Daniel Abraham, best-selling local fantasy and space opera author, will be at Page One Books at 4pm on Saturday, June 25, to talk about and sign his latest epic fantasy novel, The Spider's War: The Dagger and the Coin Book 5, which marks the conclusion to this series.
The book is described as such: "Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent conflict of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world."
Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) James S.A. Corey. Corey's space opera books have been turned into "The Expanse" TV series on the SyFy Channel, which has been renewed for a second season. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.
The KiMo Theatre Art Gallery is a wonderful place to find interesting art and artists. The spacious light-filled gallery offers visitors an opportunity to see artists they may or may not know, and themed exhibitions that create new visual experiences.
On Thursday, June 23 from 5-8pm, there will be a free public opening night reception for artists Elizabeth Barraclough and Mark Samudio.
The exhibition "Love Letters to Albuquerque" featuring the work of artist/photographer Barraclough, who at age eight processed her first photograph at Kirtland's then-free darkroom, a picture of her cat, Pretty Girl, sniffing flowers. Her journey as an artist and musician led her to performing with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary and many other musical adventures. Work in various roles in Hollywood gained her experience on big budget movies, and along the way she traveled the world, connecting with numerous "names" and building a lifetime of memories.
Eventually returning to Albuquerque, she fell in love with the landscape and the uniqueness of our town, and, tired of people she met along her way being "disappointed" that she was not from Santa Fe or Taos, Barraclough began the a seven-year process of creating photographic "Love Letters" to show once and for all that Albuquerque is unique, majestic, and offers every bit as much as our more famous neighbors.
The companion exhibition, "Studies from the Bosque", also celebrates the beauty of Albuquerque through the eyes of artist/photographer Mark Samudio. The California native's art experience began in big scalem painting billboards in Clovis, CA for 3M's national advertising campaign. That job transitioned into working for a sign company in El Paso, where he learned the power of commercial art. He was strongly influenced by the Old Masters who also incorporated the use of lettering in their art. His work has been recognized with awards and has been shown at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Samudio's beautiful New Mexico photography is on display at Albuquerque's City Hall.
The KiMo Gallery is open during normal hours of operation of the KiMo Theatre (Wednesday through Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm) and during most KiMo events. During the day visitors are requested to enter at the KiMo's Business Office at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) where they will be directed to the gallery to view and enjoy the exhibition at no charge. For the reception, visitors may access the gallery through the 417 Central Avenue entry.
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I'm standing in a cave with water flowing in and out. The tide is coming in but I'm not panicking, in fact, I'm enjoying myself. I'm playing with a mysterious animal. I think it's an eel, but I can't see anything except the torso because the animal wants to be petted. It's dark and slimy and squirming and keeps slipping out of my arms, which can barely wrap around the torso.
There is no direct light, just what little comes in from the outside. I can't see outside the cave except the brief moments between when the waves are entering the cave or receding.
I'm giggling at the creature.
I wake up.
Whether capturing a site visited on one of his globe-trotting trips, or imagining one of his buildings, Antoine Predock's sketches trace the hand's intuitive rush across a surface, condensing a rich sensorium of perceptions and experiences into memorably succinct collations of line and color. Visitors to the Albuquerque Museum will see nearly 200 sketches, some still in their original sketchbooks, and dozens of models, some carved by hand, others digitally 3-D printed.
Co-curated by Christopher Mead and Mira Woodson, Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock makes a case for the continued relevance of drawings made by hand in our increasingly electronic world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by University of New Mexico Press, Drawing Into Architecture: The Sketches of Antoine Predock, edited by Mead and designed by Woodson.
As a student in the 1950's at the University of New Mexico, Predock regularly drifted from the architecture program (in Engineering) over to the Art Department to study with the sculptor and painter John Tatschl, and the painters Elaine De Kooning and Walter Kulhman. These artists showed Predock how seeing and making ran together in a dialogue between visuality and materiality mediated by the human body: as De Kooning explained at the time, "painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." Carved by hand with a knife, in place of a drawing's pen or brush, Predock's clay models use a sculptural material to painterly effect, shaping form and space into planes of solid and void.
On Saturday, June 25, Drawing Into Architecture opens to the public with a visit from the architect himself. At 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend a discussion between guest curator Christopher Mead and Antoine Predock. Other events on opening day include:
1-4pm. Family Art Activity: Create your own art inspired by Antoine Predock's work.
2-5pm. Art in the Afternoon: featuring music by New Mexican Marimba Band.
All events are included with the price of admission.
Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5pm, closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9am-1pm, from 9am-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5-8pm on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month. Fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times.
For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.