“Images Regained” Paintings by Michael McDonald

Opening Reception
Albuquerque Press Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017


Artist Bio
Originally from Texas, I have lived in Albuquerque many years. I’ve lived sometimes in other places too, but always return to Albuquerque. Other significant places in my lifetime have been Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Mexico. In 1975, I graduated from La Universidad de las Americas, and in 1981 I received a graduate degree from UNM.
Since boyhood, I have enjoyed making images, drawing and painting. In these last years of advancing age, I seem to have returned to fine art with greater dedication and hope to make some good art. The paintings you see here now at the Press Club are most recent works. I hope you enjoy the show.

On Painting
About painting…there are multiple ways to approach it. The various “isms” come to mind: Realism, Abstraction, Expressionism, Surrealism and various combinations. But many works
aren’t easily pigeonholed into an “ism.” Some very good paintings are not paintings of anything at all — they are paintings of paint. Thoughtful, mature painters come to realize they belong to a long tradition of image-making, very ancient, which embraces all cultures. We come to understand the value of this great legacy, the value of tradition and the possibilities of traditional media. Our appreciation of the ancient materials, the different media and the pigments deepens.

2017 Mayoral Mixer

If you are a member of the Press, a blogger, or other Press/Media person, please show up for the Press Only portion of the Mayoral Candidate Forum from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26th at the Albuquerque Press Club!  

If you are not a member of the media, then please come join us for the public Social Hour portion of the Meet & Greet from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm!

You can also click to view the PRESS RELEASE – Mayoral Candidate Forum



Due to cosmic conditions, the InterGalactic Ambassadors event is postponed until further notice!

Due to cosmic conditions, the InterGalactic Ambassadors event is postponed until further notice.

InterGalactic Silent Auction and Press Release Contest
7-11 pm Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

The InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute will host the third convening of the InterGalactic Ambassadors Assembly at 7 – 11 pm Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 at the Albuquerque Press Club.

This event is a one-night-only exhibition and silent auction of the InterGalactic Ambassadors, along with an InterGalactic Press release writing contest, open to all. (C’mon journalists – you love press release contests!)

* Featuring 25+ InterGalactic art sculptures by local and regional artists for sale at the Silent Auction. Support InterGalactic diplomacy through Art!

* Help the InterGalactic Ambassadors find their way home. Bid in the Silent Auction and take your Ambassador home with you!

About the Ambassadors
Each fiberglass Ambassador was previously a corporate marketing icon, destined for landfill. Instead, they were rescued and placed in the hands of dozens of artists. Each artist developed their own concept of what an InterGalactic Ambassdor would look like, where they are from, their name, title and special diplomatic skills. Each Ambassador travels with its own custom dossier.

All of the Ambassadors are for sale at a price set by the artist with a percentage of proceeds going to the Press Club and the Institute.

* Kids love meeting the Ambassadors, so please bring them to this fun event. However, some photos in the Press Club art exhibition that will be up at that time are for mature audiences.

About the Press Release Contest
The InterGalactic Press Release, which will be launched into space as a digital file aboard the Asgard-1 satellite in November, along with the iconic IGCRI logo, will be the first (“fake” or real) news message regarding desires for InterGalactic Diplomacy from earth.

To learn more about the Intergalactic Ambassadors and the InterGalactic Press release contest, on star date Stardate 080517, visit IGCRI.org or abqpressclub.com or https://www.facebook.com/IGCRI/ .

Please come! Help expand the notion of international diplomacy to an intergalactic framework.

11th Annual Guerrilla Group Photo Show

11th Annual Guerrilla Group Photo Show

August 2017
Opening Night: August 5th – 6:30pm

The Guerrilla Photo Group show opens to the public at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 5. Announcements are at 8 pm.

There will be a sponsor/artist preview starting at 530 pm.

GPG is thrilled to partner with Albuquerque Press Club to celebrate our 11th Anniversary. For the month of August, we’ll be highlighting the winners of our 3rd Wednesday Challenges – a fun little experiment that began at the beginning of 2017. (Photographers sign up each month not knowing what the Challenge will entail, then have ½ hour to complete their assignment. Winners are selected by public vote.) 

We’ll also proudly present a new work show, entitled “Model Citizen”, which was designed to encourage models to form their own collaborative teams and give them creative control over their shoots. There will be a ballot box in the front room – please vote for your favorite image for a chance to win a signed print! 

The Guerrilla Photo Group (GPG) is a FREE weekly creative collaborative focused on making photographic art in a social, fun and safe environment. Founded in 2006 by Albuquerque-based commercial photographer Rip Williams, the group is comprised of hundreds of local artists of all skill levels – Photographers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists and Fashion Designers. Our mission is to provide the “five elements:” education, mentorship, collaboration, networking, and exhibition. The basic premise is this: if you throw total noobs and working pros into a studio-shaped blender once a week… giving them all full access to professional gear as well as each other’s respective creativity, passion and expertise… out the other side comes fantastic photography. 

“Christmas in July” – Tiffany Christmas – Art Show

Tiffany Christmas
“Christmas in July”
Opening 6-9 pm Friday, June 30
With music by Alex Maryol
Artist Statement:

My name is Tiffany Christmas.

I’m an aspiring artist and my inspiration comes from being adopted. My works deal with abandonment, loss, death, clinical depression and major anxiety. I hope that my artwork can help people see, understand and relate to these debilitating issues. 
My style so far includes inspiration from 70s style, Ukrainian flowers, the mystery of ravens, and the light and beauty of rainbows. A lot of my paintings have an appearance similar to looking through the window as a kid as rain is melting the world outside – a blurred vision of the outside world. 
I hope that my paintings can inspire and help people love the beauty in what we don’t see. 

Art Show – Kerry Eilleen – Inherited Gardens

Show opening – 6-9 pm Saturday, June 3

“Inherited Gardens”

June 3-June 29, 2017

Prints by Kerry Eilleen

Born in San Francisco, CA.

Artist Kelly Eilleen will be displaying her artwork at the Press Club in June.
Members and their invited guests are welcome to join us for a special reception with the artist Saturday, June 3 from 6-9pm.
*Piece pictured is “Inherited Gardens: Hydrangea” 2017, Woodcut print, 18 x 24″*

Artist Statement

I have been fortunate to live in a lineage of historic homes across the country with large but neglected gardens. As I explore each new landscape, I discover overgrown pathways and remnants of original plantings. Reconstructing these gardens means melding the previous gardener’s intentions with my own sense of design.

A difficult part of moving from one city to another is saying goodbye to the gardens I nurtured back to life. Putting down garden roots is a way of belonging, a way to know and feel a sense of place. I keep a sketchbook filled with images to remind me of the plant forms and colors that are unique to each landscape. Collectively, I think of these places as “inherited gardens,” gifts from the spirit of the previous gardeners.

In observing the ebb and flow of gardens, I began to accept the inevitability of the transitory nature of life and landscape. My goal in printmaking is to reveal some of the joy and sadness of this elusive quality.

I am a New Mexico-based artist working primarily with printmaking techniques on woodblock and linoleum block.



BA, Art History and Studio Art, Knox College, Galesburg, IL.

MA, Humanities, California State University, Long Beach, CA.


Additional Studies

Classes in Printmaking, University of New Mexico.

Landscape Architecture & Studio Art studies at the University of California, Davis.

Graduate Studies in Architectural and Landscape History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Work Experience

Restoration of the “Sky Garden,” home of Adda Gentry George in Galesburg, IL

Lecturer in Art History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Historic Preservation Assistant, Corvallis, Oregon.

Cultural Heritage Commissioner, specializing in landscape and garden history, Long Beach, CA.

Garden Designer specializing in re-establishing historic gardens, Long Beach, CA.


Mon - Thur
5:00pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Art Shows at the APC

September—Emily Shirey — Paintings
Sept. 1 – Sept. 30

October – Michael McDonald – “Images Regained”
October 1 – November 1
Opening: 6-9 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017

December – Clark Conde – Photographs “Brandish”
Nov. 30 – Dec. 22
Opening: 7-10 pm Friday, Dec. 1 2017

One-day show
Dec. 26 — NSK state folk art in front room