December 3, 2016
At North Fourth Art Center (Saturday Only) and numerous business locations along 4th Street NW on Saturday and Sunday
New Mexico Young Actors presents
December 3, 2016
Saturday at 6pm & 7:30pm
Based on the same Hans Christian Andersen tale as Frozen, this story features cousins Gerda and Kay and their quest to warm the heart of the cruel Snow Queen.
$8 at the door
More info: www.nmyoungactors.org
Elite Dance & Theatre presents
A Christmas Carol
December 9-10 & 16-17, 2016
Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm
The beloved story of four ghosts who visit Ebenezer Scrooge to teach him the true meaning of Christmas with beautiful dancing and singing, carols, hymns and music.
$22 for 7pm shows; $18 for 2pm shows
7pm shows include hors d’oeuvres & dessert reception
Tickets & info: www.elitenm.net/shows
Women’s Global Pathways & Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque present
Matunda Ya Yesu African Refugee Youth Choir
December 18, 2016
Sunday, 3pm – 4:30pm
A fundraising performance of traditional African music drumming and dance to raise money to buy children’s coats, clothes and Christmas toys for new refugee families in Albuquerque.
$10 Suggested donation
More info: 505-435-5741 or email@example.com
October 3, 2016 – January 2, 2017
N4th Artists take on the concept of identity through the exploration of artistic portraiture
Arts Adventures Session
Teen Night: September 23 – October 28, 2016
Saturday Program: September 24 – October 29, 2016
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.
North Fourth Art Center sign funded by Century Sign Builders; Richard Towne; New Mexico Tourism Department
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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.
One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gifts
North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop
December 3, 2016
Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
North Fourth Art Center
4904 4th Street NW, Albq NM 87107
Note: Holiday Stop & Shop at VSA’s North Fourth Art Center is Saturday only!
North Fourth Art Center is Stop #2 on the 2016 Village of Los Ranchos North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop route, marked by numbered signs and balloons at 30 participating businesses along 4th Street in Albuquerque.
North Fourth Art Center is featuring handcrafted gifts by VSA Artists from the Day Arts and Exploratory Arts programs. One-of-a-kind prints, paintings, ceramics, cards, crafts and fabric arts make beautiful holiday gifts. All sales directly benefit the artists.
Musical entertainment by Janna Nelson, Scott Hooker & Friends
For More Information:
Village of Los Ranchos North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop
Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2016
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.”