Upcoming Soup-Is-Love Dates:

Make bowls and mugs with Penne Roberts.
We thank Penne for helping with the Soup Project since the beginning,
this is a chance for you to learn some basic ceramic skills or advance
your ideas, Penne has 40 years ceramic experience.

August 24–25 Sat/Sun 10–4

September 14–15 Sat/Sun 10–4

October 19–20 Sat/Sun 10–4

1. Make a bowl for the 3rd Annual Soup is Love Project

The Soup is Love Project is a fundraiser for Off Center Arts. No experience is necessary! I always have someone on hand that can help you. A $5 donation covers material costs. Then in 2020 we’ll have the 3rd Annual Soup is Love reveal to show off the collection of bowls made, sell bowls, enjoy some soup (not in the bowl you buy though!). As an artist, I love the concept of Off Center Arts because it’s exactly what’s important about art – connecting with people. I hope you’ll join me and the rest of the community in this interactive event.

2. Connect with the Community

I have people of all walks of life join me and connect in the studio. It’s wonderful to see everyone make new friends.

3. Shop for art, jewelry, and outdoor décor

I’ll have handmade art, jewelry and outdoor décor available for sale. This includes my handpainted, handfolded outdoor cranes. They are made from Tyvek – this is a foldable plastic so they are perfect for hanging in your garden and adding a bit of peace to your outdoor space.

Coming up on August 15-19
We’ll will be sharing a booth with Tortuga Gallery in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Below are some of Vicki’s new 12×12 collages. We look forward to seeing you there!


Gala Opening Celebration is Thursday August 15 from 6-9pm–no tickets at the door.

Purchase Tickets in Person @

Sumner & Dene Gallery, Downtown at 517 Central NW

Or here:

Open hours:

Friday August 16 from 10am until 6pm $10 admission

Saturday August 17 from 10am until 5pm $10 admission

Sunday August 18 from 10am until 5pm Free—includes Local Treasure Reception

Monday August 19 from 10am until 4pm Free—includes Local Business Brunch

Richard’s Corner

While at an art show in Salida, Colorado, our lovely riverside park was devoid of any art buyers, so I drifted off to watch a local band
entertaining 12 listeners. They played Ricki Lee Jones, the Dead, Del Shannon, etc etc. When they announced their name, Soda Blue, they
offered $5.00 for any joke that referenced their name. As usual, no one had a joke for them. When they played their last song, I wandered
backstage to tell them my joke and collect my pay for my first ever sold joke.

When I met them backstage, I approached the male of the band and told him I was taking him up on his $5 deal, but would take beer instead. Then I told him my joke, “what do you call a depressed Dr Pepper” ?


He loved it and had me tell his female partner who also laughed. No beer, so he gave me a new five dollar bill. My first ever sold joke.

Later, I Facebooked them a second complimentary joke, Why do red states drink so much beer?

Because soda blue.

Does anyone have Seth Meyers phone number?

How about David Letterman?


Travel 2019


Third Ward Art Festival

August 31 – September 1, 2019
Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI


Big Four Arts Festival

September 7 – 8, 2019
Louisville, KY



Durango Autumn Arts Festival

September 21 – 22, 2019
Durango, CO


Contact Information

Vicki Bolen
Little Bird de Papel
1222 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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