ABQ Museum Open Air Sculpture Garden

ABQ Museum Open Air Sculpture Garden
by Chris Lucas

Near the Explora! Ideas You Can Touch Science Center & across the street from Tiguex Park, The ABQ Museum's sculpture garden is amazing. You can get lost in the grandeur of the exhibits that act as sentries in front of the main entrance. Inside, the Slate At The Museum Cafe is a sweet place to relax for lunch. These are part of the ABQ Museum, & are not be part of the city arts program One Percent For Art.  Read More


Mural Fest '18: In the UrbanABQ East & West Neighborhoods

Mural Fest '18: In the UrbanABQ East & West Neighborhoods
by Chris Lucas

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Mural Fest '18: Two Out-of-the-Way Murals

Mural Fest '18: Two Out-of-the-Way Murals
by Chris Lucas

The busy I-25 commercial corridor north of Candelaria Rd along the frontage road is a busy thoroughfare. where you will find the mural above, recently installed for Mural Fest '18. It covers the length of a formerly blank concrete block wall outside the Positive Energy Solar headquarters. It was still being completed when I stopped by, apparently they were away having lunch. It's a pretty cacophonous piece, flanked on each side by what looks like a heartbeat.  Read More


Mural Fest '18: Huning Highlands/EDo (East Downtown)

Mural Fest '18: Huning Highlands/EDo (East Downtown)
by Chris Lucas

Mural Fest 2018 is an annual Public Art festival featuring new murals found across the city, mostly in the UrbanABQ east & west neighborhoods. The freshly-painted murals can subtly engulf small doorways--see the Guild Cinema image--or boldly span the length of an entire block. I found most of them while the festival ran over the two weeks this fall. Luckily many of the outdoor exhibits will remain for a while; however, some may be gone soon. See them before the wall owners or the elements change them forever. The artist for each piece was not always readily known, so a full list of the artists is found here...
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Mural Fest '18: Map & Info

Mural Fest '18: Map & Info
by Chris Lucas

My favorite Mural Fest '18 mural, above. Read More


Balloon Fiesta Invades Old Town

Balloon Fiesta Invades Old Town
by Chris Lucas

The owner of 620 16th St NW took this photo the first weekend of the ABQ International Balloon Fiesta, in front of her house. The two streets of 16th & 17th have numerous Leon Watson Adobe homes, mostly built toward the middle/end of the 1940's. 16th St north of Lomas Blvd is not super wide for a landing & balloon take-down, but worked here for a touch-down & take-off. There are numerous parks in the area with open spaces perfect for landing a balloon--Tiguex Park is very close & it is pretty amazing... Read More


Welcome to a Downtown Adobe: 3-D Walking Tour for 1207 12th St NW

Welcome to a Downtown Adobe: 3-D Walking Tour for 1207 12th St NW
by Chris Lucas

Welcome to Downtown: 3-D Tour for adobe-built 1207 12th St NW. Read More


Old Town's Tiguex Park

Old Town's Tiguex Park
by Chris Lucas

Tiguex Park in the MetroABQ's Old Town is an amazing greenspace in the heart of the city. At almost 8&1/2 acres, it sits next to the ABQ Museum, the Explora Science Center, the Rattlesnake Museum & near the iconic 400+ years-old Old Town Plaza.  Read More


Spontaneous Yoga at Downtown Growers Market at Robinson Park

Spontaneous Yoga at Downtown Growers Market at Robinson Park
by Chris Lucas

Spontaneous Yoga:

At the Downtown Growers Market at at Robinson Park, yoga can erupt spontaneously...as I'm enjoying a Saturday morning breakfast burrito from Food Karma (Eat Well, Do Good, below), folks gather & begin an hour-long yoga practice while I watch. Another reason to love the MetroABQ! Read More


Open House: Historic SW Vernacular-Style Downtown Adobe.

Open House: Historic SW Vernacular-Style Downtown Adobe.
by Chris Lucas

SW Vernacular-style was popular in the early 1900's; it consists of creative ways to express rooflines that diverge from the typical Spanish Pueblo Revival style. Join me this Sunday, June 24th, for an Open House at this urban & unique adobe-built, SW Vernacular-style home. It lives Downtown at 900 Silver Ave SW & is a fun place to visit. I like how the kitchen has been remodeled to be included with the other public rooms, making it comfortable for the person(s) preparing dinner to converse directly with her/his guests.
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