Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Double Helping of Art.(Arts)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

Exhibitions offer look into Native American world and raise money to feed the hungry

This is a very special weekend for art lovers with two exhibition openings to warm the heart and fill the tummy.

The VSA (formerly Very Special Arts) Art Center is hosting a reception for "Native American Heroes: Their World Yesterday and Today" featuring works by eight apprentice artists and four staff members this afternoon.

The "A Taste For Art" exhibition of works based on food themes by members of the Corrales Bosque Gallery opens Saturday with a catered benefit reception to support the Roadrunner Food Bank.

The heroes show was inspired by a Native American Cultural History class taught by Sam Bautista at VSA arts of New Mexico.

"Cobert Todacheenie is a student of Bautista's who began a discussion about the most important Native Americans in history and who his personal heroes were. The rest of the class joined in and formed the basis for this exhibition with works by eight of our Native American apprentices," VSA arts assistant director Debra Mashibini said.

She explained that the nonprofit program is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and providing educational opportunities through the arts for children and adults with disabilities. …

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