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Our BIG Announcement!


Good afternoon! If you follow Chroma Studios on facebook, you may have seen some recent posts about a big announcement coming soon. Without further ado, here it is!

First of all, we are planning ChromaFest for next year. April 8th is the date, the Cell Theater (on 1st street between Roma and Lomas) is the place. We will know the hours once we know how many bands will perform. This is going to be a music and art festival that we hope to hold annually. The first Chroma Fest happened several years ago and was a lot of fun. This is going to be a MUCH better and bigger festival. The space at the Cell will hold up to 1,800 people. We will showcase live music from the bands who currently reside in our studios as well as bands who have previously called Chroma Studios home. We will have artist tables for our current and past artists to set up and show/sell their work. Depending on how much participation we have from Chroma artists/musicians, we may also bring in other bands and artists to fill in. We will have food trucks set up. ChromaFest will be a fundraiser for Chroma Studios.

Why a fundraiser you may ask? April 2017 marks our 9th anniversary in business. It is also the end of our long term leases in both locations of Chroma Studios. Aaron and I have made the decision to take the leap in making Chroma Studios a more permanent part of the Albuquerque scene. We are going to purchase a building! Currently, we lease both our spaces which gives us little to no control over what happens in and around our space. We plan to move into a space where both artist studios and music studios will be in the same location. We are currently split between two locations, art and music. We plan to soundproof all the music studios and have ventilation and natural light in all the art studios. In the future, we plan to add a performance space, art gallery, classroom and recording studio. We are hoping to have enough parking for everyone! Our biggest hope is that we will be able to lower our rents too! The reason we need to do fundraising is simple. Aaron and I are not independently wealthy. We work as full time artist and musicians in addition to running Chroma. Although it is our business, the move will improve things for everyone!

In addition to ChromaFest, we are setting up a crowdfunding campaign to help raise additional funds. There will be lots of Chroma merchandise for rewards, but we hope to get donations of CDs and artwork from the artists and musicians of Chroma. Tickets for the festival, compilation CDs and ChromaFest posters will also be included as rewards. Stay tuned for more information on the Crowdfunding campaign and the ChromaFest line up!



Artist Interview: Terri Hansen


Red Tulips by Terri Hansen

Red Tulips by Terri Hansen

Terri Hansen AKA Miss Mayhem

Terri Hansen AKA Miss Mayhem

This is the first post in a series of interviews of the artists who work at Chroma Studios.  Terri Hansen has been at Chroma from the beginning. She started out in studio #9 but later moved in to studio #10 after realizing she needed more space. Terri is a southern gal and a sweetheart. She moved to Albuquerque from Atlanta, Georgia just over a year ago. Her work is just amazing and what truly amazes me is not only how quickly she finishes a painting, but how beautiful they all are!

1.Introduce yourself, your name, hometown, how long you’ve been an artist.

Terri Hansen aka Miss Mayhem from Atlanta Ga. I’ve been an artist for nearly 20 years now

2.What is your artistic medium?

Oil and Watercolor and a bit of color pencil work lately

3.What is your subject matter or style?

I do classical realism painting of old world renaissance style, my subject matter varies, but I do paint with high drama in mind. Never a quiet painting in my studio.

4.When did you know you were an artist?

I think I started out as more of a designer. I made elaborate costumes for kids around the block out of anything available at the time. From there I painted some apples and leaves on my Grandmother’s mailbox. It was a hit, so again, I went around the block, this time painting mailboxes. It touched off a feeling of being able to produce beauty in my own way, and wow, was that addictive.

5.Do you have a degree in art, are you self taught or a little of both?

I started out with a watercolor group, then another group of oil painters. I decided it was time to take my art to the next level, so I then studied under Chris DiDomizzio for five years at his formal art school in Atlanta. It was tough, he was a take no prisoners instructor, but boy did we learn.

6.Where is your art available for purchase or is your art available for purchase?

My art sells either on commission or out of my studio/ gallery on Central, Chroma Studios.

7.Who is your favorite artist and why?

Wow that’s a tough one…I have many, and each for a different reason. John Waterhouse, for his ability to produce thought provoking, beautiful scenes. John Singer Sargent for portraits that portray everything about the person he painted. Frank Benson for his dynamic color combinations. He could take white and make it into a color. But…….I made the trip to Amsterdam, Holland for Rembrandt’s 400th Birthday Celebration. Every known painting of his came in from all over the planet to showcase his brilliance in his city, Amsterdam. In the absolute execution of the art of painting, Rembrandt is in a class all his own, 400 years later. It was amazing, and therefore, he will always be one of my very favorite artists.

8.What made you decide to move in to Chroma Studios?

Chroma just seemed like the place for me, it was perfect for all of my needs, and still is!

9.What do you like about Chroma Studios?

I like the revolving door of people that come through here, my windows, and friends I’ve gotten to know from there. It’s a great place.