Naturally, we hope you will support local artists by checking out the "mystery show" before hitting other art venues. I'd say bug Michael about exhibit hours - after all, he's the curator, but you'll probalby find out sooner & with less frustration by contacting the Nahalat Shalom Temple directly: call (505) 343-8227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what hours the temple will be open and the exhibit available for viewing. I've seen a number of the paintings that Megan is exhibiting. My take: don't miss them.
ArtCrawl is all about art in downtown Albuquerque Friday night, 5-9pm. Most of the ArtCrawl venues will still welcome you even if you don't show up until Saturday after seeing Megan's and Michael's exhibit...
- The Harwood Art Center (between downtown and Albuquerque's Old Town): opening - social commentary artwork show "Politic," Joe Forrest Sackett, opening Friday 5pm, Harwood Art Center, 7th and Mountain Road.
- North Fourth Art Center opening - "Fragile", Christina Clarimón Alinder, reception Friday 6-8pm, VSA North Fourth Art Center, 4904 4th Street NW, Albuquerque.
- Albuquerque Arts Alliance Valentine benefit to help support the work of the Arts Alliance: silent art auction, "For the Love of Art" - original artwork in the form of paintings, photographs, weavings, sculpture and sweet constructions. The silent auction starts this week and continues through January 26th ... to bid, visit The Arts Alliance Gallery, Courtyard at 1100 San Mateo NE at Lomas.
- Wright's Indian Art in the lower level of the Courtyard celebrates its centenary of supporting and promoting Indian artists - generations of creative weavers, potters, sculptors and the finest Native American jewelers - in the lower level of the Courtyard at 1100 San Mateo in Albuquerque.
- Albuquerque Museum Opening - two photography shows: "Descansos: the Sacred Landscape of New Mexico", an exhibition of photographs depicting descansos -- roadside memorials which are seen along every road in New Mexico -- by photographer Joan Alessi; and "Extraordinary Bodies," photographs combining works by contemporary photographers in juxtaposition with powerful images from the historical medical photography collection of the Mütter Museum, some slightly macabre but stunning images. "Descansos" and "Extraordinary Bodies" opens to the public on Sunday, January 21st. There will be an opening day lecture on Sunday at 1pm by Laura Lindgren, the exhibition curator. The Albuquerque Museum is in Old Town at 2000 Mountain Road NW
- MoRo Gallery near Old Town opens "Big Paintings by Angus Macpherson", 806 Mountain Road NW.
- DSG Fine Art, formerly Dartmouth Street Gallery in Nob Hill - Open House featuring new works by Nancy Kozikowsi, paintings by Fremont Ellis, Willard Nash and Andrew Dasburg. Look for the blue gate on 14th Street between Lead and Silver.
- Sumner & Dene Creations in Art, in the heart of downtown - opening of new space, contemporary landscapes by Jeannie Sellmer, hand-wrought tin framed mirror by Drew Coduti and Kevin Burgess, silent auction of eight sculptures to benefit Cuidando Los Ninos. 517 Central NW.
- 516 ARTS (across the street from Sumner) - new contemporary art venue, open house for "Green", inaugural exhibition of 23 New Mexico artists including Larry Bell, Joel-Peter Witkin, Delilah Montoya and up-and-coming artists. 516 Central SW.
- Artspace 116: exhibiting hand-built clay vessels by Sharon Brush. "Emergence", the exhibit feature ornate clay vessels inspired by botanical forms, ancient Chinese bronzes, Middle Eastern architecture and African sculpture. The exhibit opens Friday at Artspace 116, with a second opening reception Saturday, noon to 4pm. Upstairs at 116 Central SW, in the theater block of downtown Albuquerque.
- AIA Albuquerque opens new gallery for the "architect as artist". 202 Central Avenue SE.