Old Town, Albuquerque

Old Town, Albuquerque

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Blackbird Gallery
323 Romero Street NW
Suite #16

Old Town, Albuquerque, NM


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Welcome to the Blackbird Gallery

Motorcycles parked across the street from the gallery here in Old Town, AlbuquerqueThe Blackbird Gallery represents lively contemporary New Mexican art at its finest and most creative.  We look forward to showing our customers and collectors the very best new original art, pottery, jewelry, glass and sculpture from the American southwest.  The gallery features the bold and colorful native modernist work of Blackfeet artist Farrell Cockrum; exciting southwestern New Mexico landscapes from Robert Perea; and Navajo Artist Fred Cleveland’s unique paintings featuring that great quality of light we see only in the desert southwest. Matthew Yellowman’s fantastic hand-carved New Mexico Roadrunner birds, each with the colorful tennis shoes that have made Matt’s work so easily recognizable are featured here in our gallery.

Each represented artist focuses their unique vision on the emphasis of color and design; the use of brush strokes and light to create texture, emotion and drama.  Visit their work on these pages and in person in our beautiful gallery on the Plaza in historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Original stoneware pinch-pot fountain creations are featured here at the Blackbird Gallery by California artist Michael Cramer, as is our extensive line of European Baltic amber jewelry.  We also feature the unique jewelry creations from Navajo artist Kathy Sherman of Gallup, NM, in addition to handcrafted fair-trade imported pieces from both India and Africa.  So…not necessarily the typical southwestern fare can be found here.  Come in and explore!

Top quality investment level original art, attractive pricing and friendly knowledgeable personal service make The Blackbird Gallery a place you’ll want to visit often!  Our entire inventory of outstanding original paintings, prints, pottery, glass, sculpture and jewelry is available for purchase by phone order or by visiting the gallery in person. 


Gallery News

Farrell Cockrum - The Winter Ponies For nearly eight years the Blackbird Gallery has featured the unique original paintings of Farrell Cockrum, a Native American of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana. During that time, with the permission and encouragement of the artist, we have slowly been capturing through digital scans the very best of his recent paintings. Beginning with the HGTV Dream Home painting “Yellow Tail Vision” in 2009, and more than 35 paintings since that time, our gallery is now the only singular source for fine art giclee’ paper or canvas prints of the master works of Farrell Cockrum. We are the only authorized, artist endorsed dealer for these unique and colorful works.

Our collection now includes a wonderful new title, “The Winter Pony”, which was completed in November of 2014 and sold to a collector in Pennsylvania this past Christmas season. We captured the image, viewable here, and it joins the growing list of titles by Mr. Cockrum that are only available thru the Blackbird Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click on the Artists Link tab on the index bar above here on the Home page and then on the Limited Edition Giclee’s tab to see all of the Cockrum titles that are currently available. Two series are offered: Limited, signed Artist Proof prints (limited to 50 pieces in the edition) as well as Standard Edition prints (unsigned, limited to 200 pieces) that come in standard sizes, 11”x14” and 14”x14” and are matted and ready to frame.

Pricing on the Standard Edition prints is $42.00 per title (plus shipping if needed), with the Artist Proof (AP) signed and numbered archival quality paper pieces being priced at $135.00 each (plus shipping if needed). Artist Proof prints are generally sized at 18”x18” image size, plus a border of 1”, or 18”x15” if the painting is rectangular in its image footprint, plus a 1” border. Custom sizes are available in all titles up to a maximum of 100% of scale to the original painting, and are done on artist grade canvas, stretched and mounted on heavy-duty wooden stretcher bars. Call the gallery to order any title currently being shown here in our listings, and to discuss pricing of these special order, signed and numbered prints. All prints, of any edition, come with an artist authorized Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Blackbird Gallery.

Call the gallery at  505-610-5559 to discuss and order prints on paper or canvas.


Gallery Closing December 23rd

It is with great regret that we announce the forthcoming closing of our Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico art gallery

Opened in July of 2008 we have had the joy of watching our little business grow and reach thousands of customers along the way. Every day was a new chance to share our unique inventory of local and regional artwork, jewelry, pottery and so much more with equally interesting customers from literally all over the world.  We will miss seeing so many of you who returned again and again and truly became our friends. To all of these amazing people…..thank you!  Thank you for making our gallery so proud to serve you and we certainly hope to see you all again somewhere soon “down the road”. We will miss each and every one of you who blessed our business over these nearly nine years in Old Town.  My thanks especially to Olga Tallman who was an incredible partner in my business and without who’s help I would have not been able to have remained open all these years. Thanks also to Cheryl Bess for her support and belief in me. We, together, had this idea to open an art gallery and if not for her support it would never have happened.

Our current inventory here in the gallery beginning November 1st, 2016, will immediately go on sale and will be discounted until our final business day, Friday, December 23rd.  Lots of good things remain so take advantage of the savings and pickup something special. All Farrell Cockrum prints, for the first time ever, will be offered at significant discounts. Special order giclee’ prints of his work will also be offered at our sale pricing. This would be a great time to pick up a Cockrum title at never before offered pricing. Call the gallery today to have us give you a price quote on any Cockrum title.

All our gallery fixtures, displays and furniture will also be sold at significantly discounted prices beginning on December 15th.

To all you wonderful friends and customers…..thanks, and God bless you all.

William R. Bess
Gallery Owner