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N4th Gallery


January 22-March 20, 2016

Info: 505-345-2140

Exhibition provides a glimpse into the artistry and working methods of a number of North Fourth Art Center’s visual arts instructors

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N4th Theater

GoodNuff Producions presents

Have You Heard

March 26, 2016

Saturday at 7pm

$15 general
All tickets available at door

Doors open at 6:30pm

This R&B album release event and second presentation of the Have You Heard series features each performer on the compilation album plus two additional upcoming local artists.

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The Dolls present

Fundraiser Performance

April 1-2, 2016

Friday & Saturday at 8pm

$20 general

Variety show and fundraiser to mount a spectacular summer production of the musical Pricilla Queen of the Desert


Carroll Strategies presents

Churchill's Finest Hour

written by Tom Carroll
produced by Non Elsasser

April 9, 2016

Saturday at 7pm

A staged reading of historical biography

Free Admission

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Elite Dance Company of New Mexico presents

The Scarlet Letter

April 22-23 & 29-30

Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm

A story told through dance-theater questioning religious piety that excludes grace, mercy and forgiveness

$20 general; $18 if purchased before March 15, 2016

Tickets & info available online

VSA in the Community

Albuquerque Abstracts:
an Exhibition of Local Abstraction

April 1 - 26, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-7pm
Info: 505-254-7575

The William Platz Gallery / SUVA
5000 Marble Ave NE
Albuquerque, MM 87110

The William Platz Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts presents an exhibition of abstract work which includes work by Exploratory Artists Sarah Gomez and David Simpson.

Arts Adventures Winter/Spring Session 2016

Teen Night: February 19 – March 25, 2016
Saturday Program: February 20 – March 26, 2016

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N4th Newsletter

January-July 2015 Newsletter

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Charlie Herrmann, Max Herrmann, Katie Herrmann; portraits by Chris Turrietta, photos by Ryn Herrman

Charlie Herrmann, Katie Herrmann, Max Herrmann; portraits by Chris Turrietta, photos by Ryn Herrman

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.

Charlie Herrmann, Max Herrmann, Katie Herrmann; portraits by Chris Turrietta, photos by Ryn Herrman

VSA Artist Chris Turrietta

“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.”

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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. 15