West End Productions presents
She Stoops to Conquer
by Oliver Goldsmith
directed by Joe Feldman
February 17 – March 12, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
The best-loved English comedy of the 18th century mocks the snobbery of London and teaches the virtues of the good heart and the natural man through country bumpkin Tony Lumpkin.
$22 in advance online; $25 at the door
$18 Students, Seniors & TLC; $50 Season Pass (one ticket to each of 3 different shows)
Tickets & info: http://www.westendproductions.org/buy-tickets
AMP Concerts presents
March 14, 2017
Tuesday at 12:30pm
Performing a repertoire of more than 40 authentic Ugandan dances and songs accompanied by various indigenous percussive, stringed and wind instruments, this community performance is part of Tricklock Company’s 2017 Revolutions International Theatre Festival.
Free – limited seating
Elite Dance & Theatre presents
The Picture of Dorian Gray
March 31 – April 8, 2017
Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm
A temptation of ageless beauty is placed before Dorian Gray in the original story by Oscar Wilde, adapted and directed for the stage by Cheri Costales.
$22 for 7pm shows; $18 for 2pm shows
Tickets & info: www.elitenm.net/shows
January 13 – March 19, 2017
ARTScrawl Reception: February 3, 2017
Friday, 5pm - 6:30pm
with music by Wild Humans
Multi-media exhibit of unique and engaging artwork created by four artists working at OFFCenter Community Arts Project
January 28 – March 3, 2017
January 29 – March 4
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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.
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, the VSA artist-teacher who started the class, 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.”
The next step is to buy the domain for vsatoday.org. In the meantime 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.”