Back to the Harwood Arts Center

Back to the Harwood Arts Center
by Chris Lucas

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Friends of Mountain Road Woodcuts

Friends of Mountain Road Woodcuts
by Chris Lucas

The Friends of Mountain Road Woodcut Prints

You know how you plan to do just one thing, but then other cool things get in the way? Downtown Albuquerque can be like that; it's easy to find yourself exploring places that weren't part of the plan. On my way into Downtown to pass by an almost 100-year-old adobe home designed by Anna Gotshall, a local 1920's architect, I became distracted.

Driving up & down Mountain Road recently, you can't help but notice the white printed banners hanging from stylized posts along both sides of the street. One of the banners mentioned the FriendsOfMountainRoad.com site, which explained that the banners were part of a woodcut print exhibition. Parking around the Harwood Arts Center is a good place to start a woodcut art tour. From there, the seven-block Mountain Road art installation extends a few blocks east of the Harwood, & then west as far as 12th St. The 13 images, created by local artists, feature detailed woodcut prints turned into banners, that are repeated along the length of the exhibition. Organized by artist Julianna Kirwin, she is helping to bring a sense of momentum to the Mountain Road corridor.

The pieces catch your eyes as you walk by, examples below. I love woodcuts because there's a lot going on--from a block of wood, the artist carves out the negative (white) space, then pulling it through an ink press allows the dark areas to become apparent & helps form the image on a piece of paper (or banner, in this case). It's intimately hand-created from beginning to end...Walking the entire route on both sides of Mountain Road, the images provide a sense of the corridor from way back when; newer additions like coffee shops & residential infill add to the continuing vibrancy of the area.


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Current MetroABQ Housing Crunch

Current MetroABQ Housing Crunch
by Chris Lucas

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Flyer: 1835 Aliso Drive NE Albuquerque NM 87110

Flyer: 1835 Aliso Drive NE Albuquerque NM 87110
by Chris Lucas

Click on the image below to download the flyer for 1835 Aliso Drive NE.   Read More


MetroABQ Newsletter -- January

MetroABQ Newsletter -- January
by Chris Lucas

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Return to Netflix's ABQ Studios Campus in Mesa Del Sol

Return to Netflix's ABQ Studios Campus in Mesa Del Sol
by Chris Lucas

The largest economic announcement this fall, that Netflix Will Commit $1 Billion into expanding ABQ Studios at Mesa del Sol--& will create over 1000 jobs along the way--is welcome news for the nascent community & for the city at large.
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3-D Virtual Walking Tour for 1835 Aliso St NE, in Altura Park

3-D Virtual Walking Tour for 1835 Aliso St NE, in Altura Park
by Chris Lucas

In Altura Park, 1835 Aliso St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Read More


The Old Town Purple Pine 2020

The Old Town Purple Pine 2020
by Chris Lucas

The Azure Fountain, above, is a great place to finish the River of Lights Tour 2020. It shimmers as you stand in front of it & reminds of a techno New Years Eve party.   Read More


MetroABQ Neighborhoods Map

MetroABQ Neighborhoods Map
by Chris Lucas

I am always looking around the edges of neighborhoods for various reasons...Perhaps folks are looking for a home in a school district--knowing exactly which neighborhoods are included in that district are important. Read More