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Open Space Visitor Center Gallery

The Visitor Center and Gallery act as a hub for the City’s many beautiful Open Space properties.

Attention Artists:

If you are interested in submitting your work to the gallery, please review our Gallery Submission Form. If you are having any trouble opening the attachment, please click here for another version of the Gallery Submission Form.

The 2014 Open Space Visitor Center Gallery Schedule

January, 2014

Trees, Rocks and Dirt

Volcano Vista HS

Eldorado HS

West Mesa HS

Opening January 11th,  Reception 3-5pm

High School Art Students respond to the value of Open Space within their city. A variety of media and interpretations that express the dialog these students have with Open Space properties such as the Petroglyph Monument, West Mesa, Bosque and, Foothills.

February, 2014

Trees, Rocks and Dirt

Volcano Vista HS

Eldorado HS

West Mesa HS

See January for description

Closes February 15th

March, 2014

Revived

Local Recycle, Upcycle Artists

Opens March 1st, Reception 3-5pm

A show of found objects reinvented into art.  This collection renders the disposable into dynamic new form.  Also on display, Lost and Found in Open Space, a collection of artifacts discovered in Open Space sites. This show will coincide with our annual Recycled Art Fair on April 26th and 27th.

April, 2014

Revived

Local Recycle, Upcycle Artists

See March for description

Closes April 27th

May, 2014

Land Arts of the American West:

Rio Grande Watershed

International Land Art Projects

Opening May 3rd, Reception 3-5pm

A traveling exhibit of works from Land Arts partners: Australian National University Field Studies Program, Mira Costa College Land Arts Program, and Local UNM Land Arts practitioners.  This exhibit will include a gallery show and field component focusing on the Rio Grande watershed.  This exhibit will accumulate new works at the OSVC then travel to another location along the Rio Grande river, where it will accumulate more artwork.

June, 2014

Land Arts of the American West:

Rio Grande Watershed

International Land Art Projects

See May for description

Closes June 29th

July, 2014

Pieces Of The Whole:

A Mosaic Show

Local Mosaic Artists

Opening July 5th, Reception 3-5pm

A mosaic tends to be a collection of tiles or glass pieces of various size and color organized creatively.  These artists, inspired by Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” will exhibit work that seeks to “enlarge the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.”   There will be a demonstration component to this art show.

August, 2014

Pieces Of The Whole:

A Mosaic Show

Local Mosaic Artists

See July for description

Closes August 31st

September, 2014

Enchanted Lands:

Celebrating NM Public Lands

Local Plein Air Artists

Opens September 6th, Reception 3-5pm

Plein Air artists will paint Municipal, County, State and Federal public lands.   The goal, besides exploring the beauty of New Mexico landscapes, is to increase awareness of the wealth of public land found in NM.  This show will coincide with National Public Lands Day (Sept 27th).  This show is a fundraiser for the Open Space Alliance and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM).

October, 2014

Enchanted Lands:

Celebrating NM Public Lands

Local Plein Air Artists

See September for description

Closes October 26th

November, 2014

Reflections

Luna Project

November 1st, Reception 3-5pm

REFLECT -

The sky reflected in a river's ripples, one's face in an angled window or the mirror of a pond: reflection is a conversation between world and image.  Which is real?  We call upon inner reflection, the interplay of self and soul, as we celebrate the world that reflects us.

The Luna Project, a collective of fifteen women artists, invites you to join them in reflection.

December, 2014

Reflections

Luna Project

See November for description

Closes December 28th

 

Past Gallery Shows at the Open Space Visitor Center

January 2013

Trees, Rocks and Dirt, Volcano Vista HS

Opening January 12, Reception 3 - 5 p.m.

High School Art Students respond to the value of Open Space within their city. A variety of media and interpretations are expected to express the dialog these students have with Open Space properties such as the Petroglyph Monument, views of the West Mesa , the Bosque and Foothills.

February 2013

Trees, Rocks and Dirt, Volcano Vista HS

See January for description

Closes February 19

March 2013

Visitor Center CLOSED For Construction

April 2013

Revived: Local Recycle, Upcycle Artists

Opens April 6

Reception April 13, 3 - 5 p.m.

A show of local found and reinvented objects of art. Also on display, Lost and Found in Open Space, a series of artifacts discovered in Open Space sites. This show will coincide with our annual Recycled Art Fair.

May 2013

Revived: Local Recycle, Upcycle Artists

See April for description

Closes May 26

June 2013

This Time. This Place. Photography Exhibit call for entries.

Deadline March 31st, 2013.

Local Photographers & Open Space Enthusiasts

Exhibit opens June 1, Reception June 8, 3 - 5 p.m.

 

An exhibit by local photographers who have captured moments of tension and balance in our natural environment. Their images evoke rather then explain the essence of Open Space lands. Closes June 30.

July 2013

Alluvial: Local Artists

Opens July 6

Reception August 3, 3 - 5 p.m.

A handful of local artists will interpret and explore the concept “Alluvial.” This will be a multi-media art show. Subject matter will include, yet is not limited to: adjective, noun + undeveloped land + natural resources + non-representational + ecology + matter + abstraction + color + pattern +habitat + water + time + words + gravity. . .

August 2013

Alluvial: Local Artists

See July for description

Closes September 1

September 2013

Colloquial Goods: Traditional New Mexican Arts

Opens September 7, Reception 3 - 5 p.m.

Wood sculpture, tin punch arts, pottery are all a means of taking the resources that are provided by the New Mexico landscape and carving, piercing or shaping them into something that communicates beauty, pride and skill. Or, more simply put, these are “colloquial goods.”

October 2013

Colloquial Goods: Traditional New Mexican Arts

See September for description

Closes October 27

November 2013

Connected Webs: Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild

Opening November 2, Reception 3 - 5 p.m.

Weavings that exhibit the connections existing between technique, plant, animal, people and place. These weavers have draw from the lands of the Southwest for their hand dyed colors, hand spun threads and their woven patterns.

December 2013

Connected Webs: Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild

See November for description

Closes December 29

January 2012

Trees, Rocks and Dirt

Volcano Vista HS, La Cueva HS

March 2012

A Good Place To Stumble Upon

Open Space in collaboration with Poet/Co-organizer Gina Marselle will request submissions of Haiku Poems that embody The City of Albuquerque’s Open Spaces. Accepted Poems will be placed on display at the Open Space Visitor Center for the months of March and April and will be published in our annual Haiku Zine project.

May 2012

New Deal - NM Statehood Centennial Event. Historical Society of NM

The New Deal was a series of economic programs implemented in the US between 1933 and 1936 by FDR as a response to the Great Depression. NM benefited from these programs in many ways, including the commission of many mural paintings, weavings and public work projects. This show is a collection of photographic documents of the artistic fruits of The New Deal. Open Space will host these photographs in commemoration of New Mexico’s 100 years of State hood.

July 2012

Begin Again - A Group Show by The Luna Project

There was a fire at the Open Space Visitor Center the summer of 2010. The Luna Project intends to use the charcoal and various results from that fire to express the regenerative properties that often occur after a destructive force, such as fire, influences the land. This show will include a gallery show and a collaborative site work.

September 2012

A View With Room & Little Gems

Open Space Landscapes

Plein Air and Studio Painters

November 2012

Enchanted Fiber. NM Art Quilters

“Images that demonstrate the ability of today’s fiber artists to express themselves through the medium of needle and thread, with special emphasis on the geography and culture of the mountain west.”

Past Gallery Shows

May 2011

Urge to Wander - Kirk Gittings. Photographs of New Mexico
“I have always found the greatest sense of presence in abandoned and unpopulated places. This feeling of 'presence' comes upon me even in places that have no obvious evidence of past or current occupation. It is a great irony to me that places which feel so desperately lonely are also where I feel the most alive.”

July 2011

Signs Of The Past - The New Mexico Silk Painters’ Guild
An exhibition that explores the recent and distant past of the Rio Grande Valley and what it means to be its current users, observers and caretakers.

September 2011

A View With Room. Invited Artists in the Gallery, and "Little Gems," Small Paintings by area artists
November 2011

Birds of New Mexico - Paul Rodenhauser
Meticulously painted imagery of birds that use the Middle Rio Grande as a migratory flyway, Paul Rodenhauser believes his art works to “serve as a stimulus for discussion that can lead to leaning not only about the variety and characteristics of mammal, bird, reptile and insect species but also about the delicate balance between their health and the health of their habitats over which humans have ultimate control- and responsibility.”

The 2010 Gallery Schedule

January 2010

Placitas: A Place for Horses - David Cramer
A wild horse photographer and a wildlife biologist with a specialty in equine behavior will educate attendees on the lives and behaviors of the wild horses living in and around the Placitas Open Space.

March 2010

Open Space Antiques - Open Space Staff and Volunteers
Over the years the Open Space Division has accumulated unique relics from the past as we clean, investigate and enjoy the land we help to maintain. We think of these relics as “Open Space Antiques.” This is a chance for us to share our findings.

Katy Cannon - MFA Thesis Show
Sculptures which consider the way a human being sees and emotionally responds to nature and offers an aesthetic manifestation of the experience.

May 2010

Pollination - New Mexico Wax
This diverse group of artists will demonstrate a variety pigmenting, mark making, and textures that can be derived from the ancient art of Encaustics.

July 2010

Convergence 2010, The Bauhaus Tradition
Rebecca Mezoff, James Koehler, Cornelia Theimer Gardella
“The aim (of Bauhaus) was to produce work that unified intellectual, practical and aesthetic concerns through artistic endeavor and the exploitation of new technologies.” by Klaus Labuttis. The tradition continues in tapestry.

November 2010

Opening our Eyes– to wildlife in Open Spaces. Pat Malcolm
The exhibit will feature works about the plants and animals of New Mexico, in three different media: oil paintings, egg tempera and drawings.

The City of Albuquerque Open Space Gallery Submission Form

The purpose of the Open Space Division is to acquire, protect, maintain, and manage significant natural landscapes and cultural resources for present and future generations. Major Public Open Space enhances the urban environment and provides wildlife habitat while offering opportunities for public enjoyment through outdoor education and low-impact recreation. The Visitor Center and Gallery act as a hub for the City’s many beautiful Open Space properties.

 

Please Note: Applicants are asked to embody The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Mission Statement within their submission. Artists are asked to strictly follow application requirements. Only completed applications will be considered. Applications are reviewed every six months to eight months. All submitted materials will be reviewed by an appointed committee. Group proposals are accepted. If your application is selected you will be contacted via e-mail or phone. Digital CD submissions are highly recommended. Please include at least six professionally photographed images in jpeg format. On a separate Word document please provide the information requested below.

Send your CD submission to:

Open Space Division
Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 1293 Albuquerque, NM 87105

Name(s):
Address:
Contact Person and Phone:
Artist(s) Biography:

Description of artwork and a two to four paragraph proposal for use of the space

For inquiries concerning the gallery or the application process please call the Visitor Center at 505-897-8831 or write to [email protected].

The Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit group of volunteers working with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to enhance our quality of life through: Increasing awareness of Open Space lands; building and strengthening partnerships with groups who share Open Space values; promoting conservation; acquisition and stewardship of Open Space lands; strengthening volunteerism and community outreach programs; and providing financial support.

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