ArtSpark Artists Do Brunch

Tomorrow morning is a gathering of the 2010 ArtSpark Artists and Arts Organizations – the first time the group has met in person (!). We’ll enjoy yummy eggs and good coffee while looking squarely at where we are and where we’re headed in 2011. The first ArtSpark project is winding down – STREET ARTS – and Suzanne Sbarge will give us her perspective on what worked and didn’t work as ArtSpark got the word out and helped 516 ARTS microfund the project (which will continue for a couple of final STREET ARTS events, so please give generously). It’ll also be

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STREET ARTS Launches at 516 ARTS!

What a fantastic opening weekend for STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture and Free Expression here in ABQ. The opening party and exhibit of hip hop and graffiti artists on October 2 at 516 ARTS on Central Ave was packed. Art From the Coasts, curated by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at The Albuquerque Museum and The Populist Phenomenon, curated by Francesca Searer of 516 ARTS are visually stunning and pack a punch. Click here and here for pics – thanks to 516 ARTS and Morris Park Crew! The crowd at the opening was diverse in a major

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Deborah Gavel and Rota Fortunae

I’ve had the recent good fortune of getting to know one of ArtSpark’s 2010 Artists: Deborah Gavel. Deborah is a well-known visual artist who makes her home (and studio) here in Albuquerque’s North Valley. You can also visit Deborah on her lovely website. Deborah opened a recent show, Rota Fortunae (Wheel of Fortune), at the 5G Gallery on July 2, 2010 (the show runs through July 30th). It is an exquisite collection of several recent pieces, many of them mandala-like and full of color. Deborah writes of Rota Fortunae: “During this time period, like so many, I have been very

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ArtSpark: An Arts Experiment in ABQ

Those of us who call Albuquerque home are blessed with a diverse and very active arts community (as well as abundant sunshine and green chile!). There’s a lot of new energy fueling arts organizations and artists alike these days – this makes me wonder “Why ABQ?” Maybe it’s because New Mexico’s economy doesn’t boom and bust like California’s, although we’re having our fair share of economic downturn, including in the arts. Or maybe it’s because artists thrive when the world is challenging? I don’t know all the reasons, but I like what I see here in terms of artistic expression,

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