Gallery exhibit: Resonations in Clay--Life in the Bosque

Visit the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery for this exhibit, ongoing through September


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Jul 07, 2018 02:00 PM - Sep 30, 2018 05:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Unique to New Mexico is the riverside “bosque,” Spanish for woodland. Bosque ecosystems encompass riparian forests, floodplains, and surrounding rivers. In the United States, this type of ecosystem is found almost exclusively in the arid Southwest, mostly along the Rio Grande - a ribbon of green in the desert landscape. While there are archeological sites dating back 12,000 years, there are Native Pueblo tribes continuously living along the Rio Grande River since the 13th century before Spanish colonizers introduced acequias, communal irrigation systems, governing water distribution to sustain an agricultural lifestyle. Over the past 50 years, construction of dams and levees has severed the river’s natural connection to its floodplain resulting in endangered and invasive species. Jetty jacks and other flood control devices along the Rio Grande are being removed where possible to allow the river to undergo its natural cycle. Since 1996, the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) has worked on habitat restoration and ecological monitoring within the bosque.

The cultural and natural resources of the Rio Grande bosque is the focus of “Resonations in Clay - Life on the Bosque,” presented by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists and hosted at Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center. In selecting the 56 works by New Mexico ceramic artists, Virgil Ortiz of Cochiti Pueblo, Camilla Trujillo of Espanola, and Kim Eichhorst, PhD, of Albuquerque, brought distinct Native Pueblo and Hispanic art and cultural perspectives and bosque ecosystem expertise to the jurying process. The Show Catalog is on view at:




Philip Clelland