A light cool breeze swept through the air during Friday’s Albuquerque Artwalk on June 4, giving both vendors and attendees a refreshing break from the summer heat.
The weather wasn’t the only cause for celebration for artists and attendees alike. Just two days prior, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had authorized the execution of a new statewide health order officially bringing all 33 counties of the state to the Turquoise level, lifting many restrictions that had been in place since 2020.
With COVID-19 causing the cancellation of most events during 2020 and early 2021, attendees were eager to get out and enjoy an event that brought the community together and celebrated New Mexico’s falling COVID-19 cases and positive vaccination rates.
One Native New Mexican artist Billy Monnereau said he was glad to share the art he has been working on for four years with the community. From a family of artists himself, Monnereau’s described his craft as contemporary inspired by tradition.
“I appreciate Artwalk,” Monnereau said. “It helps artists to come out and show what we’ve been working on this past year since we’ve kind of been inside for a while. So I’m glad Artwalk can help the artist show their work.”
Other artists echoed Monnereau’s sentiment, including Brianna Gardocki who’s own pieces featured bright colors and bold lines.
“It’s awesome everybody is coming out, and it’s great to see everybody vaccinated and just see everyone’s bright faces,” she said.
Having moved from Georgia just two years prior, Gardocki quickly found herself drawn into New Mexico’s art scene.
“It’s just a great scene to be in,” she said. “There are lots of amazing artists that I’m next to all the time. It’s just a great community!”
As the event continued and the crowd swelled in size, various musicians began to play, from singers, guitarists, drummers, and more entertainers of every sort. They swept the streets of the Artwalk, adding to the positive atmosphere.
Nothing could quench the crowd’s enthusiasm, not even rain that began to fall during the second hour of the event, lightly wetting both artists and attendees alike. While some took shelter, others continued to move through the rain visiting booths as children reached forward to catch droplets.
Near the end of the event, many people still lingered among the streets, the excitement at an all-time high. As the event came successfully to a close, Albuquerque’s artists quickly reminded the public that the Albuquerque Artwalk is an ongoing event set to return July 9.
One local wood and jewelry artist and regular among the vendors at Albuquerque Artwalk Shea Lindner, said the ongoing nature of Artwalk has been a fantastic experience for him.
Lindner said he has been grateful for the opportunity Albuquerque Artwalk has given him, and he eyes the future positively as the monthly event only continues to grow.
“Come on down to the Artwalk; it’s seriously a good time,” he said with a broad smile and laugh.
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