ANVA to hear from local lawmakers in January

New Mexico State Senators Bill O’Neill and John Sapien and State Representative Sarah Maestas Barnes have been invited to speak at the next meeting of the Alameda North Valley Association on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center.

They will speak about what we can expect during the 30 day legislative session. This year lawmakers will focus on passing a state budget and will determine how much capital outlay money might be available for special projects such as repair or renovation of the community center.

This is your opportunity to meet and speak with your local legislator about any issues of concern you might have. Please join us for this neighborhood discussion of local issues.

Sen. Bill O'Neill

Sen. Bill O’Neill

John Sapien

Senator John Sapien

Sarah Maestas Barnes

Sarah Maestas Barnes




Jeff Potter remembered

Jeff Potter

The Alameda North Valley Association has lost a very important part of our organization. Jeff Potter, longtime board member died in December after a long battle with brain cancer.

In addition to being an ANVA Board Member, Jeff is a founder of the Alameda Studio Tour and has worked hard over the years to give artists living in Alameda a way to show their art to the community.

Jeff had a long career at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center where he was a research scientist. When he retired in 2006 he turned his attention full time to art where he shared his special vision of southwest landscapes at art shows throughout the region.

Jeff left a hole in our hearts and in ANVA where he worked hard, managing the ANVA website and putting together the ANVA newsletter for years. Jeff created the beautiful images on the ANVA web page and we will miss him greatly.


Alameda Studio Tour Sept. 12 & 13

Alameda Studio Tour

The Alameda Studio Tour next weekend features some of the finest artists in our local area. Please show your support by touring the studios and talking with the artists. Alameda is a very important part of the Albuquerque creative artist community and this is your opportunity to meet new people and learn about the talent right in front of us.

Here’s a link to more information and a map of studios.

See you there!

ANVA Candidate Forum for MRGCD Board of Directors on May 21

The Alameda North Valley Association will host a forum on May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center (9800 North Fourth Street) so the public can meet and hear from the candidates.

We encourage you to attend the meeting and send in questions for the candidates via the address.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is an independent government agency that provides irrigation water to 11,000 irrigators that deliver water to 70,000 acres of cropland.

The conservancy district provides flood control for valley areas and owns and manages 30,000 acres of bosque from Cochiti to Socorro. The district can levy property taxes, charge fees for its services and impacts tens of thousands of tax payers in the valley.

Most people don’t pay much attention to the MRGCD and what it does, but this is an important agency that collects and uses taxpayer money. The best place for basic information is the MRGCD website

Candidates are running for positions in Bernalillo and Valencia Counties and at large. Information about the election can be found here.


Position 1 – at large

Glen Duggins – Lemitar

Michael T. Sandoval – Algodones

Janet Jarratt – Los Lunas

Position 2 – Bernalillo County

John P. Kelly

Steve D. Gallegos

Position 5

Valencia County candidates are welcome to attend the meeting.

The meeting on May 21 is open and the public is welcome.

NEXT GENERAL MEETING Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 7 – 9 PM

Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center

Our next meeting will be a New Mexico Legislative Preview.

Invited guests will include:

Senator John Sapien

Representative-elect Sarah Maestas Barnes

We want the Legislators to hear about community concerns and we need to hear about their agendas.

  • Bernalillo County Representatives will provide a brief update.

The proposed Alameda Blvd. widening issues is a big concern for our area transportation representatives from the City and County will be invited to discuss the issues.

  • The ANVA Board wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and joyous Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanza!

For 2014, the Alameda Studio Tour enjoyed success after moving a month earlier to mid-September.


The fourth annual Alameda Studio Tour was held Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.  There were 42 artists that participated and the weather was ideal, which allowed visitors a nice weekend to visit many of the 17 studio locations. The wide range of art for sale included paintings, pottery, jewelry, recycled art, fused glass, mixed media, folk art dolls, and clothing fashioned from Alpaca and Llama wool.

History of the Studio Tour

In 2011, a group of Alameda artists got together and formed the first annual Alameda Studio Tour with twenty-five artists opening their studios to the public, inspiring, educating, and offering their work for sale. The event was a great success, and as a result is now in its fourth year.

The Alameda artists will donate a portion of their proceeds to Art in the School, a non-profit art education organization which benefits children in Albuquerque.

Printable map of the studios and a complete list of participating artists.