Econo Lodge Old Town
2321 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: (505) 243-8475
Fax: (505) 243-4205
Arts & Museums
View one of the most impressive turquoise collections in the world at Turquoise Museum. Walk down a tunnel with turquoise fixed in parts of the wall then make your way to the exhibits where you can learn all about this rare blue mineral. Learn about turquoise mines, how the gem is fashioned into jewelry, see a working lapidary shop, find out about the history of the gemstone, and do so much more. You have to register to take the 90 minute guided museum tour that includes hands-on exhibits.
Owners and gallery directors, Jan and Sylvain Steinlauf have amassed quite an impressive collection of original paintings, lithographs and serigraphs by a trove of New Mexico artists. If you have not had a chance to experience colorful New Mexico landscape interpretations by watercolor master Doug West, this gallery is a good place to do so. There are several dozen signed and numbered prints at prices that mock Mercado's trendy Santa Fe counterparts. Works by R. C. Gorman and Amado Maurilio Pena are also featured. Located in Old Town, this gallery should be a must stop on your Albuquerque itinerary.
This Old Town gallery fills a vital niche in the world of historic art by displaying and selling only Judaic pieces of art. Few styles of artistic expression create such dedicated and creative artists. The feel for culture and heritage is represented in tapestries, carvings, jewelry and paintings that range from traditional to contemporary. The collection within the adobe walls of this quaint, yet haunting gallery includes works by international artists as well as acclaimed local talent.
This gallery represents a co-operative of local artists that has been in existence since 1980. With such a wide range of talent from which to draw, the gallery is an eclectic mixture of traditional abstract and representational art. Choicest pieces of fine art share space with jewelry, pottery, sculpture, wood carvings, stained glass, weavings, baskets and photography. The gallery space is inside a renovated house that creates intimate, individual rooms.
Artist Fermin Hernandez has the uncanny ability to take the complexities of light, color and shadow, reduce them to simple lines and basic colors, and reproduce his subject in a compelling and realistic, hand-pulled silk screen image. The spacious Old Town gallery, with its curving walls, open ceiling and soft adobe half walls provides the perfect place to exclusively display Fermin's art and that of his son, Ehren Marcum.
Located in Old Town in the historic Mann Family barn, this 20-year-old gallery offers two floors that are loaded ceiling to hardwood floor with original oils and watercolors by the likes of Bill Donaldson and Russ Ball, whose "New Mexico Goes Vernal" bears a big price tag. Angels carved in driftwood by the famed Ben Ortega and family start at a moderate amount. A silk-screen triptych by Alice Valdez of the Taos Pueblo under a blanket of stars is worth purchasing too. And if you hurry, you can purchase a pencil-signed serigraph by actor Anthony Quinn.
Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery an Old Town gallery is a necessary stop on your quest for a truly original piece of Southwestern Pueblo pottery. Featuring artists from the 19 Pueblos of Northern New Mexico as well as the Hopi and the Navajo tribes, the selection here is enormous. As you browse through the collection, ask questions. The staff members here are eager to share their knowledge and you will soon learn the subtle and not-so-subtle nuances that set apart the pottery styles of the various pueblos. The gallery also features Kachinas, jewelry, original paintings and weavings.
The walls of this Old Town gallery tell a story of world history and reflect the beauty of New Mexico as interpreted on canvas by local artists. The World War II art of Ben Turner, a Gallup native was featured in Life magazine during the war and now graces the walls of the Library of Congress. He has since turned to local landscapes and you can get your own at the Hanging Tree. The gallery also houses an extensive collection of historic artifacts and jewelry and the finer pieces are on display.
When you walk through the doors of this Old Town museum and shop, you may find yourself warily glancing behind the door. But there are no snakes slithering about the store, their crawl space is in the back room where you will find the most complete collection of live rattlesnake species in the world. Once you have toured the museum, return to the gift shop where rattlesnake memorabilia is sold.
When you take your walking tour of Old Town, do not skip this gallery located on the northwest corner of the plaza. With a collection that consists exclusively of authentic traditional Southwestern Native American art, as well as whimsical Navajo Folk Art, you can be assured that what you purchase here is the real thing. A frequent stop on the ArtsCrawl schedule, this gallery often hosts artists demonstrating their crafts. The pueblo pottery here is some of the finest you can get anywhere.
This Old Town gallery can weave you into the spell that surrounds Native American art. Art forms such as pottery, carving, basket making, sand painting and others that have survived the ages, all wait for just the right person to come and take them home. You will be awed by pottery with painted designs that are older than anyone can remember. The Zuni fetishes depict gods who will protect and help you prosper. Baskets woven out of horsehair show intricate deities who watch over you.
You will be drawn in by the feel of the Southwest as you stroll around and explore the rich history and art of Albuquerque. More than 400 years of religion, folk art and culture are showcased. Permanent displays and traveling exhibits are offered at no charge. A sculpture garden and gift shop are also on site. Parking is free. The City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department maintains this beautiful museum.