Show at Tortuga Gallery

Our own Margy O’Brien is one of 12 artists exhibiting in a juried show at the TORTUGA GALLERY, 901 EDITH BLVD SE, ALBUQUERQUE. This show opened on March 3 and will run through the end of the month.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 PM  or by appointment..505-506-0820


Sketching at Cottonwood Mall

The architecture and people visiting Cottonwood Mall provided quite the challenge for the ten of us who showed up to sketch this past Saturday.   Who knew that there were so many angles, curves, lines to capture.  And there were people…who chose to change their position about the time one wanted to start sketching.  Ah, such is the life of an Urban Sketcher.

We learned that there were different approaches to capture a scene:  Juliana likes to starts in the lower left hand corner of her sketchbook and works out, adding detail as she goes along.  Chuck uses a grid to provide some boundary for his detailed sketches and Jessica chooses a center focal point and builds her sketch from there.

It is always great fun to see what catches the eye and all of our different styles.  Here’s what we did:

May 27, Rio Grande Nature Preserve

Rio Grande Nature Preserve, 2901 CANDLARIA ROAD, NW, Albuquerque. We will gather by the parking lot entrance to the preserve at 10 AM.  There is a $3 parking fee.  We will sketch for 2 hours and then share.

This is a lovely setting along the Rio Grande.  There are many trails with viewing areas.  Be prepared to do a little walking and don’t forget to bring your stool.

May 6, Madrid, New Mexico

The Village of Madrid, NM is quirky, colorful and unique.  Please join us on SATURDAY, MAY 6 from 10-12 NOON.  We will gather at the MINE SHAFT TAVERN, 2846 NM 14 (the south side of town) and then scatter to sketch the ambiance of Madrid.

April 15, Albuquerque Zoo

The Zoo at the Albuquerque Bio Park is always fun. There is opportunity to sketch buildings, peopl and the animals.  Please make sure that you bring your stool.

We will meet on SATURDAY, APRIL 15 at the mail gate at 10 AM.  We will sketch for 2 hours.  Some of us might want to stay longer.  Yes, there is an admission fee:  $9.00 for adult and $4.50 for senior.   NM ID is required.  You can purchase tickets on-line.

Address for the Albuquerque Zoo is 903 10th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM

March 24, Old Town, Albuquerque

Old Town is where this group was revitalized.  Please join us for our third year visiting this lovely setting.  We will meet BY THE GAZEBO on the PLAZA, SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at 10-12 noon .  We will do the usual, sketch for two hours and then share what we’ve done.

Everyone is welcome.  Those of us who have a bit more experience with sketching are most willing to help those who are new.  All you have to do is ask.  We are an eclectic group of wonderful people who love to sketch.  So, please come.

March 4, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and HIstory is located at 2000 Mountain Road in Albuquerque.  There is an admission fee of $2-3.oo depending on your age !

Please join us on SATURDAY, MARCH 4, from 10-12 NOON.  I’m not sure if there is a restriction as to what type of art supplies (wet media) are allowed.   We will do the usual, sketch for 2 hours and then share.  There is always opportunity to socialize afterwards.

Juliana Coles at Artisan’s, Santa Fe

Saturday, January 7th from 1:30-3:30 Juliana Coles, a member of our group will be giving a lecture/presentation at Artisan’s Santa Fe.  She will be sharing her books and favorite art materials.  She is encouraging people to come and bring their journals/postcard books to share with others, the importance of self dialogue.

Juliana is also doing a fun 3 hour workshop on Sunday, January 8th at NEW TRICKS Art Studion in Albuquerque near Old Town.  If you haven’t been there yet, they have a lot of fun classes going on.  She will be teaching “The Art of Repetition” a very cool class that is more about technique and layering than journaling and expressing our inner workings.  Here’s the link for the description and registration page…also the materials list.

Volunteer Needed

As those of you who attended December’s lunch already know, Barbara Wolff, our leader, has again expressed her wish to step down from her post.  If anyone would like to take a turn at leading the group, or if two people would like to share responsibilities, please contact Barbara.  You can leave a comment here or you can discuss it with her at the next event.  Thanks.  na