Betty Jean Sabo passed away at age 87. She will long be remembered by Albuquerque and the art world for her magnificent oil paintings of New Mexico landscapes. Depicting snow was one of her specialties.
Sabo was a great believer in giving back and helping her fellow creatives. She was Albuquerque’s first woman arts’ leader instrumental in supporting the art scene, and a driving force guiding a collection of art from her Alma mater, Albuquerque High School, to the formation of the Albuquerque Museum. Governor Susana Martinez proclaimed Feb.10, 2012 as Betty Sabo Day to recognize her artistic career and community work. There is a Betty Sabo Endowment Fund and the UNM campus has her sculptures on campus.
Summing up her approach to painting, Sabo said, “I try to give you an awareness of the simple everyday world. For then I will believe I will have achieved artistry.” At age sixty Betty Sabo decided to do sculptures. And so her wonderful world of bronze work was born. A leisurely walk to admire her sculptures can be accomplished by following the Sculpture Garden tour on Mountain Road and the Albuquerque Museum near Old Town.
LaJornada depicts and names people who made the journey on El Camino Real from Mexico. Sabo and Reynaldo Rivera collaborated on this outstanding grouping. (Please note the expressions on the statue faces.)
The South Courtyard has sculptures of Julia Resting and St. Francis Guardian of Nature.
The sculpture walk is available as a mobile web tour 505-346-0060 or http://myoncell.mobl/15053460060.
No cell phone, check out a paper copy of the audio tour at the Admissions desk in the museum. Enjoy the walk and treasure your memories.