N4th Gallery

Invited 4 @ N4th: Line/Shape/Color/Form

July 1 - September 18, 2016

ARTScrawl Reception
Friday August 5, 5-6:30pm
Info: 505-345-2140

Featuring work by four New Mexico artists who have forged their own vocabulary/vein of non-representational and abstract art

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N4th Theater

Maria Chavez & Four Winds Belly Dance present

Four Winds & Friends Choreography Expo

August 20, 2016
Saturday at 6:00pm-8:30pm

Exposition of original belly dance choreography

$10 General
Tickets available at the door

More info: fwbdp@hotmail.com

Narcisca Vanity presents

Narcisca Vanity and those Guuurls Fundraiser

August 21, 2016
Sunday at 3pm

Variety drag show

$10 General
Tickets available at the door

More info: narciscavanity@gmail.com

AMP Concerts presents

Pata D’Perro

August 23, 2016
Tuesday at 12:30pm

The energy and flavors of South and Central American rhythms and the explosive percussions of Africa create an energetic atmosphere that leaves the audience with the experience of being part of the show.

Free – limited seating

Reservations required

Elite Dance Company of New Mexico Presents


September 9 – 17, 2016
Fridays 7pm, Saturdays 2pm & 7pm

Dance theatre mash up of a classic fairytale and a reality show is a not so perfect love story about a young girl who is in love with a prince and a prince who is in love with himself.

Tickets: $22 for 7pm shows; $18 for 2pm shows

Available online

VSA in the Community

Explorers in Abstraction

On View through August 31, 2016
Thursdays – Sundays and by appointment

Info: 505-898-9176

Art for the Animals Galley in The AARCC
4627 B Corrales Road, Corrales NM 87048

Abstract works by VSA Artists will be featured in the gallery at the Animal Adoption Resource Center of Corrales. Proceeds from sales will directly benefit both the artists and homeless animals of Corrales

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Rio Rancho Art Show

Behind the Seen: VSA Artists of North Fourth Art Center

September 26 – October 17, 2016

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 attending VSA arts of New Mexico

Info: Loma Colorado Library
Joseph McKenzie or 505-891-5013 x 3034

North Fourth Art Center
Susanna Kearny or 505-345-2872 x 11

Arts Adventures Session
Fall 2016

Teen Night: TBA
Saturday Program: TBA

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N4th Newsletter

January-July 2015 Newsletter

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From top: Mural for USDA Forest Service created by collaboration of VSA Artists, Artist-Teachers and longtime VSA volunteer; (2nd row)  Sarah Wilson at work; Ischelle Thomas with her painting at The AARCC; VSA Community Outings class with little houses for OffCenter; Sarah Gomez with her artwork in SUVA’s April show; (3rd row) Coy Rainey at work

From top: Mural for USDA Forest Service created by collaboration of VSA Artists, Artist-Teachers and longtime VSA volunteer; (2nd row) Sarah Wilson at work; Ischelle Thomas with her painting at The AARCC; VSA Community Outings class with little houses for OffCenter; Sarah Gomez with her artwork in SUVA’s April show; (3rd row) Coy Rainey at work

VSA in the Community

Visual Arts Outreach

Word is out—and more people are finding out—about the exciting work being made at North Fourth Art Center.

Early in the year, VSA was commissioned to create a mural to represent sustainable recreation for the USDA Forest Service’s Chief’s Review of the Southwestern Region in Albuquerque. Five weeks and sixteen feet of painted canvas later, VSA delivered the mural and also loaned a number of paintings for the conference. The mural was a resounding success and many of the paintings were sold, all thanks to a new community connection.

Calls for art from SUVA and OffCenter offered more opportunities for outreach. Multimedia works by VSA Artists Sarah Gomez and David Simpson were selected by The William Platz Gallery at the Southwest University of Visual Arts for their April exhibition, Albuquerque Abstracts, and the VSA Community Outings class created four of over 125 AlbuQuirky Little Houses for the successful 2016 OffCenter Community Arts Project fundraiser in May.

This summer, the Animal Adoption Resource Center of Corrales’ Art for the Animals Gallery is hosting Explorers in Abstraction, featuring abstract works by 17 VSA Artists. The exhibit opened in May and runs through August, with sales directly benefiting both the artists and homeless animals of Corrales.

In mid June, Crashing Thunder Gallery in Gallup opened Birds, an exhibition of twenty paintings by VSA Artist Sarah Wilson. Most of Sarah’s paintings were sold at the opening, which gallery owner and family friend Milan Sklenar said was not only very special for him, but featured his most successful artist ever. In Albuquerque, also in June, a reception for VSA Artist Coy Rainey at Laurie Ross-Brennan & Associates introduced the emerging artist and his exciting body of work, Words.

For questions or information about VSA Visual Arts Outreach call 505-345-2872 ext 11

Commissioning an Artist

Chris Turrietta, Portraitist

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

VSA Artist Chris Turrietta

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.”

More information on VSA Day Arts and Exploratory Arts programs


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