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Tortuga Gallery is There For Those Who Make Art and Those Who Love It

By Elisha Neubauer

The building housing the Tortuga Gallery has quite a history. Built in the 1880s, it has been everything from a cabinet shop and Laundromat to a food distribution center and a YMCA. Constructed during the time of the Albuquerque railroad for use as a general store, the historic building has now become the home of the Tortuga Gallery- a space for community, art, and performance.

"Tortuga provides space for community gatherings, music, poetry and art," says Jill Logan and Pax Garcia, owners of the Gallery. "Although we call ourselves an art gallery, we invite many other groups to participate and use the space."

The space has played host to non-profit groups, new artists, musicians, and private parties. They offer a non-alcohol venue, which allows for a wider range of parties to make use of the space on their own terms.

The space is unique in that it can host a smattering of media formats. Everything has been shown within the walls, from paintings, sculptures, photography, fiber arts, multi-media, and live art -- just to name a few. "Artists that show here range from new and emerging to well established," states Logan. "The music events here have a wide range including jazz, Celtic, rhythm & blues, experimental, Native American, and international touring groups."

Logan and Garcia opened the Gallery with one starting goal in mind: to hold an art show each month in addition to hosting events that would invite people to experience and view the art up close and personally. So far, they seem to have accomplished just that, with a brimming calendar of events ranging from music shows to game nights, all surrounded by the art of the month. Live art, where you can see the artist create their pieces, is another fun event that seems to be making headlines on Tortuga's schedules.

Another unique event is their 2016 recycled art show, in which all art is required to be crafted from 80% recycled or repurposed materials. This is yet another way that Logan and Garcia keep things interesting for those in the area.

But the lineup isn't the only thing that brings people to the Tortuga Gallery. The atmosphere of the space is second to none, with its exposed brick walls, muted tones, and ample seating. The intimate space encourages the feeling of community, while putting guests up close to the artists, musicians, and the artwork itself. Friendly, inviting, and warm, Tortuga Gallery is a space specifically designed to bring artists, of all formats, and viewers together.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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