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Artist of the Week: Cari Pier


Da Vinci said, “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” I know this to be true and am made aware of it with each piece I create. I always have an idea that begins in my mind’s eye, but the paint always emerges and evolves on the canvas with ideas of its own. My art is a collaboration. It is a gift from the great mystery, the source of which I feel closest to when I paint.  I am consciously aware of IT and thankful for this awareness every day. I prefer to paint what I feel rather than what I see. A sacred place, poem, a dream, or song can touch me deeply and I try to express that emotion with my art. Some favorite descriptions of my work have been: spiritual, haunting, emotional, sensual and evocative. Each new piece is a page from my life and I want to use the time that I have been given to grow spiritually and to dream, believe and create.

Going deeper and getting closer. Consciously aware of things felt, but not seen.


Studios Available!

Check out our Studios page for more information. We currently have 4 studios available, 2 downtown and 2 on Central. These studios go fast, so get in while you can! If you mention you saw this post, you will get 1/2 off your first month’s rent!

October Events at Chroma Studios!

October at Chroma is an event filled month! We have lots of things going on in addition to our monthly First Friday opening. Open Studios, Balloon Fiesta Artist Market, four concerts and a poetry reading.

October Events:

October 2nd, 6-10 pm: First Friday Opening, Featured artist; Meg Leonard “From Earth to Sky”. Meg Leonard, the 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta poster artist will be here to                                             personally sign your posters! Show will be up until October 31st.

October 2nd 6-10 pm & 3rd noon-6 pm, Chroma Open Studios Event, Downtown and Central locations, check out our Artist’s studios where the magic happens!

October 2nd noon-9/10 pm, 3rd, 4th, noon-6 pm: Balloon Fiesta Artist Market. In addition to our fabulous gallery artists, we will have local artists & crafts people setting up booths and                                                                                                   selling their work directly to the public. What a great time to start your Holiday shopping!

October 6th, 7 pm: Intimate Concert Series featuring Eric Hisaw; Singer/Songwriter back from Austin for his second Chroma show! Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

October 9th, 7 pm: Intimate Concert Series featuring an evening of Poetry & Essays with Tim Anderson & Amy Shea. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Part of the proceeds will be donated                                to the Friends of the Public Library for their Children’s Literacy Program.

October 16th, 7 pm: Intimate Concert Series featuring Duende; Local Albuquerque Jazz group. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

October 17th, 7 pm: Intimate Concert Series featuring Dave Hoover; Local Albuquerque Harpist. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

October 23rd, 7 pm: Intimate Concert Series featuring Wayne Shrubsall; Local Albuquerque Banjo extraordinaire. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

We are also proud to announce that one of our favorite Chroma Studios artists, Rein Whitt-Pritchette, will have his serigraph, Odysseus, included in the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History “Albuquerque Now — Fall” show, Saturday, October 10th, 2009 6 – 8 pm.

Would you like to get 10% off ALL purchases, and 2 FREE Intimate Concert tickets? Become a Chroma Studios member today! $35 yearly membership for individuals, $50 for businesses (Businesses also get a mention in our monthly newsletter and a link on our website).

October is a month you won’t want to miss!

Tonight’s the Night! One Year of Chroma Studios!

Tonight is not just another First Friday here in Albuquerque, tonight is the night we celebrate our one year anniversary in business! I can hardly believe it’s already been a year. A celebration it will be, lots of art, jewelry, live music, a poetry reading, refreshments, open studios, artists to meet and fun to be had by all! Plenty of FREE parking too!

Featured artists are Paula Manning-Lewis, co-owner and founder and Chris Schelling, studio artist. Our upstairs studios will be open with artists here to share what they do. Carlos Contreras and Colin Hazelbaker will be entertaining upstairs with poetry readings, Aaron Lewis will be in his studio upstairs playing classical guitar, Jazz group, Duende, and bluegrass/blues group, Bleaker Street Boys will be out in the courtyard entertaining us with their music.

Hours are 6 – 10 pm, hope to see you here!

One Year of Chroma Studios!

Next month marks the one year anniversary of Chroma Studios. To celebrate, we are opening the upstairs studios along with the downstairs gallery for First Friday. Besides all the killer art, we will have several musical acts playing in the gallery, out in the courtyard and upstairs on the patio! Featured artists for the month are Paula Manning-Lewis, co-owner/founder of Chroma Studios, and Chris Schelling, Chroma Studios artist.

There will be lots of new work from the other studio and gallery artists. Chroma Studios currently has 14 studio artists including Aaron Lewis, Sarah Rose, Don Miller, Marcie McKenzie, Jennifer Ruden, Carlos Contreras, Colin Hazelbaker, Amy Schelling, Chris Schelling, Brendan Gould, Terri Hansen, Spring Griffin and Paula Manning-Lewis. They are not only painters, they are musicians, poets, writers, mixed media, fabric, ceramic artists and photographers!

As always, there will be refreshments and plenty of friendly faces to answer your questions. It’s shaping up to be a late night event, advertised hours 6-10pm, but we will be here as long as there are people having a good time. Come on over and help us celebrate one year in business!

Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Art (Bad Economy or Not!)

As a professional artist and gallery owner, I am getting sick and tired of hearing people say that art is a great investment, during GOOD times. Why only during good times? Good times or bad, art is a GREAT investment. I once read a quote that said “During good economic times, people collect art, but during bad economic times, people invest in art”. I wish I could remember where and when I read this so I could credit the person who said it. The point is, art is not just a luxury item, it IS an investment. Record auction sales in past years, paintings selling for millions of dollars is evidence of this. Now, some will say, paintings by dead artists, sure! However, can you imagine being the person who bought that $100-5,000 painting from a living artist (think Vincent Van Gogh, who only sold ONE painting during his lifetime!) to someday turn around and sell it at auction for millions of dollars? Sure, it took decades for that appreciation to occur, but what better inheritance to leave your children?! I’m not good with math, but you don’t need to be a financial wizard to figure out that it’s an awesome return on investment. Remember too, every artist will eventually die! (Actually, I think Salvador Dali thought he was immortal and he would live forever!)

In my research for this post, I read The Economic Importance of the Arts & Cultural Industries in Albuquerque… report presented by the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research. According to this report, “Arts and cultural industries generate $1.2 billion in revenues, $413 million in wages, and 19,500 jobs, totaling
6% of all employment in the County”(Bernalillo county, NM). This report goes on to say,
“Arts and culture, once considered luxuries that follow prosperity,
are now understood to be conditions of prosperity.
Yes, art and culture are big business and among the fastest
growing sectors of the economy, but their economic importance
extends far beyond the value of their receipts. Today, a vibrant
art and cultural sector is crucial to attracting and retaining a
talented labor force and creating an environment conducive to
innovation. In this sense, the rich and distinctive cultures of
cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Boulder are
not so much evidence of these cities’ economic prosperity as
they are factors that give rise to it.”
What I get from this is, art is a good investment because art is what MAKES a city good.

So, here are my top 10 reasons why it is ALWAYS a good time to invest in art;

10. Artists need to eat too! (Let’s just get over the starving artist myth! No artist goes into the arts wanting to starve! Art is a BUSINESS, I spend only 40%, maybe less, of my time actually painting)

9. Art can brighten your life, who doesn’t need their life brightened during times like this?

8. Artists have to pay their bills too! (I would be interested to know how many artists have defaulted on their home loans or had their car repossessed since the recession began.)

7. Emerging artist’s work will hold value or go UP in value, good idea to buy art from an artist BEFORE their prices go up.

6. Buying art from local artists puts money back into your local economy. (Artists spend money too. See #10 and #8)

5. Art makes your house a home. Even if it doesn’t match your couch!

4. ANY art you buy today is automatically a piece of history. (Of course, I suggest you wait a few years before you take it to the Antiques Roadshow.)

3. Art can inspire greatness! 

2. Supporting artists by purchasing their work keeps service jobs open for teenagers and retirees!

And the #1 reason to invest in art (drum roll please!), ARTISTS NEED TO EAT TOO! Yes, I said it twice! (Let’s just get over the starving artist myth already, serious artists work more than overtime on their careers and SHOULD be taken seriously. Being an artist IS a business! As with everything, it’s just a few artists that give the rest of us a bad name.)

Disclaimer: While this post was meant as a serious look at why you should invest in art (bad economy or not), parts of it were also done tongue in cheek and should not be taken too seriously! Now go buy some original art from a LIVING artist! 🙂

Updated website: In progress

If you’ve been here before, you will notice that things are looking a little different. I’ve spent the last couple of days updating and adding pages, links, etc. to the Chroma blog/website. You can now find out more about happenings here at Chroma. There will be more updates and news posted in the next week or so. You can see the list of studio and gallery artists represented by Chroma on the right hand sidebar. Most are linked to the artist’s web page or blog so you can find out more about each artist. In the future we will also have videos from openings, interviews with the artists and more class listings, show listings, etc.

December Artscrawl – Silent Auction


Our December First Friday opening will be our first annual silent art auction to benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank of NM. There will be a variety of art from our studio artists as well as many friends of Chroma Gallery. The silent auction will be open for bidding from the opening reception on First Friday through the closing reception on the third Friday, the 19th of the month. Chroma Gallery will have extended Holiday hours to serve you better: Tuesday-Saturday 12-6 pm.

This is a great chance to buy some awesome art at amazing prices while helping a local charity that really needs our help at this time of year. Both the opening and closing receptions will be from 5 to 8:30 pm. We will also post several of the auction pieces here on the blog so anyone that can’t make it to the show will have a chance to bid online.

If you are an Albuquerque artist and would like to contribute a piece of art for the auction, please call Paula at 259-6320 or email at plewis11@comcast.net. Artists will receive 50% of the sale price on their pieces, so I guess you could say that we will also benefit the artists with this show! At the end of the auction, we will hold our first annual art exchange, which will give the artists the chance to trade art with each other.

November First Friday

In November we are featuring a show of Albuquerque Photographers. Our featured artist for the month is Susan See, also included in the show are Jean O’Neill, Raine Klover, Kirk McGee, Dawn Allynn, Nick Giannotto, and a couple others. If you are in the area, please stop by for our opening reception on November 7th from 5-8:30 pm.

First Friday Artscrawl Opening

When: Friday, October 3rd, 2008 5 – 8 p.m.
Opens October 3rd and runs through Oct. 31st. We will also be open for the two weekends of Balloon Fiesta, Thurs. thru Sun. from 12-6pm.
Where: Chroma Studios and Gallery, 1606 Central Ave SE, Suite 102 & 201, Albuquerque, NM

What: Chroma Studios and Gallery Art Opening – Feathers and Flowers

Chroma Studios is happy to present the opening of our new gallery and classroom
space.  We have expanded since our grand opening in June to include a gallery
and classroom downstairs. This First Friday, our new gallery will feature the
work of Chroma co-founders Paula Manning-Lewis and Josephine Brionez de Flores. 
We will also have live guitar music by Chroma artist Aaron Lewis, who has
recently released a new cd Space Travel. Our upstairs gallery will include the work of our studio
artists Barak Naggan, Sarah Rose, Caroline Blaker, Chris Schelling, Kirk McGee,
Terry Hansen, and vashti b. Plus guest artists, Susan See, Diane Reitz and Michael Gallegos.

Hope to see you there!
Paula Manning-Lewis 🙂