N4th Gallery

Coincidence of Light and Line: Photos by Dan Shaffer

June 30 – September 17, 2017
ARTScrawl Reception:
Friday July 7, 5-6:30pm

The photographer’s medium-and large-sized works emphasize the simple but often overlooked places where light and line meet, creating bold compositions of pattern, line and shadow.

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N4th Theater

Elite Dance & Theatre presents

The Shoe Room

September 7-16, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm

If shoes could speak what would the 4,000 shoes on display at the American Holocaust Museum tell us about the people who owned them and the lives they led?

Tickets: $20 on Thursdays; $22 on Fridays & Saturdays

Available online beginning August 8

West End Productions presents

Abigail’s Party

by Mike Leigh
directed by Marty Epstein

September 22 – October 15, 2017

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm

A suburban situation comedy and a satire of the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.

$18 TLC, students, seniors; $22 general in advance online; $25 at the door

Tickets: http://www.westendproductions.org/buy-tickets

More info: 505) 410-8524

AMP Concerts Presents

Very Be Careful

September 29, 2017
Friday at 12:30pm

This long time band with a Caribbean soul and a California heart has helped to popularize the beauty of the 1950s-1970s sound of Colombian vallenato and cumbia.

Free – limited seating
Reservations required

SHIFT | DANCE presents


Main Stage Performances
October 19–21, 2017
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm

Second annual contemporary dance festival with invited national artists. Oct 19: S. Paola Lopez R. (TX); Oct 20: AGA Collaborative (NM/NC); Oct 21: SHIFT|DANCE+ Erika Pujic (NM/NY)

Indiv Tickets: $20 General; $15 UNM Theatre & Dance; $10 Youth 17 yrs & under; Festival Pass: 15% discount for all 3 nights
Tickets on Sale Soon
More info: shiftdancepresents@gmail.com

VSA in the Community

Artwork by 28 North Fourth Artists in the 2017 New Mexico State Fair

On view through September 17, 2015
Look for their fabric arts, clay work and paintings displayed in Home Arts, Creative Arts and Non-Professional Arts

Creative Arts Building / Expo New Mexico
Hours: Sunday -Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm

NM State Fair Admission & Info: www.exponm.com

Paintings by Denise Bailey and Sarah Wilson in Marketplace at Women of Light Convention

September 16, 2017

Albuquerque Convention Center
East Building Hall 1, Booth 72
New Mexico Dept of Health

Conference features national presenters and local and national exhibitors showcasing projects and services that appeal exclusively to the beating heart of our economy –women.

Admission & Info: www.thewomenoflight.com

Arts Adventures

Gathering for Families and their Children with Autism

September 2, 6-9pm

Find out about the future of Arts Adventures and enroll in Fall programming
Enjoy refreshments and “home movies” from early Arts Adventures days to the present

RSVP & Info 505-345-2872 x 18

Fall Session begins late September

N4th Newsletter

January-July 2015 Newsletter

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VSA Artists Dooley Penfold and Sarah Wilson show their certificates of achievement for completing Drawing I

VSA Artists Dooley Penfold and Sarah Wilson show their certificates of achievement for completing Drawing I

Taking Drawing I at UNM

UNM-VSA Alliance in Art

In Spring 2016, an advanced art student from VSA named Dooley Penfold joined a class of students taking Drawing 1 at the UNM College of Fine Arts. The following spring, Sarah Wilson, another accomplished VSA Artist, began a Drawing 1 class at UNM.

Dooley and Sarah both completed the 16-week introductory class, achieving their personal goals and strengthening an exciting alliance taking shape between the UNM Art Department and VSA arts of New Mexico.

The UNM-VSA alliance developed over several years and began with teachers connecting their students to the community through visits, practicums, projects and workshops for such diverse areas of study as occupational therapy, education specialties, printmaking and lithography.

To further explore a partnership, a group of UNM administrators and professors from the Art Department and the Department of Art Education met with VSA administrative directors and artist-teachers at North Fourth Art Center. The goal was to enhance the experience of UNM and VSA students studying art through shared learning and engagement.

The Drawing 1 class offered a good fit for scheduling and for students interested in a deeper understanding of what it is to make a drawing. The course covers basic drawing concepts and includes assignments such as still life, landscape and figure drawing. The college course also includes instruction in how to give an oral critique, write a visual analysis of artwork and prepare for midterm and final portfolio reviews.

To highlight the work of Drawing 1 students and an important community connection, VSA /North Fourth Art Center presented “Drawing One Together: UNM-VSA Alliance in Art which was on view in N4th Gallery from March 31 to June 18, 2017.

VSA TODAY (clockwise from left): Mark Jones; Joe Martinez; Sarah Wilson; (group shot left to right) Cat Rael, Christina Caraveo, Aimee Lawrence, Annette Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Diana Phillips, & Ruth Staring

Artist Reporters from the Newsletter Class (clockwise from left): Mark Jones, Sarah Wilson, Joe Martinez; (group left to right) Cat Rael, Christina Caraveo, Aimee Lawrence, Annette Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Diana Phillips, & Ruth Staring


The Newsletter Blog of N4th

Launched last fall as a group project of the newsletter class, VSA TODAY has become an ongoing publication and a popular class offering in the Day Arts Program.

Described on the site as a collaborative effort among artist reporters to be their own storytellers, the blog lives up to its description. With content that is current and connected to their interests, the class writes about VSA artwork and performances, their interests in the entertainment industry and what’s going on in the community.

In the current trimester, the newsletter class is scheduled all day every Wednesday. With guidance from VSA artist-teachers Margaret Govoni and Ciomara Franco, the class updates the blog and writes new articles, many of which are written as a group and some as individual projects. Topics are suggested and selected as a group, the editing and posting of articles as well.

Working together on their writing and computer skills, everyone is rewarded with the instant gratification of seeing the results of their efforts on the large classroom monitor.

Whitney Jones, who started the class last fall, likes the immediacy of a blog, making it newsworthy and not as limited by issues of space or printing as a paper newsletter.  “VSA TODAY is a living, working document,” she explains, “and a way for the artist reporters to advocate for themselves.”

Readers can keep up with N4th news via http://wjones179.wixsite.com/vsatoday


Need a space for classes, meetings, rehearsals, or parties?

We'd like to help. We welcome community members to our facilities for arts and education-related activities. Our rental fees are negotiable. We have six studios and classrooms ranging in size from 20' x 13' to 30' x 30'. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible and available for community use. We are an ever-expanding resource for the community! Contact us today! 505-345-2872 ext. 26