Jade LeyvaJade Leyva, 2017 Local Treasures Designee, was born in Mexico City and now makes her home in New Mexico. Her work combines influences from Magical Realism to Pre-Columbian and Postmodernism. On the surface, Jade’s work often appears whimsical, but a closer look leads the viewer into a deeper reflection on her central themes of art, love, unity, and our fragile relationship to Mother Earth.  Her series of iconic women is especially intriguing and thought-provoking.

In 2013, Jade founded SEEDS: A Collective Voice/Community Seed Mural Project. This project is focused on bringing attention to ancient and organic seed preservation by bringing together students and community members to create murals out of seeds. Community experts teach participants about seed preservation, organics, community nutrition, sustainability, and their connection to a healthy environment. Jade has finished 12 murals with community participation over the last three years.


YEMAYA Seed Mural from the Earth Goddesses Series

Jade’s work including the “Yemaya Seed Mural” will be on display during the month of September at Tortuga Gallery, alongside “Transformations” a recycled art show. Founded in 2013, Tortuga was designed to be a space for community, art and performance. It is located at the corner of Edith and Pacific. Tortuga will be hosting many events during the gallery shows. I’ve listed them below. Come by and enjoy the friendly, community atmosphere!

–Vicki Bolen

Tortuga Gallery: September Events

Please park on Pacific for all events.

Intro: Wild Women Write Workshop
Friday, September 8, 2017
6:30 – 8:30pm

Wild Women Write Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Celia Farran in Concert
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm

Bad Mouth Albuquerque Rising Star Edition
Friday, September 15, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm

Bayou Seco in Concert
Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Luke Gullickson Trio with Andrew Weathers
Monday, September 18, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm

Game Night
Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:00 – 9:00pm

Share Your Passion
Sunday, September 24, 2017
2:00 – 7:00pm

Closing Celebration for Local Treasure: Jade Leyva 
and Transformations: Recycled Art Show
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm

Storytelling: From Lemons to Lemonade
Friday, September 29, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm


Vicki’s Upcoming Art Shows

Art and Apples Festival
Fri. – Sun., September 8-10
Rochester, Michigan

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
Fri. – Sun., September 15-17, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Sat. – Sun.,September 23 & 24, 2017
Armonk, New York


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