Form & Function

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with Joan Weissman Sample Rug Sale

February 6 - April 3, 2010

516 ARTS announces Form & Function, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists and designers who explore sustainability, reuse, decoration and innovation. From alternative rugs, lighting, furniture and jewelry, to eclectic art objects that riff on function, viewers will find treasures for live and work spaces by renowned artists from New Mexico, across the country and beyond. Featured artists are AREAWARE, Eliana Arenas, Angelo Arnold, ART GENS, Roger Atkins, Julia Barello, Sonya Cramer, Roberto Gallegos, Welmoed Laanstra, Cal Lane, Maria Michails, OFFCenter, Beth Rekow and Joan Weissman, whose much awaited sample rug sale is part of this fundraising exhibition, offering a rare opportunity to purchase her rugs at great discounts. Work for sale includes handmade fine craft for the home, wearable art, inventively designed products as well as sculpture, paintings and more. A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition benefit the free educational programs of 516 ARTS. March exhibition programs for Form & Function are in conjunction with the Women & Creativity series organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Download Form & Function Brochure. Photos from the opening.

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The Treehouse Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Saturday, February 13
6:30pm Sign-up • 7pm Open Mic • 8:30pm Feature: Dinah Frank

This erotic edition of The Treehouse for Valentine’s Day features shy exhibitionist Dinah Frank, world famous for her obscurity, who will read her award-winning love story to French filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Titled Dirt Cabaret: A Stainless Steel Love Story, the fiction requires that she wear a bodice made from Super 8 film, and she intends to comply. Renowned composer CK Barlow will play resident DJ for the evening, performing, among other pieces, selections from eFfeM (frequency modulation): Short Pieces for Vibrators & Radios, built from recordings of vibrators. Organized by Destructible Heart Press.

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Alley Art Opening

Saturday, February 27, 4-6pm

516 ARTS and Warehouse 508 present a celebration of the Alley Art mural created by the Warehouse 508 mural project on the back of the 516 ARTS building in conjunction with the Form & Function exhibition. This Youth Opening features music and spoken word performances.

The following events are in celebration of Women & Creativity month organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center.


Panel Discussion on Women & Craft

Saturday, March 6, 2pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Form & Function, 516 ARTS presents a panel discussion exploring the intersection of art, design and business for women. The panel explores different stages of women artists’ careers in art, design and craft. Panelists include Julia Barello (jewelry), Beth Rekow (design and sculpture) and Joan Weissman (rugs and textiles). The panel is moderated by Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly and Independent Producer, KUNM Radio.

Creative Women Networking Reception

Saturday, March 6, 3:30pm

Immediately following the panel on Women & Craft, 516 ARTS and albuquerqueARTS Magazine invite the public to attend an informal celebration to bring together panelists and audience around creative process and its role in work and play. Refreshments provided courtesy of albuquerqueARTS Magazine.

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516 WORDS:
Valerie Martinez, Lauren Camp, Jasmine Cuffee & Jamie Figueroa

Saturday, March 27, 8pm

516 ARTS and Littleglobe present a collaborative performance of poetry for the 516 WORDS series. Inspired by the exhibition Form & Function at 516 ARTS, this event features poets Lauren Camp, Jasmine Cuffee, Valerie Martinez and Jamie Figueroa. The poets build on the themes of the visual art on display by considering the edges of life and our interactions with the objects with which we live and work. By bending and shaping language to give new meaning to everyday experiences, they create a moving vocal performance. For more information about Littleglobe.

image at top: Joan Weissman, Bayahibe, hand-tufted wool rug