Monday, June 1, 2009

Albuquerque's Open Mind Space Gallery Brings Exciting Art to Old Town

If you haven’t been to Albuquerque’s Old Town in a while, you might not be aware that a handful of young art aficionados are bringing back the concept of a traditional art gallery to an area dotted, in recent years, with pottery, jewelry, and tourist trinket shops. Devon Hall of Open Mind Space, is one of those entrepreneurs bringing refreshing new art to Old Town.

In June, Open Mind Space will feature the photographic quilts of Emilie Bezzeg, in addition to a selection of her drawings that represent natural subjects.

Bezzeg, a Tomé, New Mexico native, mimics the visual content of black and white photographs through her use of specific fabric choices, patterns and textures. The artist cuts, layers, and stitches all of the fabric by hand creating an end result that is an enlarged version of the original image—highly detailed and as realistic as possible.

The gallery's back room will feature “American Indians,” a series of black and white photographs by the late writer and photographer, Douglas Kent Hall, whose works were selected from an exhibit that was recently on display at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. In May, visitors to the gallery were treated to images of Navajo people by Hall, but the June exhibition focuses on studies of Pueblo people in New Mexico.

Stop by the gallery on Friday, June 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an opening reception that will feature live music, food, drinks, and an opportunity to meet other art lovers. If you are unable to attend the opening reception, the exhibition will continue through July 5, 2009.

The gallery, which is located at 404 San Felipe Street NW, Suite C1, in Albuquerque’s Old Town, is open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 505-259-3566 or visit

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