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Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Museum, October 19-December 2

Tali Grinshpan, Infinite, glass, 3 x 10 x 12.

Tali Grinshpan, Infinite, glass, 3 x 10 x 12.

This story was featured in the October 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

For many years the Albuquerque Museum has hosted the annual Miniatures & More show, an expansive exhibition featuring contemporary work from the western art market. This year, in an effort to expand its horizons, the show has been renamed the ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit. This year’s show features artists from across the country working in both traditional and experimental mediums. “There’s something for every kind of collector in every price range,” says Karanina Madden-Krall, program associate for the event. “It is a really broad example of the incredible artwork available in New Mexico.”

The show kicks off with a gala on Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., where visitors can meet artists and bid on more than 250 works of art. However, collectors looking for a sneak preview of the exhibition can attend the Collectors’ Dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. During this special event, attendees can also bid on seven exclusive artworks that are not included in the show. The exhibition officially opens to the public on Sunday, October 21. The museum offers online bidding this year as well.

 

While the exhibition still includes plenty of painting and sculpture, more mediums are represented than ever before. Glasswork was added as a new category for the event while other artists bring woodblock prints, jewelry, textiles, and mixed-media works. Madden-Krall says she encouraged more local, Native American artists to enter as well. “It was always a surprise to me why the native community wasn’t more highlighted,” she says. “The fact that more native artists are applying speaks to the depth and range that we are finally reaching.” Of the 128 artists featured in the exhibition, 36 are brand new.

First-time artist Tali Grinshpan brings her undulating glass pieces accented with gold leaf, which mimic folded pieces of fabric. Leon Loughridge worked with a poet to create a first-edition, hand-printed book, and native artist Karsten Creightney brings his mixed-media works that combine techniques from both painting and collage. “This show is museum quality and a world-class exhibition,” Madden-Krall says. “But it also offers good exposure for these younger, emerging artists.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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