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See the World Differently: Richard Levy Gallery

By Ryan Rushton

Richard Levy Gallery opened in 1991, with the intention of bringing an international contemporary art presence to the Albuquerque New Mexico community. Gallery Director Viviette Hunt explains that, "Contemporary art had been a long time interest for Richard Levy, who began his own collection as a teenager in the late 1960's."

The gallery is active in the Albuquerque community and beyond. Right now, art enthusiasts will find the gallery exhibition Coordinates, showcasing artists who work in the middle Rio Grande Valley area. This exhibition reflects the diverse range of media and artistic voice that exists in the Albuquerque community.

Willy Bo Richardson, "Music to Drive To 9, 2012;" photo credit: Kim Richardson

A recent exhibit was a city-wide collaboration entitled On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art and Design. This extensive collaboration celebrated the history and present of Albuquerque art and included over 20 cultural patterns. Other recent exhibits have included Visualizing Albuquerque, Marco at the National Cultural Center, and From the Ground Up: Design Here & Now at 516 ARTS. Hunt explains that "each of these exhibitions presented diverse and exciting examples of the creative force flowing through the middle Rio Grande Valley."

Hunt believes that art fulfills a critical need in society. "Art provides an opportunity for humans to see the world differently," she says. "Creativity and art are absolutely essential for diversity and innovation."

Perhaps that is why it can also be such a powerful force for good. Recently, the Richard Levy Gallery hosted NEST, which was an exhibition of visionary birdhouses created by award winning architects and designers. The gallery exhibit included an online auction to benefit the National Audubon Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds, wildlife, and healthy ecosystems.

Come see the world differently at Richard Levy Gallery in downtown Albuquerque.

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