A JUNE DAY AT NORTH FOURTH ART CENTER

Art art art…all we ever do around here is make art…drawing, painting, dancing, playing, writing…you can almost feel ideas and imagination criss-crossing every room. Here’s what it looks like:

GABE IS THINKING ABOUT HIS NEXT PROJECT.

CHARLES AND SHEREEN IN ABSTRACT PAINTING.

AMANDA AND MARGARET’S WOMAN’S GROUP.

CAT’S COLORFUL CONTRIBUTION.

GRACE S. CRUISING THE HALLS.

 

 

YOU CHOOSE

Summer semester at North Fourth Art Center began June 11th with a whole lot of anticipation and excitement accompanied by a certain amount of chaos and confusion as students made their ways to class. It was a typical new semester experience, whether kindergarten or grad school. After all what is new is always exhilarating but often just a little scary as well.

Although I am neither a visual nor performing artist, I do love school of every kind, and I am imagining that studies filled with paint and clay, with music and dance, offer the best of all possible worlds.

In the future, we’ll visit some of the new classes and the students who attend them in order to nourish their creativity and to further their careers as artists.

Before getting into the details of classes and activities, I want to talk about North Fourth Art Center’s mission and how it relates to the big picture of Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) Waiver Services.

There is something of a conflict going on in the service world for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. One stream of thought is that no individual with a disability should spend time in an environment that isn’t fully integrated and, additionally, that the majority of activities in which they participate should be aimed at job development. The other stream places more emphasis on freedom of choice and the individual’s right to choose activities and friends, peers and peer groups with whom he or she identifies most readily and happily.

At North Fourth we happily swim in the stream of choice. Our arts activities and classes are based on the fact that individuals choose to attend our center because they want to participate in the arts as students and creators. They also want to select the kinds of artistic adventures in which to engage, whether visual, performing or literary. They want to learn and they want to share the results of their studies. They want to make and perform artworks and to earn some part of their livelihood within the arts. We give them that choice.

Classes at North Fourth are taught by teachers educated in the arts and trained to engage with individuals possessing a variety of learning styles. Certainly individuals enrolled at North Fourth are informed and made aware of other choices for their arts education/studio opportunities such as CNM or UNM, but we do not find it unusual if they prefer to be part of North Fourth Art Center which is tailored to and especially welcoming of diversely enabled learners.

North Fourth Art Center is an uplifting, invigorating, and engaging place, and 98% of the time, it’s a lot of fun.

NEW YEAR, NEW MONTH, NEW CLASSES, NEW DISCOVERIES

BRUCE, GRACE AND BRANDON.

BRUCE, GRACE AND BRANDON.

Fun and learning and hard work and big discoveries are just around the corner. A quick survey around the Center asking the question “What do you think you will discover in your new class?” offered some interesting answers:

Community Cultural and Library Outings Classes were sharing space in the Garage this morning (it’s not really a garage in case anyone reading this isn’t familiar with Center). Bruce, Sin-nae and Ashlie are the teachers guiding these community adventures and they have a lot of excited explorers raring to go. They want to check out brand-new books at the library; discover new arts and cultural places they haven’t been before; and Rachel wants to have changes in her life.

SIN-NAE AND DAVID AND THE BACK OF CHRIS M.s HEAD.

SIN-NAE AND DAVID AND THE BACK OF CHRIS M.s HEAD.

ASHLIE AND GLORIA AND PHYLLIS.

ASHLIE AND GLORIA AND PHYLLIS.

AND ALL THE SMILING FACES.

AND ALL THE SMILING FACES. 

The Fantasy Book Club with teacher Kate developed from last year’s
Reading and Drawing class when students started talking about a book named “Juniper” which Amazon describes like this: Though Juniper enjoys the easy life of a medieval princess, she chooses to learn about herbs, healing, and the magic within nature from her strange and difficult godmother. As her training comes to an end, Juniper discovers that her power-hungry aunt is using black magic to seize the throne. Juniper must use her as-yet-untested powers to stop her—before the kingdom is destroyed! How could that not be interesting? Some students have broad ideas about why they want to take this class such as “Anytime you take a class you know more things”…and others were more specific, “I want to know more stuff about magic and history.” One student is hoping to find the names of even more books like this to enjoy.

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KATE AND ANGELO.

Monique’s Advanced Sewing Class has a whole array of new things to try out, most of which are unfamiliar to the students. They are going to make a group quilt which will surely be gorgeous because their individual quilts in the past have been really beautiful, winning many prizes at the State Fair. Christina is excited about the chance to do some embroidery, and there will be an opportunity to make stamps from woodblock designs and also drawings with fabric ink.

MONIQUE AND SARAH.

MONIQUE AND SARAH.

Painting and Drawing is off to a good start with Tamara guiding the creation of “A Beautiful Corpse” which is a three part process where one artist draws the bottom third of a living being (animal or human), another artist draws the middle third and another the top part. I’m told some very strange creatures emerge from this exercise—some you would not want to meet in an alley on a dark night. The class is all excited about creating beautiful landscapes and trying new media. Helene, a very accomplished North Fourth artist, is trying both wet and dry media separately and then blending the two for the first time.

TAMARA AND HELENE in PAINTING AND DRAWING.

TAMARA AND HELENE in PAINTING AND DRAWING.

"A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE."

“A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE.”

Tom and Andie’s Graphic Novels class are learning the art of the graphic novel together and in the process will each create their very own novel. I’m told Texting Mon and the Hip Hop Hamsters will be featured in Theo’s novel. With Tom’s visual arts skills and Andie’s talents in music, drama and all manner of expression these novels could be on their way to best-seller land—at least in North Fourth territory.

THEO AND SAMMY, HARD AT WORK.

THEO AND SAMMY, HARD AT WORK.

Last but not least on this morning’s round of discovery was Musical Theater with Bradd and Sherilyn where the class was well on their way to determining their musical adventures for the trimester. They were doing something interesting with “Beauty and the Beast” today but ultimately the class will represent a musical revue which will include everyone’s favorites. Drake, Isaiah and Mark are musical guys anyway and happy about all of the possibilities this offers to make music. We all agreed doing anything in front of an audience is very scary and part of the purpose of this class is to give everyone a dash of new confidence as performers.

VERY MUSICAL THEATER.

VERY MUSICAL THEATER.

Artists ALL: N4th Gallery presents in•struct

Christopher MacQueen, N4th Gallery Co-coordinator, Exploratory Arts Staff  and painter. Christopher focuses on connecting straight and curved lines; they're elemental shapes that can dictate the course of the painting.

Christopher MacQueen, N4th Gallery Co-coordinator, Exploratory Arts Staff and painter. Christopher focuses on connecting straight and curved lines; they’re elemental shapes that can dictate the course of the painting.

The North Fourth Art Center is brimming over with artists—they’re everywhere—classes and theater and gallery and hallways full of art and artists. It is quite a wonderful sight. In the midst of all this painting and singing and sculpting and dancing it is easy to forget that almost the entire staff of teachers, direct care staff, administrators and volunteers are also artists—accomplished and innovative artists in fact.

To celebrate this staff and volunteer talent, we organized in•struct.

in•struct provided a glimpse into the artistic inspirations and working methods of the talented people who form the backbone of an organization that has served Albuquerque’s arts community for over 30 years. The exhibition is an artful mix of 2D and 3D work in a surprisingly wide range of media— from the fabric art forms of an “interactive” sculpture, an embroidered “painting” and a woven wall hanging, to prints produced using woodcut, monotype and intaglio techniques. The exhibit also includes oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography and works in ceramics, colored pencil and mixed media.

in•struct was in the gallery from September 19 through November 10th and was enjoyed by all who visit North Fourth on a daily basis as well as visitors from the community. Curators Philip With and Jessica Pinto did a great job to make sure a range of media and styles were represented.

Enjoy the work and a few words from some of the artists.

Jesse         , Direct Care Staff and painter, +

Jesse Michelback , Direct Care Staff and painter, +

Monique Montoya, visual arts teacher and printmaker. She particularly enjoyed making "Sax Man" which is based on her brother, a sax player.

Monique Montoya,Visual Arts Teacher and printmaker. She particularly enjoyed making “Sax Man” which is based on her brother, a sax player.

Deborah Brink, Arts Adventures director and photographer.

Deborah Brink, Arts Adventures Director and photographer.

Tom Brejcha, Visual Arts Teacher and painter calls his work, hyperrealism. Tom loves all kinds of art, he says it feeds his brain so he stays creative.

Tom Brejcha, Visual Arts Teacher and painter calls his work, hyperrealism. Tom loves all kinds of art, he says it feeds his brain so he stays creative.

Chelcie Hammond, Exploratory Arts Staff and weaver/mixed media.

Chelcie Hammond, Exploratory Arts Staff and weaver/mixed media artist–accompanied by her two very finest works of art.

Gloria Schwartz, Volunteer Extraordinaire and "Thread-Painter.'

Gloria Schwartz, Volunteer Extraordinaire and “thread-painter.’

Teddy Jackson, Direct Care Staff and photographer.

Teddy Jackson, Direct Care Staff and photographer.

Tamara Schardt, Visual Arts Teacher and Mixed Media Artist. According to Tamara her Breech Birth grouping is an exploration of how memory shifts and changes over time--that memory is a layered process.

Tamara Schardt, Visual Arts Teacher and mixed media artist. According to Tamara her Breech Birth grouping is an exploration of how memory shifts and changes over time–that memory is a layered process.

Tamara's piece.

Tamara’s piece.

Derek         , Exploratory Arts Staff and pinter.

Derek Smith , Exploratory Arts Staff and painter.

Adam Smith, Day Arts Staff and painter.

Adam Smith, Day Arts Staff and painter.

Susanna Kearny, Visual Arts Outreach Staff and photographer.

Susanna Kearny, Visual Arts Outreach Staff and photographer.

Work by Shelly Breedon, Super Volunteer and painter.

Work by Shelley Bredeson, Super Volunteer and painter.

Bowl by Tim Psomas.

Bowl by Tim Psomas, Director of Exploratory Arts and clay artist/painter.

Bowl by Charles Chavez, Exploratory Arts Staff and clay artists.

Bowl by Charles Chavez, Exploratory Arts Staff and clay artist.

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Ashlie Maxwell, Visual Arts Teacher and painter.

Ashlie.

Ashlie.

THE GOOD GUYS OF GOVERNMENT

Dede Feldman, Ed Sandoval, Bill O'Neill, Deborah Armstrong

Dede Feldman, Ed Sandoval, Bill O’Neill, Deborah Armstrong

The North Fourth Art Center has been fortunate over the years to have enthusiastic supporters who also happen to be government officials, legislators, commissioners and councilors.

What a pleasure it was to have some of the most loyal as our guests Saturday night, June 28th.

For the closing night of Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance’s season, North Fourth hosted our very own Representatives and Senators, past, present and future, at a reception. Orlie Sedillo and Tasia Young, former and current board members, served as masters of ceremony and we were able to express our thanks to Ed Sandoval (Representative, District 17 until the 2015 session), Debbie Armstrong (new Rep for District 17), Dede Feldman (former Senator District 13) and Bill O’Neill (current Senator District 13). Other friends and supporters present included Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, former Senator Richard Romero, Representative Rick Miera, former Representative Daniel Silva and Representative Mimi Stewart.

Orlie Sedillo, Ed Sandoval

Orlie Sedillo, Ed Sandoval

Rick Miera; Bob White and Leonard Stitelman

Rick Miera; Bob White and Leonard Stitelman

We are very honored that so many of our best and brightest public servants support the programs we offer here at North Fourth. We are all familiar with the general consensus that government is broken—and perhaps share that view from time to time. But, again like so many of us, we love our own legislators. We should—they have been nothing but concerned, involved and respectful of our programs, artists and staff. As importantly, they have participated in and enjoyed what we do here—they truly have fun when they join us for events, programs and parties.

I want to put in my plug here for paying attention to where our legislators—and all of our elected officials—stand on the issues, particularly in our case standing with people with disabilities. Pay attention and VOTE. When you do that it results in government that is responsive to EVERYONE.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF ELECTED FRIENDS

AND WE THANK THEM.

 

DRAMA & DANCE/POLITICS & POETRY

This is the final weekend of the Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance Season of 2014. Friday night at 7pm and Saturday night at 6pm.

Saturday night there’s is a little something special for the lucky audience. A reception, a ceremony honoring our very own North Valley legislators, performances by ETC, BVD and some of our talented legislators.

The North Fourth Art Center has been so fortunate over the years to have enthusiastic  supporters who also happen to be government officials, legislators, commissioners and councilors.

Many of them will be with us Saturday night…and several will be performing.

PLEASE SEE PAGES 4-7 OF THE ATTACHED NEWSLETTER FOR A LIST OF THE HONOREES.

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OPENING NIGHT @ NORTH FOURTH

This morning’s BVD rehearsal was a smashing success! If these dancers aren’t Broadway bound they should be…

Here’s a sampling of what you can see over the next two Friday and Saturday nights. JUNE 20, 21 & 27, 28/7PM. Enjoy.

Diana in "Beauty and the Beast."

Diana in “Beauty and the Beast.”

 

Diana & Ryan in "Be Our Guest."

Diana & Ryan in “Be Our Guest.”

 

Annette, Diana, Ryan in "Be Our Guest."

Annette, Diana, Ryan in “Be Our Guest.”

April in "Little Girls," after one swig too many.

April in “Little Girls,” after one swig too many.

April in "Little Girls" from Annie.

April in “Little Girls” from Annie.

 

Eddy in "Mister Cellophane"

Eddy in “Mister Cellophane”

"Dream Girls," Cassie Freelong, Lydia Peterson, Megan Lenihan.

“Dream Girls,” Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

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Catalina, another of the “Dream Girls.”

 

April, yet another of the "Dream Girls."

April, yet another of the “Dream Girls.”

Just too dreamy...Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

Just too dreamy…Cassie, Lydia, Megan.

Annette & Brittania in "Popular."

Annette & Brittania in “Popular.”

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“One.”

Eddy wishes us all a GOOD NIGHT.

Eddy wishes us all a GOOD NIGHT.

TIS THE SEASON

They’re Baaaaack. Those fine actors, dancers, performers, show-offs, characters, comics and stars that comprise the Equilibrium Theater and Buen Viaje Dance Companies.

On Friday and Saturday nights, June 20-28th/7pm, Equilibrium Theater will present NORTH FOURTH NIGHT LIVE: Hilarious Sketch Comedy and Buen Viaje Dancers will offer BVD DOES BROADWAY: Dancing to All Time Favorites.

It just gets better and better every year—as the following rehearsal photos from EQUILIBRIUM THEATER prove. (Stay tuned tomorrow for BVD rehearsal photos.)

Esmeralda & Adam on a blind date and Phil, the weirdest waiter ever.

Esmeralda & Adam on a blind date and Phil, the weirdest waiter ever. in “Blind Date.”

Ryan in "Mike Gets a Jacket."

Ryan in “Mike Gets a Jacket.”

James & Drew in "Mike Gets a Jacket."

James & Drew in “Mike Gets a Jacket.”

Drake, in "El Paso."

Drake, in “El Paso.”

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Sebastian & Ryan in “El Paso.”

Rachel & Sebastian (with Bruce & Kate in the background) in "El Paso."

Rachel & Sebastian (with Bruce & Kate in the background) in “El Paso.”

Mark and Cindy in "The Interview."

Mark and Cindy in “The Interview.”

Marc & Esmeralda in "Good Morning Starshine."

Marc & Esmeralda in “Good Morning Starshine.”

James, Andie, Bridgett & Lydia in "How to Get Down!"

James, Andie, Bridgett & Lydia in “How to Get Down!”

Josh, the tech director...to make the lighting magic.

Josh, the tech director…to make the lighting magic.

Fist & Heel Performance Group meets North Fourth Performing Artists

TODAY

North Fourth artists have had classes with Reggie Wilson’s company in years past so they were eager to go this morning when the dancers appeared. Reggie has the same expectations of our dancers as of any other class he teaches so they worked VERY hard, loving every moment it seems.  Here’s a small photo album:

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Two Worlds Theater 2013

Dancing with Fire

Dancing with Fire

The multi-talented Kimberly Gleason is back in town (from her new job and life in Spain) to recreate Two Worlds, the theater and film program produced for some years by the North Fourth Art Center.  Kim is partnering with Carmen Tsabetsaye, filmmaker and business professional in this ongoing venture.

 For these two weekends in July, last weekend and coming up on the 19th and 20th, Two Worlds Theater 2013 is offering a Staged Reading Festival with plays by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq), Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Kimberly Gleason (Navajo)—yes, in addition to producing, Kim is also a budding playwright.

 This coming weekend, Kim’s “Dancing with Fire” will be Friday at 7pm; Diane Glancy’s “Mask Maker” is Saturday at 5pm; and Lucas Rowley’s “William, Inc.” is Saturday at 7pm.

 I saw both “Dancing with Fire” and “William, Inc.” last weekend and previously read “Mask Maker.” These readings are all well worth attending; the work is original in that it comes straight from the brains, hearts and fingers of these able playwrights, and original in telling new stories effectively and old stories with a new twist.

 The readers/actors are certainly all capable and some of them are downright brilliant in their reading roles. In the two plays I watched, the serious topics (alienation, alcoholism) and the humor inherent in everyday life were well incorporated with relatively little chance for preparation by the readers. I was impressed.

 The following photos should further entice you all to come over to North Fourth Art Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. It’s good theater and there’s a chance to meet the cast of characters over refreshments after each performance.

Cast: William Inc.

Cast: William Inc.

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Kimberly Gleason

Kimberly Gleason