It's Earth Day weekend, so straddle your bike, jump on the bus or carpool in a hybrid and join the Albuquerque arts community in celebrating.
Recycled Art Fair
Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW
Milk jugs, Reebok inserts, tuna cans. Trash? Hardly. In the right hands, they're the raw stuff of innovation. Sponsored by the city's Open Space Division, the Recycled Art Fair will present local artists whose work uses a minimum of 75 percent recycled or reused materials, what they call "upcycling." In addition to the art available for sale, the fair will offer workshops on sustainability, composting, birding, puppeteering, tool crafting, low-toxicity printmaking, yoga and more. Proceeds go to support the Open Space Alliance, a nonprofit partner of the city's environmental educational programs. Go to cabq.gov/openspace/EarthDay.html for more.
Sun, Earth, You
Saturday, April 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine and Fiber Art (2843 Hwy. 14 in Madrid)
A lecture by artist and retired geologist Doug Czor on the Earth’s future serves as the kickoff to the gallery's new "Saturday at the Johnsons" series of music, poetry, dance and more every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The Madrid gallery is also running a concurrent exhibit called Celebration of the Earth: This Land's Art that features 12 artists in three spaces. The Johnsons' commitment to exploring the connection between art and the environment is year-round, so you can guarantee that it’ll do your Earth Day right. Call (505) 471-1054 for more information.
The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space (7400 Montgomery NE)
Through April 25, The Wooden Cow presents Waste Not: Found Object, Recycled, Scavenged, Repurposed, Salvaged & Reused Art. The featured artist is Los Alamos’ Maggie Tomei, who uses mixed media to create works that recall the legacy of her grandmother’s needlework. For hours and more, go to woodencowgallery.wordpress.com.