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Call for Artists!


We are in full planning mode for our upcoming ChromaFEST on Saturday, April 8th. What is ChromaFEST, you may ask? It’s a music/art festival and a fundraiser for Chroma Studios. We plan to make it an annual event, but this year is extra special. You may have seen our Big Announcement a couple of months ago. Now that 2017 is here, we are in full swing fundraising/planning mode. This year’s event will be at The Cell Theater in downtown Albuquerque. We will know more about times once we get the band/music lined up. There will be live music, food truck/s, a silent auction and of course, an art market!

We are looking for artists who would like to set up a booth to show/sell their work. The term artists is used in a broad sense here as we are open to any kind of creative handmade items. Fine Art, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, really ANYTHING handmade by YOU. This will be an outside show, so you may need a canopy for shade. You will need to bring your own set up; tables, chairs, easels, canopy, etc. Since this is a fundraiser show, we are asking each artist to donate a piece for the silent auction. In return, we will be eternally grateful to you!

What we need you to submit is 4-10 photos of your work, a bio/artist statement, and a $10 application fee. If you rent a studio from us, the fees are included in your rent. If you are not a Chroma Studios artist, the booth fee will be $25 in addition to the $10 application fee. This is a one day, Saturday show that may go as late as 10:00pm. Booth fees will be collected after you are accepted to the show. There is limited space, so unfortunately we can’t accept everyone. 😦 The deadline is February 15th and we will notify artists by March 1st.

Please send your submissions to chromastudios@comcast.net and pay your $10 application fee by paypal to plewis11@comcast.net or by check/money order mailed to Chroma Studios, 1606 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Please email if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from YOU!


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!


Thank You, Albuquerque!

My name is Paula Manning-Lewis and I am the owner of Chroma Studios Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. If you have been to the gallery you have probably met me or my husband and partner, Aaron Lewis.

Chroma Studios represents the art work of New Mexico artists and more specifically, we are dedicated to supporting Albuquerque artists. Unlike most galleries, we only take a 30% commission on sales. We believe the artist should retain the majority of their sales since it was their blood, sweat and tears that created the art in the first place. We are also an artist-owned small business. I have been a working professional artist for almost 20 years and Aaron has been a professional musician for almost that long.

We’re writing today to ask for your support of a great and upcoming local institution. We’d also like to tell you about some of the great things going on and all the benefits you’ll receive by becoming part of Chroma’s work. There’s something for every budget that will add art to your world while bolstering a vital local business that’s contributing to our community.

This state is called the “Land of Enchantment” for a reason. For over a hundred years artists have been coming here to paint and moving here to live. Some of us were lucky enough to grow up here. Albuquerque has been the home to many well-known and -loved famous artists. You always hear about the art scenes in Santa Fe and Taos, but did you know there has always been a thriving art scene here in Albuquerque? In just the last ten years, Albuquerque has gone up to the top of several national lists. Most prominently for the art scene, we are number 5 on the American Style magazine list of large city art destinations. That puts us in the midst of cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Miami and ahead of cities like L.A., D.C., Seattle and Denver. Albuquerque’s art scene is on the verge of a major national and even international explosion. Here at Chroma Studios gallery we are excited to be a part of that explosion. In May 2009 we were awarded the “Best New Business” at the Downtown Action Team LOOK Awards. We were recognized with a story on Channel 7 news as a “thriving gallery in a time of recession.”

In the years to come we will host some of the best artists of Albuquerque. Currently, we are home to around thirty Albuquerque artists, including Rein Whitt-Pritchette and Herb Goldman, who have already been recognized by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Both artists have pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection. Rein has been honored with inclusion in the Museum’s “Albuquerque Now – Fall” show which opens October 10th and runs through January. This month at Chroma we are featuring the work of Meg Leonard, the 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta poster artist.

We are so grateful to all the people who have supported us and helped to make our dream a reality! Thank you for helping us create such an incredible space! What we ask from you now, our patrons, friends and fellow artists is support to keep our mission going strong. We truly appreciate your attendance at our events, however we need your financial support as well. You don’t necessarily have to buy an expensive work of art, though it would be greatly appreciated. In fact, we have very flexible payment plans to help make larger purchases possible, and we don’t charge interest! We have many smaller affordable paintings, sculptures, glass pieces, jewelry and prints to choose from.

A great way to support us while getting something in return is to become a Chroma Studios member. Only $35 for individuals or $50 for businesses, you get a membership card good for one year, that entitles you to 10% off all purchases, plus two free tickets to any show in our intimate concert series. Businesses also get a link on our website and a mention in our monthly newsletter. These memberships will provide the funds to help us continue our work as a New Mexico art gallery presenting the art, music and poetry of local creative people and putting money back into our local economy.

Follow the links below to become a member today!

Individual Membership $35

Business Membership $50


Paula Manning-Lewis and Aaron Lewis