2017 N4TH SEASON
All new productions by VSA North Fourth Art Center’s resident companies
April 21-22 & 28-29, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm
North Fourth Art Center
presents the 2017 Season
Our City by Equilibrium Theater and More Than by Buen Viaje Dance
April 21-29, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm
$10 Suggested Donation
North Fourth resident companies present a clever take on a Thornton Wilder classic by Equilibrium Theater and a dance for undoing the language of labels by Buen Viaje Dance
West End Productions presents
by Willy Russel
directed by Colleen McClure
May 5-21, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
A modern fairy tale set in the 1980s in Liverpool, England about a disillusioned tutor of English in his fifties and a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser which became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
$22 in advance online; $25 at the door
$18 Students, Seniors & TLC
Tickets available online: http://www.westendproductions.org/buy-tickets
AMP Concerts presents
The Stash! Band
June 8, 2017
Thursday at 12:30
Led by one of Bluegrass' great young genre-bending pioneers, the hybird of Bluegrass, Punk and Heavy Metal gives The Stash! Band its exciting and unique sound.
Free - limited seating
On view through June 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday April 14, 5-6:30pm
Selection of drawings by 18 students exploring skills and concepts taught in Drawing 1 that lead to deeper understanding of what it is to make a drawing.
VSA in the Community
12th Annual Albuquirky Little Houses Silent Auction Fundraiser
May 5, 2017
Sumner & Dene Gallery
517 Central NW, Albuquerque
Info: OffCenter, 505-247-1172
or Sumner & Dene, 505-842-1400
The VSA Recyle and Reuse Class has created five of over 125 Little Houses made by both well-known and emerging artists for the 2017 fundraiser for OffCenter. FREE to attend - bidding starts at $25 for each Little House.
April 7- May 12, 2017
April 8-May 13, 2017
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North Fourth Proudly Presents
2017 N4th Season
April 21 – April 29, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm
An Albuquerque Adaptation of the Thornton Wilder Classic
by Equilibrium Theater Company
A Dance for Undoing the Language of Labels
by Buen Viaje Dance Company
All Performances: $10 suggested donation
Reservations/ Info: 505-345-2872
Actors committed to telling their stories with integrity, humor, poetry and music founded Equilibrium Theater Company in 2001. The 2017 production by the 15-member ensemble under the artistic direction of Mark Hisler is a clever take on the classic play, Our Town.
Borrowing from Thornton Wilder, Equilibrium Theater’s Our City is presented in three parts, jumping backwards and forwards in time. A fast-talking reporter visits Our City, encounters a cursed basketball team and a wise art student, and is forever changed. A gravedigger looks to the future, history comes to life, and love blooms as the sun rises and sets on Our City.
Buen Viaje means Good Journey in Spanish. Since 1984, Buen Viaje Dance Company members have shared a good journey with their audiences by performing original choreography and presenting participatory workshops for people of all ages and abilities.
Buen Viaje Dancers’ More Than invites audience members to take a critical look at the language our society uses to label others and how those words become agents of stagnation and stigma for those they are directed towards.
Choreographed by Artistic Director Whitney Jones in collaboration with the 20-member company, More Than exposes the universal truths of what it means to be human through acts of kindness, forgiveness and unity.
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
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.”