VSA Benefit Event
Painting Party by NYC based artist Nicole Pouliot
Monday, October 3, 6-9pm
Learn Nicole’s step-by-step process to create homescape™ paintings. No previous art experience required–open to anyone with an imagination! Donation of $45 includes supplies, light dinner, soft drinks and wine.
RSVP to Darlene Fattorusso at 505-385-8416 or email@example.com
Save that Date!
December 3, 2016
At North Fourth Art Center and numerous business locations along 4th Street NW
SHIFT DANCE presents
SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016
September 29 – October 1, 2016
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Inaugural 3-day contemporary dance festival with invited national artists. Sept 29: SHIFT + Donna Jewell (ABQ); Sept 30: Allie Hankins (Portland); Oct 1: Jaxon Movement Arts (NYC/Chicago)
Indiv Tickets/3-Day Pass: $20/$50 General; $10/$25 Youth; $15/$38 UNM Theatre & Dance Students
Tickets Available Online
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMP Concerts presents
October 12, 2016
Wednesday at 12:30pm
Seven-piece band from Tanzania makes original street style music exclusively on percussion and miniature Casio keyboards wired through megaphones
Free – limited seating
October 3, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Friday, November 4, 5-6:30pm
N4th Artists take on the concept of identity through the exploration of artistic portraiture
VSA in the Community
Rio Rancho Art Show
Behind the Seen: VSA Artists of North Fourth Art Center
September 26 – October 17, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 6-7pm
Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium
755 Loma Colorado Drive NE
Rio Rancho NM 87124
Selection of multimedia works highlights the diverse styles of the many talented artists at VSA arts of New Mexico
Loma Colorado Library Hrs:
M-Th 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm
Joseph McKenzie or 505-891-5013 x 3034
North Fourth Art Center
Susanna Kearny or 505-345-2872 x 11
Exhibit of VSA-Tamarind Lithograph Series
Downtown Public ARTScrawl
October 7, 4pm-6:30pm
415 Tijeras NW, Albuq 87102
Selected lithographs from the VSA-Tamarind Institute series, Printervention, on display in the Bernalillo County Annex Building
VSA Artwork in All About Art at Moss Rehab
On view through November 4, 2016
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027
Juried exhibition and sale of art by professional artists with disabilities including work by VSA Artist Phillip Longley.
Arts Adventures Session
Teen Night: September 23 – October 28, 2016
Saturday Program: September 24 – October 29, 2016
VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
VSA and its name have evolved since the organization was founded. The organization was and continues to be a pioneer in the field of arts and disability. VSA has played a significant role over the years in changing society’s attitudes toward people with disabilities. VSA works with affiliated organizations nationally and in 51 countries worldwide.
North Fourth Art Center sign funded by Century Sign Builders; Richard Towne; New Mexico Tourism Department
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Unless indicated otherwise, all exhibitions and events will take place at N4th Gallery and N4th Theater in the North Fourth Art Center located at 4904 Fourth Street NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
VSA in the Community
This fall, work by VSA’s visual and performing artists can be found at several sites in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and as far away as Pennsylvania.
Two paintings by Day Artist Phillip Longley were selected for the juried art exhibition and sale, All About Art, presented by MossRehab in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, on view from September 22, through November 4. All About Art focuses on work by professional artists with disabilities and is open to a wide range of media. Prominent members of Philadelphia’s art scene jury the show and artists receive eighty percent of the purchase price of their art. Viewers can see the entire show online.
Members of Buen Viaje Dance Company are taking part in the opening festivities for the New Mexico Buddy Walk at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum on Saturday, September 24, performing selections from ME/You, an original work that premiered last May. The Buddy Walk runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and includes many fun attractions, music and activities to raise awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. Registration fees support the year round activities of the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network.
Behind the Seen: VSA Artists of North Fourth Art Center is an invitational exhibition on view September 26, through October 17, at the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho. The exhibit highlights the wide range of styles and techniques of the many talented artists attending VSA’s Day Arts and Exploratory Arts programs. The library is open Mondays through Thursdays, 10am-8pm and on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm. An artists’ reception with entertainment by Chrystal Copeland Folk Duo will be held at Loma Colorado Main Library on Thursday, October 6, from 6-7pm, during First Thursday Art & Music. For exhibit information call 505-891-5013 x 3034; for artist information call 505-345-2872 x 11.
Twenty selected Lithographs from the VSA-Tamarind Institute series, Printervention, will be on display in the lobby of the County Annex Building as part of the Bernalillo Public Art Program exhibition. The building is located in downtown Albuquerque at 415 Tijeras NW, and is open M-F, 8am-5pm. The exhibit is included in the Downtown Public ARTScrawl on Friday, October 7, 4pm-6:30pm. The Bernalillo Public Art Program is collaborating with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program to feature public art in three different locations. ARTScrawl schedules can be found at www.artscrawlabq.org
For more information about the above artists and their work, contact VSA/North Fourth Art Center at 505-345-2872 x11
Commissioning an Artist
Chris Turrietta, Portraitist
For several years before coming to VSA, Chris Turrietta had been taking art classes and making jewelry, promoting his work via arts and crafts fairs and Etsy. His interest in painting is more recent—the very first paintings Chris ever sold were from VSA’s North Fourth Art Center, and it was through his first gallery show that Chris received his first commission.
“Chris’ two paintings jumped out at me, colorful and bold,” recalls Ryn Herrmann, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos Commerce and Development. Ryn promotes many events in Los Alamos, and monthly art shows at Fuller Lodge are a favorite of hers.
Happily Chris was one of two VSA Artists able to make the trip to Fuller Lodge Art Center last July for the opening reception of (This) Ability, an exhibition that included work by Chris and six other artists from VSA.
“Once I met Chris,” Ryn continued, “the idea hit me that I would love to have portraits of my children done in his style. With our twenty-fifth anniversary coming up, the portraits are the perfect gift to give my husband.”
Ryn’s children, Charlie, 19; Max, 17; and Katie, 14, have never met Chris but they’ve all become familiar faces to him. Chris began with Charlie, working from photos that Ryn sent in succession. Chris first practiced sketching Charlie in his Drawing Portraits class, then boldly began painting the portraits over the next several months during his Advanced Painting and Drawing class.
Now that all three portraits are done, they will wait under wraps until the anniversary date and the unveiling of what became both an artful gift for Ryn’s husband and a wonderful project for Chris.
“I don’t consider myself to be a patron of the arts,” Ryn states, adding, “I just really like Chris and his art spoke to me.”