Lovelier and lovelier! Set in an attractive 7,000-square-foot loft near the corner of Fourth Street and Central Avenue, Fort 105 Studios contains 16 studio spaces and a large gallery. Since it opened in 1998, this unique cooperative venture has become a staple of Downtown Albuquerque's arts scene, catering to the needs of a wide range of art professionals. Photographers, painters, sculptors, carpenters, jewelry makers and musicians all call Fort 105 home.
There's still one week left to catch a three-person exhibit of abstract art at the Coleman Gallery. Diane McGregor paints dreamy wave-like oil canvases. Joyce Shupe specializes in constructing distinctive banded pieces with highly textured surfaces. Don Verynay creates polished vertical works with saturated pigments mixed with lava gel. Flow, a show of work by these three artists, runs through May 29. Swing through the gallery before this exhibit comes down. 232-0224.
Josquin des Prez was one of the finest Flemish composers of the Renaissance. This Sunday, May 23, Música Antigua de Albuquerque, our city's premiere interpreter of antique music will present a concert of sacred and secular music by this distinguished master. As always, the compositions will be performed on period instruments. The show begins at 4:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal (601 Montaño NW). $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 students. 842-9613.
A couple months ago, a few Albuquerque city councilors and their supporters made a big stink about a sculpture consisting of two giant neon green cones that the city planned to install at the Louisiana and I-40 interchange. Whether you side with the complainers or with Tom Waldron, the project's designer, it's nice to see people get worked up over art for a change. It's the kind of conflict we don't see often enough in Albuquerque. Everyone should care about public art in our city, and we should all be willing to air our own views in public.
In looking over In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960 what strikes me most is not the poems, or even the all-star line up, but the poets who are missing. Since I am an award-winning poet, host of a monthly reading for five years, award-winning producer of a spoken word/poetry radio show for four years and resident of Albuquerque for 13 years, some of my dismay is personal. Ever since I heard about the book's release, my indignation has been building. But now, with the actual book, I'm incredulous, and my ire is aimed squarely at the editors: Lee Bartlett, V.B. Price and Dianne Edenfield Edwards. I smell a rat.
It takes courage to expend the energy to create, come what may of one's efforts. The same is true of creative activism. Clamor addresses art, activism and courageous creativity in general.
Huyler, a practicing emergency physician, creates a gripping medical thriller about a mysterious infectious disease and a young doctor's heroic attempts to trace its cause. Poetic and suspenseful, The Laws of Invisible Things is a promising debut from a talented young writer.