VSA Benefit Event

Painting Party by NYC based artist Nicole Pouliot

Monday, October 3, 6-9pm

Learn Nicole’s step-by-step process to create homescape™ paintings. No previous art experience required–open to anyone with an imagination! Donation of $45 includes supplies, light dinner, soft drinks and wine.

RSVP to Darlene Fattorusso at 505-385-8416 or dafattorusso@aol.com

Save that Date!

North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop

December 3, 2016
Saturday, 10am-5:30pm

At North Fourth Art Center and numerous business locations along 4th Street NW

Info: http://losranchosnm.gov/stopandshop
or 505-345-3669

N4th Theater

SHIFT DANCE presents


September 29 – October 1, 2016
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm

Inaugural 3-day contemporary dance festival with invited national artists. Sept 29: SHIFT + Donna Jewell (ABQ); Sept 30: Allie Hankins (Portland); Oct 1: Jaxon Movement Arts (NYC/Chicago)

Indiv Tickets/3-Day Pass: $20/$50 General; $10/$25 Youth; $15/$38 UNM Theatre & Dance Students
Tickets Available Online

More info: shiftdancepresents@gmail.com

AMP Concerts presents

Jagwa Music

October 12, 2016
Wednesday at 12:30pm

Seven-piece band from Tanzania makes original street style music exclusively on percussion and miniature Casio keyboards wired through megaphones

Free – limited seating

Reservations required

N4th Gallery

About Face: Portraits of N4th

October 3, 2016 – January 2, 2017

ARTScrawl Reception
Friday, November 4, 5-6:30pm
Info: 505-345-2140

N4th Artists take on the concept of identity through the exploration of artistic portraiture

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VSA in the Community

Rio Rancho Art Show

Behind the Seen: VSA Artists of North Fourth Art Center

September 26 – October 17, 2016
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 6, 6-7pm

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 at VSA arts of New Mexico

Loma Colorado Library Hrs:
M-Th 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm

Joseph McKenzie or 505-891-5013 x 3034

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

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Exhibit of VSA-Tamarind Lithograph Series

Downtown Public ARTScrawl
October 7, 4pm-6:30pm
415 Tijeras NW, Albuq 87102

Selected lithographs from the VSA-Tamarind Institute series, Printervention, on display in the Bernalillo County Annex Building

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VSA Artwork in All About Art at Moss Rehab

On view through November 4, 2016

60 Township Line Road

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027


Juried exhibition and sale of art by professional artists with disabilities including work by VSA Artist Phillip Longley.

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Arts Adventures Session
Fall 2016

Teen Night: September 23 – October 28, 2016

Saturday Program: September 24 – October 29, 2016

More info

N4th Newsletter

January-July 2015 Newsletter

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Top left, cw: Phillip Longley and his paintings, Colorful People and Belinda’s Sister’s House; Brittania Chavez and Bill Zimmer of Buen Viaje Dance; Tamarind print 6/25, Untitled by Leon Baca; John Lennon acrylic painting by Robert R.

Top left, cw: Phillip Longley and his paintings, Colorful People and Belinda’s Sister’s House; Brittania Chavez and Bill Zimmer of Buen Viaje Dance; Tamarind print 6/25, Untitled by Leon Baca; John Lennon acrylic painting by Robert Rivers

VSA in the Community

Autumn Outreach

This fall, work by VSA’s visual and performing artists can be found at several sites in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and as far away as Pennsylvania.

Two paintings by Day Artist Phillip Longley were selected for the juried art exhibition and sale, All About Art, presented by MossRehab in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, on view from September 22, through November 4. All About Art focuses on work by professional artists with disabilities and is open to a wide range of media. Prominent members of Philadelphia’s art scene jury the show and artists receive eighty percent of the purchase price of their art. Viewers can see the entire show online.

Members of Buen Viaje Dance Company are taking part in the opening festivities for the New Mexico Buddy Walk at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum on Saturday, September 24, performing selections from ME/You, an original work that premiered last May. The Buddy Walk runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and includes many fun attractions, music and activities to raise awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. Registration fees support the year round activities of the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network.

Behind the Seen: VSA Artists of North Fourth Art Center is an invitational exhibition on view September 26, through October 17, at the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho. The exhibit highlights the wide range of styles and techniques of the many talented artists attending VSA’s Day Arts and Exploratory Arts programs. The library is open Mondays through Thursdays, 10am-8pm and on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm. An artists’ reception with entertainment by Chrystal Copeland Folk Duo will be held at Loma Colorado Main Library on Thursday, October 6, from 6-7pm, during First Thursday Art & Music. For exhibit information call 505-891-5013 x 3034; for artist information call 505-345-2872 x 11.

Twenty selected Lithographs from the VSA-Tamarind Institute series, Printervention, will be on display in the lobby of the County Annex Building as part of the Bernalillo Public Art Program exhibition. The building is located in downtown Albuquerque at 415 Tijeras NW, and is open M-F, 8am-5pm. The exhibit is included in the Downtown Public ARTScrawl on Friday, October 7, 4pm-6:30pm. The Bernalillo Public Art Program is collaborating with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program to feature public art in three different locations. ARTScrawl schedules can be found at www.artscrawlabq.org

For more information about the above artists and their work, contact VSA/North Fourth Art Center at 505-345-2872 x11

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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