Category Archives: Art Opening

Open Studios Art Opening!

original oil painting on linen love

Love Consciousness, 20 x 20" oil on linen

It’s time for a celebration here at Chroma Studios! Friday, November 11th and Saturday the 12th from 5-8pm both nights. The art show features Chroma owner, Paula Manning-Lewis and her son, Bryan Beck. It will also be an open studio event with several of the Chroma Studio artists opening their studio doors to give you a peak at where they work and play! Please join us for some awesome art, great company and refreshments! This event is happening at our Central location, 1606 Central Ave SE, suite 201. If you haven’t been there before, we are upstairs from the Matteo’s restaurant, on the south side of Central, 1 1/2 blocks west of University. There is parking on both sides of the building. Hope to see you there!

original pencil drawing by Bryan Beck

Pencil drawing by Bryan Beck

“Messages”; Art Opening, Friday, May 13th, 5 – 8pm

Victoria Robillard Bryers painting

Though Chroma Gallery closed back in January 2011, our studios are still going strong! Next Friday, May 13th, 5 – 8 pm, we will have a special art opening at the original Chroma, 1606 Central Ave. SE location. Victoria is one of our studio artists and has been with Chroma for over a year. Recently accepted into the UNM graduate program, Victoria’s solo show will feature several of the paintings and prints she created in the past year while working towards her BFA. This show is in celebration of her graduation on May 14th. The show will be open for only one week after the opening, so if you cannot make it to the opening reception, you will be able to stop in to see the show May 17 – 20th from 10 – 4pm. Hope to see you there!

November First Friday: November 5, 2010, 6-10 pm

This month we are having a silent auction for charity. Unlike many silent auctions that focus on one charity, this auction will benefit several charities. Those placing the winning bid on a piece will choose the charity for the proceeds on that particular piece. 50% of the sales will go to charity and 50% will go back …to the artists. There are many local charities doing great work right here in Albuquerque.  Just a few to mention are the Roadrunner Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Wilderness Project, and Roberta’s Place.

The November First Friday Show will also be the beginning of our annual Holiday Art Sale. This show is always festive and fun with lots of fine art to choose from. Most of the pieces will be priced $250 and under! The holiday show will run through December 18th.  In addition, please be sure to visit our friends upstairs at Better Body & Beyond. Visit the link to find more information on their grand opening.

SnapShots ABQ: Practically Live!

This video was filmed earlier this evening, enjoy!

To see the SnapShots ABQ show click HERE.

Our next Art opening and reception!

To see the SnapShots ABQ show click HERE.

te’ zins is our next featured artist and his show will open on the First Friday in September, the 3rd, from 6 – 10pm. The show runs through October 23rd.

te’ was featured in this month’s Albuquerque the Magazine, thanks to Ashley M. Biggers for the incredible writing and publicity!

You can see his Paint People series HERE.

Check back here around 8pm for video footage from the opening!

June First Friday: June 4, 2010, 6-10pm

Denise Kunz is our featured artist for the month of June. This will be our last 1st Friday until September or October. Hope to see you here!

I See London I See France by Denise Kunz

First Friday; May 7th, 6-10pm

Detail from on of Brian Vallo's paintings

May’s featured artist is Brian Vallo and the opening reception is tomorrow evening. This will be our first opening in the “Chroma Underground” space downstairs. It’s shaping up quite well and we hope to see everyone here tomorrow night!

April First Friday: Two Years of Chroma Studios!

The featured artist this month is Chroma Studio’s own Paula Manning Lewis, owner/proprietor. Paula will be showing us new work featuring a twist on artistic harmony. This collection of work includes artistically painted guitars, allowing art & music to collide.

Some other features for the evening will be:

Studios downstairs will be open and artists will be here to answer questions and share their work spaces.

Albuquerque SLAM Poets will be here offering their art of the spoken word. Join Carlos Contreras, Kenn Rodriguez, Hakim Bellamy and friends for their thought provoking & always entertaining poetry.

Various musicians will bring us musical entertainment throughout the evening. Wayne Shrubsall will perform his banjo music. Danny Clayburn will entertain us with his talents of playing the bottleneck slide. John Simmons, the “Human Jukebox” will invite us into his world of musical storytelling. This is only a short list of what is materializing in the performance space for this coming First Friday event.

A new twist on poetry, Elevator Haikus with Zack and Té, will be going on throughout the evening. Ride the elevator to the downstairs studios and hear a haiku!

Our kids art studio (for kids of all ages) will be open and chock full of supplies for art making!

There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes!

This will be an evening full of entertainment for all; visually, musically & generally all encompassing good times. We hope to see you here.

Gearing up for April Anniversary Celebration!

April marks Chroma Studios 2nd year in business and our first year downtown! Hard to believe it’s already been 2 years, but time does fly when you are having fun. This month we are gearing up for the big show with some improvements to the gallery and studios. Aaron just tore down a wall in the gallery to open up the space and make it flow better. Pictures are posted below. We are also tearing up carpet and painting floors, something we’ve talked about doing since we first moved into the building. Downstairs in the studio hallways, we’ve already done some painting and hung more art. April also means open studios for our First Friday opening event. You will be able to see inside the artist’s studios and see where the art is made. I will post more information about the Anniversary show as the date draws near, lots of fun activities planned, should be exciting!

Aaron working on opening up the gallery space!

looking from the other direction

March Events!

March is here and spring is in the air! This month’s featured artist is Caroline C. Blaker, painter and web designer extraordinaire! This month we are becoming even MORE kid friendly with the addition of a kid’s art studio, a NEW area in the gallery with art supplies and musical instruments for your kids to play and make fun things while you enjoy the show.

March Events:

Friday, March 5th, 6-10pm: First Friday Art Opening; Featured artist Caroline C. Blaker will be showing her recent Pixelation paintings on latex, and her new digital deviation, Twitterscapes:                                                    Paintings with Twitter. The show will likely feature realtime user-generated Twitterscapes, as well as Pixelation paintings of all sizes and Twitterscapes in print.

Friday, March 26th, 7:30pm: Storytelling with Susi Wolf. Silk Stockings – a Celebration of Women Through Storytelling. Since March is Women’s History Month, we are celebrating women                                                        through an ancient tradition – storytelling. Come enjoy multicultural tales of women and the feminine experience throughout the ages. Hear clever woman stories,                                                        strong woman parables, she-roe tales and more. It’s time to celebrate the wonder and mystique of those who wear Silk Stockings!

Tuesday, March 30th, 7:30pm: AMP Concert featuring Walter Strauss & Mamadou Sidibe. When American guitarist Walter Strauss and Malian kamal’ngoni master Mamadou Sidibe engage                                                   in a musical interplay of finger-style guitar and West African hunter’s harp, the result is a deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh. These two                                                           unique musicians from distant origins create an intoxicating blend of music in which they gracefully complement each other through intertwining melodic grooves                                                       and spirited improvisation. To hear these two musicians from far flung places collaborate is to to take in two souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal                                                       language—seamlessly interweaving two continents and two bright musical sensibilities.

Coming up in April: Chroma Studios 2nd Anniversary show! First Friday in April we will have the downstairs studios open, plus lots of live music and poetry throughout the building, activities for kids of all ages, door prizes and lots of fun!

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Make sure to stop by Chroma Studios this month, we would love to see you!