Just another day at work—but one with a whole lot of food and friendship

 

Gloria, getting into her Foodie role.

Gloria, getting into her Foodie role.

Like all people who work together on a daily basis, the North Fourth Art Center staff has its good days and bad. Friendships develop and get frayed around the edges from time to time. We rely on each other at work and outside. And mostly it’s all good.

Working at North Fourth is a hard job whether you’re teaching art or providing personal assistance to the students who come to spend their days in a safe and engaging and creative environment. These students have great affection for and very high expectations of the staff and, we’re proud to say, they deliver. Whatever it takes, they’re up to the task.

Once in awhile we gather for a few hours of eating and laughing. Today, our very own pre-Thanksgiving holiday was one of those days.

The staff all pitches in but sisters Gloria and Ana have usually taken the lead every year; this year Gloria was the organizer extraordinaire giving her sister a little time off.

As usual, everything was completely delicious, from the varied veggies to Teddy’s sweetly creamily delicious cheesecakes. Since the best foods in the world, stuffing and sweet potatoes appear at Thanksgiving, it’s a good day by my standards. Monica and Susanna, they were perfect…absolutely perfect.

Thanks to one and all.

A slightly strange looking turkey but a happy one (at least before he was cooked)  because of his free-range life.

A slightly strange looking turkey but a happy one (at least before he was cooked) because of his free-range life.

But always eat your veggies.

But always eat your veggies.

Teddy singlehandedly made all of the cheesecakes.

Teddy singlehandedly made all of the cheesecakes.

Tom and Omar, third or fourth plates.

Tom and Omar, third or fourth plates.

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Tamara and Monique. Finishing touches?

Roni and Rich deciding from which angle to approach the tables.

Roni and Rich deciding from which angle to approach the tables.

Monica, the stuffing maker, samples other delicacies.

Monica, the stuffing maker, samples other delicacies.

Jesse and Josh and Bradd, dainty eaters all.

Jesse and Josh and Bradd, dainty eaters all.

Tamara and Gloria, I assume that's fine wine in appropriately fine crystal.

Tamara and Gloria, I assume that’s fine wine in appropriately fine crystal.

Sherilyn is eating to keep her hair strong.

Sherilyn is eating to keep her hair strong.

 

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

Originally posted on Today X 365:

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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