What's Happening
January, 2020 Edition
From Our Executive Director, Mary Schmidt
New Year, New Experiences!
Also a new monthly eLetter . . . and new Executive Director, yours truly.
Bob Allen, our former ED, retired in December to focus on his health. (He's doing fine and will be an OC volunteer.) I've found  my center at OFFCenter, fulfilling my personal mission to "make a difference and have fun doing it!"  I welcome your ideas about OC, so drop me a line or come by for conversation and a cup of coffee! 

In 2020, we'll continue 2019's momentum, including: mini-fests at the Downtown Growers' Market; partnering with other "down downtown" groups and businesses; more artist support programs; and unusual First Friday experiences. Check out our next First Friday experience on February 7, featuring the Refugee Blanket (and textile art) exhibition, "Wrapped in Love." 

And, I hope we can return to being open on Tuesdays. We're raising  funds to make that possible, which brings me to . . .

A big Thank You for your wonderfully generous support during 2019. We're passionate about our work here at OC; alas, we can't pay bills with happy vibes.

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News & Announcements
Don't Miss Out!
2020 Evolving Artists Program
Advice, Solo Exhibition, Teach a Workshop
Apply by January 31, 2020. Our new program provides mentoring and professional development for visual artists working in any medium.  For more information, email Helen Atkins or drop by to fill out an application.  
Meet Helen Atkins, Program Manager
Our new program manager comes to us with amazing energy and experience as an artist, teacher, curator, and arts organizer. Helen was a 2018 recipient of the inaugural Women in Creativity "Shine" Awards honoring creative women and their work in their community; the inaugural Mentoring Artist in Residence for ArtStreet, a Program of Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless; and currently serves on the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees.  Have an idea for a program  or workshop? Let Helen know.
New Gallery Arrivals Jan
New Arrivals in the Art Gallery
Just in Time for Valentine's Day! 

Visit our thrift store while you're here!   
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events 
Refugee Blanket
February 7 "Wrapped in Love"  
Refugee Blanket Comes Home to OC!
Created in 2017 by 35 of our artists volunteers, the blanket has returned from its travels around Albuquerque and is being repaired. The Refugee Blanket will be the centerpiece of our "Wrapped in Love" textile art exhibition.

First Friday, February 7
5:30-7:30 PM
March 6 "Paint 1000 Words"
Make Art for our next First Friday Exhibit
Artwork (any media) due February 28. (You can create art for this show at our Saturday, February 26 workshop.)  This First Friday exhibit on March 6  will feature art focusing on the written word and include a reading by our weekly writers' group. Remember to sign up now for the February 26 workshop.
March 25-29, 2020 IndigiPopX

We'll be at IndigiPopX with something for everyone in the family. We're in the planning stage. Details coming soon.  

Our collaboration began when folks started talking about getting all  Indigenous pop-culture groups together to celebrate and validate everyone's work.  Native Realities Publishing made it happen and the rest is (or will be) history.  Read More here.
Our full calendar of workshops and events is always available online.  Workshops and events are also announced on Facebook.
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