Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

emerging collections.(Arts)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

Three galleries reflect the past, present and future of Bernalillo's art scene

Rose's Pottery House, Siete Nombres and McCullough Fine Arts represent the past, present and future of the Bernalillo gallery scene.

Rose's Pottery House opened as a trading post and movie theater in 1933. The building was commissioned by the late James Silva, an inveterate art collector and trader who traveled throughout New Mexico, Southern Colorado and Arizona in search of items to sell and trade.

Over the years he amassed a collection of antique and contemporary art that rivals many museums.

Pottery pieces from 200 AD to the present line the floor-to-ceiling shelves. Along the walls are works by Jane Mabry, Allan Houser, Maria Martinez, Felipe Lopez and other New Mexico art stars.

Silva's daughter Antoinette gave a brief history of the family business recently by phone.

"My father wanted to be a doctor but couldn't back then and my mother was a teacher so they made sure that we all received an education. This store put six children through college and we're all grateful for that," Antoinette said. …

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