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The Wooden Cow! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but we won “Best Art Gallery” in Albuquerque the Magazine’s Best of City voting. We’re going to the awards party on Wednesday and will be having a booth there. This is a huge deal for us – we’ve only been open a little over a year, have worked so hard making this little dream come to fruition and flourish, and being recognized in this way is amazing.
The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space is a creative environment devoted to providing area artists and craftspeople with a quality retail showroom, show space, and classroom space designed to encourage growth of the Albuquerque artist, while increasing general art awareness in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space is devoted to becoming an active part of the local visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts scene, offering a rich line-up of classes and workshops, shows, poetry readings, special events, programs, educational opportunities, performance pieces, charity events, and services designed to promote the arts and enliven the creative experience for all.
The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space is an artist-owned gallery that strives to make a difference. We are also proud to be working with local charities, groups, and foundations.
We believe that arts and crafts are of equal, important value to society, and that all mediums, techniques, and styles are equally embraceable, worthwhile and necessary for the transmission of human culture. We also support other creative mediums such as local poetry and literature, music and theater.
So, got a new job – it starts on Monday – doing the same old, same old at a sign shop. I’m still looking for other work as my ideal would be something part-time so I can focus my attention on other parts of my life (family and art, specifically).
Speaking of art – my gallery – The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space – was just named the Best Gallery in The Alibi’s “Best in Burque” edition. How cool is that?? And we just opened six months ago?? We Rock!
We had our first Friday opening yesterday. One of my friends, Maggie Tomei, was our featured artists. Maggie’s work is amazing and I’m so glad that our gallery was able to provide a forum for her to present her work. The theme for our show this month is Waste Not – all works have to utilize some sort of found, recycled, repurposed, etc. o.bjects. It was our most submitted for show so far – and we juried in 15 artists! All with very cool work.
Small story from the opening:
One of the theme show artists introduced me to her dad, noting that he is a photographer who has his work in galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe (ie. fancy, expensive, international galleries). And HE shook off that introduction and proceeded to tell me how pleased he was that we had given her the opportunity to show her work, how amazing her work is. He was sooooo proud of her – they took so many pictures of her and her work last night.That is why I am a gallery owner – I love helping artists get their work out there to the public – and I love watching people interact with and be touched by the work we show.
I also attended the opening at Chroma Studios Gallery – I have my encaustic work there – and it was their one year anniversary celebration! Paula Manning-Lewis and her husband Aaron Lewis own it – and they are a dynamic duo – she is a painter and he is a musician/singer/songwriter. Paula was just featured on KOAT discussing opening a small business during these economic times and she was dead-on with everything she said.
Both openings were well-attended and people were buying! It just goes to show if you have good work there’s always a buyer for it.
I also stopped in at Matrix Fine Art and finished paying for a print I’ve had on layaway there – it’s now hanging in my home and I love it even more! And I got to see their new show featuring the work of Stacy Hawkinson – his work is fun and vibrant – and he’s a really cool guy.
The next show at The Wooden Cow is going to be awesome! Our theme is “The Art of the Shrine” and we have two featured artists – Francisco Bussetti and Monica Francisco DeKam. The opening reception is Feb. 6 which also happens to be the American Heart Association’s “Wear Red Day”. This event helps raise awareness about heart-related health issues in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. Go to their website to get educated on reducing your risk of heart disease. So we will be participating in that as well. Anyone who wears red, donates money to the American Heart Association, or fills out a registration card for Go Red for Women will get entered into a raffle to win heart-related artwork.
And we will have tarot readings and a caricature artist on hand as well! Plus scrumptious food as always!
Whew, I’m caught up! This was taken while in the car this evening. The first two weeks of 2009 have been a roller coaster ride. Two deaths, a rebirth, the end of a few friendships, new job for Chris, lots of work on the Cow for me, trying to balance my Cow commitments, NMAMA commitments, and job, while finding time to be present for my family. We’ve taken the last two Sunday to just be together as a family – the outing I mentioned a few posts ago last Sunday and we went to the Albuquerque Museum and Old Town the Sunday before.
I now work six days a week – five at my job job and one at my Cow job. So even though I’m tired I want to make it a point to do something cool with the kids – and they’ve really loved our “surprises” so far.
Our theme show next month at the Wooden Cow Gallery is “The Art of the Shrine” – I used to make shrines – but haven’t in several years. I noticed today that I seem to have a couple of shrines around my house that have happened organically. This is a photo of one of them – I have photos of my grandmother, a religious icon, a couple of fleur-de-lis (one of my favorite graphic elements), matchbox shrines I’ve made and a few other things thrown in for good measure. Do you have any shrines in your house?