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OSVC: Past Gallery Shows

Information about past gallery shows at the Open Space Visitor Center.


Artwork by Carolyn Berry and Margy O'Brien

Presented by Margy O'brien and Carolyn Berry

July 2, 2022  - September 17, 2022 

Artists Carolyn Berry and Margy O’Brien are inspired by nature’s fragments and found objects observed on their outdoor explorations, incorporating their findings and impressions into individual artworks. The mystery, vulnerability and elegant design found in nature’s vestiges are incorporated into their encaustic assemblages, collages, fiber art, and sculptural artist’s books.

Carolyn and Margy have each has been professional artists and educators for more than two decades, and they have individually exhibited their art nationwide..


Sam Elkind - Rebar

Presented by Sam Elkind

July 9, 2022 - September 24, 2022 

Moving through the American West, we seldom encounter a site free of the imprint of human occupation – ancient, historical or very fresh. Informed as we are by an inherited sense of our place in the world, we look at the land through layers of assumptions and interpretations. They filter and shape what we see in the land, mediating the experience, often creating tension in our view of the West, which our society typically holds as immense, open, unsettled.

~ Sam Elkind

Across the Board: Intersecting Nature

Mary Lambert

Presented by Mary Lambert

April 09, 2022  - July 02, 2022 

Across the Board uses the game board motif to explore our interconnectedness with all things and the possible impact that our human involvement has on our environment and all levels of nature. We know that the smallest changes in a system can result in very large differences in that system’s behavior. Our activity ripples out and reverberates. Sometimes it takes a long view to fully understand the effects of our actions.


In these works, the game board represents our wandering and curiosity, and like any game board considers skill, chance, and risk — it is a mode of discovery and performance where we win or lose. The underlying equal-armed cross is an ancient mark, symbolizing life, direction, and interchange. This cross has been adapted to certain game boards, like Parcheesi, where the center functions as home base for ideas, goals, and success. Movement around the board mirrors the direction our paths may take with safe, holding zones off to the sides. It is a familiar reflection of our own journey through life. I look at the effect of our earthly play on our environment with a sense of both adventure and concern, and a deep love and appreciation for our natural world.

The River Connects Us All

The River Connects us All


April 16, 2022 - June 25, 2022 

An artists team of 67 first, second and third graders from Marie Hughes Elementary in APS are spending the school year studying the Rio Grande, the Bosque, and the animals, plants and people that depend on it. Hundreds of their individual drawings and photos will be on display, combined into a series of colorful canvas mosaics celebrating our river and the many ways we are connected to it.


Jewel Cases

Jewel Cases

Presented by George Julian Dworin

January 15 April 2, 2022

Jewel Cases celebrates Albuquerque's incredible wilderness-urban interface and chronicles one man's daily explorations and the gems found on the way. As a composite, this piece is about looking up, looking down, looking long, and looking in. It is about vitality, about pausing, about quiet, about joy, about curiosity and learning. And ultimately, it is about sharing and creating connectedness.

Thoughts on the Rio Grande in Photographs and Haiku

Thoughts on the Rio Grande

Presented by Clarke Conde

January 22, 2022 - April 9, 2022

This series explores the great river and its surroundings as it passes through an ever-expanding city of Albuquerque, where the needs of its people compete with the needs of the plants and animals that rely on its waters for life itself.

The Rio Grande
Developed beyond pristine
Pristine beyond use

Through photographs bound to haiku, we immerse ourselves in the river as it passes through, leaving us with its past as we give it our future. This is not a critical look; no one is shamed, rather we simply take a moment to reflect on where we are in this place.


Clarke Condé is a photographer who believes the process of thinking in haiku guides his lens towards a vision of nature that is more ordered and reflective than it would be with a camera alone. A professional photographer for over 30 years, Condé has published and shown his photographs widely, as well as his haiku, but rarely together. He lives in Albuquerque.
Find more of his work at

New Mexico Landscapes

...Western Sunset

Jun 19, 2021 Sep 18, 2021

Presented by Gwen Entz Peterson

Working predominantly with serigraphy (also known as silkscreen) since 1973, Gwen Entz Peterson has worked on image sizes up to 4 feet as well as very small pieces.  Her editions are small.  The body of her work is predominantly contemporary landscape, but sometimes also totally abstract.  The hard edges, brilliant colors and close color tones lend themselves well to a contemporary look with definite abstract aspects.  Design and color always play important roles in her work as she strives to show the diverse beauty of the Southwest with its large skies, mesas, mountains, and canyons.  Occasionally for a change of pace  a pastel finds its way into her output, as that can be completed in a short amount of time as compared to the lengthy process involved with a serigraph.

Let's Meet in the Middle

A Collaborative Synthesis of Nature & Art

presented by P.K. Williams, Rebecca Nolda, Kate Palmo, Jennette Cook


May 8, 2021 - July 17, 2021

Whatever is happening in the world there are two things we can count on: the beauty of nature and the value of friendship and connection. The four of us appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here in New Mexico, especially around the bosque.

In this exhibit we express that admiration through abstract expressionism. Our work is unique in the fact that we have chosen to combine several of our pieces. As artists, we each have our own way of interpreting the natural world and this leads to exciting combinations of work as well as exciting conversations between friends. We hope what we created in our little community of four encourages discussion from the community of viewers who visit the Open Space Visitor Center.

- P.K. Williams, Rebecca Nolda, Kate Palmo, Jennette Cook

Small in Nature

presented by Chadwick Williams

image of a hummingbird

April 21, 2021 - July 3, 2021
West Gallery

New Mexico based nature and landscape photographer specializing in large format printed macrophotography. Focused on native species to the Rio Grande valley.

Aimless Wandering: Exploration without Destination. A practice of Mindfulness

presented by Alice Webb and Margo Geist
April 17, 2021 - June 12, 2021 East Gallery

 In our fast-paced, goal-oriented world, it's tempting to find the shortest possible route between one point and another, to stay the course and achieve a goal. Even when walking in the wilderness of our New Mexican bosques, this is often what we do. Yet there are times we're called to wander, out into the beyond, between paths. To pay attention - to arrive, pause, and depart - with each footstep. Such embodied meandering sharpens our senses. As our awareness and perceptions heighten, so too, our appreciation of the immensity of natural resources. Creativity emerges and lingers here. This two-person exhibit arises from mutual respect of the possibilities of exchange between self and the phenomenal world. The sensory information Alice gathers on these aimless wanderings, and the walks along the path, travel with her back to the studio where her perceptions are interpreted into shape and color. In this exhibit, her abstract works are inspired by natural forms. While her oil paintings and mixed media pieces reflect her personal wanderings in the bosque, they are also meant to encourage others to become environmental stewards by being more aware and knowledgeable about Open Space's natural landscapes. - Alice Webb and Margo Geist

Aimless Wandering

Corvid Conversations presented by Christopher Bull
January 30, 2021 - April 10, 2021

This work is reflective of a long-standing fascination for crows. They are intelligent and adaptive, thriving in rural as well as urban areas. Crow is also a powerful totem or spirit animal. Living in the void outside of time, crow is said to see past, present and future. These paintings are also a response to the time we are in: the pandemic and resultant isolation. The space around the crows is as much the subject as are the crows. Each painting is a conversation with you, the viewer. I hope you enjoy them.

- Christopher Bull

Atmospheric Proximity presented by Timothy L. Meehan
January 30, 2021 - April 10, 2021

From a connection to the earth, sky, and waters,

which are powered by the life force of the sun

working towards a personal interior peace

creating an expression that emerges in approximate symmetry

executed   obliterated   excavated

 - T. Meehan


Crane Music presented by Lauris Phillips
October 31, 2020 - January 28, 2021

Lauris Phillips will be presenting Crane Music, an exhibit of her paintings of Sandhill Cranes, in the West gallery. She works in both Japanese ink (sumi) and watercolors made from found materials. Her work is grounded in the simplicity and energy of Japanese Sumi-e (ink painting), and in her personal work with the Greater Sandhill Cranes at the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.


Ruminations on a Bosque Murmuration presented by Sandria Cook
October 3, 2020 - November 22, 2020

An installation reflecting the changing bosque. 

After the Fire presented by Elyse Barkin
September 5, 2020 - October 24, 2020

A new media digital photography exhibit, honoring the heart of the Bosque after the Romero Fire burned through the area in 2012. Barkin’s digital art uses technology as a part of the creative process. Her photographs are layered with texture and color to create her final piece.
Contact E Barkin at [email protected] if you would like more information about her art.

LIGHTSCAPE presented by Luna Project
July 11, 2020 - Sep 27,

12 artists present 2d work, pottery, hanging sculpture, and book arts
A lightscape is an illuminated environment, a lighting arrangement that picks out some details
and obscures others. The natural landscape of Albuquerque’s Open Spaces captures the
expansive quality, the intimacy and the clarity of light that has attracted artists to New Mexico
for centuries. In this exhibition, the Luna Project artist explore the natural and transformative
dimensions of the lightscape that illuminates our real and imagined open spaces.

Fire and Spirits

Presented by Carol Chamberland
July 11 - August 30, 2020

An art exhibit Celebrating the natural landscapes of Central New Mexico. Contact Carol Chamberland for more information about her work.