Works in Progress is back!
We're excited to announce our March reading featuring three of our third year MFA students, Colby Gates, David O'Connor, and Lydia Wassan.
Joining the students will be the brilliant Lisa Chavez as our faculty reader.
We're excited to see you there!
Works in Progress is back!
A truly amazing and magical healing event with many high frequency musical tools. Come relax and embrace the healing with gongs, singing Crystal bowls,chimes,Crystal triangle and much more. Bring a pillow and blankie to get comfy. *10.00 admission at the door. An event you won't want to miss at this beautiful art gallery.you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated,massaged and healed!
Opening celebration for "In Clear Light".
This trio of artists brings a diverse look at light and life to this show including abstract, figurative and close up gardenscapes- this will be a feast for the eyes.
integrates movement and narration to deliver tales from around the world as well as personal stories for ages 5-100. $5 admission
She has performed at the Australian Storytelling Festival, Story Crossroads (UT), Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (SC), Taos Storytelling Storytelling Festival, Jemez Storytelling Festival, and Northlands Storytelling Conference. In 2008, she was chosen by her then Pacific peers to represent the 5-state region at the National Storytelling Network's All Regions Concert. She did a 4-week storytelling tour to international schools in Colombia in 2015 and to Korea and China in 2017. She will be doing the same in April and May when she goes to Chile and Peru.
This group is for all makers who want to come together to share what they are working on, maybe be inspired and chat.
This is open to all who love to create. Whether you knit, weave, crochet, paint, sketch, work with paper or beads, collage- whatever it is that fills your desire to create. I have been thinking for a while about setting aside a time for creatives to come together to make stuff. Finally, we have decided on a date and time. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 10-noon Tortuga will be open. Feel free to bring a snack and let others know that may enjoy this gathering. All are welcome!
Workshop of Painting with Acrylic Paints on Canvas
Watch a demonstration of painting with acrylics, or come paint along. Kay Marcotte will demonstrate her approach to acrylic painting, plus pass on tips and techniques that she has picked up during 45-years of painting and attending studio fine art classes.
If you wish to paint along…. bring supplies:
1). Acrylic paints in primary colors: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Crimson Red, Titanium White, plus other colors you may wish to use. Paynes Grey, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Hookers Green, and Titan Buff are also useful colors. (Artisans Art Store or Michael’s Craft Store have supplies, including starter kits with small tubes of acrylic primary colors)
2), Inexpensive canvas or panel to paint on. 16” x 20” is a great size for a workshop, but other sizes are fine
3). Acrylic brushes, a couple sizes. Round or flat, sizes 6 or 8 or 10 are all good
4). Container for water for rinsing brushes (such as recycled large yogurt-sized plastic container). Toweling for clean up
5). Paper Palette or a plastic tray to put paint on, and for mixing paint
6). Images for inspiration, photos or magazine clippings. Landscapes or garden scenes are good. People or pet portraits are difficult subjects. I will bring photos also
7). Apron, old clothes
This is a free workshop- donations appreciated!
Kids of all ages are invited to Tortuga for a mid morning Saturday treat.
Mauny Muray has performed magic for over 30 years. He studied under the tutelage of some of the nation’s top magician. His career spans both coasts. He has also performed in several foreign countries. Colombia, Australia, and South Korea to name a few.
Mauny’s magic programs fit all ages. He has performed in schools, libraries, birthday parties, outdoor events, and corporate functions. Mauny brings wonderment, astonishment, and smiles to all who attend.”
Artful Saturday sponsored by the AABA (Albuquerque Art Business Association) features open studio at Tortuga Gallery.
Three featured artists for the April show, "In Clear Light" will be on hand working in the gallery and available to share their process with viewers and patrons.
Come by for something more than an artist talk, an opportunity to see the artist at work.
Jack Williams is in his 59th year as a professional touring artist - a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and storyteller, whose songs display a clear sense of place, many of them grounded in - or inspired by - deep southern roots. His performances are highly energetic and entertaining, lacking the introversion which characterizes the performance of many singer-songwriters. His current music is strongly influenced by an early career in jazz, classical, folk, rock and roll, blues, and R&B. He began his musical journey at 4, playing his mother's Arthur Godfrey ukulele, and quickly learned to play the piano and trumpet, absorbing the big band jazz, pop, and classical music on his parents' 78 rpm records, as well as the raw blues music from his surroundings in 1940s South Carolina.
Gonga Yoga is an exploration of Self through sound and movement -a gentle, yet deep approach to body-mind awareness and relaxation. Michelle and Ron of The Art of Gong, combine their music with Christina’s yoga expertise to create a unique and profound experience. Please bring a yoga mat and pillow for your comfort. $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Enter the ethereal realms of harmonic sound as Michelle and Ron play their sacred instruments: Gongs, Crystal singing bowls, Himalayan bowls, the Halo handpan, Rav drum and Native American Flute. Orchestrating these instruments, they sculpt a rich and varied harmonic soundscape that invites you to relax and let the vibrations take you on an inward journey. Please bring a mat and pillow for your comfort.
sliding scale $ 10 - $20
Shelly Schucker will bring the art bus to Tortuga to celebrate Vicky Bolen's "Soup is Love" project. All are invited to create a bowl using materials from the art bus, peruse the bowls on sale from one year of bowl making at Little Bird de Papel and have fun!
Donations for the ART Bus are greatly appreciated!
Vicki Bolen's "Soup is Love Project" has made over 800 bowls and now is the time to find that one that is perfect for you. Bowls will be on sale at Tortuga starting at 1pm on Thursday March 15. They will be available at Tortuga through the weekend from 1-5pm- ending on March 19 at 5pm.
All proceed from this project will be donated to OffCenter Arts to support ongoing projects that help all people access art.
Join us in celebration of the official release of The Jade Oracle deck! Created by Veronica Iglesias, Anne Key & Ramona Teo... and supported by our generous Kickstarter backers, these beautiful cards are a powerful tool for connecting with ancient wisdom and discovering greater meaning in our daily lives.
This family-friendly event will be held at Tortuga Gallery
901 Edith Blvd, SE Albuquerque, New Mexico
: : Live music w/ Gabriel Fuentes!
The Sandia Mountain Art Show is on view for the final time at Tortuga. Last chance to see this glorious display of the work of 33 local artists.
Also on this night we welcome the "Hands" exhibit. This show of photography of local residents' hands was created several years ago and has been viewed at the Rio Grande Nature Center, the UNM Health Center and a few other places along the way.
The gallery is open from 1pm on this day so come by for a unique experience.
An evening of the rowdy, elegant, and timeless New Mexican dances that have enlivened house parties and dancehalls across Northern New Mexico for hundreds of years. Lone Piñon and Friends will provide the violin and accordion-driven tunes and dance leaders Lucy Salazar, Leticia Gonzales, and Reyes and Cordelia Garcia will be there to get us going on the Cuna, Varsoviana, Valse de los Paños, Chotis, and more. Come help bring the dances to life, subvert colonialism, nourish intergenerational wisdom, drink beer and eat enchiladas! BYOB and food--we'll start with a potluck at 6:30.
Mr Chino will start with the gongs to shake all lower vibrational frequencies off, moving to the 7 singing Crystal bowls playing binuaral technique to get you to a higher state of consciousness,as his wife Tammy uses the Crystal triangle to shake off more for your body to be receptive to the frequencies healing your body.Mr Chino will bring you down one bowl at a time grounding you with the Tang drum followed by the high Frequency download codes sung by his wife. A very healing event you wouldn't want to miss. You will feel relaxed, rejuvenated,and healed from the inside out. ( Bring pillow and or blanket and enjoy this time for yourself)This event is 10.00 at door
As Tortuga hosts an exhibit on our magnificent Sandia Mountains, adventurer/traveler Rick Berg, Argentine and bilingual storyteller, Matilde Machiavello, and returning Burqueno and lover of the personal narrative, Nash Jones share their own tales of mastering majestic and challenging altitudes Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Suggested Donation $5-15
The first show of 2018 for Tortuga is all about our mountain. Local artists have submitted work from each unique experience of the Sandia Mountain.
Enjoy this opening which will include local poets expressions surrounding our beautiful watermelon mountain.
Starts at 6pm, light refreshments, poetry.
A last chance to view the work of local fiber artists responding to the questions, "Are you hopeful? Can humans work together amidst these troubled times? Do you have a visual plan? How can we turn our problems into opportunities?"
View the work, contemplate the words, find your answers.
As part of the Love as Revolution tour, local group, Drunken Buddha opens for folk goddess Diane Patterson. Diane has been to Albuquerque many times and if you missed her in the past, the month of gratitude is a perfect time to experience her.
Show starts at 6pm, Suggested donation $8-20
SURPRISE! Poems by Jesse Ehrenberg
Book Launch and Reading
Followed by Music and Dancing to MoonHat, Albuquerque’s own Funk-Jazz Band
Refreshments ~~ Books for Sale
Description of book - Jesse Ehrenberg has been a poet since he was a teenager in NY and has never had a reason to stop. His first book of poems, SURPRISE!, from Foothills Publishing in NY, is an eclectic mix. Love, nature, outrage and politics find their place in his brain, heart and poetry. “The Unicorns are back…, Jesus is a Vegas Magician and Mickey Mouse has PTSD.” (John Roche) Yet Jesse still finds sacred songs / in praise of tomorrow as he works “through the prevailing idiocy.” (Larry Goodell)
Write Your Soul's Wave Toward Sacred Connection
Journey to awaken your soul's voice through writing in this unique class taught by Burt Kempner, children's book author and award-winning producer visiting from Florida, and Michelle Adam, local novelist, teacher, and healer. Discover, explore, and write the voices and matrix of ourselves and all of life--the animals, wind, water--that coexist with us on this earth. Kempner has produced shows on PBS, Discovery, History Channel and CNBC, and will only be offering this workshop with Michelle Adam during this time. Michelle Adam has published Child of Duende: A Journey of the Spirit, a story of Gypsies, flamenco, and nature spirits in Spain. She has also led healing circles in the local area.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join us.
Cost $30 per person.
Local fiber artists respond to the questions:
Are you hopeful? Can humans work together amidst these troubled times? Do you have a visual plan? How can we turn our problems into opportunities?
Show is hosted by Hilary Heyl, Jill Logan, Patricia Oakley, Judith Roderick & Suzanne Visor.
Earth Now will be on view November 6-29.
Stan Renfro, Poet and Ron Kalinoski, Gong Artist will create an evening of soundscape and poetry.
A Poetry Selection
I choose poets engaged with life. Now
more than ever, that commitment is called
for. These men and women wrote for a race
and refine for us a way to focus our ardor
for existence. – Stan Renfro
Tone Poems for Gong
Gongs speak and sing with many voices and usually with several different voices simultaneously. If you listen carefully, you will often hear 5 or more voices at once, all at different frequencies, resonances and rhythm (or pulse rate). Gongs are capable of surprising lyricism. They tell a story about a journey through a landscape made of sound. This landscape has features that trigger emotional reactions in the listener. These reactions then stimulate the imagination to create a narrative, similar to how dreaming works, but in this case, it is a conscious experience. People with robust imaginations go to some remarkable places. In the current work, the Tone Poems are constructed to relate to the collection of poems selected by Stan.
- Ron Kalinoski
Kat Heatherington will speak about and read work from her newly released volume of poems, "The Bones of This Land",
published Fall 2017 by Swimming with Elephants Press.
Hosted by Katrina Guarascio.
Music by Kalina!
Copies of the book will be available for sale. Come celebrate with us!
Los Tres Fantásticos: More Than Meets the Eye
Joshua Franco, Derrick Montez and Santiago Perez —revive the concept of the original Los Fantasticos (2009) by returning to surrealistic hijinks, realistic magicalism, and painterly
invention in this new iteration of the Fantasticos
with an exhibit at Tortuga Gallery.
A beautiful display of huge, large and small works, standing painted-sculpture, full of color, humor, Pop and tradition, thoughtful
invention, and elaborately painted with eye-dazzling effects.
Show will be on display from Oct 6-28