Adorable Easter Items
LARGE SELECTION OF WARRIOR WOMEN
CUTEST BIRDHOUSES W/NEW MEXICO TOUCH
FABULOUS NEW WORK EVERY WEEK
WHAT AN INCRREDIBLY TALENTED GROUP OF SENIORS
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BLUE PORTAL IS OPEN
WED-SAT 11-4 SUNDAYS 1-4
WELCOME TO 2023
We have wonderful all new inventory from our even more creative from our very talented NM seniors. Inventory changes often so always good to browse what is new. We do put selections from each weeks inventory intake on our website totempt you and our facebook page has a weekly video. We have intake every Monday so the store is always full with new inventory.
Hope to see you soon and often at Blue Portal fabulous finds at remarkable prices.
The Blue Crew
Susanna DesJardien is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life in Southern California. She retired in Albuquerque and now decorates silverware with turquoise for beautiful serving pieces that make great gifts for any occasion, or can be used to dress up any table for entertaining. Learn More
Robert spent his early years on a ranch near Cortez CO. The family moved to Albuquerque where he graduated from Albuquerque HS, then joined the Navy during the Korean conflict. After his discharge he returned to Albuquerque where he married, settled in the North Valley and raised his family. The family home became the hub of his toy making. After retiring in 1998 he continued to make toys and other popular items, which he sells at Blue Portal. In addition to his toy making, he volunteers with Blue Portal each week working with the other artists who bring their work in for consignment. Learn More
I am originally from Los Alamos, born and raised. I have been crocheting for 20 years or better. I am New Mexico True Certified. I crochet animals and animated characters. I love making these because I enjoy seeing the beautiful smiles on children's faces, and if I can be that one person that can make that special person happy, it makes me happy. I do not use patterns. I create my work by looking at pictures, which makes my work very unique. They all have their own personality. I love what I do, and you can follow me on Instagram @ladyofcrafts, or on FB http://www.facebook.com/nancycritters/ Learn More
Fiber arts - crocheting, knitting, weaving - have always been my creative outlet. After my mother died in 1990, I was traveling around the country visiting old friends and realized that they all had one of my mother's quilts, so I added quilting to my repertoire. When the City of Albuquerque banned plastic bags in January 2020, a move I heartily supported, I decided to crochet washable cotton tote bags for people to use instead. Learn More
As a kid growing up on a farm in Iowa, I loved playing in the mud. As an adult I love making hand built pottery. As a naturalist many times my art includes something from the environment. These two pieces are called Flutterby and Blackhole. Learn More
I am a long time resident of Albuquerque and volunteer at the NM Museum of Natural History. As an avid hiker and outdoorsperson, I love the vastness of the NM landscapes and its flora and fauna. My work reflects the influences of my naturalist training, the Sandia Mountain vistas from my home, the Rio Grande Bosque and techniques, such as Asian brush painting, acquired in my travels throughout the world. Learn More
I have worked with stained glass for 42 years, but since my retirement in 2014 I have done fused glass exclusively. I find I can do more elaborate designs with fused glass. I specialize in Day of the Dead and Southwest patterns. I'm finally doing what I've always wanted to do and work on my art now in my retirement. Learn More
From the time I was a small child I would pick up bits of colored glass or gather bottles that had a shine or special shape. Now, in fusing glass I can express that delight I had as a young child creating fun and exciting art from everyday images. Now as a long time resident of NM, I love its shapes, textures, colors and ever-changing patterns in nature. I have learned to enjoy the nuances of place, people, relationship and interaction with self and other. As a glass artist, I am learning to enjoy the same energies that exist within myself and bring them into playful expression. This is a magical journey into the unkknown territory that I find thrilling. Learn More
I was born in Louisville, Ohio, lived there for 42 years and that if where I became fascinated with china painting. I continued taking classes and painting with friends through several moves, then in 2016 I moved to Albuquerque. Again, I found a small group that met and painted once a month. I have won ribbons for my work at the NM State Fair and continue to sell work at the Blue Portal. Learn More
I am originally from New York City, but I have lived in many places including St. Lucia, Guatemala and Taiwan as well as several cities in the US. I have lived in Albuquerque for the last 30 years where I taught English as a Second Language in the public schools. I have always been fascinated with glass and the way light reflects off of it. When I retired I took some lessons in stained glass and have spent the last 10 years pursuing my hobby. At times I look to nature for inspiration. At other times, a piece of glass will inspire an abstract work. It is always different and that is part of the fun. Learn More
I have been a rock hound since childhood and have collected many beautiful rocks and minerals over my lifetime. When I retired I took classes on how to cut and polish rocks and silversmithing and it has become a passion. I find it very exciting to see raw materials transform into a final product that can be worn as jewelry. Learn More
I grew up on the Maine coast and have always had a child's fascination for things that sparkled and glistened. The simple puddling of gasoline on the water after a lobster boat had gassed up, or a tidal pool at low tide always fascinated me. To recreate those colors I design cabochon jewels. Alcohol ink is added in layers to the backside of a flat glass marble. Each one is unique and is approximately 1 1//4in in diameter. I never know what the front will look like until the ink has dried and I can turn it over. Sealant is then applied to the bottom side, making these water-resistant. A fun addition to a garden, plant pot, window sill or even a piece of rotted wood. Learn More