Dec 31 - Jan 6, 2010 
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Culture Shock

By Erin Adair-Hodges
Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theater
Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theater

Get Out

Though it’s still winter break for some, there are plenty of artists who can’t sit still. ADD? Nah (well, not diagnosed, anyway). Think of it as creative urges that refuse to be contained. Why usher in 2010 in the usual way, nursing an Irish car bomb hangover while watching a Smokey and the Bandit marathon, when you can greet the new year with new art? Lucky for you, this weekend is a perfect time to do just that.

The Wooden Cow Gallery (7400 Montgomery NE) opens its latest show, the aptly named 20/10 Project. The gallery’s 10 founding artistsFenton Ayres, Sharon Sperry Bloom, Meg Butler, Cindy Chavez, Linda Davis, Annie Hooten, Raine Klover, Regina Portscheller, Jill Riester and Wendell W. Unzickerwill each show two of their newest pieces. A range of mediums including painting, jewelry and photography will be on display. The show opens on Jan. 1, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through Jan. 30. For more, call 999-1280 or go to thewoodencow.com.

Downtown, Chroma Studios (600 First Street NW, Suites 100 and 210) plays host to Richard Sandoval’s surreal mixed media works. The reception on Jan. 1 goes from 6 to 10 p.m. Chroma is a gallery, home for artists’ studios and music space. For more on the who and the what, see chromastudios.wordpress.com.

And on Saturday, Jan. 2, take your already stir-crazy kiddie clan to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW) for Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids and childlike adults alike can create their own artwork inspired by the current exhibition, Albuquerque Now, or, as is more likely, inspired by dirt, rainbows and belly buttons. Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theater will present It’s Time, a production for children 1 to 3 years old (and their grown-ups) at 1 and 3 p.m. And educator Madalena Salazar will lead walks through the exhibition at 2 and 3 p.m. for kids ages 4 to 7 and their adults. All events are free with admission ($4 adults, $3 New Mexico residents, $2 seniors, $1 kids ages 4 to 12; humans younger than that are free). Need more? Go to cabq.gov/museum or call 243-7255.

 
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