Bricklight Nights is an ongoing event, running each Wednesday through Sept. 27, that showcases local artists with local food, fun and entertainment in the Bricklight District, just south of Main Campus off Central Ave.

“This is a local community support event,” said Kelsey Wilson of Mothership Alumni, an Albuquerque-based artist collective. “We’re all working down here to bring attention to local artists and local businesses, especially (those) being affected by the ART construction.”

Local musicians The Gershom Brothers performed alongside a musician and painters during one of the nights.

Wilson, a frequent Bricklight Nights vendor, said the event has been running well, and although she’s seen an attendance drop lately, it usually picks back up.

“It has good rotation; we have different people show up here all the time,” she said. “It’s a really good variety of people, of different vendors.”

Event attendees ranged in age and included families, couples and individuals.

Carlos Contreras, one of the Bricklight Nights organizers and a local artist, makes the extra effort to speak with the vendors and get them involved, Wilson said.

“It’s an inviting situation,” Contreras said. “I think we’ve created an environment where everyone’s welcome, and everyone has a place.”

With three weeks left of the event, Contreras said he would be interested in bringing the event back next year.

“I would love to do a season two,” Contreras said. “The community, the business owners I think would all say that it’s something they would love to see happen too. If the very generous people that funded season one would have it in them to fund a season two, that would be great.”

Nichole Harwood is a culture and news beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She primarily covers alumni and art profiles. She can be contacted at, or on Twitter @Nolidoli1.