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‘Albuquirky’ tour features funky houses

The 10th annual “Albuquirky” House Tour invites participants to dive into Albuquerque’s creative pool.

The self-guided tour of three homes is a fundraiser for OFFCenter Community Arts Project, a local nonprofit that provides free studio space, art materials, children’s art outreach, art activities and more for the public.

The tour is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $25.

The “Tile House” in the North Valley is one stop on this year’s “Albuquirky” House Tour. (Courtesy of Meg Novick)

The “Tile House” in the North Valley is one stop on this year’s “Albuquirky” House Tour. (Courtesy of Meg Novick)

The houses include the famous “Tile House” in the North Valley, the creation of mosaic artist Beverly Magennis, who over 11 years covered the four exterior walls with more than 150,000 tiles. The interior is also decorated with pieces on walls, ceilings and furniture.

“Wisterious Manor” was designed by Berry Langford in one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods. The rooms transform a visitor into Alice, growing from big to small to big again in this curiously altered space.

Water falls, the patio rises and rhythms reverberate throughout “High Frequency,” a dramatic and towering metal backyard sculptural world.

Refreshments and entertainment by local musicians will be available at each house.

The home tour is preceded Friday by the “Albuquirky Little Houses” Silent Auction Fundraiser at Sumner & Dene Creations in Art, 517 Central NW. Established and emerging artists donate “Little Houses,” with the proceeds benefiting OFFCenter.

The auction is free to attend and bidding starts at $25 for each “Little House.” For information, call 247-1172 or the gallery at 842-1400.

Tickets to the home tour are available at and OFFCenter Arts, 808 Park SW; Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW; Sumner & Dene, 517 Central NW; Essence Gallery, 123 Romero St., Ste. #1 in Old Town; Joliesse Chocolates, 6855 Fourth NW; and Weyrich Gallery, 2935 Louisiana, Suite D.