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Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County Cultural Services’ Public Art program, and City of Albuquerque Public Art, in collaboration with Albuquerque ARTScrawl, present Downtown Public ARTScrawl on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Six downtown county and city venues will be showcasing diverse collections of art and offering live music and refreshments.


The Downtown Public ARTScrawl begins on the 10th floor of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center building, 1 Civic Plaza NW, where visitors can grab their passports and embark on their artistic journey. The ARTScrawl continues onto the sixth floor, and then hops over to the Bernalillo County Annex, 415 Tijeras, first floor and the Assessor’s Office, 501 Tijeras, first floor. The tour concludes at the convention center where dessert and coffee will be served.


Many of the featured exhibits are part of the Bernalillo County Public Art’s 1% for the Art Collection.


Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins, Commission Area, 10th Floor 1 Civic Plaza hosts:


“Heart of my Soul” paintings by Leo Neufeld:  An established artist whose work is in the Albuquerque Museum and many other public and private collections. Leo received the honor of Local Artistic Treasure in 2011.


Judge Willow Misty Parks, Probate Judge’s Office, Sixth Floor 1 Civic Plaza hosts:


“A is for Art! APS Foundation:  Selections from the “A is for Art!” Exhibit of APS students’ artwork is highlighted in the exhibit.  Works include pen and ink, acrylic paintings and mixed media photography collage.


Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Clerk’s Office, Sixth Floor 1 Civic Plaza hosts:


“Focus on Youth 2014”: Featuring photographs from the 2014 Focus on Youth Juried Student Photography Exhibit, an annual art show of photographs by high school students in Albuquerque, which has been acquired by  Bernalillo County for its collection.  The selected photographs range in theme from underwater photography to digital special techniques.  These stellar photographs highlight the talents of Albuquerque youth.


Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, Bernalillo County Annex, 415 Tijeras, First Floor hosts:


“Prints on Paper” featuring prints by Working Classroom Youth from Karsten Creighney’s Print Workshop:Working Classroom is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational community of student and professional artists, writers, actors and directors with a conscious commitment to supporting new and diverse voices and visions in the arts. They contribute to a more nuanced understanding of American identity by training aspiring artists and actors from historically ignored communities and creating art and theater by, for and about these communities.


“States of Autism” Paintings from VSA-North Fourth: States of Autism is a large, colorful grouping of 11” x 14” abstract paintings in watercolor and mixed media. The abstracted shapes of different states hang separately in identical frames, yet the work is even more evocative as a whole, the implicit message of the title becoming explicit in one work of carefully wrought calligraffiti.  Autism is the fastest growing disability in the United States.VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.


Assessor Tanya R Giddings, Assessor’s Office, 510 Tijeras, First Floor hosts:


“Selected Works”: By Adrian Panaro, Neal Ambrose Smith and Susan York.  Recent acquisitions to the Bernalillo County Public Art Collection feature contemporary New Mexican artists working in abstraction, photography and painting.


Convention Center, 2 Civic Plaza hosts:

Albuquerque Public Art at the Convention Center:  Featuring nearly 150 pieces of large scale works from the City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection.  Take a tour of the newest phase of the convention center mosaic, led by ALMA, a nonprofit mosaic organization.


The Bernalillo County Public Art collection is funded by 1% for Art from voter-approved general obligation bonds, and boasts over 300 artworks.


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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.