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The Gallery ABQ
Type of business:
Art Gallery & Gift Shop
8210 Menaul Blvd. NE, Hoffmantown Shopping Center
Albuquerque NM 87110
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Whether they paint, sculpt, photograph, fuse glass, throw clay or create jewelry, artists like to share their creations. Wanting to have a more direct connection with their collectors and admirers, a group of accomplished Albuquerque area artists opened The Gallery ABQ in mid 2012. They not only create all of the items for sale, but also staff the gallery, handle the operation and present its shows. The resulting gallery has quickly established itself as a magnet for local artists and art collectors alike by featuring quality local creations at reasonable artist-direct prices.The Gallery ABQ is located at 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE in the Hoffmantown Shopping Center, on the southwest corner of Wyoming and Menaul. They take the word “gallery” in their name seriously, making sure that the displays are clearly labeled and not overcrowded. In addition to oil, watercolor, acrylic and encaustic paintings as well as collage, mixed media and photography in a variety of styles from realistic to abstract, the gallery also features bronze sculpture, fused glass, colorful pottery and a trio of jewelry artists. There is a new show each month, and the entire gallery is completely refreshed every three months. Prices start at just a few dollars for unique cards or $20 for a set of earrings on up through high-end items.Because artists founded The Gallery ABQ, they are focused on creating opportunities for their fellow artists. Any local artist can apply for membership, which includes guaranteed wall or floor space as well as participation in a Featured Artist show each year. In exchange for monthly rent and helping run the gallery, the business only keeps a small percentage of sales, with the bulk going directly to the artists. In addition the gallery has a Salon space that can be rented by individual artists or groups to stage their own shows for a month, taking advantage of the infrastructure already set up by The Gallery ABQ to staff the exhibition and handle sales. Information on both options are available on the gallery’s website at thegalleryabq.com under the “About Us” menu.The Gallery ABQ also gives back to the community with special programs, such as regular, free “Artist Insights” talks at their opening receptions where a Featured Artist shares their inspiration and techniques with attendees. In 2014 they also hosted a pair of “Poetry at Four” events organized by local award-winning author and poet Joanne Bodin, Ph.D., plus awarded a solo show in their Salon to a deserving artist (Michael Meyer) at the MasterWorks of New Mexico fine art show.The Gallery ABQ’s current show is called “A Winter Gathering”, and the Salon has been converted into a gift shop for the holidays, and it will continue as an all- member show throughout the month of ￼January. This is a great opportunity for you to treat yourself to works by local artists as well as handcrafted gifts at great prices—either to share with others or to enjoy yourself year-round. The Gallery ABQ is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm through December, and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm in January. They are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Their next reception is Saturday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 6 PM for last-minute gift buying, as well as Friday, Jan. 2 from 5 to 8pm to kick off the New Year.
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