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Open Studio!

photo of studio enlargement

The view through the wall just before the frame came down.

Yes! Starting Saturday, March 7th, 1-5pm, I’ll be opening my studio every Saturday afternoon. I recently enlarged my studio space, so I now have more room for display. My studio is one of 10 studios at Chroma Studios here on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM.

photo of new larger studio

This view is looking into the new, larger studio from the far corner of the old, smaller studio.

I’m working on getting other artists to join me in opening our studios every Saturday. So far, Robert Medina Cook, will also be joining in the fun by having his studio open too. Robert doesn’t just make gorgeous art, he also teaches Encaustic workshops here at the studios.

photo of painted record wall

Getting art hung! This is my painted record wall.

It’s a great time to visit working artist studios, see some of our processes, look at some really fun and amazing art, and perhaps find that perfect piece to fill a space on your home or office walls! There are no high pressure sales tactics here, but we sure would love to share our art with you!

photo of small paintings wall

This is the small paintings wall, these paintings are 6 x 6″ and 8 x 8″.

If attendance is good, we may continue the open studio Saturdays past the end of March. We look forward to seeing you here! 🙂

Open Studio

Paula Manning's studio space

My studio, all clean, pretty and ready for visitors this past Saturday

This past Saturday I opened my studio to the public. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I took! I used to be so good about getting photos during events like this. Not sure when I stopped. I was having so much fun socializing and greeting visitors that I totally forgot to grab my camera!

I guess this means I will have to a paint a picture with words for you. My husband, Aaron Lewis, aka Guitar Aaron, played his classical guitar for us in the front lobby of Chroma Studios. Three other artists opened their studios too. Victoria Bryers in studio #3, Tricia Thorp in studio #5 and Jasmine Carpenter in studio #6. My studio is #7. We had a table set up with refreshments in the back hallway/kitchen area.

The evening began with an ITEX member meeting. ITEX is a barter network that I am a member of. If you have ever thought about barter as a way of being, you absolutely, must check out ITEX. We had a toast with some yummy sparkling wine and I mingled with new people I hadn’t met before.

I was happy to see several artist friends that I haven’t seen in literally YEARS. After all, it has been just over two years since I last opened my studio to the public.

Towards the end of the evening a group of young artists came into the studio. They were dressed to impress and impress they did. One of them began by asking questions about how he should go about approaching local galleries about showing his art work. I offered my advice, basically, scout out all the galleries you can find and when you find one that you think your art would fit into, ask about their submission policy.

I asked them all some questions and found out they had JUST moved to Albuquerque from Virginia. Like four days ago. I so enjoyed talking with these young people. I was reminded of myself at that age. They were almost surprised that I was offering so much information to them. Of course, I said, I remember being where they are now. I remember not having anyone to ask these questions. I have always promised myself that I would help out young artists as much as was possible with my knowledge, gained over the past 23 years of being an artist.

I have been considering teaching a workshop on this topic and I think this encounter has pushed me over the edge of decision. I have decided that it’s important for me to share what I have learned. If I can help just one artist avoid the mistakes, trial and error I endured, it would be worth it. I guess I had better get myself in gear and write some workshop plans!

I hope that you all are having a great start to the New Year! 2014 is going to be a GREAT year, I can just FEEL it!

First post of 2014!

acrylic painting on 12" vinyl

“Beautiful”, acrylic paint markers on 12″ vinyl, SOLD

I just realized it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Time got away from me, or more accurately, the holidays interrupted my regular schedule. I was feeling a bit of the bah humbugs this year. Not really feeling the Holiday spirit. At all.

acrylic painting on 7" vinyl

“Nature”, acrylic paint markers on 7″ vinyl, available for $45

It’s now 2014, really? I cannot get over this fact. It seems so surreal. 2014 is the FUTURE. Not NOW! But it IS now. I still cannot get over it. Feeling my age this New Year. Not that that is a bad thing. I love being the age I am now. I have learned so many valuable lessons. Though I still struggle at times, I feel like I have hit my stride. Like my life truly is where I always wanted it to be. Sure, there are still goals to reach for, change is inevitable. For the first time in my life I feel like I have all the tools I need to REACH my goals.

acrylic painting on 7" vinyl record

“Lovey Dovey”, acrylic paint markers on 7″ vinyl, available for $45

Now, I realize there will always be new lessons to learn and obstacles to overcome, but I feel equipped to handle these situations now. I feel like I KNOW what I need to do next. I even feel MOTIVATED to do those things!

acrylic painting on 12" vinyl

“Faith”, acrylic painting on 12″ vinyl, work in progress

I have a lot of work to do this week in the studio. This Saturday I am hosting an open studio at my art studio space, Chroma Studios. It’s not just my studio that will be open but several other artists will also open their doors. I’m excited because it’s been at least a few years since I’ve opened my studio to the public. Come to think of it, I don’t remember the last time I opened my studio to the public. hmmmmm….. I’ll have to think on that for a bit!

"Love", acrylic paint markers on 7" vinyl, work in progress

“Love”, acrylic paint markers on 7″ vinyl, work in progress

I’ve been on a roll with my painted records the past couple of weeks. Still visualizing my next series of paintings. I’m planning a series with quotes and sayings, writings of my own and in collaboration with a good friend of mine. Once the open studio is past I will dive right into that series. My plan for the New Year is to continue my weekly blog posts and maybe even get in a couple extra posts every week. I’m still working on goal setting for this year, so much to think about and do! I’m super excited about this new year and what’s in store for me and my creative path! Stay tuned! 🙂

Art Opening: This Friday and Saturday, 5-8pm!

Working on finishing up my latest series which I will premiere at this weekend’s art opening. The paintings are all complete, just getting the frames done and finishing it all up. “Exposed Emotions” is a new series of paintings that I have been working on for the last couple of months. I’m really excited about this series as it is something quite a bit different for me. The paintings are on stretched linen with parts of the beautiful canvas showing through. That is the “Exposed” part. The emotions refer to the subjects and titles of the paintings. Bliss, Happy, Passion, Euphoria, Love Consciousness, Unconditional Love, and Love is the Thread are the titles of the seven paintings. The show is a two evening opening and the show will be open by appointment only for the month of November. We will also have an open studio event happening at the same time. There will be around 3 other artists with their studio doors open for the evenings. My eldest son, Bryan Beck, who is also an artist, is also showing his latest series of portraits. They are all pencil drawings. I am so proud of him for following in his mom’s footsteps! Hope to see lots of locals at this weekend’s opening. The location is 1606 Central Ave. SE suite 201, the Central location of Chroma Studios.

Tonight’s the Night! One Year of Chroma Studios!

Tonight is not just another First Friday here in Albuquerque, tonight is the night we celebrate our one year anniversary in business at Chroma Studios! I can hardly believe it’s already been a year. A celebration it will be, lots of art, jewelry, live music, a poetry reading, refreshments, open studios, artists to meet and fun to be had by all! Plenty of FREE parking too!

Featured artists are Paula Manning-Lewis, co-owner and founder and Chris Schelling, studio artist. Our upstairs studios will be open with artists here to share what they do. Carlos Contreras and Colin Hazelbaker will be entertaining upstairs with poetry readings, Aaron Lewis will be in his studio upstairs playing classical guitar, Jazz group, Duende, and bluegrass/blues group, Bleaker Street Boys will be out in the courtyard entertaining us with their music.

Hours are 6 – 10 pm, hope to see you here!