A representative sample of Julie Brokken’s artwork and studio life will be in the back room of the Tortuga Gallery through the end of the year. Ripples from the Center: a Little Beauty & Art, Poetry & Heart to Enlighten You on Your Way, a book of her art and poetry is available online. Coming up this First Friday, September 3, a month-long group show and events focused on Grief and Gratitude will be held at Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Avenue SE, scroll down to see the listing of artists and events.
One my favorite parts of a road trip is coming home again and reaffirming why I love New Mexico so much even when in I lampoon it as the Land of Bombardment in my latest artwork in my Postcards to America series.
On First Friday, July 2nd, please join me this month in stopping in at Next Best Thing To Being There boutique on Mountain Road to support Lesley Long, a local artist and former housemate, who is going through treatment for cancer and the unfortunate economic side effects that go with it. Then mosey down the road to Ghostwolf Gallery to meet a couple of new artists and say hi to the old ones.
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.