purveyors of curious thangs


2878 ST HWY 14, Madrid, NM 87010  505-474-4893

Kenny Chavez is an Albuquerque recycle folk artist. His long-time store, In Crowd , (1984 to 2003) along Nob Hill's Central Avenue retail strip, stirred the pot of creativity for the Albuquerque arts community for many years.
Kenny has shown his work at The Contemporary Hispanic Market in Santa Fe and The Heard Museum’s Spanish Market in Phoenix, as well as at a number of other venues.
“I enjoy recycling and saving in some small way Mother Nature,” says Kenny. “I've been inspired to make my work from as far back as a child watching my Uncle Tobias make his locally famous folk art. So seven years ago I got into the habit of going out to the land (anywhere) and salvaging rusted bottlecaps, old cans, bottles, photos, bailing wire, and weathered barn-wood..”

Since that time, he has constructed hundreds of retablos (wall plaques), crosses, frames, and signage.

Kenny Chavez