First Friday ARTScrawl (April 5th; 5-8pm) ANDREW FEARNSIDE:
FLOWERING IN THE DESERT
Join us this Friday, April 5th in welcoming Andrew Fearnside to Ghostwolf. Andrew presents: “Flowering in the Desert”, a series of expressionist paintings celebrating our community’s strength and lasting diversity.
Andrew is an award-winning New Mexico painter guided by ongoing interests in psychology, social justice, pop culture and spiritual life. After completing a BFA in painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in his native Boston, he found work as a designer, dancer, teacher, and psychotherapist. He has shown widely in the Albuquerque area and out of state.
As you are probably aware, Ghostwolf is just turning 3 years old this month… And thanks to you, in that time, we’ve won our way onto not one, but three local best of lists. But, we still haven’t made #1. Voting for The Alibi’s Best of Burque is happening now. Help us change that and win that first place spot! You can vote daily until April 10th. Look for us under “Best Art Gallery”.And, thanks for being our peeps! Woof!
ARTISTS OUT & ABOUT
Denise Weaver Ross ANTE-UP @Slice Parlor
AMY M. DITTO MOVERS & SHAKERS:
ARTISTS WHO TEACH, LEAD, & INSPIRE WALK & TALK
Where: Gallery With A Cause, New Mexico Cancer Center When: April 17th, 2019 (6:00-7:30pm)
Join us for this entertaining and informative tour of the “Movers and Shakers: Works by Artists Who Teach, Lead and Inspire.” exhibition. “Movers” features 380 pieces by 20 artists and choice pieces from the estate of Ron Mahka. All work is for sale and 40% benefits the Cancer Center.
During the walk & talk, Curator Regina Held and several of the artists in the show will share stories and background information about the work, tidbits about techniques, and insights into the ABQ art scene.
The event is free, but donations to the center are welcomed. Please RSVP with foundation director Alexandria Hafler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roe LiBretto introduced her merchandise line last winter at Ghostwolf Gallery and now she’s takin’ it to the streets. Affordable Allegories, wearables and home décor featuring Roe’s allegorical art, will be appearing this month at Moonstone Pop-Up.
MOONSTONE is a monthly curated, vintage and lifestyle pop-up hosted by Albuquerque’s most talented female entrepreneurs and designers. Roe will be there with accessories from her Affordable Allegories collection and some fine art prints.
This pop-up is free to the public, and vendors accept debit and credit cards.
Moonstone Pop-Up Shop
Sister Bar 407 Central Ave NW
Sunday April 28 from 4 to 8 pm
Affordable Allegories are always available at Ghostwolf Gallery and online through Roe’s website.
SEAN PAUL GALLEGOS SILK PURSE / SOW’S EAR
AMY M. DITTO
COLOR IT RED 2019: Excerpts
As promised last month, here is an excerpt from artist/curator Amy M. Ditto’s showcase portfolio in Shadow & Light Magazine. Amy won the opportunity as a finalist in the 2019 “Color it Red” competition! We plan on a regular column within the newsletter that features tidbits about artist philosophy and process. Here is a little insight into Amy’s:
“How to communicate the subdued pleasantness of a perfect summer day, the internal quiet of a sunset, or the sound of leaves crackling underfoot? These are experiences that we take for granted, the essence of which if distilled, should impart the essential pleasure of that perfect light, a scent in the air, the sound of silence. I strive to push the boundaries between photography and other art forms to communicate the inherent vibrance of the world around us.”
Some people define themselves by what they don’t like. Those people are rarely any fun. I prefer to define myself by what I do, and I’m a firm believer that we should never take ourselves too seriously. It is an incredible gift to be able to bring a little bit of laughter and joy into people’s lives. This is very much the domain of art. Thus, elements of wonder and humor have become hugely important components of my work.
The driving forces behind my development as an artist are both positive and antagonistic. I’ve won a fair share of accolades now, but as a photographer working in the realm of digital/new media, I’ve also been exposed to my fair share of detractors amongst conventionalists. Unequivocally, these attitudes have pushed me to define myself without apology as an artist with a distinct vision. The constant pressure to create art that purists are more comfortable with has ultimately pushed me to find my own voice. Instead of caving and aspiring to mediocrity through the pursuit of excellence in common work, I find myself taking more chances in defiance of it. The cynicism and banality of the idea that everything must look exactly as it is or utilize trendy techniques has pushed me ever further towards surrealism and whimsy. It’s led me to more actively start telling stories and show people how I see the world.
As such, my artistic process differs significantly from traditional methodology. I specialize in digital collage, working with multiple images to create scenes from the imagination. I hand-embellish images with digital brushwork and other techniques. Spontaneity is a big part of what I do ideologically, but many of my images are extremely complex, requiring a great deal of planning to bring to fruition. A given piece may be a simple composite or comprised of up to 1000 different layers. My work also encompasses a diversity of subject matter and style. Intellectually, I crave novelty and I would quickly become bored conforming to a strict formula. Unifying stylistic elements are globally evident in everything I do, but I feed off the challenge of pushing myself in new directions. I remain constantly curious and easily amused in life. I love quirky cultural statements and ironic juxtapositions. Ideas arise wondering what two very disparate images might look like combined, or waking from a dream. Perhaps the greatest thing my artistic (and life) journey has taught me is that how we respond to challenges defines us. I can’t wait for the next one.
Old Town ARTScrawl Takes It Up A Notch
Did you know that Old Town has seven venues participating in First Friday ARTScrawls? Oh yeah! That’s a lot of homegrown art from small businesses in Albuquerque’s walkable, charming historical district! We need your help in letting local residents know that Old Town is not just for visitors (or when Aunt Em is in town…). Do these fantastic venues and their artists a solid, and spread the word! In the months to come, we plan to team up with Old Town’s award-winning restaurants to make ARTScrawl in Old Town the perfect night out. Stay tuned!
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