evil stepmother for the Prints Charming Ball, that evening at the magical Las Puertas, a large warehouse with a gorgeous dance floor. And don’t sleep in for the September 13 Breakfast of Champions with Garo Antreasian—a light continental breakfast and historical musing with Tamarind’s first technical director that’s free and open to the public. All the details at

Nineteen artists collaborate to present the 12th annual Sandia Heights Artists Studio Art Tour September 12-13. The artists, many of whom show throughout Albuquerque, represent at least 13 different mediums, including watercolor and acrylic, handcrafted books, sterling silver and beaded jewelry, oil painting, photography, wearables, ceramics, earthenware, gourds and fabric baskets, and wood turning. Preview night is September 4 at High Desert Art and Frame. 2015 participating artists include Chris Almeria, Patricia Apt, Lynda Burch, Marta Burckley, Eric Guenette, Linda Hayon, Toni Seidel, among others. Learn more and see a map at

Amapola Gallery, located in Old Town’s historic Romero House on the Plaza, has been delighting serious collectors, gift buyers and seekers of handmade-in-New Mexico goods for 35 years. In celebration of the anniversary, 40 artist-members of Amapola Gallery team up to sponsor three anniversary parties over a 35-day period ending September 13, with an anniversary ribbon-cutting ceremony. Amapola Gallery is an artist cooperative where you always talk with an artist. The member gallery opened in 1980, and includes clay, cut paper, fabric arts, glass, jewelry, macramé, paintings, photography, paper, botanicals, wearable art, wood, mixed media and stone carving. There are more than 1,417 pieces of original art on exhibit in Amapola Gallery at any one time. More info at

Santa Fe

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts opened a new wing to showcase its permanent collection. The new Kieve Family Gallery renovation honors Pauline and Rudolph Kieve and Ruth and David Hughes for their love of art. Inaugurating the Kieve Family Gallery is the exhibition Visions and Visionaries curated by MoCNA Chief Curator, Candice Hopkins. Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, Hopkins says, “the works enable us to see the world through different eyes and highlight the role of the visionaries in IAIA’s history, who forged new paths that we continue to follow.” Collections tell particular stories—in this case the development of Native art in the American southwest in the 1960s and its evolution into a national movement today. The collection is a testament to the continual risk-taking and innovation that has shaped IAIA, and in turn, MoCNA. The exhibition is divided into different “chapters,” Abstraction; Ways of Seeing; Politics and Perception; and Realism and the Documentary Image. These different sections serve to frame the works, create new connections, and revise established artistic tropes and movements. Visit for details.

Opening September 15, O’Keeffe in Process at the New Mexico Museum of Art focuses on 36 O’Keeffe oil paintings, 15 works on paper and supporting materials from the Museum’s collection, and works from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and private collections. The exhibition tells the story of the working technique of this 20th-century New Mexico master. Artworks span the artist’s career from early student portraits of family members created in 1905, to paintings executed during stays at Lake George in the late teens and first half of the ’20s, to her iconic depictions of flowers, bones and New Mexico landscapes, to her discovery of the view from the sky. Preliminary sketches and photographs hung alongside finished works will reveal both the steps in O’Keeffe’s creative process and her technical, art-making technique. Viewers will come to understand what makes an O’Keeffe artwork recognizable as an O’Keeffe. More at

If you haven’t already been to The Red That Colored The World exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art, you’ve only got until September 13. And this show is dynamite! The exhibition translates the story of cochineal (an insect that is turned into varied shades of red dyes) into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. Highlighting more than 130 objects—textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more. Hie thee hence, and it’s free for everyone on Sundays,


October 3-4 is the 29th Annual El Rito Studio Tour. Hidden in plain sight is a small community embraced by the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where residents have lived quietly for generations, cultivating lives that foster independence. Fifty miles north of Santa Fe, just 12 miles off Hwy 84, El Rito is bursting with creativity in both traditional and contemporary media, including sculpture, pottery, weaving, welding, tin and iron work, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, furniture and more. Eighteen stops, including one on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and one on the New Mexico Potter’s Trail, will display the work of over 40 artisans in the setting in which it was created. Visitors to the tour will be delighted by the variety of art, from local village arts and crafts to contemporary artwork. Artists include renowned santero Nicholas Herrera, photographer David Michael Kennedy, musician Cipriano Vigil, photographer Tom Quinn Kumpf, as well as many other established artists, such as potter Barbara Campbell, mixed-media artist Julie Wagner, Vanderbrook Studios, and micaceous potter Emmy Cheney. John Brandi and Renée Gregorio will be displaying their poetry broadsides. Visit to explore the each artist’s web page with photos, biography, artist statement and more.

by Kelly Koepke

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