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Renowned artist Armando Alvarez walks on

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Armando Alvarez Compean, who lived in Gallup for more than 20 years, died June 1 in Descanso, Calif. He was 79.

Born in Mexico, he came to the United States at an early age and worked as a businessman for many years in Brownsville, TX before starting a career as a painter.

He came to Gallup to visit his brother, Alex...

Sculpting clay, fueled by hope

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Artist shares his heart-opening journey with depression

For Steve Marti, overcoming obstacles in his life all began with the simple art of making things out of clay and other materials since he was a child. The love of pottery making began in high school, but soon this love affair fell to the wayside amongst the array of a busy life.

With fear being his biggest enemy, and having gone through his own traumatic ordeal, he quickly rekindled his passion for the arts. He realized that fear had stopped him from doing things and going places, but since becoming an accomplished pottery artist – fear no longer has a place in his life and he now passes this healing trade to...

‘Challenge Gallup: A Native Artist Group Show for Social Justice’ debuts in July

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gallupARTS is proud to present “Challenge Gallup: A Native Artist Group Show for Social Justice” at ART123 Gallery. Opening July 14 from 7 - 9pm (during ArtsCrawl), and running through Aug. 4, Challenge Gallup spotlights 11 Native artists whose work tackles timely and relevant social justice issues, from homelessness to diabetes to environmentalism to stereotypes.

For example, Diné painter Adam Maria calls attention to (in his words) “the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in the Navajo community” by juxtaposing food contributors to diabetes with natural lifestyles. In his painting “Type 2,” he contrasts a crushed soda can with a blue bird.

“My aim is to depict chaos and...

Gallup Arts Events

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Friday, June 1

Pollentongue Poetry Night

6 - 8pm

ART123 Gallery

6 - 7pm: Bring a poem to workshop.

7 - 8pm: Open mic.



Friday, June 8

Artist Reception

6 - 9pm

ART123 Gallery

Artist Shannon Gurley O’Donnell opens “Little Treasures: A Collection of Small Paintings” at ART123.


Saturday, June 9

ArtsCrawl: Out of Hand

7 - 9pm

Downtown Gallup

Artist demos, hands on workshops, live music.

Facebook @ArtsCrawlGallup


Saturday, June 9

2nd Annual Doin’ Dylan: Gallup’s Bob Dylan Tribute Concert

6:30 - 9pm

Gallup Downtown Conference Center

Feat. McManus & Juda, Daniel Plays Dylan, and Joe West & Friends...

Winter Spanish Market showcases traditional arts in Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE – The Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s Winter Spanish Market returns to Albuquerque for the fifth successive year on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. This year the NHCC campus will host the event. Founded in Santa Fe in 1988, this will be the Winter Market’s 29th year since it emerged as an offshoot from the original Spanish Market, which takes place in Santa Fe every summer.

This year’s Winter Market will bring 70 artists to Albuquerque, giving members of the general public and collectors alike an opportunity to make early holiday purchases while keeping away from the big box store madness after Thanksgiving. This event shoppers the opportunity to buy a piece of New Mexico...

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