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The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

Sunday Dec 31, 2017

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1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
Website: Click to Visit






Phone: 505-246-2261
Website: Click to Visit

Approximately 430 handmade ornaments from over 125 New Mexican artists, collected by the Duran family. Runs through 1/7.


Join us for the opening reception for the exhibition The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style, featuring approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years. Matt and Jeanette began collecting Christmas ornaments in 2000 and there first tree was only 4 feet tall. Now, the ornaments are displayed on a number of trees in their home including one that is 15 feet tall. You can explore this impressive collection in the NHCC Art Museum between December 2, 2017 and January 7, 2018.

Free public event

See also: Arts Interview

Rockin' Around the NHCC

The Duran family is decking the halls and the galleries this holiday season

For 18 years the Duran family—that's Matt, Jeannette and their son, Gabriel—have been collecting handmade Christmas ornaments for their family tree. Most of these tiny pieces of art are sourced from artists at Spanish Market, where both Matt and Gabriel sell their carvings and metalwork. Now a collection of more than 400 individual pieces by more than 130 New Mexican artists, the Durans have decided to share their massive collection with the greater community through an exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style opens on Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 7. Still in the midst of setting up the show, Matt Duran took the time to tell us about the collection's origins and what it means to his family.

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