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This Week at Chroma Studios

First off, the great news! Saturday was the Downtown Action Team’s LOOK Awards dinner, and Chroma Studios was nominated for the “Best New Business” in downtown. Well, not only were we nominated, but we won! We are so honored to be recognized by the DAT and downtown community and are very grateful to whomever nominated us and all who voted for us! All our hard work is paying off! 

Tonight, we have a Poetry Workshop with Logan Phillips – Writing workshop and short performance hosted by, Logan Phillips, www.dirtyverbs.com, Logan is an international slam poet.  He teaches English in Mexico, and Slams in the US.  He is an Arizona native who grew up with the border in his back yard.  He has been moved by his life experiences to speak on this issue, and confront the idea of a world without borders.  Logan is dynamic, honest, heart felt and passionate.  His words show us the beauty of gray areas, and the need for acceptance and tolerance in our world. Starts at 6:30 pm, $10 at the door.

First Friday is fast approaching! The July photography show is currently going up and features several well known New Mexico photographers. Tim Anderson, Pat Berrett, Jean Casson O’Neill, Fernando Delgado, Karl Eschenbach Joan Fenicle, Raine Klover, Robert Leutheuser, Barry McCormick, Kirk McGee, Pete Myers, Tom Outler, Julie Rybachek, Susan See, Justin Simenson, and Bill Skees all have photography in the show which runs through the month of July. Come by on Friday evening, 6-10 pm, meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and perhaps find some great photography you won’t be able to live without!


This Friday, May 1st, 6-10pm: Grand Opening of Chroma on Roma!

It’s been a crazy busy month, but it’s looking like all the hard work will pay off in the end! This Friday, First Friday, is our grand opening of our new space! Chroma on Roma is located on the NE corner of 1st and Roma in downtown Albuquerque. The actual address is 600 1st Street. We are to the right side once you come into the lobby of the building. There will be lots of new art, live music and as usual refreshments. Hope to see you there! Oh, and since I don’t yet have internet down at the new space, call me on my cell 259-6320 if you have any questions.

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!

February’s Featured Artist: David Lloyd Stewart


Evening Caucus by David Lloyd Stewart

Evening Caucus by David Lloyd Stewart


Bursting Pearl Pendant by David Lloyd Stewart

Bursting Pearl Pendant by David Lloyd Stewart

Ravenstone Sculpture by David Lloyd Stewart

Ravenstone Sculpture by David Lloyd Stewart

If you have to pick only one First Friday at Chroma Studios Gallery to attend this year (besides my show in April, of course!), this is the one you should make an effort to see! David Lloyd Stewart is not only an amazing artist, he is an amazing person. Down to earth and talented with a great sense of humor! 

Other new artists; Cindi Gaudette, Suzanne Baca, and Justin Simenson have recently signed on for representation. In addition to our regular Chroma artists, Caroline C Blaker,Diane Walton ReitzJacqui LewnesSusan SeePaula SnyderCari Pier, Jean O’Neill, Dayna Griego, Nick Harmon and Kerri Green. Last but not least, I will have a few pieces hanging, including my newest large canvas that I have decided to name “Awakening”.

David Lloyd Stewart received his formal training as a part of his major 
in art at the University of New Mexico beginning in 1968, but many of his innovative 
techniques are self-taught.  His variety of style is a distillation of those cultures 
he observed in world travel as a boy, having lived and studied in Japan, Norway, 
England and on both coasts of the United States.  A full-time professional artist 
for over thirty years now, he draws from prior experience as a commercial artist, 
industrial designer and illustrator .
               During the past thirty years of showing his work at major art
festivals from coast to coast, David has earned more than forty awards for
excellence of craftsmanship and creativity of design, ranging from “best of
category” to “best of show”.  He has participated in some of the most prestigious
shows in the country, including group and one-man shows, and served as a juror
for the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair in 1996.  He has lectured to professional
associations, was featured on a PBS “Colores” segment, and was voted “Master
Craftsman” status by the Albuquerque Designer-Craftsmen even at the
beginning of his career in 1976.  In January of 1999, he was invited to become a
member of the Board of Directors for Weems Artfest, where he currently serves
as a juror.  His present gallery affiliations include the Weems Gallery, Just 
Imagine Gallery, and Chroma Gallery, all in New Mexico, Halcyon at Nye Beach
 Gallery in Oregon, Gilliams Center for Creative Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 
Woman on the Edge Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.  Preferring to maintain a solid 
communication line with his local customers, he shows on a regular basis at the 
Tijeras Open-Air Art Market, as well as once a year at the Weems Artfest, the New 
Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair,and various other local art fairs.
               David’s devotion to mixed-media sculpture and handmade art-jewelry as
forms of personal expression has been shared over the years with a love of
painting in acrylic, oils and watercolor, as well as various forms of graphic arts. 
These diverse disciplines have allowed expressions and growth impossible in the
confines of a single medium, as the artist finds that each medium continually
breathes new life into the next.  His application of these skills culminate in
unique works of art that draw on his inspiration by primitive images with a
whimsical, contemporary flair.  
                His work may be found on the Web at StewartArt.com, and he maintains 
a web-log (blog) at StewartArt.blogspot.com.  His studio is located at 110-C  Altez, SE, 
Albuquerque, NM 87123, where the phone number is (505) 296-1400.  
His Email address is David@StewartArt.com.

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.

video interview with Rocco

This video was taken at our October First Friday opening by Rocco, a fitness expert that has recently moved to the Albuquerque area. I met him thru the local social networking site Duke City Fix and attended his Boot Camp training class last month. He has been featured as a personal trainer on the MTV show “Made” and is currently working on a reality show of his own for the MTV network.

Rocco at Chroma Studios and Gallery

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 🙂