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Grain Man

For one man, creativity is where the heart is

Arts Valve One glance at 55-year-old Kenneth Bennett, and it’s not hard to tell that he’s led a rough life. He’s sitting at a table outside Ecco Espresso & Gelato, meticulously carving a wood figurine, cedar chi...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Enrique Limón

Animal Style

Don’t squash that spider! It might be the next Gauguin

Arts Valve “I was not expected to grow up to be a biologist. I was supposed to study Home Ec. and marry a doctor. My mom is still not quite over it…you’d think she would be,” Linda Wiener says.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Enrique Limón

Pillow Talk

Lawyer by day, pillow-maker by night overrules your stress away

Arts Valve “Maybe it’s like a calling,” Tim Foster says. He’s talking about a need to create and sell 100 handmade meditation pillows, a project he recently launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with th...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Enrique Limón

Burn, Baby Burn!

Like a phoenix rising...

Arts Valve He’s not necessarily what you’d call a looker. He’s scrawny, big-mouthed, feeble and bug-eyed. Then there’s the hair…don’t even get me started on the hair.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Enrique Limón

In Your Face, Kermit!

Erin Currier proves just how easy it is being green

Arts Valve A woman of contrasts, she’s dressed in a delicate black slip paired with army boots; possesses both supermodel looks and Diego Rivera technique; and, though soft-spoken, creates artwork that speaks volumes....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Enrique Limón

Blame It on the Frames

Local business struggles to survive amid big-box competition

Arts Valve Sixty-two-year-old Josie Lucero is used to the almost nonexistent foot traffic at Emmanuel’s, her Cerrillos Road frame shop. “Oh God, it’s gone down,” she says of the current state of the framing indust...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Enrique Limón

Face Booked

Sarah Nolan finds inspiration in the darndest places

Arts Valve Manning the sleepy desk at the Plaza Galeria space where her first solo show, Innercapes hangs, Sarah Nolan is used to low foot traffic. “It’s mostly tourists and sandwich lovers,” she says, referencing t...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Enrique Limón

Paper Rub

X marks the spot

Arts Valve Continuing the lo-fi aesthetic of their latest exhibit, CutGlueFold, Axle Contemporary presents The Flatfile Show­, a paper-driven curatorial experiment that shines a spotlight on the most basic of mediums.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Enrique Limón

No Reserve

Stan Natchez keeps it all in the family

Arts Valve One step inside Stan Natchez’ gallery and it’s clear he’s not your conventional Native artist. “I paint to understand the world that surrounds me,” he says, as he swiftly applies gold leaf to an 8-fo...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Enrique Limón

Proud Teri

Teri Greeves beads ‘em to the punch

Arts Valve “I’m a beadworker first. If you want to call me an artist, that’s fine,” Greeves says modestly, even though one of her pieces—a pair of beaded Converse high-tops—resides in the Smithsonian’s Nat...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Enrique Limón
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