Along with most of us in the U.S. we are celebrating the ability to travel and to be closer to friends and family. From May 30 to June 8 I’ll be traveling with my youngest son to complete his driver’s education, deliver artwork to a show in upstate New York and visit an old friend in Ithaca. Meanwhile the Albuquerque art scene is chugging along again…
On May 1—visit the online auction to benefit the Rio Grande Borderland Ministries. On May 7—come by and Ghostwolf Gallery at our new location in Old Town’s patio market for First Friday.. Finally on May 21— The Art of Quarantine closes at Gallery with a Cause at the New Mexico Cancer Center–visit the website and vote your favorite artist.
Spring 2021 Restart—After a long winter, spring is approaching with a sense of hope with Ghostwolf Gallery reopening in a new location and my artwork being exhibited in two group shows—one at Tortuga Gallery and the other at Gallery with a Cause at the New Mexico Cancer Center.
Most holiday shopping is online this year for good reason. Ghostwolf Gallery is allowed to be open at 25% capacity (about 5 people)—but Amy, leader of the pack, has wisely left it up to each artist’s discretion. I have decided to be at Ghostwolf Gallery at 2043 South Plaza St NW on the next two Sundays, December 13 and 20, between Noon and 4pm for last minute holiday shopping. If you are out and about, come say hello and wear your mask! We’ve got plenty of gift items from $5 on up.
This is the time of year when artists like myself collaborate with local art organizations to help them raise money. This year it is more urgent than usual to help keep the doors open for the future.
The times seem especially chaotic, but chaos can bring change and growth. My hope is that we learn to thrive together through these difficult times.
August has been a busy but quiet month of working with other artists on their websites, with poets and writers with their books, and finishing the edits on my first book consisting of poetry alone (no art other than the cover)—but September looks to be even busier.
Marvin Gaye wrote his classic song What’s Going On? in 1971 and nearly fifty years later it sounds like it could have been written today. I started my Postcards to America series last fall because as the mother of two young men of color problems from policing to mass incarceration to healthcare disparities combined with the challenges of climate change were weighing heavily on my mind. When the pandemic started, I thought that no one would want to see artwork about these problems, but I needed to address them for my own peace of mind. I was wrong.
We are all trying to find a way forward through problems we can only solve together—the COVID 19 pandemic, the racism pandemic, the violence pandemic, the climate pandemic. As a mother, and especially as a mother of two young men of color, I feel overwhelmed. Making art and writing poetry is how I process these feelings.
Like everyone else my life has become Zoom-centric. I watch my favorite comic relief on Zoom, listen or read to poetry on Zoom, and consulting and teaching using Zoom. I just want to zoom ahead to future normal. Here are a few of the non-zoom projects I’m working on.