N4th Gallery

Silent Auction Fundraiser
& Art Exhibit

TRANSpire: a celebration of New Mexican Transgender and Gender Diverse Artists & Community

Saturday June 24, 5-9pm

Free Admission

Festive fundraiser and one-night art event supporting Gender Wellness Services at UNM Truman Health Services. Showcasing transgender and gender diverse artists donating their work and the supportive local businesses and community members donating items and services.
Bidding: 5-8pm; Raffle 5-8:15pm

Coincidence of Light and Line: Photos by Dan Shaffer

June 30 – September 17, 2017
ARTScrawl Reception: Friday July 7, 5-6:30pm

The photographer’s medium-and large-sized works emphasize the simple but often overlooked places where light and line meet, creating bold compositions of pattern, line and shadow.

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N4th Theater

AMP Concerts Presents

Mariachi Flor de Tolaoche

July 3, 2017
Monday at 12:30

All-women Mariachi group from diverse cultural backgrounds with a mix of traditional and modern Mexican music gives this full ensemble a unique flavor and sound that earned them a Latin Grammy nomination in 2015 and new fans wherever they perform.

Free - limited seating

Reservations required

Arts Adventures

Spring 2017

Teen Night:
April 7- May 12, 2017

Saturday Program:
April 8-May 13, 2017

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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


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