to Dec 5


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“WARM”, an art show of Summer COLOR

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st from 5-8PM

Show runs thru December 5th

 As we get ready to enter Albuquerque’s winter, there’s a portion of us who want to rail against the coming of winter and want it to never arrive.

 “WARM” is for those of us who feel this way!

 Consequently, beginning Friday, November 1st from 5-8PM, we’ve adorned our gallery walls and pedestals with hues that remind us of glorious SUMMER!  Although a number of our selections will be vibrant, you can feel safe in leaving your COPPERTONE at home.


November is the entering of Spring’s last month and brings the potential early emergence of Summer weather, in countries and continents such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Among our pieces, we’ll be displaying artwork from those locales as a means of warming our souls. You’ll be exposed to South African mountain scenes and to works by well-collected, contemporary Australian aboriginal painters as well as the angular, minimal glass compositions by Emma Camden who is one of New Zealand’s longest-tenured and most widely-recognized glass artists.

 To give eternal hope for a short-to-non-existent winter around here, you’ll find current New Mexico artist, Dan Namingha’s estate landscape paintings reminding you that Summer is just right around the corner!

 For those you spirited-enough to wear “t-shirt and shorts” to our November show, we’ll have the Hot Chocolate waiting for you….and, don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Tunnel Vision with Anthony Weber
to Jan 6

Tunnel Vision with Anthony Weber

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Anthony Weber has given us here at Palette…


Join us December 6th from 5-8PM and December 7th from 1-4PM to see Anthony Weber live in action creating beautiful marbles!

Anthony Weber incorporates his glass artistry in the creation of VORTEX MARBLES, his selected style for this weekend’s marble demonstrations. The Vortex’s clear glass top half serves as a convex lens which magnifies its lower half and gives the illusion that its spiraling colorful imagery has a diameter greater than the marble, itself!

Come see Anthony’s marble-making during either our Friday or Saturday demonstrations, enter our


and qualify to win one of Anthony’s Vortex Marbles!

Hand-made spheres make “MARBLEOUS HOLIDAY GIFTS” so come pick-out your favorite ones for the burgeoning marble collectors on your list.

Anthony also creates beautiful flower marbles, galaxies, patterned pieces, and fume work as well!

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to Oct 13

Art San Diego


Explore an amazing array of contemporary and modern art at Art San Diego, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center located along the beautiful waterfront setting of San Diego Bay. Entering its second decade this fall, Art San Diego is unique in bringing exceptional artwork from local, national, and international galleries together alongside outstanding show programming, live entertainment, and other exclusive events. Returning for 2019 is the [SOLO] Project, a special section featuring a curated selection of leading independent artists, and the Access to Art program, including IMPACT Night, an exclusive VIP preview reception that benefits our local nonprofit partners.


Art San Diego is returning to downtown San Diego! The 2019 show will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. Known for incredible panoramic views of San Diego Bay, the San Diego Convention Center is in a vibrant downtown setting within a mile and a half of more than 11,000 first-class hotel rooms and 10 minutes from the airport. Attendees and exhibitors alike will be within walking distance of an array of restaurants, retail stores, and world-class entertainment. Nearby is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, the USS Midway Museum, and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.


A contemporary art show featuring publishers, galleries, and studios representing talented established artists.


Art San Diego exhibitors include top galleries, art publishers, and established studio artists.


Taking place in a beautiful gallery-style venue in the San Diego Convention Center, ASD 2019 aims to play a key role in San Diego’s rich array of cultural events, nurturing and strengthening the city’s art scene with a dynamic agenda.


Join us this Oct. 10–13, 2019, at Art San Diego. The city’s only contemporary fine art show, ASD provides a compelling four days of cutting-edge art and media, specially curated programming, lively evening events, and more.

If you would like to attend Art San Diego, you can get complimentary tickets! Use the link http://bit.ly/ASD-PREVIEW to get Thursday Night Preview Tickets, as well as access for the rest of the show dates. Or use the link http://bit.ly/ASD19-COLLECTOR-VIP to attend Friday nights opening VIP reception.

To "ACTIVATE" their eTicket online before coming to the show. (Depending on ticket type) Click on the LINK provided, simply select "TICKETS" and then on the next page go to "ASD PREVIEW NIGHT" or "COLLECTOR VIP FREE," use the drop-down arrow and select the number of tickets needed. (Each ticket ADMITS 1) From there, select "CHECKOUT" and complete the registration form. Finally, tickets can either be printed, accessed by using their mobile device or they can be held at WILL CALL.

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to Sep 7

We Turned Left at Albuquerque... Stayed and Created

In at least four of his animated episodes, the first being in 1945, Bugs Bunny, in a puzzled

state at the conclusion of his travels, utters that he “should have turned left at Albuquerque.”

We’re grateful that seven of our nine artists stayed and created their unique

glass pieces within the “Duke City” environs as listed here:

~ Karen Bexfield… Kiln-Formed Glass ~ Skylar Blood-Raiter… Torch-Worked Glass

~ Willi Haye… Cast Glass ~ Anita Caress… Torch-Worked Glass

~ Marcia Newren… Kiln-Worked Glass ~ Lois Manno… Kiln-Formed Glass

~ Sarah Nelson… Kiln-Worked Glass ~ Darlene Moore… Screen-Printed and Fused Glass

~ Emily Brock... Kiln-Worked Glass

We look forward to sharing these local treasures with the public on Friday, September 6th,

And to coming together with the New Mexico Glass Alliance on Saturday, September 7th

Enjoy your summer!

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to Aug 19

ABQ Art Showcase

The Albuquerque Art Business Association (The ARTScrawl people) is honored to partner with the City of Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Convention Center and Visit Albuquerque to present The 2019 Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico's Fine Art Expo.

Overlapping Santa Fe's Indian Market, we are excited to be part of the largest visual arts weekend in New Mexico. The 2019 Albuquerque Art Showcase is August 15-19 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Gala Preview Night is Thursday, August 15 and the doors are open to the general public Friday, Aug 16 thru Monday, August 19, 10-6pm. The 2019 Local Treasures Ceremony will be on Sunday, August 18, and Monday will feature the Local Business Brunch from 10am to Noon.

Visit Albuquerque is our media partner!!! We are working on a huge electronic nation-wide media campaign, plus local bill boards and paid advertising partnering with local radio and television stations.

The Albuquerque Art Showcase will spotlight 125 of the finest artists of New Mexico and beyond. Galleries, guilds, and hundreds of artists will come together to showcase their creative and diverse talents. This is the first time that all of Albuquerque’s visual arts organizations will be housed under the same roof. These include: New Mexico Water Color Society, New Mexico Pastel Society, Rio Grande Arts Association, and the New Mexico Plein Air Painters Association. The Showcase will take place in the south west exhibit hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center right across from Civic Plaza.

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to Aug 11

Objects of Art - Santa Fe


With material ranging from contemporary to historic, antique to modern, the show offers paintings, sculpture, and fine art of all kinds. You’ll find furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art. The new, the old, the unique, the unexpected — 70+ prestigious galleries and exhibitors will showcase an impressive variety ofOBJECTS OF ART.

Objects of Art Santa Fe is an exciting addition to the city’s summer season. This four day event, August 8th–11th, will be held at El Museo in the Railyard district. Show producers, Kim Martindale and John Morris, invite you to join us for our 10th year.

2019 Show Location:

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia 
Santa Fe, NM 87501

2019 Show Dates (11am-5pm):

Friday, August 9th 
Saturday, August 10th 
Sunday, August 11th 

2019 Ticket Prices:

$15 / day
$25 / run-of-show

2019 Opening Night

Thursday, August 8th:
5-6pm: Pre-Opening Cocktail Hour benefiting 
Museum of International Folk Art


6-9pm: Opening Night Party 

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to Jul 8

Eyvind Earle' Gold-to-GREEN!

Featuring Paintings, Prints, and NEW NOTECARDS
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th, from 5-8 PM 
Thru Monday, July 8th

 With the California drought officially over after more than seven years and drought conditions improving in New Mexico while composing this postcard on a rainy, May 10th in ABQ, it seems only natural to wax nostalgic about the good ol’ “Golden” days of California that so influenced Eyvind Earle’s landscape artistry before the turn of the 21st century.

These were the days when neither mountainside super blooms of wild flowers were present in California nor were the hills of New Mexico looking so “alive” like scenes from Ireland.

Eyvind’s “golden” artistry featured vast hillsides of parched grasses, probably never fully green, that turned mustard-in-color due to the eternal baking of the California sun.

However, Eyvind was not one-dimensonal in making his compositions pertaining to the California landscape. Creative, definitely, one-dimensional, no. In his self produced DVD, Eyvind answered one of the questions most asked of him when he was alive, “After you view a scene, how long does it take you to turn this image into a painting?” Paraphrasing, Eyvind answered that he would ruminate on the imagery for upwards of a year before attempting to paint it. He then decided whether to accurately paint his chosen scene or to create a fictional image depicting how he wished the landscape were. As Eyvind aged, his scenes became more surrealistic and his imagination “won” more regularly in his artistic decision-making. In his print, “Soft Green Meadows”, one wonders where in California this scenery existed?

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Perhaps, when offering his “GREEN” landscapes in addition to his “Golden” ones, Earle’s ball was “crystal clear” for he accurately foresaw a time when relatively “lush” vegetation would return, no matter how temporarily, to the West? Come see for yourself as we’ll also mix-in a few of Tenley Fohl’s Santa Ynez Valley photographs which show images from one of Eyvind’s prime painting locales. Should you purchase an Eyvind Earle painting or print, you are welcome to take home a complimentary framed Tenley Fohl photograph from our collection at no charge!

 Going on ten years ago, we had notecards with Eyvind’s imagery available for purchase. They were very popular items! Our initial supplier eventually stopped producing these cards once their agreement with Eyvind’s estate expired. GOOD NEWS! Eyvind’s estate has now produced five new card box sets as well as individually wrapped cards that are available, once again, for your purchase. It is now safe to put down your key pads and key boards and resume writing your notes by hand!

Since we started carrying Eyvind’s artistry many years ago, you’ve told us that viewing his work has become one of your favorite reasons to visit Palette. We look forward to your next visit! 

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to May 6

Luminous Reflections: What would my "Uncle" Wassily think anyway?

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Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 5-8 PM
& Saturday, April 6th, 1-3 PM

*Artist Talk on Saturday, April 6th, 1:30 PM
Hosted by Glass Alliance*

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A Netherlands’ native, Willi was immersed in the abstract art of her parents and friends while growing up. Her father was so influenced by Wassily Kandinsky that he created a wonderful tribute of colorful patches ironed-on to a bamboo mat which was commercially acquired. Such “familiarity” led Willi to believe that Wassily was one of her many Dutch “Uncles”. Today, her husband loves pointing out her “Uncle’s” artwork in museums which always causes quite a stir in the presence of others!


Willi’s artistry comes from within , but, also results from her life experiences, outside influences, and personal discoveries. Her joyful road to creating glass artistry has been long and winding. She has now created cast glass for over ten years and is eternally passionate about further developing her skills. Originally a photographer, she moved to New Mexico and then began wood and steel sculpting. Ironically, she worked as a spine research nurse and realized her steel sculptures reminded her of human spines. When she sculpted her first face, Willi spent weeks working her clay model, daily. One night she dreamt that her sculpted visage enlivened in the form of a complete woman, who with a smile said, “I love what you’ve done with my face!” Willi realized it was time to then make her mold of “Dream Woman”.

Today, such visions are complimented by Willi’s ever-developing skills. She has studied with Czech Cast Glass Maestro Petr Stacho at the world’s oldest glass school. In July, she will continue her ongoing studies with another Czech Maestro, Frantisek Janak. Exploring the visual dimension and incorporating the luminosity of glass into it has been an enjoyable journey of which Willi will discuss in her Artist Talk on Saturday starting at 1:30 PM which is hosted by the Glass Alliance.

We look forward to your visit. Bring your own “Artistic Uncle” along with you!

Take Care,

Kurt Nelson & Daisy Yi
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft
7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 855-7777

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to Apr 3


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Opening Reception: March 8th, 5-8 PM

Artist talk at 6:30 PM

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Hilda Appel Volkin makes colorful, multi-dimensional wall hangings. Possibly, a conventional idea, until you discover that she combines fluorescent plexiglass with dichroic film to create her artistry.

Why does Hilda use such unconventional materials? Fluorescent plexiglass transmits colored light to its edges which gives each piece a “lit” appearance. Dichroic film assists by splitting a light beam into two beams with different wavelengths. The film transmits one beam in color and reflects the other.

Depending upon one’s viewing angle, new colors appear. Working with light’s dynamic properties and being inspired by nature continually challenge Hilda to combine artistic and scientific principles in creative ways. Come see Hilda’s artistry. We promise an illuminating experience!

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to Feb 18

Palette Contemporary Art will appear at Palm Springs Modernism!

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Palette Contemporary Art and Craft will appear at the 19th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show and you’re invited!

As in the past, this event will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. It will run Saturday, February 16 (10 AM - 6 PM), Sunday, February 17 (10 AM - 5 PM), and Monday, February 18 (10 AM - 4 PM).Tickets are available at palmspringsmodernism.com or at the door.
The Preview Gala, benefiting Modernism Week, will be held on Friday, February 15th from 6-9 PM. Tickets for Opening Night are available at the door and at modernismweek.com
Please join Palette Contemporary Art and Craft as we unveil our fine assortment of vintage radios, watches, glass sculpture, paintings, and Eyvind Earle’s limited edition prints. Our display will include:

Mid-Century Artist Jose Mijares’ Cuban Paintings


Our Palm Springs Modernism booth will exhibit our growing collection of Cuban paintings from the 1950s and 1960s. Our display in this area concentrates on Jose Mijares, one of roughly ten artists featured in David Zwirner’s 2016 book, “Concrete Cuba”. Upon acquisition of these paintings, we hired Luis Neri Zagal, licensed specialist, to restore and conserve these paintings. Luis found a clear compound with somewhat the consistency of rolled-up balls of worn caulk on the surfaces of these paintings. Coupled with painting repairs made on top of this clear material, these paintings displayed unwanted stains and textured surfaces. Painstakingly, Luis removed the misguided painting repairs and clear coatings. Once this “debris” was taken off, these paintings were returned to their original luster and compositional intent for you to view.

 Fred Pichon’s “Roadtrip” Paintings

Architect and painter Fred Pichon’s creations delve into his personal interests of design, architecture, and mid-century history. Previously, his architectural leaning paid homage to Corbusier’s “Villa Savoye” whose images Fred dissected, colorfully re-created, and covered with a resin clear-coat. His gleaming coats of resin have now been applied to his paintings of yesteryear’s neon signs featuring Vaughn, New Mexico’s “Western Motel”, and the “Oasis Motel” in Tulsa. (The Oasis Sign has a secret which you must see in-person!) His Carlyle Motel, a composite painting, owes its foundation to a 1950s Arizona motel, possesses an eternally alluring California swimming pool, and its motivation  is to portray a typically hot and sunny Palm Springs afternoon. Fred’s ready to take reservation for your stay at the Carlyle!

 Karel Wunsch’s Mid-Century Glass Sculpture

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Czech glass artist Karel Wunsch (1932) began his studies at the glass school at Novy Bor from 1946-50. From 1959-69, he designed a wide range of engraved, cut, and enameled pieces at the Novy Bor Glassworks. Since 1970, Karel has been an acclaimed independent glass designer and artist. He currently owns his own art gallery in the Czech Republic.
History aside, Karel is best-known, today, for his work that combined modern, angular, and jagged cuts with colored glass casings for effect. His pictured 1960s layered vase is green underneath with a white-enameled casing that delivers dramatic design that almost appears to be “Dr. Seussical” in style!
Karel has also produced a number of single-layered vases with geometric designs which will also be on display.

We look forward to both showing you our items as well as to visiting with you during February 15-18, 2019 at the Palm Springs Modernism Show (palmspringsmodernism.com) in our booth at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
See you soon!

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Objects of Art
to Aug 12

Objects of Art

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Palette Contemporary Art and Craft is pleased to be an exhibitor at Santa Fe’s Objects of Art show!

Pre-Opening Cocktail Party: Thursday, August 9, 5-6 PM (Benefiting Assistance Dogs of the West)

Opening Night Party: Thursday, August 9, 6-9 PM (Benefiting NM PBS)

General Admission: Friday, August 10- Sunday August 12, 11 Am-5 PM

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Vintage Voltage
10:00 AM10:00

Vintage Voltage

Palette Contemporary Art and Craft is pleased to announce that we will be back at The Vintage Voltage Expo on Sunday, March 18,2018 at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center.

From 11 AM-3 PM, a $5 individual admission fee is charged.  10 AM "Early Bird" admission will cost $10 per person. 

Palette will feature a number of vintage tube radios in all of their wooden,metal,plastic splendor. Our mid-60s Panasonic AM/FM Clock/Radio has been enhanced to the show time via the use of Nixie Tubes! Of note, when the radio plays,the clock does not and vice versa.Even better, when the radio is turned off, the clock comes back on to the current time.It must be magic!

We’ll also bring a wide array of mid-century watches. The eternally-collectible Hamilton Pacer Electric Watch will be featured. Developed in the late 1950s with its unique asymmetric design, the Pacer was the first battery watch and the forerunner to the quartz watches,today. We have a number of Hamilton Electrics to show you.As well, we’ll display mechanical watch brands from yesteryear with such brands as Doxa, Jules Jurgensen, Lanco, and Wittnauer.

 Mid-Century wall and desk clocks will complete our display.The ever-popular Junghans Kitchen Clock/Timer will be present. A gray porcelain body houses an easy-to-read circular clock and a timer. Back before the days of microwave or even stop-top clocks, a Junghans Kitchen Clock/Timer let folks know when their meals were ready and in grand style to boot!

We hope that you will attend the 2018 Vintage Voltage Expo and look forward to visiting with you as always!

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A Good Sign
to Apr 28

A Good Sign

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During 3-6PM, on Saturday, 4-28-18, Jaqueline Cruz, painter, will be present to discuss her astrological works displayed at her current show, "A Good Sign" which is being held at Palette Contemporary Art and Craft. Feel free to visit, and view Jaqueline's fine paintings with a keen eye out for her depiction of your personal astrological sign.Does it match your expectation of what your sign "should" be? Pro or Con, Jaqueline will be ready to discuss her interpretation with you! Our own Ariana Mancino did great research work in uncovering very thorough and engaging written descriptions for each sign which are posted next to each painting.

Further background on Jaqueline's work is provided by the Albuquerque Journal Art Columnist,Wesley Pulkka, whose wrote a wonderful review on April 1..  For your time's investment on one short Saturday afternoon,between Jaqueline paintings and discussion,Ariana's research, and Wes' commentary, you should now feel well-versed in the field of Astrology ,in general,and of your personal stake or "Sign", specifically. Come for Jaqueline's paintings and get the added benefit of admiring appealing art glass from our roster of international artists which are also on display during her show.

Featuring Paintings by Jaqueline Cruz

Beginning Friday, March 16, from 5-8 PM, please join Palette Contemporary Art and Craft as we welcome, new painter, Jaqueline Cruz with her Zodiac series.

Originally from Brazil, Jaqueline dreamed of coming to the United States and working toward an exhibition of her artistry.  A busy person, Jaqueline is also a physical education teacher, a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter, and a dancer!

Jaqueline's paintings are heavily influenced by her love of music and dance.  She says, "[I am] fascinated by the culture of movement and how dance can represent lines and limitations to give geometric shape to the movement that fits into the rhythm.  From my observations, I noticed that one's astrological bend influences one's body movement during dance.  Dance is an art, like painting, so I started to figure out how to make that connection.  Intuitively, I wanted to represent the signs of the zodiac using delineated lines, squares, and colors.  I mixed my aforementioned desire with music, and my initial sketches turned into finished paintings."

In addition to Jaqueline’s presentation, on our pedestals, we’ll be featuring a fine selection of Mid-Century glass and ceramic sculpture from across the globe. From the Czech Republic, you’ll see Frantisek Vizner’s cut and polished candlestick holders,Pavel Hlava’s stunningly colorful Sommerso vases as well as Karel Wunsch’s vases a couple of which hail from his renown “Dual Series” from the 1960s. German glass from Walther can be viewed as can a number of glass and ceramic sculptures from the Scandinavian countries.

Plenty to be seen!

On March 16 from 5-8 PM, come stargaze with Palette, admire Jaqueline's paintings, learn about your zodiac sign, and also enjoy our terrestrial sculpture,too!

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