N4th Theater

West End Productions presents

Educating Rita

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
Info: 505-410-8520

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
Reservations required

N4th Gallery

Drawing One Together:
UNM-VSA Alliance in Art

On view through June 18, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday April 14, 5-6:30pm
Info: 505-345-2140

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.

>>More info

VSA in the Community

Albuquerque Abstracts
12th Annual Albuquirky Little Houses Silent Auction Fundraiser

May 5, 2017
Friday 5-8pm

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.

Arts Adventures

Spring 2017

Teen Night:
April 7- May 12, 2017

Saturday Program:
April 8-May 13, 2017

More info

N4th Newsletter

January-July 2015 Newsletter

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VSA TODAY (clockwise from left): Mark Jones; Joe Martinez; Sarah Wilson; (group shot left to right) Cat Rael, Christina Caraveo, Aimee Lawrence, Annette Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Diana Phillips, & Ruth Staring

Artist Reporters from the Newsletter Class (clockwise from left): Mark Jones, Sarah Wilson, Joe Martinez; (group left to right) Cat Rael, Christina Caraveo, Aimee Lawrence, Annette Garcia, Sarah Wilson, Diana Phillips, & Ruth Staring


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

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


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