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Bentley Gallery is pleased to introduce Mexican photographer Cristina Kahlo
(Scottsdale, AZ) – Bentley Gallery is pleased to introduce Mexican photographer Cristina Kahlo who uses digitally processed x-ray negatives in her work. “Mar de lo invisible (Sea of the Unseen)” a collection of Ms. Kahlo’s photographs will be on display April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009. The opening reception is on Thursday, April 2 from 7PM to 9PM. The artist will be present. Free and open to the public.  

 The great grand-daughter of photographer Guillermo Kahlo (Frida’s father), Cristina Kahlo took up photography at age 13 and has continued her exploration of both analog and digital technologies and their related concepts ever since. Born in 1960, she studied at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in her hometown of Coyoacán, Mexico and later at the Centro de Enseñanza de la Imagen in Madrid.

 As an artist who has experienced the transition to the dynamic world of digital images, Kahlo nostalgically explores remaining resources of the analog era - when the photograph was considered to be as real an object as an x-ray or a photographic negative. Kahlo comments on this new body of work produced for the April show at Bentley Gallery:

 “This series comes from a curiosity and desire to use x-ray images because they are, after all, ‘photographs’ of the interior of the human body. They show are live bodies as seen from within. The amount of silver used in an x-ray is remarkable. I am also creating proofs with the x-ray as negatives that I print on silver gelatin and hand-color.” 

Kahlo’s work had been shown in various exhibitions including: Latin American Photography at Pretoria University and Africa Museum (1995); China: Cristina Kahlo and Colette Álvarez Urbajtel at Juan Rulfo Cultural Center, Mexico City (2000); November Two and Other Stories at Gallery Broetzinger Art, Pforzheim, Germany and Festival Anzeit der Zeit, Rainer Bartels Foundation, Basel, Switzerland (2006); Time for Play at Diego Rivera Mural Museum, Mexico City (2007).  In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious the Stiftung Bartels Foundation’s Artist in Residence Scholarship at Markaglerhof, Basel. Her work is in distinguished collections such as the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Collection and Fundacion Bartels Collection.


Bentley Gallery is pleased to introduce Cuban photographer Gory (Rogelio Lopez Marin)

Bentley Gallery is pleased to introduce Cuban photographer Gory (Rogelio Lopez Marin)
     whose surrealistic photo-montages “American Fictions” will be on display April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

The opening reception is on Thursday, April 2 from 7PM to 9PM. Free and open to the public.

 Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Rogelio Lopez Marín, known by his nickname ‘Gory’ studied Painting at the National School of Art (BFA, 1973) and Art History the University of Havana (MA, 1978). He held a position as a photographer for the Cuban Cultural Ministry Magazine for 15 years and, along with many post-revolutionary artists, was forced into exile during the difficult decade of the 80’s.

 Known for his photo-montages, Gory uses multiple negatives and coloring techniques to play with, if not challenge, our notion of an objective reality.

 “The exploration of the relationship between the richness of black and white photographs and the use of hyper-real color, mastered by Gory, establishes a rhythm and harmony that delves into endless images hidden under the veil of the commonplace, the hurried pace and the deterioration of everyday life.” – Jesus Vega, catalogue essay Gory: Nowhere Land, 2008.

 Gory has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: American Voices, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (1997); Developing Illusion, 1873-1998: Photographs from the Corcoran Collection, Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC (1998); 
Fin de Mundo, Fine Arts Museum Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela (1999); Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (2002).

 His works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Museum of Pori, Finland; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba, among others.

Dates: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 through Thursday, April 30, 2009

 Special Event: Opening Night Thursday, April 2, 2009, 7pm to 9pm

                                        Artist CRISTINA KAHLO will be present.

                                        Free and open to the public.

 Location:Bentley Gallery    4161 N. Marshall Way    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

 Gallery Hours:Tuesday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm; Thursday 9:30am to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm; Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm.


Established in 1984, Bentley Gallery features contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, prints, video and site-specific installation works by internationally recognized contemporary American, Latin American and European artists, as well as masterworks from the mid and late twentieth-century. Bentley Gallery is committed to promoting an understanding of contemporary art and the dissemination of its theories, as well as continuing to assist with the selection and procurement of works of art for both private and public collections. 


Blue Coyote Gallery to host "All Aboard!" Art Exhibit and Book Signing
Friday, February 13


Event pays tribute to famed painter, Marjorie Reed, whose legacy is her 110 canvas collection depicting various scenes along the Butterfield Overland Stage Trail


Reed lived in Arizona for 30 years – Art expert Gary Fillmore is first to publish detailed account of her life


(CAVE CREEK, Ariz.) – Blue Coyote Gallery is paying tribute to famed Southwest painter, Marjorie Reed, by hosting a special art exhibit and sale and book signing, "All Aboard!" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 13. Guests can view paintings from the James S. Copley Library collection of Reed's California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri Butterfield series and meet Gary Fillmore, owner of Blue Coyote Gallery and author the new book, All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed. Fillmore will sign and sell books at the reception for $80. The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 15.


Marjorie Reed, who lived in Arizona for 30 years, was best known for her 110 canvas collection depicting various scenes along the Butterfield Overland Stage Trail from San Francisco to Tipton, Missouri. The historic mail route celebrated its 150th Anniversary in September. Reed's 20 canvas Arizona Series is currently owned by the Arizona Historical Society.  The other 90 pieces are owned by the Copley Press, owners of the San Diego Union Tribune.


The first author to publish a comprehensive biography of Reed's life, Fillmore spent three years researching her life and interviewing family members and friends. His beautifully illustrated 264-page hard cover book includes more than 400 color plates of Reed's work and never before published personal photographs.


"Although her art is well respected and sought after, she was an extremely private individual who led a very transient lifestyle," Fillmore said. "She claimed at the age of 81 to have moved once for each year she was alive. As a result there is little biographical information available."


Fillmore said Reed is now considered to be one of the top ten Western women artists in terms of auction prices realized.


"This was an artist whose contemporaries included some of our nation's most renowned artists," Fillmore said. "Early in her career, she was a member of the Artist's Alley Group of early California Impressionist painters, including Frank Tenney Johnson, Norman Rockwell, Clyde Forsythe, Eli Harvey, and Jack Wilkinson Smith," he said. "She was also the youngest member of the Desert Painters, a group which was active in Palm Springs during the 1930s that included John Hilton, James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, and Nicholi Fechin."


Reed has been described by some who knew her as "a rough and tumble character out of the old West."


"Those who knew Marjorie describe her as a real "old west" woman personified. She made her living as a Western artist, sometimes even under a male name, for more than 60 years. This era of the Western art world was ruled almost exclusively by male artists," Fillmore said.


Reed's Arizona connections run deep. She lived in northern and southern Arizona, and spent 18 years living in Tombstone where she operated galleries from her home.


"Eight paintings from Marjorie's Arizona Trading Post series appeared in the March 1975 edition of Arizona Highways.  These paintings were at one time part of the Valley National Bank collection, the largest corporate art collection in Arizona history," Fillmore said.


Reed's complete Arizona Butterfield series of twenty canvasses depicting scenes and stops along the Butterfield Trail is owned and currently on exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society-Papago Buttes in Tempe.


For information, call (480) 488-2334, or visit
Photo by Kathryn Fletcher


EVENT:            "All Aboard!" Art Exhibit and Book Signing

Event pays tribute to famed painter, Marjorie Reed, whose legacy is her 110 canvas collection

depicting various scenes along the Butterfield Overland Stage Trail; Art expert Gary Fillmore is first to publish detailed account of Reed's life.


Date/Time:        Friday, February 13, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

                        The exhibit and sale runs through Sunday, March 15, 2009


Location:           Blue Coyote Gallery, 6141 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek


Highlights:         Guests can view paintings from the James S. Copley Library collection of Marjorie Reed's California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri Butterfield series and meet Gary Fillmore, owner of Blue Coyote Gallery and author the new book, All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed. Fillmore will sign and sell books at the Feb. 13 reception for $80.


Admission:        Free


Information:       Call (480) 488-2334, or visit


Marjorie Reed's romantic attachment to her subject matter took her from a life of ease in the Hollywood Hills to rustic shacks in the remotest sections of the Southwestern deserts and Bedouin tents in the Middle East.  Using a variety of sources in uncovering new first hand information, Gary Fillmore's account gives the reader a deep insight into the character and personality of a woman who "knew exactly what she wanted to do, and did it damned well!"  


All Aboard! provides the first comprehensive account of Reed's life and work.  Beautifully illustrated with over 400 color plates and scores of never before published personal photographs, this volume catalogs Reed's work from her beginnings as a sixteen year old commercial artist in Los Angeles to the last painting on her easel at the time of her death six decades later. 

Bentley Gallery is Pleased to Announce “Legacy of Wood”

Bentley Gallery is pleased to announce “Legacy of Wood” an exhibition of new hand-turned wood vessels by Philip and Matt Moulthrop.
On display March 5 through March 28, 2009. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Thursday, March 5 from 7PM to 9PM. Free and open to the public.

It is rare to find within a single family, three generations who have successfully used the same medium for creative expression. More than fifty years ago, Ed Moulthrop first offered his contribution to the field of wood-turning with his unique vessels. Embracing a minimalist aesthetic, he emphasized the material itself: the wood; its particular grain, color, and nuance.

Philip learned the art of wood-turning from his father, Ed in the 1970’s and passed the tradition on to his own son, Matt. Using a hand-made lathe and hand-forged tools, the log is roughed into its initial shape. After it is treated to prevent cracking, the piece is dried and returned on the lathe to its final form. The bowl or vase undergoes numerous sandings and is coated with several coats of finish. The entire process may take from four months to over a year depending on the wood and the time of year.

Committed to using wood from fallen trees from the Southeastern region of the U.S, the Moulthrops continue to research the vast array of regional timbers and their properties. Even so, they do not stray from minimalist forms to reveal the natural beauty of the wood.

“As a young adult, I learned that the artistry of wood-turning comes not only from the hand, but from the eye,” Matt says. “Being able to ‘see’ the shape of the bowl has been a legacy and a gift I have tried to improve upon with my own vision and version of style, form, and texture. In my quest to create, I strive to blend both tradition and innovation into an art form that honors my legacy and creates a new one.”

Philip’s work is proudly a part of the White House crafts collection, The Olympic Museum in Switzerland, The Museum of Arts and Design, The National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and The Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery. Both father and son are shown in many prominent galleries and museums across the nation.

Exhibition: “Legacy of Wood” new work by Philip and Matt Moulthrop

Dates: Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 28, 2009

Special Event: Opening Night reception with the artists. Free and open to the public
Thursday, March 5 - 7pm to 9pm

Location: Bentley Gallery
4161 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm; Thursday 9:30am to 5pm
and 7pm to 9pm; Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Contact: Liz Hernández
t: (480) 946-6060
f: (480) 941-0078

Established in 1984, Bentley Gallery features contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, prints, video, and site-specific installation works by internationally recognized contemporary American, Latin American, and European artists, as well as masterworks from the mid and late twentieth-century. Bentley Gallery is committed to promoting an understanding of contemporary art and the dissemination of its theories, as well as continuing to assist with the selection and procurement of works of art for both private and public collections.




Artist: Keith Haring (1958-1990)
Title:  Untitled (January, 1983)
Date:   1983
Medium: Acrylic on vinyl
Size:   120 X 120 inches
© Estate of Keith Haring
Known for his gesturing figures, dynamic dogs, whizzing flying saucers, and signature symbol “The Radiant Baby”, Keith Haring’s work transcends the barrier between ‘graffiti’ art and the world of ‘fine’ art.

 The Keith Haring exhibit at Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale features bold large-scale paintings as well as sculpture and several works on paper from his popular ‘Subway’ and ‘Icon’ series.

 “This is very exciting for us and for the Valley,” says Bentley Calverley, owner of Bentley Gallery, “The last time Haring’s work was exhibited here was at the 1991 Phoenix Art Museum show called Haring, Disney, Warhol.   It’s also an interesting fact that in 1986 Keith Haring painted an outdoor mural with local school children on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix. Unfortunately, the building and the mural are no longer there.”

Haring was highly sought after to participate in collaborative projects, and worked with artists such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Timothy Leary, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. By expressing universal concepts such as birth, death, love, sex and war, Haring assured the staying power of his work.  

Having been diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, ( devoted to providing funding to AIDS organizations and children’s programs.

Artist: Keith Haring (1958-1990)
Title:  Untitled (Mr. Softee)
Date:   1985
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size:   60 X 60 inches
© Estate of Keith Haring

 Keith Haring died of HIV related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.

 Bentley Gallery will donate a portion of the opening night proceeds to the Southwest Center for HIV in Phoenix ( Art© Estate of Keith Haring

“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.”  -  Keith Haring

2009 Plein Air Artist "Paint Outs" at Arizona State Parks
(Phoenix, Arizona - January 27, 2009) - Arizona State Parks and Arizona Plein Air Painters will host "Plein Air" Artist events throughout 2009 at State Parks around the state (see specific dates and times below).
Plein Air "paint outs" are an open invitation to all artists, amateur and professional, to paint and capture scenes inside Arizona State Parks. These live outdoor painting competitions take place in four-hour blocks. After the painting period, the artists meet to display the finished piece/pieces and submit them for judging by fellow artists. Artists should bring their easels, brushes, drop cloth or canvas, etc. They may also bring a mat or frame for protection and enhancement of their painting.

The top three paintings from each competition are entered in an annual gallery show. You can view an online gallery at Following the 2009 series, the top three winners of each competition will be shown at a public exhibit in February 2010.

The "paint outs" began as part of the State Parks 50th anniversary celebrations, 2006-2007. Arizona State Parks and the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society partnered to host a series of 10 Plein Air "paint outs" at many Arizona State Parks. An opening reception followed by a gallery show of the top 30 paintings from the 10 "paint outs" was held at Boyce Thompson Arboretum from January 5th to the 27th, 2008. This program aims to be a successful collaboration between creative art societies and Arizona State Parks.

Plein Air is a French term that means in the open air. At Plein Air events landscape artists gather at a designated time to have their blank canvas stamped and then head out with packed easels, paints and brushes and trek into nature looking for inspiration in the wide open spaces with good light and fresh air to paint everyday scenery.

2009 Dates and Locations:

· February 21, 2009 at Lost Dutchman State Park, Noon - 4 pm
· March 21, 2009 at Picacho Peak State Park, 8 am - Noon
· April 18, 2009 at Lake Havasu State Park, 8 am - Noon
· May 23, 2009 at Homolovi Ruins State Park, Noon - 4 pm
· June 6, 2009 at Jerome State Historic Park, 8 am - Noon
· July 18, 2009 at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, 8 am - Noon
· August 8, 2009 at Roper Lake State Park, 8 am - Noon
· September 19, 2009 at Slide Rock State Park (Apple Festival), 8 am - Noon; Additional Children's Paint Out Activity
· October 3, 2009 at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 8 am - Noon
· November 29, 2009 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Fall Festival), 8 am - Noon; Additional Children's Paint Out Activity

For more information about the "paint outs" call (602) 542-4174, visit or The park entrance fee is waived for participating artists.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at

CELEBRATION OF FINE ART  Jan.16 thru Mar.29  
Featured artist Rick Kersten
Recently I had the opportunity to meet Rick Kersten and learn about his life and art. With such a  beautiful and diverse portfolio you can see why this artist is so interesting. From fine art to greeting cards Rick maintains a character and personality that soothes and comforts the viewer. 

Growing up in Arizona, Rick’s desire to create determined art would be his career from a very early age. The Arizona State University provided some formal training but mostly his art is influenced by his life experiences.  Painting, illustration, greeting cards, murals, cartoons or you name it Rick has tacked on his unique perspective. Working for advertising agencies and being part of the design team for the “Wallace and Ladmo Show” gave him professional visibility. He even created painting for the Del Webb Corporation for their hotels and restaurants.

 A stint in the US Navy during the Vietnam War gave him the opportunity to travel and provide art for the Navy Times as well as painting a mural for the administration building in Subic Bay Naval Base.


After the military Rick and his brother Pete formed the Kersten Brothers Studio which developed a line of greeting cards with more than 12,000 accounts in the US and 14 foreign countries. The publishing and distribution company was sold and now Rick is primarily involved in licensing artwork to publishers and manufacturers as well as creating new art for many clients.  His clients include American Greetings, CBS/Warner Bros. (Caroline in the City), Stonehouse Collections, Recycled Paper, Western Publishing and many more.

 Arizona has long been the primary focus of Rick’s painting reflecting the deep love he has for his home state.

 Rick can be seen at the Celebration of the Arts in Scottsdale Jan 16th through March 29th. Or you can see his work at



West Valley Art Museum’s

2009 Adult Art Classes

Feature professional practicing art instructors


Julia Bullock – pastels      Judy Cook – opaque watercolor and colored pencils

Betty Hahn – textiles

Sue Hunter – watercolors      Milton Lewis – oils and watercolors   

Loretta Musgrave – acrylics and oils

George Palovich – drawing      Sebastiao Pereira – watercolors

Julie Pollard – watercolors and oils

Shawn Stewart – clay sculpture



Discover the Artist in You


Class Sessions begin the second week in January

most meet once a week for 4 to 6 weeks

classes are two and a half hours long

geared to all artistic levels

costs range from $55 to $160



Call to register in advance by phone 623-972-0635 or have information mailed

For complete listings visit our website




Julia Bullock


Early on, drawing has been my passion; I not only designed paper dolls for myself and friends but also replicated illustrations from childhood books surprising elementary teachers.  The hook that grabbed my attention as to the possibilities that art offered was the first sale of a painting at a high school art exhibition.


After the amazing years of raising three adored children and becoming a published author, I continued my art education in 1989 in Denver, Colorado at The Colorado Institute of Art.  I graduated in 1991 with honors, submitting a double portfolio in both Graphic Design and Illustration.


Following graduation from The Colorado Institute of Art, I worked as the Art Director for Ego Design, a Denver-based design firm that specialized in new product development for many national companies including: Twinscents, Samsonite, Andrews & McMeel, Eddie Bower Home and Solly’s Choice.  In 1995, I embarked on a freelance graphic design career when I moved to Southern California.  As the owner of my own graphic design firm, I focused on advertising but it left little time to pursue the first love - traditional fine art.  Since moving to Glendale, Arizona in 2003 I renewed my passion in fine art, working primarily in studio.


My body of work is Representational and spotlights everyday life through the eyes of an artist paying particular attention to color, shape, texture, and atmospheric influence.  Capturing mood, character and my response to the subject, I work in acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, and colored pencil.


“Art can be that stop-frame experience that let’s the mind see what the heart knows.”                             - Julia M. Bullock –


Judy Cook


Judy Cook was born in Wisconsin, the only child of a minister and his wife.  She has been drawing ever since she picked up her first pencil and drew in her storybooks as a very young child.  Her first memory of recognition for her artwork was in the second grade. She was taken to the principal’s office, not to be disciplined, but to show the principal a shelf of drawings filled with colorful

renderings of the farms and farmlands of her native state.  She also remembers only wanting art supplies for Christmas and birthday presents, begging for one packet of colored paper and a box of crayons.


Judy spent all of her growing up years in Milwaukee studying to be a pianist and had little exposure to the world of art. After graduating from high school, she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, encouraged to major in music. But a chance elective her sophomore year resulted in a degree in art education and launched her career as an elementary and high school art instructor during the late 60s and early 70s.  During this rime, Judy also did post-graduate work in intaglio printmaking with internationally renowned artist Mauricio Lasansky at the University of Iowa.


It was during the late 70s and early 80s that Cook began to produce her own artwork.  She freelanced while raising her daughter and received numerous awards for it. Her early years as an only child afforded her the abilities to become self-disciplined and to work independently.  She mounted two one-woman exhibitions and this artwork found its way into many business and private art collections.


Cook’s next career stage took her into the world of museums. In the mid-80s she served as Curator of Education at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.  She presented at several state and national museum conferences, juried art shows, and was the Coordinator of a master Class taught by internationally recognized wildlife artist Robert Bateman.


Cook was then appointed Director of the Bemis Art School of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  While there she served twice as Acting Executive Director of the entire Fine Arts Center, a multi-faceted facility containing an art museum, a library, an art school and a theater.  In 1990, Cook was named one of “Colorado Springs’ 50 Most Influential Women,” was listed in Who’s Who in the West in 1992, and received the 1994 Recognition Award by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. She also completed a masters Degree in Education specializing in the diverse learner from the University of Phoenix.  And it was in the Springs that she met and married her husband Curtis Cook.  Cook and her husband moved to Phoenix in 1998.


Betty Hahn


Betty was born December 17, 1942 in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Des Moines.  She remembers always wanting to color, draw and paint. She enjoyed her art classes throughout school and won various awards. After attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, Betty married and had two children. Art continued to play an important part of her life as she raised her daughter and son. She painted canvases, murals in doctors’ offices and a children’s hospital. She spent several years as an interior designer and, seeing a need for something new called “faux finishing,” became one of the valley’s first faux-finishers, doing custom designed stencilling and every form of faux-finishing.


For the last 25 years Betty has worked with several interior designers doing custom painting on nearly every kind of surface and providing custom art work. In the early 1990’s she showed her work in a Scottsdale gallery. Her canvases hang in homes and businesses around the united States. Having been a quilter for many years, Betty began creating fiber art and art quilts several years ago and has been teaching art quilting/fiber art in Sun City since 2005. She has won several awards in the Arizona State Quilter’s Guild annual shows.


Sue Hunter


Whether Sue Hunter is working in pastels, watercolors or oil, she is inclined to use bright colors and an impressionistic style.  Her paintings are vibrant with unexpected colors and shapes, suggesting a bit of mystery and intrigue.  “There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing viewers approach my paintings to explore the array of colors.  I also enjoy calling on emotions and setting a mood with my subject matter, which includes florals, animals, landscapes, figures and still-lifes, she says.


Hunters paintings have been frequent award winners in local, national and international juried exhibitions.


Her work is represented by Raku Gallery in Jerome, AZ; Granite Mountain Gallery in Prescott, AZ, Sedona Art Center in Sedona, AZ and Gallerie van Friend on Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ and the Scottsdale Marketplace on the southwest corner of Lincoln and Scottsdale Road.


Milton Lewis


An early life in the Rocky Mountains of Montana gave Milton Lewis a love for the great outdoors that has shaped his life and inspired him in his artistic approach, although as with many artists, it took time for this to happen.


Milton Lewis is certainly an artist who has "paid his dues".  After attending art school in Oklahoma and working there for 10 years as an illustrator/designer Lewis decided to pursue a career as a professional artist.  Lewis’s work matured and developed after years on the road doing art shows and fairs, perfecting his technique, talking to other artists and listening in the background while the public critiqued his work.  A style uniquely his own took form.  Combining transparent and opaque watercolors and continually experimenting with new colors, more movement, contrast, and light, Lewis creates a fluid landscape that lies in the background while his figures, which he paints with gouache, seems to float on paper.


As Lewis has worked to perfect his painting technique and style, the public has gravitated to him.  Subtleties in color and light continue to be Milton's hallmark as his reputation as an artist and the demand for his work continues to escalate.  Lewis is at ease with both watercolors and oils and has sold across the country.


Loretta Musgrave

Loretta Musgrave has taught youth to adults.  Her work with youth has helped develop techniques to pull out the best in beginners, and give structure and pace to the instruction, allowing students to develop their own individuality.  Musgrave grew up on a small ranch near the mountains south of Phoenix.  It is this environment that has colored her love for painting the desert, orchards, fields of crops and flowers, and hand picked floral arrangements.  Musgrave received her BFA from ASU and has taught and exhibited throughout the West for many years.  She asks her students to focus their attention on why they are painting as much as what they are painting. Painting without passion or motivation is an empty exercise.


George Palovich


Palovich’s initial interest in both the human form and drawing began as a child copying comic book pictures of his favorite superhero, Superman.  Drawing gave way to painting and Palovich graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor's degree in Art Education.  In his senior year of undergraduate school he discovered sculpture which led him to complete a M.F.A. at Kent State University in pottery and ceramic sculpture.  Though his interest in media changed his foundation in drawing served him well.  For 45 years he has been drawing and using it to build and clarify his work.


"Drawing is a wonderful problem-solving tool. It helps to clean up the thinking process.  If everyone had that capability they would be one notch further up the ladder.  There is a real brain process that happens and is unique when the eye observes something in nature, pulls it into the brain and transfers it out through the fingers.  It happens only in that drawing procedure, nowhere else. The ability to work things out increases when you have that experience.  Drawing helps make the vague become clear, the tenuous become forthright and the ephemeral become concrete,"

says Palovich.


After making countless drawings over the years, (1000 large studies in just the last 10 years), he exhibited 30 drawings and several printmaking and ceramic works with the same theme in recent one-man show at Glendale Community College.  His work is in private and public collections throughout United States and has won many awards.  He has worked for the West Valley Art Museum as curator for 10 years and is its resident life drawing instructor.


Julie Gilbert Pollard


Phoenix artist Julie Gilbert Pollard paints in oil and watercolor in a fluid, painterly manner. Her style, while representational, is colored with her own personal concept of reality. “The eye may see as a camera ‘sees’, but the mind’s eye sees an altered, imagined image, what it wants and hopes to see. It’s that illusive image, uniquely mine, along with a heightened sense of ‘realness’ that I try to express in my paintings. This world of ours is often a frightening and mysterious place, but it is filled with scenes and subjects that excite my eye and imagination! The magical allure of the natural world, and my reverence for it, compel me to try to capture its essence on canvas or paper.”  Garden “portraits” are one of Julie's specialties, as are her lovingly rendered Arizona landscapes.


Julie has authored and illustrated articles describing her creative painting and teaching methods which have been published by WATERCOLOR ’92, Fall Issue and THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, September 1987. Her painting, Early Light appears in the International Artist book, HOW DID YOU PAINT THAT? 100 WAYS TO PAINT LANDSCAPES, along with her description of the process, 2004.  Her newest book, Outdoor Scenes, North Light Books, now available in January 2009.



Life Drawing – Instructor:  George Palovich

Drawing the human figure is basic. It is also the artist’s greatest challenge of artistic mastery. This class gives each participant the opportunity to work from a nude model no matter what level they are at to expand their skills.  Emphasis in this course is on the process of drawing rather than the production of “finished” works.  If you are looking to increase your drawing skills and progress one step closer to mastery over figure drawing, this class is for you.  George will mix it up and introduce new concepts and different materials over the continuous sessions.

The fee is $20 per session paid in cash at the beginning of each class.  As part of this class George will e-mail you a monthly  Life Drawing Newsletter with drawing tips and supplies needed for upcoming Tuesdays.    Artistic level:  anyone

Tuesdays              Ongoing throughout the year unless otherwise notified                              6:30 PM to 9 PM                 $ 20 per session


BEGINNING DRAWING – Instructor:  George Palovich   brings 45 years experience in art and art teaching to this class.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw and thought it was impossible to learn, this is your chance. The materials are simple, a 16x20 or 14x17 pad of paper (it can be newsprint ), a 4b pencil,  black conte crayon, some vine charcoal, a stick of compressed charcoal, an extra fine point sharpie pen and you’re ready to go.  The six week course is structured in a progression  (it is recommended that you sign up only if you can come every week).  The sessions start out with the most simple drawing concepts involving basic flat copying techniques and graduate to rendering solid objects in convincing space.  The student should be prepared to do homework exercises as part of the instruction.    Artistic level:  absolute beginners

09aw7            Monday         Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2009                                   1:30 to 4 pm                         $70 members   $77 non-members

09aw8    Monday                 Feb 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009                                1:30 to 4 pm                         $70 members   $77 non-members


ADVANCeD BEGINners DRAWING – Instructor:  George Palovich

Do you have the foundation for more advanced instruction?  If so, you will find this class just right to draw upon.  The greatest portion of the class will be focused on the human face and the clothed figure.  The materials are simple, a 16x20 or 14x17 pad of paper (it can be newsprint ), a 4b pencil,  black conte crayon, some vine charcoal, a stick of compressed charcoal, an extra fine point sharpie pen and you’re ready to go.  The six week course is structured in a progression  (it is recommended that you sign up only if you can come every week).  The student should be prepared to do homework exercises as part of the instruction.  Palovich brings 45 years experience in art and art teaching to this class.    Artistic level:  advanced beginners

09aw9            Tuesday        Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 2009                                 9:30 to noon                        $70 members   $77non-members

09aw10  Tuesday                Feb 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 2009                             9:30 to noon                        $70 members   $77 non-members


About:  Loretta Musgrave

Loretta Musgrave has taught youth to adults.  Her work with youth has helped develop techniques to pull out the best in beginners, and give structure and pace to the instruction, allowing students to develop their own individuality.  Musgrave grew up on a small ranch near the mountains south of Phoenix.  It is this environment that has colored her love for painting the desert, orchards, fields of crops and flowers, and hand picked floral arrangements.  Musgrave received her BFA from ASU and has taught and exhibited throughout the West for many years.  She asks her students to focus their attention on why they are painting as much as what they are painting. Painting without passion or motivation is an empty exercise.


ACRYLIC PAINTING  -  Instructor:  Loretta Musgrave

Introduce yourself to the modern medium that acrylics offer from tight control or impressionism to impasto or transparent This class will incorporate these characteristics of acrylics and address the critical basics of composition, color, value, point of interest and movement of painting that will allow your work to move beyond photographs and sketches with new impact.  Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw1    Wednesday          Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 2009                                        9:30 to noon                          $70 members  $77 non-members


OIL PAINTING  -  Instructor:  Loretta Musgrave

Catch the mystery of light in your oil paintings using color and create the illusion of depth.  Be guided through building active composition, impact area, value scale, bold design and color combinations to bring life to your canvas.  Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw2    Wednesday          Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 2009                                        1 to 3:30pm                            $70 members  $77 non-members


FLORAL PAINTING  -  Instructor:  Loretta Musgrave

The flower has been a subject painted by almost every artist in styles from Durer’s realism to Van Gogh’s emotionally packed abstractions.  Who can resist their varied shapes and color punch?  Not many of us and surely not Loretta Musgrave.  Her 30 plus years of painting and teaching experience will help your work bloom and grow like that of a well tended garden..  Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw3  Acrylic Floral Painting        Wed, 9:30 to noon        Feb 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009               $70 members  $77 non-members

09aw4  Oil Floral Painting                Wed, 1 to 3:30pm Feb 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009                     $70 members  $77 non-members


WATERCOLOR  -  Instructor:  Milton Lewis                                                                                                Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

Focusing on nature as subject matter, students explore basic watercolor technique and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstrations and individual experimentation.  Lewis will not only teach you the basics of watercolor but also some of the techniques of combining transparent and opaque watercolors that makes his work so special.  The spontaneity of watercolor should not lead to weak painting because of a lack of planning.  Milton will show how to carefully construct a watercolor that will eventually get transferred to the watercolor paper. Students will work with sketches, photographs and other source material. This process allows for stronger compositions and therefore stronger paintings.  Planning does not destroy spontaneity, it allows for opportunity.  You only have to type in his name on the internet to see the many works he has done over 40 some years of painting.

09aw19          Thursday       Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2009                                   1 to 3:30pm                            $50 members  $55 non-members

09aw20           Thursday      Mar 12, 19, 26, April 2, 2009                        1 to 3:30pm                           $50 members  $55 non-members


Impressionistic Oil Painting – Instructor:  Milton Lewis                                                         Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

Like a striking impression?  The emphasis on this class is on color, light, and shadow in a painterly approach in the style of Impressionism.  The class stresses few colors with the excitement of color mixing and economy of color composition that is synonymous with the beauty of the Impressionistic movement.  Students will work from still lifes and photographs with demonstrations, lectures and personal assistance from Milton Lewis.  An early life in the Rocky Mountains of Montana gave Lewis a love for the great outdoors that has shaped his life and inspired him in his artistic approach.  You only have to type in his name on the internet to see the many works he has done over 40 some years of painting. 

09aw21  Thursday               Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009                                         1 to 3:30pm                                        $50 members  $55 non-members


Watercolor Wonders – Instructor:  Julie Pollard

Pollard’s watercolors pop with intense colors and brilliant whites.  Her watercolors cover  the natural wonders of the world with paintings of florals, gardens, landscapes, streams and ocean sea life.  The predominant focus will be the fundamentals of art: drawing and design, color theory and watercolor technique. The class will assist students in gaining a solid knowledge of those vital concepts and methods.  Class material is presented in logical, practical manner, along with a large dose of encouragement with emphasis on motivation and personal taste.  In class, beginning painters will work in a structured manner and as one advances more independence is given with guidance.  A frequent award winner, Julie has authored and illustrated articles describing her creative painting and teaching methods. Her newest book, Outdoor Scenes, North Light Books, now available in January 2009.   There will be demos, exercises, and painting time—with as much individual attention as time permits and group critique sessions.  Artistic level: all levels

09AW11         Saturday    Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 2009                               9:30am to 12:30pm              $110 members  $120 non-members

09AW12         Saturday      Feb 21, 28, Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4 2009                     9:30am to 12:30pm              $110 members  $120 non-members


Brilliant Color: Painting Vibrant Outdoor Scenes in Oil  – Instructor:  Julie Pollard

Learn four different techniques for getting your oil paintings "off the ground and running"--then follow up on those beginnings to finish each painting using time-honored methods.  You will study the fundamentals of art with emphasis on color, shape, value and edges. Since two of the techniques will involve using an acrylic-used-as-watercolor under-painting (as seen in her new book Brilliant Color this class might easily be called “oil painting for the watercolorist”.  Bring photos for your class projects.  There will be exercises, demos, critique & lots of painting time.  Artistic level: all levels

09AW26          Saturday    Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 2009                               1:30 to 4pm                          $110 members  $120 non-members

09AW27          Saturday     Feb 21, 28, Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4 2009                      1:30 to 4pm                          $110 members  $120 non-members


WATERCOLOR FUN -  Instructor:  Sue Hunter                                                                                      Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

Sue Hunter is noted for her use of color in an impressionistic style.  Her luscious color combinations, good design and juicy loose paint applications make gorgeous flowers and landscapes. Join her in exploring the excitement of creating paintings using the techniques of color, value, movement and design.  Demonstrations introducing techniques will be presented. Hunter has shown  nationally and has had many local one woman shows.

09aw17          Friday             Jan 9, 16, 23, 30,  Feb 6, 13, 2009                       1:00 to 3:30pm                   $75 members   $85 non-members

09aw18          Friday             Feb 20, 27, Mar 13, 20, 27 Apr 3, 2009              1:00 to 3:30pm                  $75 members   $85 non-members


Vibrant Pastels  –  Instructor:  Julia Bullock                                                                 Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

Move your pastel work in vibrant directions while learning from some of your favorite master artists.  You will transfer the elements and principles from these masterworks to your artwork while building your skills in the use of pastels.  This journey of pure color is sure to excite the beginner to the most advanced.  For more than ten years Julia Bullock has used pastels to capture the world around her in vibrant hues.  Her class offers a sound and fundamental approach to pastels using basic principles of composition, drawing, color and technique from the masters.

09aw5    Thursday                            Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5, 12,  2009                      9:30 to noon                     $70 members   $77 non-members

09aw6    Thursday                            Feb 19, 26, Mar 12, 19, 26, April 2  2009         9:30 to noon                    $70 members   $77 non-members


The Other Watercolors   –  Instructor:  Judy Cook

Tired of transparent watercolors?  Enjoy the ease and flexibility of gouache, (opaque watercolors).  Emphasis will be on application techniques, color, value, transfer, composition and the establishment of three dimensional form.  In addition, students will experiment with the opaque watercolor media of egg tempera and casein towards the end of the class.  These two painting mediums will be supplied by the teacher.  Judy Cook has years of teaching experience and she has shown her gouaches here in a one woman show.    Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw13  Tuesday                                Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 2009                         1 to 3:30pm                    $70 members   $77 non-members


Beginning Colored pencil   –  Instructor:  Judy Cook

Jump into the magical world of colored pencil.  Emphasis will be on application techniques, color layering, value range and establishing of 3-D form..  Students will be exposed to the variety of colored pencils and useful tools, on the market.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn all the basics of this unique medium which has found its place in the world of art!  Pencil it in for the new year!  Artistic level: beginners

09aw14  Monday                 Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 2009                           9:30 to noon                          $70 members   $77 non-members


Continuing colored pencil   –  Instructor:  Judy Cook

This class is for students who have a basic knowledge of colored pencils.  Emphasis will be on perfecting technique, establishing a strong light source, developing a unique composition and recognizing their personal style.  Students will experiment with different drawing grounds as well as learning a variety of methods for evaluating their own work.  Artistic level:  intermediates

09aw15  Monday                 Feb 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009                       9:30 to noon                          $70 members   $77 non-members


rosemaling –  Instructor:  Judy Cook

Rosemaling was developed around 1750 in the rural areas of Norway and used to decorate objects such as wooden bowls, boxes and trunks.  Its  symmetrical compositions contain graceful flower forms and fanciful scrolls and are painted with oil paint.  Students will learn basic strokes, embellishments, detail, and understanding of the construction of design.  Mastery of these basics are a good preparation to paint other rosemaling styles and the beginnings of oil painting.  A finished piece of work will be completed by the end of class.  Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw16  Tuesday                Feb 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 2009                     1 to 3:30pm                            $70 members   $77 non-members


Fiber Arts –  Instructor:  Betty Hahn

This class is for anyone who wants to learn something fun and new, beginner to advanced, fiber artists, art quilters or artists who want to add to their repertoire of mediums.  Some hand stitching is required but no machine sewing.  All materials are provided by the instructor for a fee of $15-$20 depending on the class.  A supply list will be provided.   Artistic level: anyone

09aw26   First Sunday of each month     Jan to May  (Second Sunday in March)   Noon to 4pm    $20 cash per session - materials cost extra


Clay Sculpture –  Instructor:  Shawn Stewart

Turning a block of clay into sculpture isn’t magic.  Shawn Stewart will teach you how to handle the material, approach composition and subject matter for this medium, whether your interest lies in realism, abstraction or minimalism.  Stewart has been sculpting for 12 years and his western bronzes are part of collections worldwide.  Artistic level: beginners and intermediates

09aw22              Saturday    Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 14, 2009             1 to 3:30pm      $150 members   $160 non-members (includes 3lbs of clay)

09aw23              Saturday    Feb 21, 28 Mar 14, 21 28 Apr 4, 2009      1 to 3:30pm       $150 members   $160 non-members (includes 3lbs of clay)


Watercolor Bright and Bold–  Instructor:  Sebastiao Pereira

The class focus is on the bright and bold approach to watercolor painting.  Demonstration will be given on various techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, different ways to create texture, and the study of various color pallets.  Sebastiao brings with him 17 years of classroom teaching experience ranging from youth to adults.  His stunning one man show at the Museum a few years ago put bam and whamm in WVAM.

Artistic level: beginners, intermediates and advanced   (does not require knowledge of drawing or previous painting experience)

09aw24              Tuesday    Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 2009                         1 to 3:30pm                        $75 members   $80 non-members

09aw25              Tuesday    Feb 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 2009                     1 to 3:30pm                        $75 members   $80 non-members


How to Register    for classes


By Telephone:

Call (623) 972-0635.  Please have your VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover handy to charge payment.


By Mail:

1. Complete the Registration Form.  2. Include a check payable to West Valley Art Museum

3. Mail the form and your check to the following address:        West Valley Art Museum Adult Classes

                                                                                                    17420 N. Avenue of the Arts

By Fax: Fax registration form to (623) 972-0456                      Surprise, AZ  85374


In Person: Stop by the Museum between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday


Refunds and Cancellations: To withdraw and receive a refund, notify the West Valley Art Museum one week before class starts.

If a course is canceled by the Museum, students will be contacted by phone and a 100% refund will be issued.





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An Affair With


 The Arts
An Outdoor Festival Celebrating the Arts  Saturday and Sunday    October 25 and 26, 2008    from 10 am to 5 pm
17420 North Avenue of the Arts   (114th Ave and Bell Road)

Admission: Adults  $3,     Teens  $2.00 Kids and Members free

 An Affair With The Arts is an outdoor arts festival held at the West Valley Art Museum.  This festive event showcases juried fine artists working in mediums from brilliant oils to glorious glass.  Live music and great food romance both the ear and palate.  A fine art silent auction furthers the up-beat atmosphere.  Indoors one discovers exciting and powerful exhibitions the Museum has become known for.  This is a fun time where you can abandon your inhibitions and have An Affair With The Arts.

  The fall An Affair With The Arts at the West Valley Art Museum includes 55 skilled artists from Arizona and surrounding states that are showing and selling their work around the Museum for two fun-filled days.  Every year art lovers and collectors return to see newly created artistic works by prominent and emerging artists.  Traditional and innovative materials and styles are showcased including sculptural works in clay, glass, metal, wood, marble, and found objects.  Other fine art mediums will include oil, watercolor, acrylics, photography, and glass mosaic.  The art ranges in size from the perfect fit for a wall, desk, or shelf to monumental sized pieces.  The event raises critical funds that helps continue the outstanding educational and cultural opportunities the Museum offers the community.

  Come to your senses and join the West Valley Art Museum for An Affair with the Arts Juried Fine Artists showcasing their work Food that will romance your palate Live Music:

  • Aaron White  -  Americana and Great Acoustic  -  Sat,  Oct 25, 2008    11 to Noon

  • Joan Johnson and Company  -  Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and more  -  Sat, Oct 25, 2008  12:30 to 4 pm

  • The Desert Ukeazonies  -  Seven Decades of Songs Ukulele Style with Sister Jean Huling, ragtime piano virtuoso and Little Laundry on washboard Sunday, October 26, 2008 from Noon to 3:00 pm

 Silent auction items from participating artists Demonstrating Artists Family Fun Exciting  Exhibitions:

  • “Passionate Vision” The Paintings of Joella Jean Mahoney
  • Word Ribbon: An Installation by Linda Asakawa
  • Joseph Labate: Digital Retrospective, A Dozen Yeaars of Photography
  • Traditions East to West: Global Attire from the Permanent Collection
  • Asia II: Eastern Borders - Image, Icon and Adornment From the Permanent Collection


Edward Weston: Mexico
August 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Tuesday 10:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
 Edward Weston: Mexico Phoenix Art Museum 1625 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004  Admission:  $4-$10
On July 29, 1923 Edward Weston boarded the steamer S.S. Colima in Los Angeles, bound for Mexico. Accompanying him were his lover, the actress Tina Modotti, and fourteen-year-old son Chandler. Weston had every reason to escape: his commercial portrait business had stalled, he was estranged from his wife Flora, and a pivotal meeting with Alfred Stieglitz in New York the previous year had reignited his passion to create personal work. When several of his photographs on exhibit in Mexico City unexpectedly sold, Mexico began to appear the ideal place for adventure and respite. He arrived in the midst of the Mexican Renaissance, and over the next three years, came to maturity as an artist. This exhibition, drawn from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, will feature Edward Weston's photographs of Mexico, as well as archival materials such as letters, news clippings, and snapshots, that help tell the story of his Mexican sojourn. 'A consummate technician with a marvelous eye for formal beauty' Phoenix Art Museum 

Small Works: Little Stories
May 12, 2008 - September 30, 2008
Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:30pm, Sunday 11:30am-5:30pm

Name:  Small Works: Little Stories Address:  2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004  Location:  Berlin Gallery at Heard Museum Shop

The Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum Shop summer show Small Works: Little Stories offers a selection of distinctive artworks that range in size from inches, to just a few feet, depending on the scale of the art the artist typically produces. Featuring woks by the gallery’s featured artists, this new show makes a big impact, emphasizing tiny works and art forms that more typically measure their dimensions in feet.

“The Small Works: Little Stories show features works in many different mediums and offers the experienced or beginning collector the opportunity to purchase an original work of art on a smaller scale.” The Berlin Gallery in downtown Phoenix boasts an unprecedented retail gallery experience and an innovative way to view and purchase contemporary American Indian art by established and emerging Native artists for today's collector. The gallery is the latest extension of the Heard Museum's educational mission with a retail focus on contemporary American Indian paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and drawings.

For more information,

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection
 Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection
Address:  2301 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004
Location:  Heard Museum
Phone:  602-252-8848
Admission:  $3-$10
Tour the global span of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibit will focus on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders, Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous peoples of North and South America as well as Oceania. Housed in the newly renovated COMPAS gallery. Curated by Ann Marshall.

Heard Museum’s Signature Event Expected to Draw Nearly 20,000 Visitors and
More Than 700 Artists for Weekend of Artistry, Culture and Fun

WHAT:    51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market    “Where Art Meets Entertainment”

One of Arizona’s most significant cultural events, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market isn’t about to slow down as it enters its second half-century. Beginning life as a small community event, the Fair has matured into a world-acclaimed festival that draws nearly 20,000 visitors and more than 700 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. Among the guests are thousands of collectors from across the country who arrive early to be the first to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork like jewelry, pottery, baskets, katsina dolls, textiles, fine art and more. But there’s far more to the Fair than just the nation’s very best American Indian art! In fact, the Fair is the perfect place for families wishing to enjoy a cultural and inexpensive weekend of music, entertainment and food. Festival lovers can enjoy an array of American Indian music and dance performances in the museum’s outdoor amphitheatre throughout the weekend. A variety of foods including American Indian favorites like fry bread, posole stew, piki bread and Hopi stew as well as Mexican and American fare tempt the tastebuds. There’s even gelato available to satisfy sweet tooths.

 New entertainment and attractions highlight the 51st Fair The Indian Fair & Market will feature new American Indian and indigenous entertainers, some of whom have not visited Phoenix for many years. The Guild’s Web site,, is your one-stop source for information about the entertainers as they are confirmed.  In addition to exciting new performers, expect to see some old favorites such as the Apache Ga’an (Crown Dancers), Hopi/Choctaw dance sensation Derrick Suwaima Davis and singer Stephen Alvarez, Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Upper Tanana Athabascan.  
Signature Artist Nora Naranjo-Morse Acclaimed Santa Clara Pueblo artist, poet and filmmaker Nora Naranjo-Morse is this year’s signature artist. Naranjo-Morse’s career has taken her into the realms of pottery, sculpture, poetry and film. Meet Naranjo-Morse and other winners of the Heard’s juried art competition at the Best of Show Reception on Friday, March 6 (more information below). 

 EW ATTRACTION – “Hopi: The Matriarchy”During the Fair, visit the Pritzlaff Courtyard for a special celebration of Hopi culture. Revered Hopi women artists will be honored in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Also, learn more about Hopi communities with special exhibitions by Hopi artists and tribal members, and enjoy visiting a replica of a trading post.

  WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(A Best of Show Reception will be held Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Visitors can preview the winning artwork, meet the artists and enjoy a catered dinner.  A special cultural performance will highlight the evening.)

 WHERE: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz. 

 COST:Single-day admission: Adults and American Indians $15; Children under 16 FREE; Students with ID $5; 2-Day Passes available. Best of Show: $75 Heard Museum members, $100 non-members. Tickets go on sale January 5, 2009. Best of Show tickets sell out fast.

 Heard Museum members also can get in the fun early during exclusive Early Bird Shopping starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Not a member? Join today, 602.251.0261 or All admission prices include the festival and the museum.

 INFO:  To obtain current information, please visit or call 602.252.8848.

 Captions:Fair Shopping-1: Tiny treasures crafted in brown ash and sweetgrass by acclaimed Penobscot basketmaker Jennifer Sapiel Neptune are some of the exquisite pieces offered at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Photo courtesy Heard Museum.

 Yuppie_Yazzies: “Yuppie Yazzies,” 1986, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Santa Clara Pueblo. Naranjo-Morse is this year's signature artist at the 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Private collection. Photo courtesy of the artist.


ART TOUR time varies, based on date Location:  downtown arts district Phone:  (602) 488-9494
An exclusive tour of the downtown Phoenix Arts Scene. This tour targets the arts enthusiast and buyer, providing a guided tour of The Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue Arts Districts.
ARTOUR's provided for groups large and small, in town and out of town. Each ARTOUR caters to the tastes and flavors of the attendees, and offer intimate connections to our downtown arts culture. Tours can be any length of time and personalized for your group to include suggestions for culinary, musical and theatrical endeavors to compliment your experience in our emerging Downtown Arts Scene.
Tours are $100 per person, per hour for the tour. Transportation can be provided for an additional fee, cost varies based on references. Group Rates are available.



High Level of Talent Highlighted at Arizona Pastel Artists Association Show
BRIO Fine Arts Center: Oct. 25-Nov. 14; Opening Reception 6-9pm, Oct. 25
Consisting of 65 members, the Arizona Pastel Artists Association (APAA) was formed in May, 1994. While the majority of APAA members are concentrated in the Valley, the organization is expanding into Tucson, Flagstaff and Sedona. "We're delighted to welcome such talented artists -- both amateur and professional -- to BRIO,"says Diane Sanborn, director of the North Scottsdale art center located at 8340 E. Raintree Drive. "This show offers art lovers a closer look at a very distinctive medium," she adds.

A richly rewarding medium  Made from pure powered pigment and formed in chalky crayons, pastels reflect light like a prism.  "No other medium has the same power to represent color in its purest and most brilliant form," says Phoenix's Paulette Redmond, APAA President, whose work will be on exhibit.

    Liz Kenyon, another star of the show, concurs.  "I love the soft edges in pastels and the incredible way the light reflects off the pigment," says the artist.  "Just looking at a stick of chalk can trigger my desire to paint!"

    Adept at animal and people portraits as well as still lifes and landscapes, Kenyon is originally from California¹s Monterey area.  Majoring in art at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she illustrated book covers for Harper Collins after graduation.  Moving to Phoenix, Kenyon ran her own advertising agency for a number of years.

      "I started working with pastels in 1999 as another way to express myself," she says.

A signature member of the International Association of Pastel Society, Kenyon has won 20 awards including First Place at the Arizona Art Alliance 2008 Spring Show. The May issue of Pastel Journal featured an article devoted to the artist.

Study with an award-winner!  Artists who would like to discover the creative rewards of pastels (or those interested in mastering the medium) will want to consider joining Kenyon¹s fall workshops at BRIO.  The Sensational Still Life version is slated for September 19th- 20th followed by Landscape: Big Skies & Powerful Trees on October 17th-18th. To join either workshop, call 480-941-8310 or sign up on the website:  <>

Meet the artists at the opening reception  Many of the APAA members exhibiting in the BRIO show will be present at the October 25th reception, 6-9pm. Canapés and wine will be served.  "Since a number of the artworks will be on sale, don¹t forget to bring your checkbook and/or charge cards," says Sanborn.  "A pastel painting would make a distinctive and treasured holiday gift!"

  Arizona Pastel Artists Association Show at BRIO Fine Arts Center  Slated to run October 25th through November 14th, this impressive show features still lifes, landscapes, animal and people portraits. Opening reception on October 25th from 6-9pm.  Many artworks will be on sale.  Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.  BRIO Fine Arts Center, 8340 E. Raintree Drive, C-6, Scottsdale Airpark.  Three blocks west of Loop 101 on Raintree.  Regular business hours are M-F 905 and Sat. 9-12.  Contact 480-941-8310 or for more information.  

Mahaffey exhibit at Museum of Northern AZ
 Renowned Grand Canyon Painter Merrill Mahaffey Is Honored at the Museum of Northern Arizona with a 50-Year Retrospective Show and Gala Weekend Opening Weekend to include Gala Dinner and Brunch at the Museum of Northern Arizona

 A Gala Weekend is scheduled for June 21st and 22nd in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit Merrill Mahaffey: Interior Landscapes of the West, A Fifty-Year Retrospective. Meet the artist and dine alongside the Rio de Flag at two featured events at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

 MNA’s 2nd Annual Summer Fundraising Gala Dinner, Live Auction, and Exhibit is Saturday June 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $250 per person and underwriting opportunities are available. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Some of the Mahaffey paintings on exhibit will be for sale.

 An Artist Reception and Brunch for Museum Members on Sunday, June 22 at 10 a.m. includes a silent auction and exhibit sales. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased in advance along with memberships. Underwriting opportunities are available.

 Both events will be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. To request an invitation or for more information, contact Cassie Dakan at 928/774-5213, ext. 225 or e-mail at

 Merrill Mahaffey: Interior Landscapes of the West, a Fifty-Year Retrospective will be on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona from June 22 through November 9.

 Merrill Mahaffey has spent his life and career as an artist of western landscapes, with the Grand Canyon becoming a great influence on his work. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. By the age of eight, he had already begun what would turn into a lifelong passion for art and the monumental landscapes of the West. Attending California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and Sacramento State University, he continued his education at Arizona State University, receiving an MFA in 1965. He has taught at Phoenix College and Arizona State University.    Mahaffey’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections. Selected Mahaffey collections are owned by the Phoenix Art Museum, the Smithsonian, The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts, Phelps Dodge, Robert Redford, Sky Harbor International Airport, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Guinness Beer, Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona State University, US West, and United Airlines among others. Merrill Mahaffey resides in Phoenix, Arizona.



  Two of America’s foremost landscape artists return to celebrate SAS’ 25th Anniversary

 Scottsdale, AZ (June 11, 2008) Two of America’s foremost plein air landscape artists, Kevin Macpherson and Matt Smith, are coming back to Scottsdale to help celebrate SAS’ 25th Anniversary. They are “coming home” to demonstrate and exhibit the considerable artistic talent  they began honing years ago as students at Scottsdale Artists’ School, which today is widely recognized as the Southwest’s premiere traditional art institution.

In an all-day special event commemorating the School’s founding, the two nationally acclaimed artists will conduct separate three-hour art demonstrations with accompanying commentaries beginning with Smith’s demo at 9 am followed by Macpherson’s at 2 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2008.

Because of anticipated demand for tickets, the Macpherson/Smith event will be held at Stagebrush Theater on 2nd Street and Marshall Way across the street from Scottsdale Artists’ School. Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis. The demonstrations will be separated by a buffet lunch and followed by an evening reception with the artists and an exhibition of their work at Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Tickets are $195 per demonstration or $350 for both. Cost includes lunch, reception, the exhibition and a 20% discount on advance copies of SAS’ planned DVDs of the Macpherson-Smith demonstrations. A chance to purchase the paintings created by the artists’ during their respective demonstrations will also be held. Those attending both demonstrations will also be invited to participate in a “Coffee and Critique” session with the artists beginning 9 am, Sunday, November 9, at Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Each presentation will be digitally captured for large-screen overhead projection and recorded for later use in SAS’ planned production of commercial DVDs.

                Highly-respected among collectors and fellow artists alike, Kevin Macpherson is past president of Plein Air Painters of America. His painting instruction book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color, is in its ninth printing, including a Chinese language translation. Winner of numerous awards, Macpherson is the first artist named Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. He began studying at SAS in 1983 and was recipient of SAS’ “Best and the Brightest” Purchase Award in 1986.

                Following graduation from ASU with a BFA degree in painting, Matt Smith became an ardent student of traditional art at Scottsdale Artists’ School in 1984. He won Best of Show Award at SAS’ “Best and Brightest” show in1990.   Today, Smith is a nationally prominent plein air artist, who spends half the year traveling, painting landscapes wherever he goes. He has participated in many major shows and exhibitions throughout the country and has received numerous awards at such prestigious venues as Prix de West, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Western Rendezvous of Art. Like Macpherson, Smith’s work has been featured in many of America’s leading art magazines.

                This special event is part of SAS’ Anniversary Year plan to add many more top-notch professional artists to its guest faculty and to expand the School’s curriculum to accommodate virtually all important genres of traditional art, including western art and wildlife painting.

                Scottsdale Artists’ School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school of traditional art founded in 1983. It is one of the country’s premiere art institutions, offering more than 2,000 students a year approximately 200 art classes and workshops featuring a roster of as many as 140 visiting artists-instructors, many of them nationally and internationally renowned.


 Fountain Hills Community & Event Center Arizona artist Tom Haas
Arizona artist Tom Haas will exhibit and sell his oil paintings July 2-30 at the Fountain Hills Community & Event Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive.
Haas is known for a colorful palette and variety of subject matter. He has painted the Phoenix area and neighboring states for more than 30 years.
The show features Haas' Sonoran Desert and Rocky Mountain landscapes, figurative and still-life paintings, and pastoral, ocean, Western and wildlife scenes.

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 DREAMS AND TOTEMS: THE PAINTINGS OF SUSAN FALCON-HARGRAVES  February 22nd through April 13th, 2008: West Valley Art Museum  More than 20 paintings including works from Memory and Table series; highlights of solo exhibit also include Red Leopard from new Eccentricities series.  This work has attracted critical comments such as “We’re not just looking at people in a painting; we’re seeing two women poised on the threshold of another dimension fraught with intrigue.” The museum is located at 17420 North Avenue of the Arts in Surprise. 623-972-0635.

 Rising star Susan Falcon-Hargraves enjoyed a very successful 2007 the highlights included an exhibit at Scottsdale’s BRIO Fine Arts Center, a presentation at Phoenix’s First Monday Art Salon, and the purchase of a major painting. “We’re proud to have Susan’s The Elephant in the Room in our portable artworks collection,” says Rex Gulbranson, Arts and Culture Administrator, City of Glendale. Of course, Falcon-Hargraves is not a stranger to the spotlight. In previous artistic incarnations, she danced professionally in both NYC and LA and had small roles in Hollywood films, including Boyz in the Hood. Getting ready for two museum shows, Falcon-Hargraves is destined to command considerable attention in 2008.

 Exciting new works dominate her upcoming show at the West Valley Art Museum February 22nd-April 13th., Dreams and Totems The Paintings of Susan Falcon-Hargraves exhibit. The spell-binding Red Leopard, from the Random Eccentricities series, involves an intriguing visual scenario.We see two women seemingly on vacation surrounded by an aura of adventure, maybe even danger. “I see this work as embodying the juxtaposition between comfort and danger, wildness and domesticity, the natural world vis-à-vis the civilized world,” points out Falcon-Hargraves. “By accentuating the difference inherent in the two sides of one’s face, Susan deepens the psychological tension in the interplay between her characters,” points out George Pavlovitch, curator at the Surprise museum. “It all adds up to a sense of unease in the picture’s dynamic that makes the viewer unable to look away.” (West Valley Art Museum, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, 623-972-0635)

 At the Arizona Museum for Youth from March 29th-August 10th art lovers have the opportunity to peruse works from the painter's Table series at the upcoming Table Manners show. “Actually it was Susan’s Table paintings that inspired the theme of this exhibit,“ says Jeffory Morris, Director at the Tempe Museum. Inspired by old photos, these paintings provide intimate glimpses of family members gathered around the focal center of a table. For instance, Picnic Table captures the artist’s 19-year mother (“she’s the middle of the group on the left) on vacation with her beauty school colleagues. A nostalgic look at a family celebrating a festive dinner is provided by Elaine’s Table. “I’ve always been fascinated with the mysteries that some old photos present, particularly those that hint at an unspoken social or emotional dynamic among several figures,” says Falcon-Hargraves.  “These castoff moments of real and/or imagined drama often provide the visual starting point.” (Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson, Mesa , 480-644-2468).

 Whatever the source of inspiration, those who collect the artist’s paintings find her sensitivity regarding family especially endearing. “You really capture everyone, you’re so talented!,” says Pamela Hewitt of Chicago. “I knew it was a success when the women portrayed in the painting loved it”, says John Krsul of Sawyer, Michigan.



Flowers and art become one at Fourth Annual Arts & Flowers at Phoenix Art Museum

 March 6-9, 2008    Show included with Museum general admission        Preview Luncheon – Thursday, March 6th

Phoenix, Arizona – Nature and art come together as one in the fourth annual Arts & Flowers™, March 6-9, a four-day event at Phoenix Art Museum featuring sculptural floral designs inspired by and partnered with works of art in the Museum's collection.  This spectacular event is presented by the Phoenix Art Museum League. For four days, breathtaking arrangements by dozens of Valley floral designers and garden clubs will be on view throughout the Museum’s galleries to complement and illuminate the Museum’s works of art. 

 Arts & Flowers 08 will launch with a luncheon at the Museum’s Whiteman Hall on Thursday, March 6th. The luncheon is open to the public with reservations required. For information or tickets to this event, please call Phoenix Art Museum League at (602)-307-2050, or visit

 Demonstrations and workshops will be available during Arts & Flowers.  As in previous years, raffle tickets are splendid. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Museum, or call the League for more information.Proceeds from all the events at Arts & Flowers benefit Phoenix Art Museum.

   Museum-goers will find that Arts & Flowers ( included with the Museum’s general admission) is an enjoyable addition to the Museum’s special, ticketed exhibitions, particularly, Illuminated Manuscripts, which  runs from December 11, 2007 to March 9, 2008, and Masterpiece Replayed: Monet, Matisse & More, which runs from January 20, 2008 to May 4, 2008.

 For information or tickets to Arts & Flowers events, call Phoenix Art Museum League at (602) 307-2050, or visit

 The Phoenix Art Museum League has been coordinating fundraising events in support of the Museum for over a half a century. The League also presents informative programming – such as the Women in Art lecture series – and it sponsors one-day and multi-day trips, which are both educational and enjoyable.  League membership is open to all Phoenix Art Museum members who share a love for this community and Phoenix Art Museum.

 The classically progressive design of the 203,000 sq. ft. Phoenix Art Museum integrates art and architecture with the South­western landscape, accommodat­ing large traveling exhibitions and a collection of over 17,000 works in American, Asian, modern & con­temporary, European, Latin American and Western American art, and fashion design.  Visitors also enjoy the Sculpture Garden, the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors, PhxArtKids interactive space for children, Art Museum Café and The Museum Store.  Visitors can learn more about the Museum’s collection through its bilingual, random access MP3 audioguide, available at the admissions desk.  The Museum recently opened its $50 million expansion project, which included the addition of a new glass-enclosed lobby and entry plaza, 4-level gallery wing, sculpture garden and expanded store.

 General Admission & Hours: Admission: $10 adults; $8 senior citizens (65+) and full-time students w/ID; $4 children 6-17; and, free for Museum members and children under age 6.  The Museum general admission is free to all on Tuesday evenings, 3-9pm.  Some exhibitions have special admission fees.  Hours: Tuesday, 10am-9pm; Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  Some exhibitions have special hours.  The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.  The Museum Store is open during Museum hours; Art Museum Café by Arcadia Farms is open 10am-5pm.

 Recorded Museum information is available 24 hours at (602) 257-1222.  Visit the Museum’s Web site at


McNeill: Continues to create artwork 'outside the box' For more than a decade, this Scottsdale based artist has been combining multiple-dimensions of subject matter and intertwining different layers of composition between ornate relief woodcarvings and colorful painted imagery. In essence, McNeill has been developing a new multidimensional art form! These achievements have not gone unnoticed; he was the inaugural recipient of the Dexter Jones Award, NYC's National Sculpture Society's Award for outstanding bas-relief sculpture.

 McNeill has added another dimension, light! Continually “pushing the envelope”, McNeill has developed another unique art form by creating colorful relief wall sculptures that 'glow-in-the-dark' all night long. Those who appreciate unusual talent combined with a unique technique will experience a special visual treat at the West Valley Art Museum. “This is Scott’s third solo show with us,” says Museum Curator George Pavlovich. “We’re preparing a special showcase for him, complete with black walls, blacklights and a black-out curtain!” The Glow Series encompasses 20 works; including an 18-foot wall with more than 70 images in a myriad of colors.

 Refining a unique process from his bas-relief woodcarvings, McNeill formed molds, then cast the forms in resin. "Instead of painting on the surface, I add bright colored pigments mixed with a special crystal powder into the resin itself," says McNeill. "As I worked with these new glow powders, called Strontium Aluminate, I was excited by their artistic effects. I began experimenting with this material in the early spring of 2005, and since then I have been doing a lot of exploration."

 "My priority was to create these sculptures to look beautiful and completed for the daytime. The fact that they glow all night, makes them twice as cool. I have to think in terms of the color composition for both day and night, and often apply colors from light to dark, working in reverse of what the final sculpture shows. I apply the colors in layers within the resin. Some layers of crystal may be an inch deep overlapping with the colors above to create some interesting light effects" Stated McNeill.

 Jungle Boogie is a complex vertical carving packed with glowing creatures. Off white daytime branches glow violet tinged with blue shadows and create a compositional structure for a dense interweaving of green, veined, yellow tipped leaves and, brilliant tropical flowers that become perches for monkeys, toucans, parrots, frogs, a jungle cat and other animals. McNeill leads the eye through the composition by subtly having each animal pounce, yell or gesture towards one another. "I thought of the composition for Jungle Boogie as a DNA strand, or double helixes shaped like figure eights," says McNeill.

 McNeill's symbolism is profound. The Dreamer in the relief titled, "Wake Up And See The Light," incorporates three different realities: underwater, earth and sky. A man asleep in a boat is adrift on a mounding swell of a wave that undulates across the panel. In the distance is a rocky promontory and a lighthouse, but the boat is pointed in the opposite direction. Above the man, two white seagulls fly upwards like heavenly messengers pointing the way. We see the wave in a cross section the surface and the depths below which teem with bright schools of fish and coral. In dreams and myth, large bodies of water and the creatures within often represent the deep unconscious, upon which man rides and must confront before he can soar to a higher reality and rebirth. This man in the boat is asleep, as in a dream, resting on a huge underworld, seemingly unaware, and going away from the light, a metaphor of modern man.

 While Jungle Boogie and Dreamer are directly narrative, McNeill's Fish Wall is a big explosion of color and design. Seventy-two different colored panels each with a multi-colored, brightly patterned tropical fish. "I made them to stand in smaller sections or to be combined with others in a wall that could be any length or height," says McNeill.

 McNeill's elegant sense of color leads from panel to panel and fish to fish through every color variation, yellow-green, blue-green dusty-green, aqua, orange, purple, red, pink, gold, silver-gray, all relating to one another. The colors glow harmoniously at night, and with more than 30 pounds of glow crystal illuminates the entire room.

 Enjoying local and national recognition McNeill’s distinctive artwork has been recently seen at the Arizona Youth Museum. McNeill has been the recipient of awards from the National Sculpture Society and grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation as well as the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. Numerous private collectors in the United States as well as abroad have sought out his painted woodcarvings.

 Anticipating new challenges “I’ve been doing professional wood carving for 12 years" says McNeill. Shortly after finishing his stint in the Peace Corps in 1994, the artist became an apprentice to a master wood carver in Honduras, where he perfected his artistry.“I’d really like to take on a large installation at this point; for instance, for a large home or resort, or an office building, even a cruise ship!”

 For more information and to see more of the artists work visit . The Glow Series by Scott McNeill is on display at the West Valley Art Museum, 17420 N. Ave of the Arts, Surprise Now - March 15th, 2008



Bob Coonts Brings Blaze of Color to Arizona Fine Art EXPO

                                       Inside Out ­ a Book for All Seasons

Colorado artist, Bob Coonts returns to Arizona Fine Art EXPO for the 4th year with a surprise for patrons -- Inside Out: The Art of Bob Coonts. This newly published book features 140 pages of blazing color; an exciting sampling of Coonts imaginative work.  

The EXPO began Jan. 10 and runs everyday through March 23; showcasing 110 award-winning, nationally acclaimed artists working in studios, highlighted by a gallery-setting backdrop. The artist's are nestled under 44,000 square feet of festive white tents at the Southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads (26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85255), 5 miles south of Carefree & 5 miles North of Loop 101 on Scottsdale Road.

Ever-exploring new media and art possibilities, Coonts is best recognized by the intense color and minute details in his artwork. The details, reminiscent of Gustav Klimt, take the form of geometric shapes that may morph into blades of grass and fields of flowers. Other details are reminiscent of Native American symbolism -- arrows for the heart line or a disk representing the sun. Coonts interest in prehistoric man resulted in a series of petroglyph-like works.  

His love of animals, domestic and wild, is felt in images of cats, horses, buffalo, roosters --- none quite realistically presented, except for the eyes. Not content to be seen as an expressionist only, his curiosity about shapes and colors and the process of abstracting, gave birth to a series of contemporary abstracts that, again, reflects Coonts love of strong color.  

An invited artist for the Parade of Painted Ponies, Coonts first life-size horse (Mosaic Appaloosa) is one of the 'retired' miniature collectible ponies. His Prairie Horizon has just been released in miniature.

Coonts has shown in 50-plus invitational and juried exhibits and is part of permanent museum and corporate collections in New York, Israel, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Poland, Mexico and Colorado.  Private collectors span the continent.   

Showcasing Coonts 13 years in fine art, the Bob Coonts retrospective at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007, boasted more than 130 paintings and sculptures. Museum goers were treated to the diverse array of creativity that is Bob Coonts.

Coonts fine art career follows a successful 25 year career in graphic design working with international companies and co-founding the biennial Colorado International Invitation Poster Exhibition whose global draw puts Colorado State University and Fort Collins on the arts radar. Coonts continues as an affiliate faculty member of the Colorado State University Art Department. His contributions to the Fort Collins community make him a treasured citizen, reflected in his receiving the first Arts Alive Medallion for community service to the arts.  

The EXPO takes place on the southwest corner of Jomax and Scottsdale Roads, Scottsdale, Ariz.  Season passes are $7 and $6 for seniors and military. Children under 12 are free. Parking is also free. More information is available by visiting  


World-Class Performers to Descend on Arizona
What does the Super Bowl and
Arizona Fine Art EXPO have in common? Both are being held in Arizona during February and will showcase winners.

 Thunderbird Artists is a champion when it comes to producing top-quality fine art events, and the Arizona Fine Art EXPO is no exception.

 Scheduled for Jan. 10th – March 23rd, 2008, the Arizona Fine Art EXPO will showcase 115 champion (Super Bowl quality) artists working in a studio environment, highlighted by a gallery-setting backdrop. Each artist’s studio will be nestled under 43,000 square feet of festive white tents on Scottsdale and Jomax Roads (26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85255).

 In addition to enjoying magnificent bronzes, copper, clay, stone and metal sculptures positioned in the handsome Sculpture Garden, patrons can watch artists welding, fusing glass, carving and etching stone, patina finishing, plein air painting and more in outdoor cabanas. Indoors, world-class artists are also on display, passionately painting; sketching in pen & ink; creating in pastels; sculpting wood, clay and acrylics; assembling mixed media on canvas; and welding, sculpting and designing jewelry.

 During the past three years, the EXPO received rave reviews from the attending patrons.  The 2008 unveiling is sure to be another smashing success and captivating experience. Entertainment this year includes NAMY award-winning Brule’ and his band Airo; award-winning hoop dancer Brian Hammill; Mexican fiesta dancing; Paul McDermand performing on his steel drums and marimbas; chefs’ demonstrations; wine tastings; and more.  

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is all about providing an ambiance like none other that will be forever remembered. The event combines the aspects of a juried fine art festival, the elements of a gallery and the inner-workings of an artist’s studio. The result is a unique celebration of art that functions as an educational tool for the children and art enthusiasts. The EXPO takes place on the southeast corner of Jomax and Scottsdale Roads, Scottsdale, Ariz.  A season pass is $7 and $6 for seniors and military. Children under 12 are free. Parking is also free. More information is available by visiting .Story Continues

One of the country's premier arts fairs, the 38th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival will be held on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on March 7 - 9, 2008.


Exhibiting artists include:


Nicholas Bernard (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Curly Vessel, earthenware, 12 x 10 x 10 inches


Julita Jones (Laguna Beach, Calif.), The Hummingbird, viscosity etching, 12 x 12 inches

Michael Cajero: We Need to Dream This All Again
Dates: February 7 - March 15, 2008  At Eric Firestone Gallery – Scottsdale  4142 N Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-990-1037  Hours: Tu - Sat 10-6  and by appointment

Michael Cajero was born in Tucson, AZ in 1947, he holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Painting, Sculpture and Art History from Kent State University. Cajero has been the recipient of Visual Arts Fellowships from the Tucson Pima Arts Council in 1994 and 2001and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993-1994; his papier-mâché works are in the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Michael Cajero was born in Tucson, Arizona and remains one of Arizona's most unique, prolific and critically acclaimed artists. For the past thirty years Cajero has concentrated on furthering the Arte Povera and Process Art movements. With unbridled energy he summons his creations to life, directing them to act out universal dramas drawn from current events as well as the Mexican folktales that so impressed him in his youth. Exotically patterned gift-wrap, brown corrugated cardboard, and shredded computer and document paper culled from waste receptacles are Cajero's primary medium. These cast-off materials, heightened with acrylic paint, become the flesh, hair and clothes that cover skeletons of thick, yet easily bendable aluminum wire. For several years the figures were ablaze in wild color and pattern when a concurrent and ongoing exploration of ceramics made Cajero see that the carbon produced in the raku process could also be manipulated in his papier-mâché pieces. Black produced depth, defined breaks in color and movement, and emphasized mass; it helped create silhouettes and connected to his drawings like never before. Through color and papier-mâché, a time-tested craft borrowed from traditional Mexican folk artists, Cajero is able to imbue his figures with great realism; his sculptures take on individual personas and are empowered by the artist to exhibit a full range of emotions. A sculpture's personality, profession, or social
standing is described by its visage, posture and the clothes they are given and how they wear them. Cajero always modeled the everyday person, tapping into the traditions of artists who did the same, Bonnard, Degas and Rodin in particular. Cajero gives a knowing nod to these artists in the way he uses mass, broken color and fragmented pattern to define shapes and set mood, and in how their almost autobiographical work conveys the artists' intimate understanding of the frailty, resilience and strength of their models and subjects. More impressive, perhaps, is how Cajero's sensitivity to his subject unveils his uneasiness concerning the world's current political, economic, religious, and social frictions. Cajero's ragged figures, feral creatures and turbulent installations draw inspiration from ancient history, art history, folklore, literature, music, mythology, poetry and a concern for the human condition. Cajero's works are powerful and magical performative creations, simultaneously baroque and surreal they captivate and puzzle, transporting all who enter his dark sculptural worlds into a profound sense of wonder and hope.






Award-Winning Artists Instruct at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Thunderbird Artists is a title holder when it comes to producing top-quality fine art events by the ArtFair SourceBook; recently rating Thunderbird Artists' Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival as 19th in the Nation.  Thunderbird Artists proudly produces the Arizona Fine Art EXPO.  The EXPO has been open for one week and the patrons are already raving about the quality of art, friendliness of the artists and staff and enjoy the beautiful Café de EXPO surrounded by an exciting 2 acre Sculpture Garden.  Below are the classes offered at the EXPO:

Jossey Lownes ­ Acrylic Painting - $40   DATES & TIMES: Tues, Jan 22 - 10am to 12pm ,Tues, Feb 5 ­ 10am to 12pm, Tues, Feb 19 - 10am to 12pm, Tues, March 4 - 10am to 12pm, Tues, March 11 - 10am to 12pm
SUPPLIES:  Canvas or WC Paper (approx 11²x14² or ½ page WC paper),  Tight fitting gloves like hair color gloves,
Favorite colors of paint & favorite brushes, Water container
ATTIRE:  Paint clothes or painting apron over clothes.

Elizabeth (Libby) Ritter ­ Clay sculpting & Raku firing - $50  DATES & TIMES
:  Wed, Jan 23 - 10am t o 12pm, Wed, Feb 6 ­ 10am to 12pm , Wed, Feb 20 - 10am to 12pm, Wed, March 5 - 10am to 12pm, Wed, March 12 ­ 10am to 12pm SUPPLIES:  Newspapers, Blue masking tape  ATTIRE:  Older clothes , Tennis shoes

 The Arizona Fine Art EXPO began Jan. 10th and runs everyday through March 23rd, 2008.   Patrons can meet and watch 110 award-winning, nationally recognized artists working in their studios; highlighted by a gallery-setting.  Throughout the ten weeks enjoy ongoing entertainment, eating at the unique Café de EXPO and strolling the handsome 2 acre Sculpture Garden.  Studios are nestled under 44,000 square feet of festive white tents at the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads. (26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85255).  (Event is located just 5 miles north of Loop 101 and 5 miles south of Carefree).

Season pass is $7, $6 for seniors and military. Children under 12 are free. Parking is also free.  For more information, call 480-837-7163 or visit our website at 


Heaven and Earth New Paintings by Don West
February 5, 2007 thru February 29, 2008
Meet Don West at the artist’s reception
Thursday, February 7th, 7-9pm

Premier mid-career Arizona artist Don West recently completed a new series of abstract paintings called the Planet Series that pay tribute to the heavenly bodies with surfaces and colors reflecting their individual physical characteristics. A prime example is the cerebral Life on Mercury (see attached digital image) with its dramatic monochromatic palette. Don West¹s second body of work, entitled the Landscape Series, is dominated by lush, thick impasto fields of color flanked by rusted metal. The painting Copper Creek (see attached digital image) with its fields of bold flower-like colors enclosed by rusted metal columns. The paintings of the Landscape Series dramatize critical comments that point to the delicate balance that exists between nature and the industrial world.

At age 61, West continues to explore new ideas while drawing on skills and techniques that he has used and mastered in the past. In these two new series, he once again incorporates reclaimed materials and thick layering of paint. Much more than a representation of a place or object, West¹s work is about materials, surface quality, visual illusion, and the act of painting itself.

West received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Ohio University with studies in theater, art history and language arts. He acted in off-Broadway productions in New York City and directed 10 plays, including Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King and Shakespeare¹s Macbeth. He recently published two novels Dream of the Great Blue, and The Art of Murder. West¹s paintings have been exhibited in galleries in the Southwest, and are in many private and public collections. In 2005, West was one of two Tucson artists (out of 300 hundred applicants) to be juried into the Arizona Biennale at the Tucson Museum of Art. West currently lives, writes and paints in Tucson, Arizona.

Heaven and Earth: New Paintings by Don West . Tuesday, February 5, 2008 thru Friday, February 29, 2008 Meet the artist on Thursday, February 7, 2008 from 7pm to 9pm, during Downtown Scottsdale ART Walk.  Free and open to the public. Hernández Contemporary Fine Art 4200 N. Marshall Way  Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri. 12noon-6pm; Thurs. 12noon-9pm; Sat. 11am-3pm. Any other time by appointment. Contact: Liz Hernández t:  480.429.6262  f:  480.429.6363 c:  480.789.2228 e:


Welcoming the New Year "Origins of Renewal" |
Contemporary Abstract Paintings by Mario Martínez

December 18, 2007 thru January 18, 2008

Described as one of the "foremost Native American abstract painters" by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Mario Martínez joins the roster of distinguished mid-career artists represented by Hernández Contemporary Fine Art in Scottsdale. Martínez’s acclaimed abstract paintings will be featured in an upcoming exhibit entitled "Origins of Renewal" on display at 4200 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ from December 18, 2007 thru January 20, 2008 with a preview starting December 6th.

Origins of Renewal. Anchored by two new large-scale paintings, New Year II (2007) and New Year III (2007), the exhibit will also feature a selection of Martínez’s retrospective works including Desert Night (1985) and Flying (1997). Gallery owner and art historian Liz Hernández describes Martinez’s earlier work as rooted in native Yaqui symbolism with notions of Creation and abstractions of the cosmos and the natural world.

Coinciding with the artist’s relocating to NYC in 2000, a distinct iconographical shift takes place. For example, in Modern Universe (2001) glimpses of high rise buildings juxtapose with the chaos, vibrancy and excitement of urban life that explodes on the canvas in abstract expressionism. Martínez is an artist who dwells in two nations, two cultures, two worlds – and his work captures the dichotomy of this experience.

An Impressive History. Born and raised in the village of Penjamo, the smallest of six Yaqui settlements in Arizona, Mario Martínez is one of the few Native American painters who can transform objectified and codified cultural ideas into masterful contemporary abstract paintings.

In addition to his mid-career retrospective at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (part of a series called "New Tribe: New York"), Martínez participated in Who Stole the Tee Pee at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and the Contemporary Artists Federation group show at the Saitama Museum of Modern Art in Japan. His works are in the collections of the Heard Museum inPhoenix, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the MacArthur Foundation.

Mario Martínez has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University in Tempe and a Master's of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. He presently resides and maintains a studio in NYC.

Arizona Roots. Mario Martínez has remained involved with his home state even while pursuing a career in San Francisco and New York City. He created Yaqui Deer Dancer: Homage to the Ancestors for Scottsdale’s City Hall in 1999 and was a visiting professor of art at The University of Arizona in Tucson the following year. As part of the ongoing Home: Desert Peoples in the Southwest exhibition at Phoenix’s Heard Museum,

Martínez was commissioned to create a 22-foot mural entitled Sonoran Desert: Yaqui Home.

Contact Liz Hernández 480.429.6262 (Gallery); 480.789.2228 (Cell); ;







"A Feast For The Eyes"

"A Feast For The Eyes", featuring the unusual still lifes of Sherry Loehr and Genetta McLean will be exhibited at
Leslie Levy Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona, from February 4th-25th.

Right: "Natura Vivante" by Genetta McLean  Oil on Linen 22" x 28"

Genetta McLean is an art historian and accomplished visual artist who combines her interest in ancient art with her love of nature. Her small, meticulously painted still lifes give the viewer a sense of the peaceful serenity which the artist experiences in her home located in the woods of Maine. Genetta McLean’s lovingly arranged fruits and vegetables are often visited by small, almost whimsical songbirds.


Left: "Apples and Camilias" by Sherry Loehr  Mixed media on panel  24" x 24"

At first glance, Sherry Loehr’s still life paintings appear to be quite traditional, however, upon closer examination, one notices the unique texturing and layering techniques which the artist creates in their backgrounds. It is this contrast of realism with these unexpected patterns, textures and abstract surfaces which make Sherry Loehr’s paintings so interesting to collectors.

Leslie Levy Fine Art is located in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, at 7137 Main Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 am- 5:30 pm and Sundays from 12 pm - 4 pm. The gallery is also open for Art Walk on Thursday evenings from 7 pm - 9 pm.

For further information, please contact Leslie Levy at 480-947-2925 or via email at:

Leslie Levy Fine Art, Inc. - Celebrating Our 30th Year!
7137 Main Street 
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480-947-2925    800-765-2787









During the month of January 2008, Leslie Levy Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona will be featured the small town paintings of Bruce Cody.

For over thirty years Cody has been painting places in the West which are part of what he calls "The American Experience". Having grown up in a small Wyoming town, this artist has developed an appreciation for small town life. His interest is in capturing the places that we often pass without noticing. He is especially fascinated by observing how sunlight plays on buildings, creating cast shadows and abstract forms.

Leslie Levy Fine Art is located on "gallery row" in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-5:30 pm, Thursday evenings for Art Walk from 7 pm - 9 pm and Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm.

Included with this press release you will find a photograph of "Evening Glow on Route 66" by Bruce Cody  Oil on Canvas 18" x 40"

For further information, please contact Leslie Levy at 480-947-2925 or via email at

Leslie Levy Fine Art, Inc. - Celebrating Our 30th Year!
7137 Main Street , Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480-947-2925    800-765-2787,

42nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America
Exhibition & Sale Rides Again

The most anticipated Western American fine art event in the country, is the Phoenix Art Museum’s 42 nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale, will be at the Museum’s Steele Gallery, October 20th, 2007 – November 18th, 2007.
The 42 nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale presents a depiction of the West only the members of Cowboy Artists of America can capture with such realistic skill and spirit. It is presented each year by Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, and the Sale has become one of the Museum’s most successful fundraising events.

The Sale, the premier event of its kind, will take place on Friday, October 19th, 6-9pm, the evening before the exhibition opens to the public. The exhibition, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is included with the Museum’s general admission; the Sale tickets are $275 per person, which includes several events throughout the sale weekend. This includes entry into the sale, a Mix and Mingle lunch with the Artists, admission to the Autograph Party on the morning of Saturday, October 20th, and a seat at the Awards Banquet that evening. Sale only tickets are available for $225 per person. Sale tickets can be purchased by calling (602) 307-2007 or online at .  All online purchasers will receive a discount of $15 per ticket. 

 More than 130 new works created in the last year by the 22 active members of Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) will be unveiled for the first time at the Sale on October 19th. Included are bronze and stone sculptures, oil paintings, water solubles and drawings that capture the life of a cowboy.  Some of the artists portray the West that is long gone and only visible through art, while others portray contemporary cowboy life, using their own life experiences on the ranch or reservation as their research. 

 The Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale has a rich and colorful history and continually captures the attention of art fans, young and old.  The Sale attracts hundreds of collectors from around the world. Rather than a typical art auction, attendees of the Sale submit intent-to-purchase slips and the first name drawn has the option to buy the work of art.  This method not only proves exciting but offers an equal opportunity for both the first time buyer and the seasoned collector.  Many works sell in the six figures and last year’s gross sales topped the $2.2 million mark.

 For more information about Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, call (602) 307-2060 or visit online at . For more information about Phoenix Art Museum, visit its Web site at , or call the 24-hour information line at (602) 257-1222.


  • ASU Museum of Anthropology, Cady and Tyler malls Alien Images: UFOs, Photography and Belief Through a series of large photographic prints, projections, movies and books, the exhibit will explore the 137-year history of photographic images purported to show unidentified flying objects and the variety of interpretations used to explain them. Through Aug. 15. ASU Museum of Anthropology, Cady and Tyler malls. (480) 965-6224.
  • Art Editions, 3908 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. (480) 990-1200 Ext. 101.One-Woman Mexican Art exhibition Arizona debut exhibition of Mexican master painter Cecilia Amaro, who pa still lifes: landscapes and abstract paintings. Ongoing.

  • The Bison Museum, 1.6641 N. 91st St., Scotlsdale (480) 837-8700.Dances With Wolves An array of American Indian artifacts and a vast assortment of bronzes, paintings and prints. Ongoing.

  • Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.(480) 917-6859. Art Quilts XII: Current Featuring the works of artists from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany in a juried exhibition of the latest trends in art quilting. Through Dec. 1.

  • Heard Museum North Scottsdale
    •  “Choices and Change: American Indian Artists in the Southwest.” The signature exhibit will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, baskets, kachina dolls and pottery. Ongoing.
    •  “Our Weaving: Textiles From the Four Corners” An exhibition featuring 12 Navajo weavings. Ongoing.
    • “Interpretive Garden” A lush array of native plants, sculpture by American Indian artists and a water feature, as well as information to assist in education and interpretation. Ongoing. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 32633 N. Scottsdale Road. Admission: $2-$5. (480) 488-9812.
  • Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. (602) 254-7399.First Editions Artwork includes, monoprints, lithographs, etchings, intaglio, serigraphs and relief prints, linocut, woodcut. Through  Jan. 2.




  • Ken Harris Gallery May 16   6-9pm Artist Reception 6501 E Cave Creek Rd 480-437-9955

Past Events

  • American Fine Art Editions  - One-Woman Mexican Art Exhibition Arizona debut exhibition of Mexican master painter Cecilia Amaro, who paints still lifes, landscapes and abstract paintings. Ongoing. American Fine Art Editions, 3908 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. (480) 990-1200, Ext. 101.
  • Arizona Museum for Youth - “Artville” is an ongoing exhibition designed as a small town for kids up to age 5, featuring an art gallery, performing arts center and art studio governed by the imaginary mayor of Artville, Art.
    • Underwater FantaSEA” celebrates all there is to love about the living waters around the world and their colorful marine life with paintings, drawings, multimedia pieces and activities. Through July 22.
    •  “Discovering Nature’s Alphabet,” a series photographs of naturally occurring letters, offers children and their families a playful way of exploring and studying nature. Through July 29.
    • “Faces of Art: The Masks of Zarco Guerrero” The beauty, pageantry and power of masks have served as reflections of the ever-changing belief systems of different cultures. Through Oct. 7. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, 35 N. Robson, Mesa. Admission: $5. (480) 644-2467.
  • ASU Art Museum
    • “Renegade Clay” This exhibition uncovers the work of five artists from Western states who are defining a new generation of clay workers. Through Sept. 4.
    • “Visual Melodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection” an orchestra of images with violins, pianos, horns and drums playing a silent melody for all to see. Through Sept. 15.
    • “Connectivity Stage 1” sound artist David Birchfield explores works in the permanent collection by creating an audience-interactive mediated space. Through Sept. 29.
    •  “Sean Duffy: The Grove” A selection of albums by instrumental and vocal performers at each turntable allows participants to change albums and tracks. Through Sept. 29. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. Admission: Free. (480) 965-2787
  • ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Showcase of ceramics from ASU’s collection. “Renegade Clay: 5 Views From the West” Uncover the work of five artists from Western states who are defining a new generation of clay workers. Through Sept. 4. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. Admission: Free. (480) 965-2787.
  • ASU Phoenix Campus, Mercado Building C -  Island Dreams Artist K.J. Gordon uses his art to bring ecological awareness to the people. Through Aug. 31. ASU Phoenix Campus, Mercado Building C, 502 E. Monroe. (602) 496-1500
  • Fifth Annual Bon Appetit ArtWalk The evening features hors d'oeuvres and pastries from Scottsdale's best restaurants, Wine tastings and martini bars, and live music along the gallery route. 7 p.m. to 9 pm. Thursday, Oct.25.Main Street and Marshall Way. Scottsdale. Admission: Free. (480) 990-3939.

  • Art on the Move: Eighth Annual Gala  food and live entertainment,  silent auctions,  jazz singer Rachel Price, and  post-performance dessert and champagne reception with the artist. Proceeds will support arts education programs for youth at Mesa Arts Center. 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Admission: $200. (480) 644-6500.

  •  Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library  Permafrost: Recent Work by Matt Kruback This series of recent paintings and drawings are based on actual atmospheric events and locations witnessed by the local artist. Through July 30. Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. (602) 256-3521.

  • Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. (480) 941-1225 Picasso: 25 Years of Edition . Ceramics An exhibit of 65 ceramic works - plates, bowls, pitcher vases, and plaques, plus posters from previous Picasso ceramic exhibitions and photographs 0f Picasso at work at the Madour, workshop. Through Nov. 15.
  • Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive. (480) 816-5200 Fall 2007 Art Show Diverse , paintings chosen from 210 entries by 92 artists who are all part of the Arizona Watercolor Association. Through Nov. 15.
  • G2 Gallery, 4200 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. (480) 429-1129. Paintings by Joanne Kerrihard and Russ Havard A showcase new works from Tucson artist Kerrihard, and Texas landscape artist Havard. Through Oct. 27. G2 Gallery,
  • Heard Museum “Animals in Art Explore” exhibits and enjoy music and dance performances, children’s authors, hands-on activities and free snacks, as part of the Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission: $3-$10, kids are free with a paid adult. (602) 252-8848.
  • Scenes From "Cabaret!” Join the cast and crew of Mesa Encore Theatre at Riverview's Theater District for singing, dancing and mingling. Specially pizza from Red Brick Pizza's "Cabaret Menu· will be available. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Mesa Riverview, 1061 N. Dobson Road. Admission: Free.

  •  Monsters Ball There will be live entertainment, costumes, Planet Poe, dancers, DJs, dungeon, spiders and zombies, a monster buffet and a cash bar. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Alwun House Gallery & Gardens, 1204 E.Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Admission:$10-$13 (602)253-7887.

  •  TunderMountain Art Festival There will be book signings, local artists, food, jewelers, original art and prints; and a demonstration by featured artist CJ Rider 9 a.m. to 4pm;, Oct. 27, Gallery of the Superstitions, 2114 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. Admission: Free. (480) 671-1234.

  • Duley-Jones Gallery, Artist Reception: Sylvia Long The illustrator will be signing copies of her modern children’s classics. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Duley-Jones Gallery, 7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale. Admission: Free. (480) 945-8475.  

Galleries & Museums

  • American Fine Art Editions  3908 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. (480) 990-1200, Ext. 101.
  • Arizona Historical Society Museum 1300 N. College Ave" Tempe. "Notes From the Past:' Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Altars & Art Exhibit. "The exhibit incorporates individual, community and humanistic historical landmarks to celebrate Day of the Dead. Through Nov. 4. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday,  Admission: $4. (480) 929-0292.
  • Arizona Museum for Youth  35 N. Robson, Mesa. (480) 644-2467.  "Artville" is an ongoing exhibition designed as a small town for kids up to age 5, featuring an art gallery, performing arts center and art studio governed by the imaginary mayor of Artville, Art. "Toys": Featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs and other artwork that depict playthings and games from the artist's point of view. Through Nov. 25. "Outside the Book": Book artists take the conventional notion of the book a step further by combining Images with text in unexpected and unconventional ways, and offering alternatives to how a. story is told. Through Feb.3. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. MacDonald, Mesa.Features a dinosaur exhibit, a history courtyard and a native peoples gallery. "Crocodiles: Ancient Survivors": See how they bave changed over time. Ongoing. "Hohokam! Ancient Monuments of the Salt River Valley": The Salt River Valley was home to the Hohokam, who built. ancient temples and vast networks of enormous irrigation canals that lie beneath our homes and streets. Ongoing. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,  Admission: $4-$8. (480) 644-2230.
  • ASU Art Museum  Nelson Fine Arts Center, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe.  (480) 965-2787 "Everyday Miracles: Latin American Folk Art From the Cecere Collection" examines the interaction between the secular and the sacred in Latin America. Through Jan. 5. "Jarbas Lopes: Cicloviaerea": Using bicycles, sculpture, drawing, installation, video and performance, Lopes builds the work within the gallery and then takes it into the community. Through Dec. 30. "Moving Targets, Business as Usual/New Video From China/Cao Fei and Yang Fudong": To address the emergence of a new middle class in China, they portray workers who left small towns to pursue life in the big city and took with them the dreams to be dancers and singers, but ended up in factories. Through Dec. 9. "Moulthrop Generations; Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop":The Moulthrops are known for their concentration on the inherent beauty of local woods, elegant vessel forms, and innovations in surface treatment and turning technique. Through Jan. 26. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Nelson Fine Arts Cen1er, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. Admission: Free. (480) 965-2787. 
  • ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center  Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe. (480) 965-2787.
  • ASU Phoenix Campus, Mercado Building C -  502 E. Monroe. (602) 496-1500
  • ASU Museum of Anthropology, Cady and Tyler malls  (480) 965-6224.
  • ArtWalk  arts district along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. (480) 990-3939.
  • Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library   1221 N. Central Ave. (602) 256-3521.
    • Heritage Park: Free Victorian Crafts and Activities Get the facts on how ice was made in early Phoenix while using old and new ice shavers to make snow cones from a block of ice. Take a step back in time to enjoy a piece of history while making vintage crafts. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Heritage and Science Park, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. Admission: Free. (602) 262-5071.

    • Hernandez Contemporary Fine Art, 4200 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale.(480) 429-6262.Alchemy .. Algorithm Edward Lentsch's textural paintings create narrative where science and mysticism meet. Through Oct. 25.

    • Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale.(480) 941-0900.Geometry Features the freestanding and wall-dependent works of Florida artist Jane Manus. Through Nov. 30.

      "Gallos Blancos" below  is a new painting by Stephen Morath.  It is an acrylic on canvas measuring 30" x 34" at Leslie Levy Fine Art.


    • Leslie Levy Fine Art, The Spirit of the Southwest This two-man exhibition will feature Stephen Morath's colorful Southwestern paintings and Roberto Cardinale's wood Sculptures of Hispanic missions. Through Nov. 6. Leslie Levy Fine Art, 7137 Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 947-2925.  

    • Mesa Southwest Museum Features a dinosaur exhibit, a history courtyard and a native peoples gallery.
      • “Paradise Lost: Arizona South of the Ice” go back to the Ice Age. Ongoing.
      •  “Crocodiles: Ancient Survivors” see how they have changed over time. Ongoing.
      • “The Southwest in Art” pieces from the museum’s own collection will be displayed. Ongoing.
      •  “Your Healer Within” the human body show for the whole family. Ongoing. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 53 N. Macdonald. Admission: $4-$8. (480) 644-2230.
    • Mesa Contemporary Arts
      • “Parallel” is a new installation of alternative materials by Kenneth Richardson and Ted Troxel. Through July 29.
      • “Physical Presence” the figure in contemporary art. Through Aug. 8.
      • “Contemporaneous Corroboration” highlights the work of Phoenix couple Annie Lopez and Jeff Falk. Through Aug. 12.
      • “Latent Image” Arizona artists utilize photography as their means of expression. Through Aug. 12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Admission: $3.50. Free on Thursdays. (480) 644-6560.
    • Mesa Historical Museum “Searching for Mesa: Finding Ourselves in Our History” features more than 200 historic photographs and artifacts that led to Mesa’s rise to become the 40th-largest city in the U.S. Ongoing. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2345 N. Horne. Admission: $3-$5. (480) 835-7358.
    • Phoenix Art Museum

    • Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. (602) 262-4632.The Arizona Pastel Artists Association, is presenting a juried show of some Arizona's most talented pastel artists. Through Oct. 25.

    • Naked Horse Gallery  - New Paintings and Bronzes by Guilloume Ongoing. Naked Horse Gallery, 4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. (480) 947-0221.

    • Rima Fine Art  -  Valery Yershov Latest collection from the Russian surrealist. Ongoing. Rima Fine Art, 7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 994-8899.
    • Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 N. Marshall (480) 990·1422.The Best and Brightest Fine Art Show and Sale Featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture from professional as well as , undiscovered artists, the annual juried show is considered a not miss by collectors and enthusiasts. Through Nov. 16.
    • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
      • “Contemporary Scandinavian Art” four Scandinavian artists make work in response to Arizona’s physical environs and social landscape. Through Sept. 2.
      • “SouthwestNET: Drawing Outside the Lines” looks at the greatly expanded practice of drawing today. Through Sept. 16.
      •  “Modern(ist) Love: The Dorothy Lincoln-Smith and Harvey K. Smith Collection” Their mutual passion for abstract art is but one aspect of their shared exuberance for a life. Through Sept. 16.
      •  “Space is the Place” will feature installations, paintings, works on paper, and sound and video works made during the past ten years by an international group of contemporary artists. Through Sept. 2. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 7374 E. Second St. Admission: $7. Free on Thursday. (480) 994-2787.
    • Shemer Art Center  -
      •  Lisa Marie Sipe The artist paints with the ancient medium of encaustic, or pigment in wax, to push the boundaries of natural beauty in unexpected and provocative ways, while maintaining a sense of the organic. Through July 12.
      • Shemer Students’ Biennial An exhibition of students’ work. Through July 12. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. (602) 262-4727.
    • Step Gallery, 817-951 5. Mill Ave., Tempe. (480) 965-7044.Double X Invitational exhibition of small works by Women 8CIllploIlt from art departments all over the country and their graduating students. Through Oct. 26.
    • Summer Spectacular ArtWalk
      Weekly downtown Scottsdale art walk in the arts district along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Many downtown galleries remain open during this event. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission: Free. (480) 990-3939.
    • Tempe City Hall Gallery Landscapes The exhibition explores contemporary and traditional approaches to landscape images including printmaking, drawings and photography. Through Oct. 28. City Hall Gallery, 31 E. Fifth St., Tempe. (480) 967-2001.
    • Tempe Public Library, lower level, 3500 S.Rural Road. (480) 350-2867. Containment An exhibition exploring the themes and media surrounding artists' interpretations of "containment." Through Nov. 2.
    • Textures Gallery at artspace  - Soheil Farsani The beautifully crafted furniture is a combination of metal and wood, with whatever other material the artist cares to add to capture the essence of the piece. Opens July 5, through Aug. 6. Textures Gallery at artspace, 4235 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. (480) 947-4014.
    • Tilt Gallery  - Selected artists from around the world working in historical or alternative methods. Through July 20. Tilt Gallery, 919 W. Fillmore St., Phoenix. (602) 716-5667.
    • Vihel Center for the Arts - Going Places Artwork form places all over the world. Through July 12. Art On Main, 48 W. Main. St., Mesa. (480) 649-7400. Instructors Exit Studio An exhibition of original artwork by instructors from the Studio Artists Program. Through Aug. 30. Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 350-5287.
    • Wilde Meyer Gallery  
      • Red, Hot, and Cool Too A few of the artists being featured include: Charles Davison, Linda CarterHolman, and Thomas Nelford. Opens July 5, through July 26.
      • Splash into Colores Fran Larsen and Charles Davison’s vibrant works will be among those featured. Opens July 5, through July 26. Wilde Meyers Art Galleries, 7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 947-1489.
    • Willow Gallery - Celebrating the Figure Featuring paintings and sculptures representing the realistic, the romantic, and the whimsical. Opens July 5, through July 31. Willow Gallery, 7175-7177 East Main Street, Scottsdale. (480) 424-7300.
  • Duley-Jones Gallery, Artist Reception: Sylvia Long 7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale (480) 945-8475.  
  • Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.  (602) 252-8848.
  • Heard Museum North Scottsdale 32633 N. Scottsdale Road.  (480) 488-9812. "Choices and Change: American Indian Artis1s in the Southwest: The signature exhibit will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, baskets, kachina dolls and pottery. Ongoing. "Our Weaving: Textiles From the Four Corners": An exhibition featuring 12 Navajo weavings. Ongoing. "Interpretive Garden": A lush array of native plants, sculpture by American Indian artists and a water feature: as well as information to assist in education and interpretation. Ongoing. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,  Admission: $2-$5. (480) 488-9812.
  • Heritage Park 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. Admission: Free. (602) 262-5071.

  • Leslie Levy Fine Art,  7137 Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 947-2925.  

  • Mesa Southwest Museum  53 N. Macdonald.  (480) 644-2230.
  • Mesa Contemporary Arts Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. (480) 644-6560. "Mysterium Fidei and Daniel Martin Diaz" by the Tucson artist and musician creates mystical, surreal, time-worn paintings with influences of devotional folk art, ritual and irony converge with Catholic iconography. Through Dec. 2. "Papel Chicano: Works on Paper From the Collection of Cheech Marin" features nearly 40 works, many never before publicly displayed, by established artists using the bold and intense image rich in color that has long been a trademark of artwork created to express the Chicano experience. Through Jan. 6. "Beyond the "Cell" explores the influences of animation on contemporary art. Through Feb. 10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.$3.50. Free on Thursdays.
  • Mesa Historical Museum 2345 N. Horne.  (480) 835-7358. "Searching for Mesa: Finding Ourselves in Our History" features more than 200 historic photographs and artifacts that led to Mesa's rise to become the 40th-largest city in the U.S. Ongoing. "Thanks for Tuning in - The Wallace and Ladmo Show" explores the history and fun facts of the local TV show that captivated three generations of Arizonans. Through Aug. 31.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday,
  • Naked Horse Gallery 4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. (480) 947-0221.

  • Rima Fine Art  7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 994-8899
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  7374 E. Second St.  (480) 994-2787.  "Good Form: The Goldschmidt Collection of  Sculpture" focuses on two themes within the Goldschmidt's extensive collection: abstracted figures and geometric constructions. Through Jan. 27. "In Wonderland: Animation by Christine Rebet, Shahzia Sikander, and Hiraki Sawa" features new video animations by the artists using a digital video approach with a craftsman's sensibility, using delicate watercolors, miniature setups and drawings to shape narratives that are visually delightful and humanistic poignant. Through Jan. 20. "Seeing the Unseen: Photographs by Harold E. Edgerton" features a pioneer of advancing photographic techniques that revolutionized the way artists use film. His use of stroboscopy and ultra-high-speed photography proved to be the foundation for the development of electronic speed flash used in modern cameras. Through Dec. 30. 2008."Right to Print: Segura Publishing Company" This exhibition celebrates the rich achievements of Segura Publishing. Through Dec. 30, 2008. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to . 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Admission: $7. Free on Thursday
  • Shemer Art Center 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. (602) 262-4727.
  • Tempe City Hall Gallery  City Hall Gallery, 31 E. Fifth St., Tempe. (480) 967-2001.
  • Textures Gallery  4235 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. (480) 947-4014.
  • Tilt Gallery   Tilt Gallery, 919 W. Fillmore St., Phoenix. (602) 716-5667.
  • Vihel Center for the Arts 48 W. Main. St., Mesa. (480) 649-7400.
  • Vihel Center for the Arts 3340 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 350-5287.
  • Wilde Meyer Gallery  7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale. (480) 947-1489.
  • Willow Gallery  7175-7177 East Main Street, Scottsdale. (480) 424-7300. 


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