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OSVC Past Gallery Exhibitions

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

  Nature’s Voice

A multimedia art work of a crane by Patricia Gould.

By Patricia Gould

Jan. 20 – March 9, 2024

Patricia grew up in Bellport, a small village on the south shore of Long Island NY, and never wanted to be anything other than an artist. She was writing stories and illustrating them at 6 years old so it was natural that she majored in fine art and art history in college. Her family, which included several artists, was always inspired and surrounded by art, music, theatre, and adventure travel. Her art studies in high school included photography and her father set up a darkroom for her in their home. Planning to major in photography at SUNY New Paltz, Patricia took a ceramics class and was hooked on the more tactile arts. Although she ended up earning her B. A. in Art History, she took classes in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Patricia also did a year of graduate studies in Museum Curatorship at Syracuse University.Since 1994, Patricia has exhibited her artwork at juried shows in museums and galleries around the US and in China, Taiwan, Mexico, Italy, Hungary, and Ukraine. Her artwork has been exhibited at the US Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia from 2002 to 2004 and currently at the US Embassy in Myanmar. Two of her artworks were juried into the online collection of the Library of Congress in 1994. In 2005, Patricia was chosen to be an Artist-in-Residence for a month in Balatonfured, Hungary. Patricia has also had her artworks published in 5 books and featured in 12 magazine articles. In 2012, she was invited to be a featured artist and teacher in Tainan, Taiwan and also in Beijing, China in 2015. Included among the dozens of awards that Patricia has won for her art, she won a Niche Award in 2008 and again in 2013. The State of New Mexico has purchased and installed 11 of Patricia's landscapes as part of the Art in Public Places Program at various sites around New Mexico.

Intimate In the Remote

Cranes Flying over the New Mexico Bosque.

Presented by Luna Project

October 7, 2023 - December 16, 2023

Ruth Cohen: Ruth is self-taught and widely travelled. She attended classes, individual lessons and workshops in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. She was a featured artist at Mariposa Gallery. Her prints and drawings have been exhibited in New Mexico including the New Mexico Art League juried exhibitions.

Lauri Dickinson: Lauri received her BFA and MA from the University of New Mexico. She has taught art in the Albuquerque Public School, Laguna and Acoma pueblos, London, England, and Oaxaca Mexico. Art is integral to her life and avocation as an artist. Lauri has shown her art since 1985 in juried and invitational exhibits national and internationally. Her work is included in the Bernalillo County Public Art Collection.

Mary Dornacker: Mary was born and raised in Albuquerque. She attended UNM and received a BFA in 1971 and a MA in art Education in 1973.

Catherine Eaves: Cate grew up in New Mexico and studied Art Education and English at UNM. A member of the National Art Education Association, she taught Art and English in New Mexico and Minnesota for 37 years. Retired from APS, she works in a variety of media and finds the landscape a source of enduring inspiration.

Nance Elsinger: Born in New Mexico, Nance received her BA from the University of Colorado. Committed to her art education, Nance has taken classes and workshops in oil, acrylics, pastel, and mixed media. From 1995 to 2004, she was an active participant in Silver City art activities, having several one-woman shows, exhibiting in a local co-op gallery, and opening her studio for visitors. Currently in Albuquerque, she shows both as a member of the Pastel Society and the Luna Project.

Marta Light: Marta has lived, taught and painted in New Mexico for a lifetime. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in the USA and Canada. Her work in included in the books Creative Collage and Making Connections.

Joani Murphy: A native New Mexican, Joani received her BFA in painting and drawing at UNM. She has participated in Luna project exhibitions since 2003. She has been in several two-person shows at Mariposa Gallery and groups show at the African American Performing Arts Gallery. Joani’s work was selected as one of the temporary land art installation pieces at Bachechi Open Space.

Margy O’Brien: Margy O’Brien’s paintings and artist’s books have been included in many juried shows including the Albuquerque Museum Arts Thrive exhibit and the artist’s book show at Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe. She has completed six ceramic tile public arts projects in Albuquerque and is exploring other mixed media.

Nancy Rutland: Nancy studied art in the U.S. and England and received her BA in English from the College of William & Mary and her MA from the University of Virginia. She founded Bookworks bookstore in Albuquerque’s north valley in 1984. Her drawings have appeared in People Soup, Caduceus and Iris. Her work has been in juried and invitational shows and was featured in a solo show at Mariposa gallery.

Phyllis Benia Salazar: Phyllis earned a BA in Art and Psychology and a MA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She taught art at Albuquerque High School for twenty-five years. The Albuquerque School Board recognized her for excellence in teaching. After retiring, Phyllis volunteered at Zia Elementary School teaching art to kindergarten students.

Althea Light Stockli: Althea was born and raised in Albuquerque. She showed a talent for drawing, sketching and painting at an early age. While at Albuquerque Academy summer school, her large drawings of insects were deemed print ready for publication. She has completed high school at Sandia High, and is enrolled at UNM where she plans to refine and expand her knowledge of art.

Kristin Thacher: Kristin was born in the hills of West Virginia and has lived in the mountains of New Mexico for 44 years. An award-winning ceramic artist and poet, she enjoys experimenting with pastels, paper marbling, printmaking, and photography.

Alice Webb: Alice Webb, an Albuquerque artist, has a BFA and MFA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. From 1973 until 1990 Alice lived in Taos where she studied and worked with many artists including Fritz Scholder. In the summer of 2001, Alice studied ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. In 2016, the Albuquerque Business Association awarded Alice its annual Local Treasure honor. Over the past thirty years, Alice has taught art students between the ages of 3 and 73 in numerous venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. At present Alice continues to paint and teach classes at the New Mexico Art League.

Messin With Perfection

"Interpretations of the Natural Community"

Abstract tree painted in from of the Bosque with the Sandia mountains in the background.

Presented by P.K. Williams

September 30, 2023 - December 16, 2023

P.K. Williams is a mixed media artist working and residing in Placitas, New Mexico. She began her career in 2012 after she and her partner relocated to Albuquerque. She has shown her work in three different galleries in Albuquerque, one of which she co-directed. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in and around the Albuquerque area and has had work accepted into exhibits in San Diego, New York, Denver, and Texas. P.K. has won awards locally, in Colorado and in Texas. At the end of February 2020, she had her work featured on the cover of the local Alibi publication to celebrate Women’s Month. She is a member of New Mexico Women in the Arts, the Rio Grande Art Association, the New Mexico Art League, and a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. 

You can view her work on her website or in 3 Square Art Gallery’s (located in Ft. Collins, Colorado) online gallery.

Cabezon Peak and the Rio Puerco Valley

A Black and white picture of a mountain.

Presented by John Wylie

July 08, 2023 - September 23, 2023

I have been a photographer for more than 50 years, and currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have
exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across the country, including the following solo exhibits: Global Perspectives (Photographs of Iceland and the American Southwest), Brushwood Center at Ryerson Conservation Center, Riverwoods, Illinois, 2019

A Subtle Beauty: The Landscape of Lake County, Illinois, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Conservation Center, Riverwoods, Illinois, 2017 Thirty Three Views of Japan, Nixie Gallery, Skokie, Illinois, 2016

Recent Works, Waukegan Public Library, 2013 My subject matter comprises landscapes, architecture and street photography.

Land, Water, Sky- Changing Imperatives For Changing Times

Colorful painting that may be of the ground and sky over the words "Janet Bothne Based On A True Story 36 x 72 Acrylic on Canvas - Diptych."

Presented by Triple-Take Art Group

July 22, 2023 - September 30, 2023

New Mexico abstract artists, Janet Bothne, Joseph Riggs, and Bill Sabatini have diverse aesthetics, but a shared philosophy when it comes to creating and exhibiting their abstract artwork. Abstract art often challenges the audience, especially those who have had little exposure to it. Understanding why the artist painted the piece, and the viewers’ dilemma in giving meaning to the piece, is part of that challenge. The goal of Triple-Take art group is to create a more inclusive viewership of abstract art. We strive to create a "bigger tent" for abstract art; to spark imagination and offer insights as to how and why we create what we do through exhibitions, artist talks and demos. We want to stimulate and encourage imagination by supporting our audience in an appreciation and enjoyment of non-objective art.

Gateway to Sense of Wonder

"Gateway to a Sense of Wonder" Open Space Visitor Center gallery exhibit image

Presented by New Mexico Arts Imaginative Collective (NMAIC)

April 13, 2023 - July 8, 2023

Jeff Hudson: Jeff Hudson is an avid movie maker. He began making movies when a cast member in his play ”Plan 9ish FROM OUTER SPACE” invited him to film his work. Jeff Hudson has taught high school drama for 20 years. The activity he most enjoyed as a teacher was making movies with his students.

Bonnie K. Rucobo: Bonnie K. Rucobo is a New Mexico poet and children’s author. Born in Washington, D.C., she received a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. She has authored two children’s novels, King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol and its sequel. Both were finalists in the Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards, and King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol: the Sequel received an honorable mention in the Los Angeles Book Festival. She has also published an illustrated collection of ekphrastic poems describing sculpture at the Albuquerque Museum. Her work is widely anthologized in local publications, and she has created five videos of poetry and photography aired on YouTube in collaboration with the New Mexico Arts Imaginative Collective.

Gallery Artists who are also participating in storytelling activities: Bobby Jones, Pi Luna, and Rudy J. Miera.

Karen Cunningham: Karen Cunningham graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bennington College. In 1980 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a composer, filmmaker and recently retired piano teacher after thirty-five plus years of teaching. Karen is the founder and President of the 501(c) 3 non-profit New Mexico Arts Imaginative Collective (NMAIC). She coordinates and facilitates ideas for the organization. Her filmmaking requires her to wear many hats including director, videographer, film composer and editor. Throughout the pandemic Karen’s films have provided stories about New Mexico artists. Neon Swings is a documentary/music video that documents an Albuquerque artist who draws his journey on historic Route 66 while in the swing of things with Karen’s music. Railroad Bill Tackles the Hill is a documentary about an Engineer Designer that sustains a garden railroad in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A Day in the Life of Carolyn Stapleton is a documentary that shares moments with Carolyn as a creative food chef, captures her transforming discarded items into art, and demonstrates her passion for car art. Karen creates promotional videos for NMAIC events. Her films have been shown on NMAIC’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page and on Albuquerque’s Public Access Channel 26.

Alyssa Diaz: Alyssa Diaz is a local interior designer, with a passion nature and photography. Born in New York, she has lived in Houston for many years but has always enjoyed traveling to her family’s ranch in Northeast New Mexico. When Covid uprooted her world, she joined her fiancé in New Mexico. Alyssa quickly became a New Mexican and has thoroughly embraced the Land of Enchantment’s unique vibe. She says, “In a strange way, New Mexico captured my soul and liberated me from myself.”

Linda Wilson: Linda Wilson, a former elementary teacher and Institute of Children’s Literature graduate, Has published over 150 articles for children and adults, several short stories for children; and her books: Secret in the Stars: An Abi Wunder Mystery; A Packrat’s Holiday: Thistletoe’s Gift; Tall Boots, and Waddles the Duck: Hey, Wait for Me! Publishing credits include biosketches for the library journal, Biography Today, which include Troy Aikman, Stephen King, and William Shatner; Pockets; Hopscotch; and an article accepted by Highlights for Children. Secret in the Mist, the second in the Abi Wunder series, and Cradle in the Wild, a picture book, are coming soon. Drawing from her teaching experience, Linda performs puppet plays for young children. In the puppet play for A Packrat’s Holiday, children have fun saying many onomatopoeic words—RUM-DILLY, RUM-DILLY, RUM, Ee-oo, ee-oo, ee, and Ssst!—when Thistletoe, the packrat puppet, points to the words with his magic wand.

David Stelle

David Stelle has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He has taken numerous art classes (including site-specific) and loves games. He is an abstract painter, sculptor, and website developer. David Stelle's paintings can be seen on his webpage. He has also directed a local cooperative art gallery.

Paul Beck: Paul Beck taught Industrial Fabrication Techniques at CNM for 25 years. He also worked forCVI laser as an Application Engineer for 10 years. Upon his retirement he worked for Yamaha as an Electronic Keyboard technician. He graduated from UNM in 1980 with a BS in Industrial Education.

In his retirement he has developed applications with programmable controllers and interfaced them to cell phones writing his own Cell Phone Apps. He uses his skills to create analog and digital electronics and circuit boards to interface his project with real world applications. He uses CAD (Computer Aided Design) to generate 3D Solid Models which he fabricates on his 3D printer.

Mark Goodman, Educational Coordinator with TAAS: Mark Goodman on behalf of TAAS is willing to participate with NMAIC’s project “Gateway to Sense of Wonder.”


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.

New Mexico Landscapes

...Western Sunset

Presented by Gwen Entz Peterson

Jun 19, 2021 - Sep 18, 2021

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

image of a hummingbird

presented by Chadwick Williams

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

Aimless Wandering

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

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.


presented by Luna Project

July 11, 2020 - Sep 27, 2023

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 th 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.