Mural Fest

Tortuga Gallery

Denise Weaver Ross

Roe LiBretto &

Joel Allen Davis

Joel's instagram

Tortuga Gallery
901 Edith Blvd SE, South Broadway

Denise Weaver Ross is an artist, poet and graphic designer who lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. Her images are richly layered with mythological, natural, cultural, and historical references as seen in paintings in the 64 Hexagrams series of paintings based on the I Ching, the Legendary Creatures series (26-plus paintings of creatures from myth and legend from around the world), the House of Cards (56 large scale works-on-paper from a reimagined traditional deck of cards).

In 2018 she was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Business Arts Association and led a team of artists including Roe LiBretto and Joel Davis in creating a 24x90-foot mural that wraps around the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque. The mural was part of Mural Fest 2018 and celebrates the flora and fauna of Albuquerque's Bosque--the natural wooded area that lines the Rio Grande River. In September 2017, her commissioned painting for the poster for ¡Globalquerque!, Albuquerque's annual world music festival, was shown along with her Twelve String series which focuses on world music figures in playing string instruments. Earlier in 2017 she completed her second mural, a private commission, entitled We the People which depicts dancers from many cultural traditions along a 40-foot wall on Tijeras Road in the South Valley. In 2016, Denise won Best-in-Show in the Las Vegas International Juried Art Competition at Jana’s RedRoom Gallery with one of the paintings from her House of Cards series.

Denise graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Master of Fine Arts degree. She has exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. A prolific artist, Denise is also a poet, with poems published in many anthologies as well as in five books of her own art and poetry.

Roe LiBretto is contributing her rendering expertise and organizational abilities to her first mural project. Roe studied drawing, painting, and design, at the Brooklyn Museum, the School of Visual Arts, and City College of New York. She has exhibited in juried gallery shows in Longmont, CO; New York City; Paris, France; Brooklyn, NY, and Pittsfield, MA, and received commissions, from the New York City Cultural Council and the Massachusetts State Council on the Arts. Roe has shown in many local venues, including the KD Neeley Gallery and Tortuga Gallery. Her work is held in private collections, internationally, and can be found regularly at Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town.

“My work contains elements of universal stories, presented as a conglomerate of borrowed religious, and personal, iconography. It is a physical manifestation of information found in what Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. Its purpose is to stimulate correspondences of similar scenarios and their accompanying outcomes in the mind of the viewer. Each painting is a meditative piece presented in a humorous, contemporary, eye-catching way.” - Roe LiBretto

Joel Allen Davis is a sculptor and mosaic artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is best known for his meticulous geometric, figurative, and abstract mosaic tile and stonework. His current body of work, however, is an amalgamation of found objects, distressed wood, and steel sculptural forms resembling organic totems or cacti.

Joel's work has a strong sense of balance and achieves a feeling of movement within the ridged parameters of the materials, a skill he has honed in his 20 + years of working in the construction and fabrication industries. Joel is obsessed with re-purposing discarded objects, and feels that the process of scavenging for materials and the emotions put forth during the creation of a piece are equally as important as a complex narrative. Often, the found object suggests the finished piece.