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Thriving business, UNM present at Artwalk

Despite bad weather, Downtown Albuquerque continued with their traditional Artwalk during this month's first weekend on Friday, Sept. 2.

Local artists decorated Central Avenue by 5 p.m. but started to clear out less than two hours later. While there was no more threat than gray skies and counted drops of rain, the slight wind was enough to run some vendors and buyers off as products began falling down or flying away.

First-year participants Christine Lennon and Julien Chappa began their business Nifty’s by Christine after the COVID-19 pandemic left them unemployed. Lennon had experience making art with clay and decided to give it a go selling her creations. Nifty’s by Christine sells lighters, tell holders, decorated jars and more.

As always, the Artwalk provided unique pieces and lively music by various locals, including duo performers and University of New Mexico students Nathan and Zach Sandoval.

Fellow Lobo Tana Eososki was enjoying the Artwalk for the second time as a vendor, showing off her paintings, crochet and jewelry from Tana’s Studio. She also featured her iconic blue bus named “Wawa;” UNM students might spot the little bus around campus.

Eososki has been painting since she was a kid, but she didn’t start selling her art until three years ago. Eososki has traveled around the country to participate in similar art fairs to expose her work and herself as an artist.

The next Artwalk will take place on Friday, Oct. 2. You can keep up with Artwalk on their website or on their Instagram @abqartwalk.

Annya Loya is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @annyaloya

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