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Preserving and Furthering Local Art at Corrales Bosque Gallery

By Courtney Clark

Residents of Corrales can find local artists at the Corrales Bosque Gallery, an artist's cooperative that features a variety of art styles. Currently, the gallery features 15 member artists and 15 consignment artists. Art styles range from photographers and sculptors to printmakers and painters. In addition to fueling Corrales' art scene, the Gallery contributes to local charities with an annual Benefit show.

The Bosque Gallery was opened in 1994 by local artists in one of the older buildings in the historic village on Corrales Road. For 21 years, the website explains, the artists have worked "to preserve the dynamic and increasingly widespread visual arts experience found in New Mexico." With the exception of two artists, the current artists featured are from Corrales or surrounding areas. The Gallery aims to feature a variety of styles and approaches to maintain diversity and, as Founding Member Andy Goldschmidt explains, to give the gallery "a fresh, vibrant look" to the patrons.

L Brown, "HOLOTROPIC MANDALA", 26x26, oil-mixed media 201

The Gallery is what Goldschmidt calls a cooperative artist gallery. This means that the artists featured must be full members and that all important decisions are made by the members. Members host the gallery, serve on committees that make the gallery function, and decide who else can become members. This keeps the Gallery fully local, as well.

Known as a focal point for the artistic community, the gallery features an eclectic mix of fine arts and a welcoming atmosphere. Of the thirty artists featured, there are jewelers, sculptors, potters, a glass artist, a quilter, a scissor-cut artist, one printmaker and scratchboard artists, and seven painters. The painters work in a variety of mediums, such as acrylics, guache, egg tempura, or encaustic.

Andy Goldschmidt, "DESERT MANGROVES" ceramic

Bosque Gallery artists are showcased four times a year at gallery receptions. One of the receptions, the Benefit show, aims to raise fund for charity in the Albuquerque area. Goldschmidt says the Gallery sets aside 40 percent of each sale on the first day of the Benefit show. These funds are given to the recipient in need; past charities have included the Roadrunner Food Bank, the Corrales Community Library and the Corrales Historical Society.

For more than two decades, the Corrales Bosque Gallery has been serving and featuring local artists. The website explains the Gallery's mission well: to "promote the work of gallery members, while encouraging the development of Corrales as a cultural arts center." With the Bosque Gallery at its center, the Corrales art scene will only develop in the future.

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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