It’s Beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas…

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The Exploratory Art Studio was the scene of a lovely Christmas concert yesterday afternoon. Bryan Christiansen played a whole array of holiday music on his trombone and the sound was just right for a December day—strong and lively and celebratory. I’m still humming “Jingle Bells”  and “Oh Christmas Tree.”

Turns out Bryan is a talented musician who has been playing the trombone for eleven years, ever since junior high. In fact he continues to take lessons with a friend who plays with the Philharmonic. I hope our musical friend Bryan will offer more concerts; I think every holiday would be a little more special with his tunes.

When I went over to talk to Bryan this morning he was drawing, another of his favorite pastimes. He was drawing Charlie the Cat today; Charlie was his cat when he was at UNM, a pretty gray tabby. He said he has also drawn the Brooklyn Bridge which his mom likes so well she had it framed for their home.

So this most excellent of trombonists is also studying computers at Life Roots. He enjoys Scrabble, working with sentence structure on his ipad and, of course, games.

Bryan is here at the Exploratory Arts Studio two days a week. He spends about half of his days drawing and the other half with music. He loves it when Robyn plays the piano.

Bryan lives with his parents and has one sister who is in law school in Vermont. He said he spends a lot of time on his music at home too, but he also likes TV, particularly the comedy and travel channels.

I am always on the lookout for fellow Scandinavians so I was happy to find out Bryan is Danish (also Irish and Bulgarian). We Scandinavians have to stick together because there aren’t so many of us here in New Mexico.

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Bryan and Mom.

Bryan and Mom.

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Charlie the Cat

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VROOM…VROOM…VROOM

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Car show logo by Derek Smith

If you like cars…food…bands…art…COME TO THE NORTH 4TH CAR SHOW on AUGUST 10TH from 10-4PM at the NORTH FOURTH ART CENTER at 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque 

 The North 4th Car Show is a new venture for North Fourth Art Center, planned by Exploratory Arts as another cool way to explore our world. We are expecting at least 50 new/old/interesting/funky/fancy cars to appear; a variety of food including Sebastiano’s Food Truck and others; local bands in the theater (more about them later) and some unusual and attention-grabbing artwork. Artists from the community and from North Fourth are offering up some of their most exciting pieces for display in the lobby/gallery. Also…there are tables available for $15 for your group, organization, or business to share information.

 We’ll back with more about this big new adventure next week. Meanwhile here are a few images for a sneak preview.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

Soon James Dean's image will materialize here.

Soon James Dean’s image will materialize here.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

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