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January 22-March 20, 2016
Exhibition provides a glimpse into the artistry and working methods of a number of North Fourth Art Center’s visual arts instructors
GoodNuff Producions presents
Have You Heard
March 26, 2016
Saturday at 7pm
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
April 1-2, 2016
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
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
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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
VSA in the Community
an Exhibition of Local Abstraction
April 1 - 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-7pm
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
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.
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.”