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all paintings by Eric G. Thompson


“The Painter’s Vision Is Not a Lens”

New work by Eric G. Thompson comes alive

Photorealistic paintings are not a crime. These new works by Eric G. Thompson shimmer with captured energy.

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Ronald Chavez aka Dreamer


Their Hearts Into Art

Incarcerated students’ work exhibits ingenuity and passion

Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful, to say the least.
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“A Second Life” by Karl Hofmann


Blossoming Impossibly

Three Harwood artists celebrate springtime

Spring swept in late this year, bringing with it an energetic chaos of uplifting art.
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Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar
Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mrs. L.H. Shearman


What to Wear in New Spain

Behind Closed Doors peeks into the fashion and elitism of the past

Conspicuous consumption isn’t new. Behind Closed Doors at the Albuquerque Museum explores how the privileged upper classes of New Spain wanted others to view and revere them.
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The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe
Matt Wright


Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail

Janire Nájera apparently likes her road trips 19th-century-style. The Spanish photojournalist and curator is taking a cue from Antonio Armijo—who laid the groundwork for successful trade along what's now known as the Old Spanish Trail when he successfully hoofed it from New Mexico to California and back (and managed to make a profit in the process)—with a voyage through northern New Mexico, parts of Utah and Arizona, and into Southern California. For the journey, Nájera's own pack animal of choice is an RV from 1984, a bit of an upgrade from the 100 mules of Armijo's trip in 1829-1830. Her goals are social and artistic in nature as she explores, according to the description on her website, how “the traditions of the first settlers [of European descent] ... have merged with domestic cultures, influencing the creation and identity of today's pueblos and modern cities.”

Nájera's journey began in Santa Fe on March 10, and she's already building a fascinating portrait of modern-day descendants of our region's Spanish heritage. See Nájera's video below featuring Julia Gómez talking about the famous Colcha stitch, and her latest blog entry has another great one with Santa Fe hairdresser Faustino Herrera de Vargas, entirely in Spanish, speaking about his storied life.

Follow Janire Nájera's travels along the Old Spanish Trail at her blog Looking Forward, Moving Back, and keep a weather eye out for the book and photography exhibit that will be the eventual result.

Upcycle your denim at Hip Stitch with the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild
courtesy of Linda Hamlin


Quilt While You’re Still Ahead

Who will reign supreme when vicious rivals the Heritage Farm Quilters and the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild—armed with titanium shears and topstitch needles—clash in their upcoming battle to the death?
Savory Fare sandwich
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Pastry Case

Savory Fare offers an indoor picnic’s worth of food

A Heights shop with indoor-picnic appeal.
Zendo double exposure
Photos by Manan Tevosyan


A Question of Scale

Laila Weeks closing reception at Zendo

Laila Weeks’ current collection uses only one color—an eyeball-scorching shade of red acrylic—and a bit of ink and acid-etched metal. And yet it's impossible not to stare.
Marcia Sednek knows whimsy.
photos courtesy of Mariposa Gallery


All the Pretty Dresses

Artist Marcia Sednek twists and bends each forgotten and worn object into a wonderful piece of sartorial art.
“Our Lady of Sorrows” retablo by Salvador Carriaga Lambert


Art and Devotion

El Chante hosts a community art show highlighting culture and faith

The Art of Devotion promises a Saturday night filled with culture, tradition and faith.
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