Claudia Nygaard in concert
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Claudia Nygaard in concert

CLAUDIA NYGAARD's amber honey voice would be reason enough to catch her show, but she is also a quick-witted and captivating storyteller who writes emotionally fearless songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual. As are the stories she tells in between them. Since cutting her teeth as a staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, Nygaard has won numerous songwriting awards including the Kerrville Folk Festival and Tumbleweed Music Festival songwriting competitions.

Singer/songwriter, Claudia Nygaard brings her tunes to Tortuga.

Cover $10-20

7pm

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Sunday at the ABQ Art Showcase
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday at the ABQ Art Showcase

Local Treasure Reception is the highlight of the Showcase on Sunday. Local artists who have made a contribution to the community will be honored with a reception at 1pm.

Admission to the Showcase is free this day.

Tortuga will be in booths C18, C19, D21 & D22.

Congratulations to Joel Davis, Tortuga’s Local Treasure!

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ABQ Art Showcase Saturday
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

ABQ Art Showcase Saturday

Saturday at the Showcase features more artist talks and book signings. The event is at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Tortuga Artists will be found in booths C18, C19, D21 & D22.

Featuring: Roe LiBretto, Eliza Schmid, Denise Weaver Ross, Sean Wells, Lesley Long, Vicki Bolen, Marc Sherson, Julie Brokken, Andrew Fearnside, Chris Newbill & Marian Berg, Mary Jane Milz, Janine Wilson, Linsay Locke.

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ABQ Art Showcase Friday
Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

ABQ Art Showcase Friday

The first full day of sales at the Showcase features artist talks and book signings. The event is at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Tortuga Artists will be found in booths C18, C19, D21 & D22.

Featuring: Roe LiBretto, Eliza Schmid, Denise Weaver Ross, Sean Wells, Lesley Long, Vicki Bolen, Marc Sherson, Julie Brokken, Andrew Fearnside, Chris Newbill & Marian Berg, Mary Jane Milz, Janine Wilson, Linsay Locke.

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Gala Event at Convention Center for ABQ Art Showcase
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Gala Event at Convention Center for ABQ Art Showcase

The ABQ Art Showcase begins with a Gala opening party featuring Le Chat Lunatique, address by Mayor Tim Keller and more than 150 artists from across the southwest. Tortuga Artists will be in booths C18, C19, D21 & D22.

Featuring the works of Marian Berg, Vicki Bolen, Julie Brokken, Andrew Fearnside, Roe LiBretto, Linsay Locke, Lesley Long, Mary Jane Milz, Chris Newbill, Denise Weaver Ross, Eliza Schmid, Marc Sherson, Sean Wells & Janine Wilson.

For more info go to ABQ Art Showcase Website

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Book Release of "Forgiveness" by Chelsea Bunn
Aug
9
7:00 AM07:00

Book Release of "Forgiveness" by Chelsea Bunn

Chelsea Bunn is a poet and educator living in New Mexico. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a BA in English from Hunter College in New York. A two-time recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, her poems appear in Best New Poets 2018, Sooth Swarm Journal, Noble / Gas Qtrly, Dogwood, Georgetown Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in NYC, she serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing for the BFA program at Navajo Technical University.

Forgiveness is not a book about forgiveness, but is instead a book about the desire for forgiveness, which can be the most overpowering of all desires, particularly when it cannot be satisfied. The most accomplished of these poems—in particular, “Inheritance”— become traps in the moment that unsatisfiable desire breaks from the poem to overwhelm the reader, and it is in those moments that Chelsea Bunn’s inescapable art is perfected.

—SHANE MCCRAE In the Language of My Captor

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Showcase Artists @ Tortuga Opening Celebration
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Showcase Artists @ Tortuga Opening Celebration

Tortuga Gallery is participating in the first ABQ Art Showcase at the convention Center in August.
This show will highlight the artists that are in the Tortuga booths for this great event.
Here are the artists:
Andrew Fearnside, Chris Newbill, Denise Weaver Ross, Eliza Schmid, Janine Wilson, Julie Brokken, Lesley Long, Linsay Locke, Marian Berg, Mary Jane Milz, Roe Libretto, Sean Wells, Vicky Bolen
There will be a sneak peek at their art on first Friday at Tortuga.
The Showcase runs from August 15-19 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Check out abqartshowcase.org

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Bards In-Between
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Bards In-Between

Join Bards In-Between, a conscious indie duet from Mancos, Colorado, for an evening of musical healing through intention setting, sound bath, and songs from the soul.
We will start off this special night with a sound bath full of high vibrations from didgeridoo, handpan, singing bowl, flute, and more - followed by a smooth transition into our set which features guitar, violin, vocals, and just enough bass to get you on your feet and dancing.

Tickets available at the door for a sliding fee of $10-$20

Pay what you can and support this unique musical offering!

We look forward to sharing ourselves with you and getting familiar with the art scene in Albuquerque.

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Open Mic Poetry
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Poetry

The Tortuga Gallery Open Poetry Readings take place every third Wednesday of the month. Wednesday, July 17th, is the third reading in the Tortuga Gallery Summer 2019 Open Poetry Reading Series. Please join us at the Tortuga Gallery on July 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm to share your poetry and listen to the poetry of others. Sign-up begins at 6:30, and poets have 5 minutes each to read their poetry. Please bring any publications you have to display on our Poet’s Table.
See you there!
Holly Wilson

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Storytelling Series- Women Who Made Us
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Storytelling Series- Women Who Made Us

Tortuga Storytelling Series - a collaboration between Storytellers of New Mexico and Tortuga Gallery - returns this July with "Women Who Made Us".

This month, the Tortuga Storytelling Series is proud to offer the talents of visiting storytellers, Juba Addison (Las Cruces) and Sean Buvala (Phoenix). Amidst the fine artist interpretations of Women Who Made Us, Juba and Sean will shower us with tales from folklore and their own personal journeys about women who you might identify with in your own life…those who inspired through their work, in and outside the home, some that gave them a good belly laugh, strong women who rose up against all odds, and the women who nurtured them through all the good and challenging times of their lives, whether it be a friend, a mentor, a grandmother, or sister of blood or heart.

About the Tellers:

*Juba Addison*
Juba learned the art of storytelling from her grandmother Sarah Jane, a descendant of West African Griots. As a child, she loved listening to the wonderful village stories shared by her grandmother, aunts, and uncles. Juba's passion for storytelling gives her the opportunity to share stories that will educate, entertain, and encourage others to live their best lives.

*Sean Buvala*
Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. He started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From then on, both the kids and Sean were sold on the influence of a great story. An author, speaker, trainer, and performance artist, Sean describes the collection of stories in his head as "life and legend" representing the mix of stories from his experiences, myth and legend from many cultures, sacred stories, and observations of shared life events. Sean's appearances is sponsored in part by The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group in Arizona.

$10 at the door
Suitable for ages 13+

Produced by Storytellers of New Mexico Member, Elaine Muray. For additional information, please contact elaine@embodiedvoicestoryarts.com

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Game Night
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Game Night

Game night is back on schedule- second Thursday.
As always all are welcome- bring a game if you want, bring a friend or find one here and bring a snack to share.
$3 donation appreciated.
6-9pm
See you here!

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Women Who Made Us Song Circle
Jul
7
5:30 PM17:30

Women Who Made Us Song Circle

This July, Tortuga is hosting an art show titled "The Women Who Made Us." This event showcases art by Courtney Angermeier. Each piece focuses on an inspirational female leader and has an accompanying writing piece by another woman telling the story of how their life was impacted and strengthened by that female leader.

As a part of this show honoring extraordinary women, Albuquerque Women's Song Circle has been asked to host an evening of singing at Tortuga Gallery.

All women are invited to gather in the spirit of song.
We will share a potluck style meal starting at 5:30 and then
share songs from 6:30-8:00pm. Everyone coming is invited to bring a song to share. If you are able to print the words to the song, great, but if not, please come and bring your song anyway! Often times we learn the song through a call and response style. No experience necessary.

For more information about the Women's Song Circle, please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1671994769735501/

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"Women Who Made Us"   Art Show
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

"Women Who Made Us" Art Show

The Silent Auction for this show is now live on-line. Here is the link to more info about the show and Southwest Women’s Law Center and the silent Auction: BID NOW

This event showcases art by Courtney Angermeier. Each piece focuses on an inspirational female leader and has an accompanying writing piece by another woman telling the story of how their life was impacted and strengthened by that female leader. There will also be an open mic for women to share their stories and Ben Jones, The Blue Fiddle Guy will provide entertainment. . Note cards of the art and the writings will be available for sale. All proceeds go to the Southwest Women Law's Center. There will be events on evenings of the 5th and the 12th, but the art will be available for viewing from the 5th - 15th.

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DESIERTO EN ESCARLATA"
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

DESIERTO EN ESCARLATA"

Presentacion de "DESIERTO EN ESCARLATA"
Una compilacion de cuentos de genero policial relacionados con Ciudad Juarez escrito por 23 escritores Mexicanos y uno Colombiano.
Musica por el grupo CUICANI.
*El evento sera en Español*

Presentation of "DESIERTO EN ESCARLATA"
A compilation of short stories of the crime genre related to Ciudad Juarez written by 23 Mexican writers and one Columbian.
Music by the group CUICANI.
*This event will be in Spanish*

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Songs of Benares - From the River Ganga to the Rio Grande (Albq)
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Songs of Benares - From the River Ganga to the Rio Grande (Albq)

Friday, May 24, Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque: Songs of Benares - From the River Ganga to the Rio Grande , the kickoff event of Sangeet Millennium's spring 2019 northern New Mexico tour. An authentic world music concert comes to Barelas' Tortuga Gallery, weaving together classical South Asian vocal, tabla drums, and sitar in the first half, followed by a blend of sax, sitar, and tabla for a fusion sound in the second half, featuring the Dallas-based world music collective Sangeet Millennium Ensemble with guest artists on tour from India.

The ensemble’s leader/project director, Dr. Amie Maciszewski, a native of Raton and former Albuquerque resident, has spent her adult life studying, playing, teaching about, and promoting the traditional music and musicians of India, having lived there for over a decade.

Tickets on sale now: Concert Tickets

General Admission $20, Student/Senior $15, Sponsor (couple) $100

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Music of North India workshop - Intro to Raag, Taal, Naad Yoga
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Music of North India workshop - Intro to Raag, Taal, Naad Yoga

This workshop consists of three parts. In each part we will explore a distinct aspect of the music of North India, all of which combine to complete the whole.

First 50 minutes: Introduction to sur (melody), names of notes (sargam), raag (melodic framework), swaras (musical notes) through vocalizing and playing harmonium. Led by Rupan. Participants bring their voices and, if they have, a harmonium or tanpura. Participants will learn a simple song, sung with tabla accompaniment. Depending on the gender ratio, we will sing in G#/A flat or B flat. Pharticipants with no musical background will be shown how to produced these sounds on the harmonium.

Second 45 minutes: Introduction to taal (rhythm) through clapping and percussion exercises. Participants will learn simple rhythmic compositions. Led by Uddalak. Participants bring their tabla or other hand percussion instrument. Everyone must participate in these exercises, not just percussionists!

Final 45 minutes: We will explore the swara-s (musical notes) and their relationship to chakras (energy centers along the front spine) through a combination of deeply mindful vocalizing, breathing, and meditation. We will review the song taught in the first section, putting it together with the taal to which it is set.

Well-behaved children 9 and up are welcome.

Tickets $40-50 available through Eventbrite. Here is the link: Workshop

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Kristina Jacobsen CD Release: w/ Jason Murray, Alex McMahon & Ian Brody
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Kristina Jacobsen CD Release: w/ Jason Murray, Alex McMahon & Ian Brody

$15 includes a copy of the CD.

Join singer-songwriter Kristina Jacobsen for an intimate evening of original songs from her new solo album, "Shelter," in her last Albuquerque show before she moves to Italy for one year to tour and record. Deeply inspired by what she calls 'honky tonk americana,' this album also goes further afield, both in content and in sound: to Italy, to Denmark, to the Navajo Nation, and to Finland. Admission includes a copy of the new album. For this show, she will be joined by guitarist/songwriter, Jason Murray, guitarist Alex McMahon and cellist Ian Brody.

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Storytelling- Speaking of the Sweet & Sorrow
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Storytelling- Speaking of the Sweet & Sorrow

Tortuga Storytelling Series - a collaboration between Storytellers of New Mexico and Tortuga Gallery - returns this May with "Speaking of the Sweet and Sorrow".

With storytellers Sarah Malone and Regina Ress with a post-performance talk back

For teller information, visit storytellersofnewmexico.org/directory

$10 at the door
Suitable for ages 13+

Produced by Storytellers of New Mexico's Elaine Muray. For additional information, please contact elaine@embodiedvoicestoryarts.com

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Meet the Artists!
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists!

Just before the monthly poetry event with Holly Wilson, our featured artists will present a bit about their art and process.

David McKee and Christopher Spatz will reveal the true meaning behind ‘Lamentations & Redolence”.

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Baile with Lone Piñon
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Baile with Lone Piñon

Join us again for an evening of the rowdy and elegant New Mexican dances that have enlivened house parties and dancehalls across Northern New Mexico for hundreds of years. Lone Piñon and Friends will provide live music and dancer leader Lucy Salazar 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 7:00pm.

Come early and bring your kiddos for a free Bilingual Birdies class at 6:00 by Lia Martinez! Bilingual Birdies helps kids learn Spanish in the most fun way with songs, dance and play. (By donation.)

$10

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Galactic Sound Bath
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Galactic Sound Bath

A different twist on sound healing. Come take a journey with the freqencies
From the many instruments performed by Mr And Mrs CHINO.
*Bring blanket and pillow and open mind, and be ready to heal.
*Crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, Tang drums, rain stick lightning drums and much more .......
*$20 at door

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Lamentations & Redolence with David McKee and Christopher Spatz
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Lamentations & Redolence with David McKee and Christopher Spatz

Lamentations & Redolence @ Tortuga
David McKee and Christopher Spatz 

Lamentations- David’s paintings

Redolence- Christopher’s photographs

These both point to much of what is right in this world: a spark of color, a hint of truth, a seed of new.

Perhaps another title could be “Hope in Spring”. 

May 3-31, 2019

David S McKee - My series titled: Lamentations is a body of work consisting of ten mixed media collage paintings, and in part, Lamentations is loosely based on Dante’s Inferno and my own personal struggles in life. Dante's Inferno begins when Dante falls asleep and loses his way on the journey through life. I also found myself sleep-walking through life until I underwent a transformative experience. This body of work does not explicitly follow Dante’s trip through the various levels of Hell but instead mirrors my own path and wakeup call. With the Lamentation Series, I’m seeking a fresh start to my journey in life as well as my journey as an artist.
Christopher Spatz - The varied landscapes of the American Southwest hold a particular fascination for me…the prehistoric ruins of New Mexico and the Four Corners region—a sense of history, a sense of mystery—images of magical places, expertly built and inhabited by Stone Age cultures for generations, and abruptly abandoned centuries before the arrival of the European conquerors and inquisitors. Intriguing, nostalgic…the solitude and ambience in the slow awakening of the Bosque along the Rio Grande, looking east to the rising sun on a summer morning…or a study of the artistry of an historic craft. Observations noting dramatic changes to scenery with which I’ve been familiar since boyhood…images unfixed to a specific time, landscapes with uneasy juxtapositions of the modern manmade…abstraction in confluence with veracity.

Redolence—a bringing to mind, an invitation to reminiscence... more precisely a pleasant odor or fragrance. I respond to the notion that photographic images, like scents, can unexpectedly summon strong recollections. This offering of images may be evocative, suggestive, symbolic.

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