Creepy No, Crawly Yes
Not so familiar with our city's growing art scene? Maybe it's time you got up close and personal. You'll have your chance this Friday, Aug. 3, during the monthly First Friday gallery tour. From enamel art at Downtown's Sumner & Dene (517 Central NW, 842-1400) to mixed media work at Old Town's Weems Gallery (303 Romero NW, 764-0302) to handmade jewelry at Nob Hill's Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE (Nob Hill, 268-6828), there's a wee bit o' something for just about everybody. For a full roster of participating galleries, call 771-4006 or go to www.artscrawlabq.org.
Raymundo Sesma and his Working Classroom apprentices unveil an innovative Downtown public art project
The sad truth about public art is that it's often a lowest common denominator affair. The municipal committees that rubber-stamp these projects might have a deep appreciation for the revolutionary possibilities of contemporary art, but you rarely see it manifested in the decisions they make. Mostly, these committees just don't want to be hassled by vocal critics from the public at large, those loudmouth cretins who habitually take offense at any aesthetic flavor other than vanilla.