July 1 - September 18, 2016
Friday August 5, 5-6:30pm
Featuring work by four New Mexico artists who have forged their own vocabulary/vein of non-representational and abstract art
Elite Dance & Theatre presents
Benny & the Supersquad
July 30, 2016
Saturday at 2pm & 6pm
Elite Kids Theatre Project performance
Tickets & info: www.elitenm.net/shows
Maria Chavez & Four Winds Belly Dance present
Four Winds & Friends Choreography Expo
August 20, 2016
Saturday at 6:30pm-8:30pm
Exposition of original belly dance choreography
Tickets available at the door
More info: email@example.com
Narcisca Vanity presents
Narcisca Vanity and those Guuurls Fundraiser
August 27, 2016
Saturday at 7:30pm
Variety drag show
Tickets available at the door
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
VSA in the Community
Artist Reception for Coy Rainey / WORDS
June 25, 2016
Saturday morning, 9am-11am
Introducing the text inspired artwork of VSA Artist Coy Rainey
Laurie Ross-Brennan & Associates
4811-E Hardware Dr. NE Ste 1
Albuquerque, NM 87109
NW of San Mateo & Montgomery
Between Jefferson & McCloud
Sarah Wilson / BIRDS
On view through July 2, 2016
Solo show in Gallup featuring a series of colorful, beguiling bird paintings by VSA Artist Sarah Wilson
Crashing Thunder Gallery
228 West Coal Ave, Gallup NM 87301
<<See Information at left
Explorers in Abstraction
On View through August 31, 2016
Thursdays – Sundays and by appointment
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
Great Southwestern Charity Antique Show
Artwork by VSA Artists for sale. Look for our display!
Saturday, August 6, 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 7, 10am-4pm
$12 general; $10 students/seniors; $20 two-day pass
Charity Sneak Preview
Friday, August 5, 2-7pm
$100 donation w/weekend pass
Lujan Center – Expo NM Fairgrounds
Sponsored by Cowboys & Indians Antiques
Info/tickets: www.gswevents.com or 505-255-4054
Arts Adventures Session
Teen Night: TBA
Saturday Program: TBA
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.
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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.
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 contact information about the above current shows see listings in the side bar on the right. For other questions or information about VSA Visual Arts Outreach call 505-345-2872 ext 11
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.”