Life has a way of breaking us into pieces; pieces we must pick up and reassemble into a peaceful, joyful existence. Although painful, this journey is never unrewarded. In my efforts to do just that, I have come to painting and mixed media to express myself.
The pleasure I am now finding in life and art is evident in my work. If one of my paintings gives you joy or laughter then I have done what I have set out to do as an artist.
B.S Art Education, Bowling Green State University
M.A Eastern Michigan University
Hotel setai, NYC
Hotel Del Coronado
Leelanau Vintners, MI
Eastern Michigan University
Wm. Beaumont Hospital, MI
Numerous privae collections
Art One Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
Bella Galleria, MI
Blue Heron Gallery, MI
This year I will be featuring newly designed metal artworks as well as an exciting series of colorful acrylic paintings. Recently I have completed several private commissions that were specifically designed to create a unique vision for home and office. If you would like to talk about my artwork or have ideas for a custom design piece, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.
I look forward to meeting you during the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale. In addition, my works are featured at the Tempe Center for the Arts Art Shop and The Store at the Mesa Arts Center.
I have lived in Arizona for 20 years and before that Washington State. I began a fine art degree at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA in 1986 and graduated in 1994. The love affair with ink, paper and press began, when the first impression was pulled. Since graduation I have a continuing facination with the Monoprint and try to push the limits of the materials. My recent work is patterns on top of patterns using carved blocks.
By necessity, I learned to sew my own cloths, refinish and upholster furniture. Those sparked an interest in pottery, Italic writing, knitting and basket weaving. I then I started wood carving with my father. I enjoyed them all but discovered painting. After 30 plus years as a surgical nurse in Portland, Oregon, I found a new activity and a new home in Arizona.
I have taken classes in pencil drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and oils but oils are my main interest.
Born in 1973 in Tucson, Arizona, Vanessa Cabrales spent her childhood surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Sonoran desert and sandy beaches of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora Mexico with her family. In 1988, she moved back to the United states where she majored in Graphic Design at the Art Center of Tucson and later minored in Animation at The Art Institute of Phoenix, graduating with Honors and Awards for best portfolio in both degrees.
Vanessa?s experiences, travel, nature, culture and introspective evolution have inspired her to develop her craft that reveals an emotional connection that has a profound impact on viewers. The precision in every detail, manipulation of graphical perspective and light makes Cabrales a realist artist that is able to put her emotion and the essence of the object or landscape into every brush stroke.
Cabrales specializes in creating unique photorealistic paintings with oils, graphite and acrylics by utilizing her self-taught technique. She has produced several floral, animal and human portrait commissions and is currently working on a series of images consisting of desert flowers taken from her own backyard. Vanessa lives with her husband and two sons in Cave Creek, Arizona.
I?m a self-taught artist and who found my passion for art after retirement. In 2008, my husband and I moved to Arizona where I took my first art class in watercolors with a wonderful instructor. She told me I had talent and I quickly discovered a new passion ? art!
I love color and the wonderful textures of nature and try to incorporate them into my art.
My goal is to portray the beauty and wonder of nature ? both human and in the world around us - with bright colors and bold moves. I strive to convey feelings of hope and happiness through my work. http://www.pattihoffertfineartonline.com
Lisa Davids? artwork embodies the ebb and flow of life. She taps into the layers of emotions from her past and present experiences as a means of remembering and digesting them through visual representations.
Davids? fascination with storytelling through art began with photography around the age of twenty. She was intrigued by the stories behind abandoned places and vintage objects that otherwise would be forgotten and was inspired to pay them tribute. After focusing on photography for several years, Davids felt the need to tell untold stories with her hands and soon began processing her life and emotions through the diverse nature of encaustics and mixed media along with her own images.
Her educational journey began with a formal education of photography through courses at local universities such as McHenry County College and Columbia College in Chicago. However, Davids? talent was mostly developed through personal trial and error in her creative self-expression and was further enforced with a number of hands-on and online courses. A formal, hands-on mixed media course by encaustic artist Carol Hamilton at the Starline Gallery and an online encaustic course by seasoned artist Alicia Tormey both served as leading forces on her artistic path.
Davids has received countless awards for her work, including several ?People?s Choice? awards and ?Honorable Mentions? at the Starline Gallery in Harvard, Illinois. She has participated in numerous events at the Starline?s 4th Fridays where she earned the ?Best of Show? in May of 2017. In addition, she has been invited to display her artwork in Illinois at the Morpho Gallery in Chicago, the Ethereal Confections in Woodstock, Out of the Box in Crystal Lake, and art shows at the Dole Mansion and Women?s Works at the Woodstock Courthouse.
As she moves along her journey of artistic expression through mixed media, Davids continues to build upon her foundation of photography and encaustics as a means of paying homage to moments of the past and present that might otherwise be forgotten. At the same time, she celebrates transformation and the ebb and flow of life that allow her to maintain an ever-present openness to change both in her own daily life and in her artistic process.
Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sioux Falls College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her art education is varied including formal courses, workshops, and private study with artists. She has exhibited in juried and group exhibitions in the Denver, CO area. Recently she has relocated to Scottsdale, AZ.
DR. Aime Avniel is a retired Executive/Scientist, born in Paris, France presently residing in Scottsdale, AZ. Aime is using his technical background to indulge in non-traditional woodturning and replicating Greco-Roman antics in the "Open segment turning techniques". As a late addition Aime also is engraving eggs' shells and ornaments in the Faberge style.
My main focus has been historic pyrography on thin leather. Historic maps, scenes, and historic figures. For over 40 years my career has been maintaining and restoration of historic buildings. Utilizing historic methods and materials to restore intricate wood and plaster trim and wood work interiors and exterior facades.
Leslie Austin's Biography
I was born and grew up in New Jersey and began my painting career parallel to my teaching. As a Teacher of the Deaf both in the Early Childhood Programs at the New Jersey School for the Deaf and The Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, I served the Deaf Community for forty- four years.
The love of the Jersey Shore yielded many beach and ocean paintings displayed in local shows and galleries. Stone buildings, bridges, and water were the focus of many photography trips. We moved to Arizona in 1996 and the desert and mountains became the new focus of my art.
After transition to full time artist, I began to hone my skills in watercolors, oils, drawing, pastels, pencils, as well as pen and ink. A mixture of textures, abstract, and realism styles makes the artwork unique.
I am an active member of the Scottsdale Artist League. I volunteer in the Veteran?s art classes held at the Arizona Art Alliance. In October of 2013, I became juried into the Arizona Art Alliance and began selling my paintings through the AAA Gallery. I have since been in a variety of shows including the Desert Botanical Gardens, Scottsdale Artist School, Visions Gallery, Herberger, Heaven Gallery, and Easy Street Gallery. My painting, ?Into the McDowells?, was chosen by the Shemer Art Center to promote their show, ?Arizona: From the Outside ?in September of 2017. ?Glowing Egret? advertised the Holland Gallery Show in October of 2017. I also participate in a unique group of seven ?Epic? artists who lend each other support, information and guidance. I have benefited greatly from my mentors, David Flitner and Eddie Lopez.
My ultimate goal is to share my paintings which reveal how I love and enjoy the simple treasures around me.
Linda's early college education focused on the fine arts, but practicality took her another direction. After 12 years working as a Technical Illustrator and Graphic Designer, a bizarre twist of fate found her in the telecom industry. Eventually, her Associates Degree in Art evolved into a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As recently as early 2017, she was managing a large-scale project for a major wireless carrier in Arizona.
However, a nagging inner voice held fast as a constant reminder that her ability to draw and paint was central to her very existence - no matter how long denied. Now, Linda is again listening to that voice.
During my career as a General Practitioner in Hollabrunn,Austria,painting kept me in balance.Since being retired,I reside half of the year in Austria and the other half in Scottsdale.
My paintings are continuously inspired by the extraordinary Arizona landscapes.
Amy Rojo is an artist that portrays realistic imagery in her paintings. Most of her work is created in her studio from numerous photos and notes collected from places she has lived, people she?s met, family and friends, pets, or places she has visited. Working primarily in pastel she also dabbles in watercolor, acrylic, marker, pen, and pencil. Her most recent endeavor is in making leather flowers. Her artwork has been exhibited in Tucson and Phoenix as well as published online for The Artist?s Magazine, and has won numerous awards for her artwork.
Amy attended the Art Center in Tucson, AZ where she quickly found out she was a fine artist, not a graphic artist. Her skills in fine art have been predominantly God-given and self-taught. She began professionally as a pastel artist working on portraits and her favorites portraits are what she calls ?a moment in time?, usually captured from a candid photo. Her goal in her portraits is to capture the spirit of her subject, while creating a convincing likeness. Whether working on landscapes, portraits, or things in nature, it is the beauty of God?s creation that she wishes to express and that inspires. Fascinated with the effects of light on the subject, colors, textures, rhythms, and patterns of the shapes they create she uses soft pastels to create harmony. She has been commissioned primarily for portraits, landscapes, pets, wildlife, and rodeo paintings.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio Amy moved her family to Tucson, Arizona in 1995. Another move in 2011 brought her to Cave Creek, Arizona where she creates her artwork in her home studio. Her husband is an architect and they have eight children and two grandchildren.
Born in Los Angeles, Awenita was raised in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. After receiving her BFA from the University of Southern California, she moved to San Francisco and the surrounding area for fifteen years. Along with her husband and two sons, Awenita moved to Phoenix in 2017.
Her love of painting was reborn when she began gardening and discovered the flora and fauna native to the Southwestern region. Her paintings of local scenery and plants, begin as a charcoal contour sketch on canvas. ?I feel that nature has designed my paintings, creating the design on canvas is all that is left.? Through close observation, Awenita?s compositions, through simple lines and shapes arrive to become highly detailed paintings.
Awenita finds it calming to paint from nature and sees the act of painting as a form of meditation. Her creativity is her way of always observing and studying the native plants and surroundings of Arizona. ?Being outside is great for your soul and I?d like to think that my paintings bring the beauty of the outdoors inside.?
As far back as she can remember, Sue has always loved to dabble with crayons and paints. Her father, a reasonably adept amateur, always encouraged her. Both were quite proud when, at the age of 5, she won first prize for ?Butterflies? at her father?s advertising firm?s annual art show. She took lessons at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued to dabble until she reached high school and college. Then other interests took over.
After her children were grown, Sue got a second degree in horticulture and opened a landscape design business. Once again the artistic itch began to surface. She found an adult art class that truly brought inspiration and both the right and left side of her brain began to work together.
A new phase of life began in 2001 when she and her husband moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and she discovered the Scottsdale Artists? School. It was there that she found the opportunity to hone her skills under the tutelage of many nationally know instructors. She claims that her mentors taught her how see. ?They taught me how to see that some days the light is lemon yellow outside, or the highlight on a vase is not white, or the rosiness in an ear or fingertip. They taught me how to see beauty in everyday things. I thank them for opening up an endless journey of discovery.?
Landscape Oil Painter
David Flitner obtained a degree at the University of Arizona and continued his formal training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Still drawn to the beauty of the Southwest, he returned to Arizona to make his home and continue his studies in art and of nature's landscapes. He was a founding member of the Central Arizona Backpackers Association and backpacked in Arizona for over 15 years, deepening his appreciation and knowledge of the Arizona outback. He?s been a full-time professional artist for more than thirty years.
David is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Arizona Plein Air Painters. He has shown in one-man and multi-artist shows and his artwork has been represented in fine galleries in Scottsdale, Sedona, Tubac, Wickenburg, Aspen, Santa Fe, Jackson Hole, Monterey and Tucson. David's work has been displayed in Phoenix city government and corporate buildings nationally and can be found in private estate collections, including that of Burt Reynolds. His work has been featured in Arizona Highways, Scottsdale Magazine, Tubac Visitor?s Guide, and SkyWest Magazine.
David is a local instructor of landscape painting classes at the Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, Arizona. David considers himself on a lifelong journey in art and readily shares his information to help others along their own art paths. He thoroughly enjoys learning about art, teaching art, and talking about art!
You can contact David through his website, www.davidflitner.com
36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive (PMB #103) Carefree, AZ 85377
I have always been interested in and involved with art. In high school, I majored in art. I then earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Art degree from Adelphi University. While in college, I worked as an advertising artist for the penny saver newspaper and yellow pages directory and in an art gallery doing matting and framing. Later I worked as a Technical Illustrator in New York and, after arriving in Arizona in 1982, I taught Oil & Acrylic Painting in evening classes for Phoenix College and Black & White Photography for Paradise Valley Community Education. I have more recently been concentrating on acrylic and oil painting as well as pencil and charcoal drawing and airbrush work.
Lin Boucher is a pastel, scratchboard and graphite artist living in the Phoenix, AZ area. She was born and raised in California and Colorado.
Her drawing ability came naturally and she
specializes in animals large and small yet her varied subjects taken from her own photographs are drawn and painted in a realistic style. She strives to capture the essence of her subjects.
Lin is a signature member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association and the Vanguard Artists. She accepts portrait commissions.
As long as I can remember I have longed to portray the beauty that I see into a form that could be seen by others? into a form that would last forever. My life has always been a canvas whose scene is never complete. I've had a desire to draw, paint and study art since I was a child.
In the early 60's I began various art studies including drawing, oils, acrylic and pastels. While living in California and surfing with my husband I saw and felt the beauty, the absolute mystery of the ocean; I had to share it with others.
We made a move to Alaska in ?69 ?what a difference! I was in awe of the majestic mountains, the chill and isolation of winter, the serenity and peacefulness of the great outdoors; I had to capture that beauty and share it with others. I spent years studying not only oil, acrylic and water color but commercial art and design, color theory, pastels, print making, advertising art, interior design and textiles. Still my canvas was not complete. I had the privilege to study under many renowned artists such as George Rodgers and several specializing in European art mediums. I would travel for months at a time learning from those who inspired me, such as internationally renowned Ilona Rittler of the School of Fine Arts in WA. I began my own business, Alaska Design Studio, in order to share my art with others.
In 1990 our next adventure began with a move to Washington State. I opened an antique store, Front Street Antiques and was able to expand my resume to include not only faux painting but furniture, lamp, art and jewelry restoration. I began to work with glass fusing, metals and beading while specializing in wall art, jewelry, and other mixed mediums. I continue to explore various mixtures and combinations of metals and glass and have been able to develop many exciting new design concepts.
Again, beauty? not the ocean or the mountains but the desert captured my heart as we relocated to Arizona a little over four years ago. With Arizona?s vivid sunsets, mountains, rock formations and vastly changing desert I have found another extraordinary pallet to explore and share.
I have visited many art galleries and venues since arriving in Cave Creek and am impressed with the Sonoran Art League?s diversity and talent. There seems to be such life and excitement within this group of artists as they share their love for art and their vast array of mediums with others.
With a heart full of excitement I look forward to sharing the beauty that I see here in Arizona with others, in a form that will last forever.
Judith Rhue has expressed creativity in various forms throughout her life and likes exploring, whether through art or travel. She was born in Alabama, spent most of her life in Northeast Pennsylvania and, currently, resides in North Scottsdale, Arizona. As a self-taught artist, Judith paints regularly, offering a diverse and ever-changing artistic expression.
While growing up in the Midwest, I took an art class in middle school and was encouraged to enter the state fair and won first place! Then, life happened and led me into a professional world of telecommunications in Miami Florida. The hustle and bustle of much traveling unfortunately resulted in several motor vehicle accidents. During the rehabilitation process I was inspired to pursue a career in the healing arts. I wanted to live a more wholesome life learning how to balance mind, body and spirit. The discovery of energy healing and bodywork had a profound impact on how I began to see the world. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998 and obtained a business degree with a rewarding practice in Mesa, Arizona. I also held a teaching position with a national education franchise in Scottsdale, AZ. After a back injury, I left my teaching position which allowed me to pursue my passion of the fine arts. I am a lover of nature, especially flowers, trees and animals and my family and friends refer to me as ?The Fairy?. I am now following my passion of painting and photography sharing the beauty of nature through my lens. I am currently doing commission work. My photos can be viewed at www.Instagram/LauribKoo
Puja lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. After several years spent in New York to study art, she returned to live in New Delhi, where she is originally from. Given their cultural and geographical diversity, the time she has lived in each place has had significant relevance to to her art.
After her graduate studies at Columbia University, Puja studied at the Art Students League in New York. She spent her initial years as an artist using poster art to create a series of collages in mixed, and new media. Once in New Delhi, she continued her practice in oil and watercolour painting. She has been a part of several solo and group shows in the last decade.
I grew up with a very creative mom in a small rural Midwestern town. At a young age she taught me how to sew and knit. I dabbled with those skills while raising two children and working full time. When I became a grandma I decided I wanted to learn how to quilt so I could make quilts for family members. I have been quilting for over 22 years. About 8 years ago, when I realized neither myself or family members needed anymore quilts, I turned to Art Quilts. Over those years I have learned numerous techniques and really enjoy creating new pieces. I want my artwork to bring as much joy to its new owners as it gives me while creating it. To me, my art brings me peace and happiness.
About the Artist
Dominique Flamm was born in France, in the Loire Valley, an area well-known for its castles, soft light and wines.
She studied art history and archaeology at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and became a Lecturer for the National Museums of France, helping numerous children and adults discover art.
Dominique has been living in the USA since 1983. She became involved in her children?s schools, running ?mini-museum? programs, before becoming a Foreign Language Art teacher.
Recently retired, she now has the joy and time to pursue her true love, art, though she has been drawing? forever.
I have been creating unique, one-of-a-kind designs for over 20 years. My work has been shown at numerous shows and galleries throughout the country. In addition, I have created personalized pieces for in-home installations, and donated items to various charitable organizations. My technique utilizes a variety of quality materials, including marble, gemstones, and speciality glass, to ensure each piece perfectly enhances the beauty of the space in which it is used. Working through my private studio, I currently specialize in wall pieces (religious crosses), mosaic-framed Mirrors and Lazy Susans, all of which are inspired by nature or customized to meet any need or idea. To inquire about personalized items please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love to create whether it be painting in acrylics or oil. I also love sculpturing and seeing what I create when I get my hands in the clay.
I am the Co-Chair of the Anthem Fine Art Group and a member of the Sonoran Art League.
I have commissioned works in privates homes in Northern California including a couple in San Francisco.
Other commissioned pieces are in homes in Chicago, Indiana, Texas & Arizona.
I was commissioned to paint a picture for Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and one for Parnelli Jones another top Indy car Champ to hang in his office.
I've also branched out into creating mosaics as "wall art" & have been commissioned to creative unique wall hangings in mosaic of cut glass, fused glass, seed beads and jewelry.
The best is yet to come
Member of the Anthem Fine Art Club
I'm a self taught artist with commissioned pieces in private homes of the Open Wheel Racing community. I have a piece in the Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix, AZ. and one well known T.V. racing commentator of the Indy Car Racing Series is a proud owner of one of my pieces. My artwork has been a private pastime until I decided recently to share my work with the racing community and anyone who enjoys the history of Open Wheel racing through my art.
JoAnn is a self taught oil painter living in Arizona. She primarily paints landscapes to convey the beauty of nature in all its seasons. Originally from Minnesota, many of her paintings have a midwest influence in theme. After raising her family and working in a corporate environment she is now a full time artist.
JoAnn has recently started also using the palette knife to bring a looser style and freshness to her work. A limited palette of colors assures that her paintings have a unity in their color harmony. She is influenced by the work of the American and Russian Impressionists and of many current plein aire artists. After completing two small plein aire paintings she is excited to continue with the challenge and excitement of plein aire painting.
Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society
Landscapes, street and coastal scones are the dominate subjects of my Maine paintings while dessert landscapes, buildings and street scenes account for much of my southwest art. I have, in the past, focused on transportation subjects like automobiles and airplanes as well as still life and some sports related art. My award winning art is included in private collections in the United States and world wide.
My wife and I made our home in Arizona from 1991 to 2003 when we moved, for a variety of reasons, to Maine. After more than a decade in New England we made the decision to return to Arizona. In 2016 bought a house in Surprise and look forward to rejoining the art community here as well as becoming reacquainted with the beauty of the Southwest.
Besides being a Juried Member of the Sonoran Arts League, I am currently a member of Arizona Plein Air Painters (APAP), West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) and a Juried Member of the Arizona Art Alliance (AAA).
I am a journalist and photographer for the Sonoran News and my work has appeared in publications from New England to the Southwest. I have won multiple awards for my photography including 'Best in Show' in 2017 Maricopa County Fair.
Shelly is a jewelry artist, specializing in beaded kumihimo and other forms of bead-woven jewelry.
She was born and raised in New York City, holds a BA in English Literature from City College of New York, and attended graduate school at NYU. A career opportunity took her to Los Angeles, where she lived for twenty years before relocating to Scottsdale in 1994.
Shelly has always had a passion for unique jewelry design. In 2014, when she retired from a thirty year career in corporate Human Resources, she redirected that passion from collecting to creating. Through classroom and independent study, she gained exposure to various jewelry-making techniques. Shelly became fascinated with bead weaving, as well as the art of beaded kumihimo, a contemporary adaptation of the ancient Japanese art of braiding with fibers. Shelly now specializes in bead woven and beaded kumihimo jewelry, incorporating gemstones, crystals, glass, and metal into her work.
With hand and heart I set out To find what I was all about. Poetry, stitchery, pottery making, Jewelry yet another undertaking. Topping them all was oil painting. My latest pursuit as you can see Is this foray into photography. The meaning of beauty I have sought and found by essentially being self-taught.
I began my studies in Paris, France at Parsons University completing my Masters of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Founding member of the Artist Gallery in Racine, Wisconsin. Paintings displayed in various juried exhibits and galleries. Sales to notable collectors such as S.C. Johnson and CNH in Racine, WI. Extensive travels in the USA, Europe and Australia are inspiration for a wide range of natural settings and perspectives. Paintings are filled with a cheerful feeling that captivates and pleases my audiences. The use of color and movement draw the eye across the canvas and explode with a vitality that encourages the imagination of the spectator to see themselves as a participant in the painting. Color is the most important element of my life. I use this passion to convey all the wonderful senses of nature and life.
Nancy Palmisano paints in oils and transparent watercolors. Nature is her inspiration with florals as her focus.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, the family moved to Mesa, AZ in 1998. It wasn't long before she discovered the outdoor art shows. Soon after Nancy began working as an artist assistant for studio shows. Then she also got a job at the AZ Fine Art Expo white tents which host over 120 artist studios. Surrounding herself with art and artists fed her creativity with contentment. But it wasn't until she took a couple painting classes that she realized her true passion was to be an artist. Prompted by the encouragement of her artist friends and family to go forward, Nancy joined the Sonoran Art League.
As a child, my teacher happened top be my grandpa. The war was ending, my dad was engaged in that war and my mom was working for the war effort. Grandpa let me discover lots of ?things?, he encouraged me to explore everything natural. We painted, made objects and smaller items like wooden knives, a bow and some arrows. I decorated a shield and a spear. It seemed that he liked everything that I made and decorated for him. He didn?t put limits on what I was exploring.
When in grade school, I remember a Japanese exchange artist that worked with our class. He encouraged me to explore color and shapes. During junior high again, we had another Japanese exchange art teacher. We worked with shapes in clay and firing glazes. That was a good experience also. He focused on bold colors, which of course were my favorites. I did show him some of the paints made with my grandpa. While in high school I took classes in architectural drawing and perspective. In the shop and industrial education department I learned wood and metal working. I did excel and it was a plus added into my artist drawer.
Attending the University of Washington did give me chances to enroll in mostly art appreciation survey classes, so I did explore several areas from graphic design, more architectural design, music and designing puppets and puppetry. I graduated with a BS in Biology in Pre Med, BA in Education, a good basis in the arts and a pair of Armor 2nd Lieutenant bars. Then I was sent to Southeast Asia with its jungles, peoples and war. After all of that experience, I started teaching. Retired after about 30 years and then created a design-build custom home building company. I developed more physical and life experiences.
All this has given me a rich basis for my abstract art. I use bold colors with varied shapes and architectural features. My native culture is represented in many aspects and is often featured in my paintings. It is my hope that the observer is taken into this art and travels through it with some appreciation of what I have to offer.
Throughout her life as an artist in Africa, Europe, and the United States, Cheryl Berech has been impressed by the ability of people to persist in the face of tremendous adversity, and the commonality of their hopes and fears. Her realistic, contemplative paintings depict figures in a symbolic relationship to their environment that invites speculation about the nature of that relationship and the internal and external conflicts that it might imply. Social issues and their impact on individuals play a key role in her art. Cheryl paints in oil, weaving a subtle tapestry of color played against strong contrasts of light and shadow. Originally from Phoenix, she studied art at Arizona State University and received her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her painting "Freedom from Fear: Reprise" was recently juried into the ACLU of Arizona's 60th anniversary exhibition and was featured in their 2019 calendar. Her work is in private and public collections around the world.
PAT PAXSON CV April, 2014
2014 Glendale Arts Council, AZ, juried Statewide Fine Arts Competition
AAG Statewide Juried Show, Scottsdale, AZ
Continuation Solo Show, Phoenix, AZ until mid-Jan.
Post Road Art Center, AZ, juried show Seasons.
Fountain Street Fine Art- MA: members show Nov.
AAA juried show AZ
2013 Juried into the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery (MA) as an Associate member
Juried group show at the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in the autumn.
Solo show Nov/Dec in Phoenix, AZ.
Juried into NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) in New York, NY
Group show at NAWA, Oct/Nov, New York, NY
Juried group show at the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in the spring.
2012 Art Into Spring', juried show at the Arizona Art Alliance.
Celebration of Artists', juried show at West Valley Art Museum in Peoria, AZ.
WestBoro Gallery, group show 2012.
Group show, juried, at Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ from July to December
Solo show, Tatnuck Bookstore Event Room, under aegis of Westboro Gallery, MA 7/16 -8/12.
2011 Beatitudes campus Landscape' show, Phoenix AZ, April though June, juried AAG.
Arizona Artists Guild - spring show.
2010 3 person show, Navio Gallery, New Bedford, MA in September
2 person show at List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA in June
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ. juried show
2009 Artworks Gallery, New Bedford, MA, juried show
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ. juried show
2008 McNeill Gallery, London
Artworks Gallery, New Bedford, MA, juried show
Fountain Gallery, East Molesey, SY, England (2 person show)
2007 Solo show at the Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Guildford.
Solo show at the Tavistock Centre, London.
Lacy Road Gallery, London.
2006 S.T.C.F.', Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse, Walton on Thames.
2-person show) Dancing Lines', The Fountain Gallery, East Molesey, SY.
2005 'C.H.A.S.E.', Royal College of Art Gallery, London.
Lacy Road Gallery, Putney, London.
2000 'Perspective 2000', Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
River Gallery, Art Institute of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI., USA.
Earlier information on request.
Juried member of NAWA (National Association of Women Artists); Juried member of Arizona Artists Guild; Juried member of Arizona Artists Alliance; member of Concord Art Association MA; 'Represented' by Xanadu Gallery (see website), Scottsdale, AZ; Juried Associate Member of Fountain St. Art Gallery, MA; member of ArtsWorcester Group MA; member of Tempe Artists Guild, AZ; member of Sonoran Arts League, AZ (see website) .
Born and raised in U.S.A.
After college, lived in London, England from 1970's until April 2008.
Now living in U.S., half the year in MA and half in AZ, with working studios in both places.
Education: B.A., Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.
1998 - M.A., Drawing in Fine Art Practice, Wimbledon School of Art, London, England.
2004 - PhD., Visual Arts (Practice and Theory), Goldsmiths College, University of London, England.
1998 - Joint first prize, Barclaycard/Nene Drawing Competition.
2000 - 2003 yearly A.H.R.B. Fellowship awards, for tuition at Goldsmiths College, for 3 yrs.
Public Collections: Univ. Of Surrey, UK; Private collections in Canada, France, England and U.S.
Book: A big triptych painting is included in a series in the U.K. called Public Catalogue Foundation', the Surrey volume.
My books---I have published 2 books: a book of my poetry and paintings titled: Bars and Windows, diary of a poet/painter' (2009) , and a more scholarly book which explores the idea of intuition, from an artist's point of view, titled "Art and Intuition' (2nd edition January 2013) 3rd edition looking for a publisher.
CONTACT: Telephone: 774-239-7901;
Second web site: www.patpaxson.artspan.com ( shopping cart facility).
See also: Xanadu Gallery website, go to Artists, type in Paxson.
Arizona native Anna Ryan grew up with the stories of her great grandmother who immigated to Gallup, New Mexico when New Mexico was still Old Mexico. These stories, along with her own experiences as a life-long denizen of the Southwest, infuse her folk art paintings of saints and desert life?actual and fantastical?with a peculiar Sonoran flair. Her interest in art as story-telling took hold at New Mexico?s College of Santa Fe, as an art therapy student. Eager to share her own stories, she returned to Arizona, raided her scultptor father?s shop for scraps of Arizona pine board, and began painting, using a limited, vivid palate of eight colors plus black and white. This will be her second year exhibiting at the Sonoran Art League?s signature Hidden in the Hills tour. When she isn?t painting, Anna can be found in her garden in Mesa or telling tall tales to her three children.
Painting became a passion when I retired a few years with a focus on using oils on canvas. My goal is to recreate the solace and splendor of wild places. The favorite subject has always been the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. As a long-time resident of Colorado, I have countless alpine inspirations all around me. My winters are now spent in the Scottsdale, AZ, area, where I am inspired by the magnificence of the desert and surrounding mountains. My work focuses on capturing the beauty of Mother Nature and all of her many scenes, colors, and moods.
My artwork is currently shown in two Colorado galleries and has been showcased in local art shows. I serve on the Board of Directors of one of those galleries.
Y A N K E L L
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, 2013 - 2019
Joseph Morris Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 2003 - 2019
The Hamilton Gallery Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2012- 2015
Abraham Moyal Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel, 2011
Zen Dog Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY, 2010 - 2012
Galeria de Casa San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009
Chagall Inc. Edmonton, Alberta, 2008
Louis Aronow Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2007
Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston TX, 2007
Scuola Internationale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, 2006
Art & Soul, Indianapolis, ID, 2005, 2006
Marcus Ashley Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA, 2005
Borsini ? Burr Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA, 2003-2006
Martha Clara Gallery, Riverhead, NY, 2004
Synchronicity Space, New York, NY, 2003, 2004
D?Adamo/ Woltz Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2001- 2003
Wyndy Morehead, New Orleans, LA, 2001- 2003
Bennett Gallery. Nashville, TN, 2001
Kulturring Hullhorst e.V. Gallery, Hullhorst, Germany, 2000
Galeria Madilian, Mallorca, Spain, 1999
La Jolla Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 1996 -1998
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, 1996
Gallery of Contemporary Fine Arts, New York, NY, 1990 -1995
Columbus Gallery, New York, NY, 1989 -1994
Selected Group Exhibitions
Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2018 - 2109
Art Market Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY, 2017
Royal Street Fine Art, Aspen, CO, 2014
Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ, 2013
Neela Castana Gallery, Estero, Fl, 2007-2012
Galleria di Sorrento, Las Vegas, NV, 2007 -2009
Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO, 2004 -2006
Hanson Gallery, Carmel, CA, 2004
Global Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2003
Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, 2001
David Findlay Jr., New York, NY, 1998 - 2001
William Vincent Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 1998
James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA, 1996
Selected Corporate Collections
Disma Pharm, GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
duPont Corporation, Wilmington, DE
Grecca International Corporation, Tokyo
IBM Corporation, New York, NY
Madaus, GmbH, Cologne, Germany
Weintraub Capital Management, San Francisco, CA
Adjunct Professor of Art History, Neumann University, Aston, PA, 1989-1997
Adjunct Professor of Painting, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1993, 1994
Adjunct Professor of Painting, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, 1989 -1995
Selected Music and Entertainment Industry Collections
Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Ravi Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jesse Cook
The Gypsy Kings, India Arie, Jeff Watts, Robert Porco, Soledad Barrio, M. Night Shyamalan
University of Pennsylvania BFA, MFA 1985,1988
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Certificate 1985
Frudakis Sculpture Academy 1983 -1988
Temple University / Rome 1981
Vicki Jessing is a classically trained artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Arizona University. She has used many art mediums throughout her career, but for the past two years has been focused on creating cute little needle felted mice for Villafane Studios. Villafane Studios is responsible for Carefree's annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Festival.
As the responsibilities of Motherhood began to phase down Margot realized she needed to reinvent herself.
Entering Columbus College of Art and Design at the age of 45 was a total blast. Watching how the kids dealt with her presence, and how she dealt with body piercing and tattoos of every kind was an education in itself. Every day was an adventure. She jumped out of bed in the morning, arriving at school as the sun rose, to experience everything from: welding with acetylene torches, donning an asbestos suit in preparation to pour huge vats of molten bronze, silver smithing and sculpting stone, to studio drawing of nudes.
When painting her focus is so intense that She feel like she has entered a space void of time. It challenges her with every stroke of her brush and she never see an end to her learning. Nothing makes Margot happier than Plein Aire Painting. In those moments she is lost in a communion with nature.
Began serious work 12 years ago while living in Mexico. Member of Mazatlan Art Walk and art society. Participated in numerous shows in Mexico and selected for 10th anniversary Art Walk expo. Showings with Sonora Arts League and Herberger Theater Arizona artists gallery. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolors
I discovered pastel painting at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, Florida, under the auspices of Brooke Alison, a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America.
After relocating to Arizona, I participated in classes offered through the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, taught by April Howland, a local wildlife artist and member of the Sonoran Arts League. Her knowledge and enthusiasm inspired me.
I was born June, 1946, and have lived all my life in Arizona. I worked for a few years on a ranch in New Mexico but have done most of my cowboying in Arizona.
I still love to work with cattle and horses. I have horses and cattle on a small ranch in the Tonto Basin area in Arizona. I have always loved to draw. I tried to paint but found I was slightly colored blind and so that didn?t work out well. From the time I was a young boy I whittled and loved to work in the three dimensional. Once I started working with clay I knew I was hooked. I am mostly self-taught. I was able to take a couple of workshops from two great sculptors with Cowboy Artists of America, John Coleman and Mehl Lawson. My wife, Frankie, and I enjoy meeting people as we travel with my work.
I have been lucky to receive several awards. I have received a sculpture award for the last three years from the Phippen Museum, a gold award for my piece ?Switchback? from Western Artist of America, the Joe Beeler award from Cowboy Artists of America. I was honored in 2013 to receive the Phippen Foundation Award and my piece ?Mustang? is now in their permanent collection. My work is in several galleries and viewed on my website.
Museum Educator (semi-retired), textile & mixed media commissions, program and workshop design for students, adults & multigenerational groups; arts grant-writer
BA Towson State University, Studio Art
MA George Washington University, Museum Education
Museum Educator: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Delaware Art Museum, GWU Textile Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Antique Auto Museum, MS Hershey Foundation, Delaware Natural History Museum, Old Swedes Foundation Historic Site & 1698 Church, The Finestra Foundation
Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Lindsey Krause is a practicing artist and teacher that lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Although she works predominantly in oils, she has worked in a variety of mediums including glass, sculpture, mixed media (inks & a variety of pastels), drawing, acrylics, photography, and digital works. She holds an associate?s degree in Visual Art and a Bachelor?s in Psychology/Studio Art. She has exhibited in several group exhibitions, displaying figurative work and photography. She teaches within her community at a local arts organization. She is continually inspired by the human form, within and without.
About the artist . . .
Born and raised in an Indiana family of artists, my mother and aunts laid paper, chalk, crayons and graphite into my hands encouraging me to create everything ?wonderful?most every day. When outside, I would be under the trees drawing ?bugs in the grass and clouds in the sky?.
Throughout grade school, junior high and high school I excelled in art. I attended Butler University completing my Bachelors Degree in Education with a major in art from the John Herron Art Institute. A Masters Degree was awarded from Indiana University in Art and Special Education. Additionally, I completed graduate work in art at San Francisco State University.
I?ve lived and taught in eight states, traveled and toured seven countries drawing and painting to capture memories. I?m currently retired and finding some time to paint. Subjects range from the youngest of memories through my living experiences and even a touch of whimsy to the fantastical
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Graciela Duran-Troise was born in Argentina and lived most of her life in the USA.
A biologist by training and self-taught artist she has been drawing and painting in parallel to her scientific career until her retirement when she took her passion to a next level.
Her mixed-media technique creates intricate multi-colored designs against the boldness of bright colors; many of her works involve surrealistic and humorous, even whimsical motifs.
She had exhibits in the States and in Uruguay anad her paintings are in private collections in several countries.
After a busy professional life as highly specialized small animal veterinary surgeon, I finally could return to my favorite hobby of my early years: drawing and painting.
Living part of the year in Austria and part of the year in Terravita gives me ample occasion to enjoy arts, work with different media and consequently hone my skills.
Arlene Meyer - 2017
I consider myself an eclectic artist.
Since moving to Arizona in 1998, I continue to evolve as an artist through
classes at the Scottsdale Artists' School, Paradise Valley Community College, Brio School of Fine Art, and The Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Recent paintings focus on the abstract. I use cloth and tissue as a structure and acrylic paint for the finish. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and techniques, including oil and ceramics.
My paintings have been shown at the Cave Creek Arts and Film Festival, Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour, Paradise Valley Community College, Harris Bank, in Carefree Arizona, Herberger Theater Center and Sonoran Arts League juried shows.
My work is currently being shown at On The Edge Gallery in Scottsdale.
Mark?s affinity for wood dates back to his childhood when he began collecting chess sets made from wood. His first attempt at making something out of wood resulted in an ugly end table made from a tree trunk that only a mother could love. The years passed and we found ourselves on five acres of wooded wonderland, or not. Overrun with invasive Buckthorn and myriad dead trees, a chainsaw became Mark?s newest friend. But what to do with all that wood? Some we burned, some we saved, and saved, and saved. That is what happens when you buy a property that has a barn. Our best friend, George, began making wooden wall sculptures that looked pretty cool. We followed suit, utilizing wood stored in the barn whenever possible. Raw wood became geometric shapes with the aid of power tools. The rectangles, squares, triangles and circles fused together into larger pieces which we displayed in our home. After several years of perfecting the craft by incorporating metal and color, and left with no more wall space, we decided to take the avocation to the next level.
BFA, Studio Art
Sam Houston State University
Magna cum Laude
Aug. 14, 1999
Puebla, Mexico Summer 1998
Florence, Italy Summer 1999
Ceramics and Drawing.
High School Art Teacher
Manassas, VA 2000-2007
Hidden in the Hills,
Nov. 20-22, 27-29
Arizona Fine Art Expo,
Jan. 22 - Apr. 3
The Gallery at el Pedregal,
Sean David Wright is a figurative realist artist working primarily in graphite, with a secondary focus on creating digital works on the iPad Pro. A hallmark of his work is the incredible detail included in the finished pieces, rendering them photorealistic.
Marion is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona in 2005. Her artwork varies from realistic to abstract and her media includes oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and watercolor. Animals are her favorite subject but she also enjoys painting floral, landscapes, abstracts and more. Her current passion is creating batik multimedia designs with water media. She has conducted numerous workshops in the batik process and design with rice paper. She is also a member of the Clay Corner and won a ribbon in 2016 for her freelance clay sculpture. Jewelry design is another of her artistic outlets.
Marion is a member of the Sun City Palo Verde Artists, Artists by the Lake, Vanguard Artists, and WHAM Arts. She has won many ribbons in various art shows and has shown her painting in the All Sun City Art Show, Palo Verde Art Show, Peoria Celebration of Arts, Glendale Arts Council Art Show, Birt?s Bistro, West Valley Arts Council, Sun City West Professional Building, Lord of Life Church in Sun City West, Peoria Library and WHAM.
In September 2016 she and two other artists had their own private art exhibit at the WHAM Community Arts Center in Surprise.
Originally from Utah, Merrily Kulmer is an active participant in the arts community with works in many public and private collections. The focus of Merrily's work over the past 40 years has been teaching and painting in different media, technique, and style. Her passion for many years has been portraiture and she is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists. Recently, Merrily was the portrait artist for the Mrs Utah Pageant. Besides painting portraits, Merrily also enjoys abstract painting, as these paintings best express her ideas and emotions through symbolism. It is her hope that these paintings invite you to draw your own interpretation while offering you visual cues from the gesture, color fields, and energy. From her experience and membership in the Ching Hai Oriental Painting Association, she mastered the Oriental Brushstrokes of Chinese Calligraphy. This technique allowed her to bring a much-needed simplicity to her paintings and many of her abstract paintings reflect her studies in Asian Calligraphy and the Way of the Brush.
Merrily has also taught in both public school and private workshops. She particularly enjoys teaching intermediate students and finds that she enjoys taking her students to new heights. Merrily has also served on the Board of Directors for the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, as well as serving as a member of the Utah Watercolor Association, and the Pastel Society of Utah. She is also a member of the Lamplight Art Gallery in Utah where she serves on the executive board. Currently she is a member of the Sonoran Art League and exhibiting at the El Pedragal, Scottsdale Az.
Arizona artist, Anni M Lines began painting at the age of nine with her father, a well known artist in Ontario, Canada. Art has been a part of her life since then. Much of her work is inspired by the calmness and serenity that come from communing with nature and from a desire to capture the colors and shapes of the outdoors to create abstracts. She works with acrylics, oils, watercolor, inks and pastels. Many of her works are mixed media. Although her formal education was in Food, Science and Nutrition, with 25 years spent as a clinical dietitian and nutritionist, she has studied art at Fleming College in Ontario, Canada, and at Arizona State University. She has also taken classes from various instructors including Paavo Airola and Pet Dews. Her work has also been inspired by the work of Dolores Schilling Ziegler.
Fiber arts is also a fascination of hers and she incorporates fiber into her mixed media works. She also loves photography and dabbles in that as well.
Living at the foot of Mt. Hood, Sally Bills Bailey's paintings reflect her love of mountains, snow, trees and wilderness. Her use of strong color and bold shapes are a result of the winters she now spends in Arizona. Throughout her art career she has taught children and adults and now concentrates on watercolor and acrylic painting. She has received many awards for her work and is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and is Diamond Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Her paintings are shown at the Portland Museum Rental/ Sales Gallery, in Hood River, Oregon, and in Cave Creek, Arizona.
- National Watercolor Society, Signature Member
- Northwest Watercolor Society, Signature Member
- Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Signature Member
- Watercolor Society of Oregon, Diamond Signature Member
- Arizona Watercolor Association
- Sonoran Arts League, AZ
- SPLASH! Critique Group
- Buffalo Grass Society
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Professional artist: watercolor and mixed media paintings.
- Instructor of drawing and painting to children and adults for 30 years.
- Art and Art Education, University of Illinois and Denison University.
JURIED SHOWS AND AWARDS
- California Watercolor Society, International annual juried show, Pleasanton, CA 2013, 2015
- Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, annual juried show, Dalles, TX, 2013, AZ 2014, CO 2016
- Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, juried show, Old Forge, NY, 2013
- Watercolor Society of Oregon , 32 Juried Shows, 15 awards (1st prize 2003)
- Northwest Watercolor Society, 5 juried shows, award 2004, Signature Member Show, 2005, 2006
- Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 2 Invitational Shows, 2 awards, Chronicle Invitational Show 2010, 2013
- SPLASH! Critique Group, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, main feature 2007, 2010
- Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR, 7 featured shows, solo show 7/2018
- The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles, OR, featured artist
- San Francisco Bay Area - numerous shows
- Arizona Artists Alliance, First Prize, 2012, Second Prize 2012
- Leisure World, Mesa, AZ, 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize, Best of Show 2012, '13, '17, '19, Viewer's Choice 2019
- Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek, AZ. March Madness Juried Show, 2019. Hidden in the Hills Open Studios Tour-November 2019
- Gorge Artists Open Studios, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Portland Museum Rental / Sales Gallery, Portland, OR
- Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
- Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek, AZ
- A Bird's Eye View of Hood River Valley
- A Bird's Eye View of Timberline Lodge
I have painted for 40 years on and off. I was introduced to gourd art 10 years ago and fell in love. My palette is endless with gourds as my canvas. I became a "Master Gourd Artist" after winning Best in Show at the Wuertz Gourd Festival in February, 2017.
I received a B. F. A. from the University of Houston Honors Program. Certificates include South Coast Education Institute for the Visual Arts; U.C.S.B. extension certificates (computer programs and faux finishing); Art Students League in New York City (intaglio); workshops in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (intaglio, monotype, collagraph, lithography silkscreen & solar plate).
Art Exhibitions: 2018 Corridan Gallery in Santa Barbara; 2016 Mesa Artists Studio Tour in Santa Barbara; 2016 ?Made in California 31st Exhibit? Brea, CA; 2016 Solo Exhibit ?Text and Texture? East Gallery at Faulkner Library in Santa Barbara; 2016 Santa Barbara Visual Artists Cabrillo Pavilion Exhibit 2016 and Faulkner Show ( 3rd Place); Santa Barbara International Orchid Shows; Coastal Collections Gallery in Santa Barbara 2014-15; Santa Barbara Printmakers at Channing Peake, Jewish Community Center and Faulkner Library; ?Push and Pull? Los Angeles Printmakers Show in Brea 2014; Elverhoj Museum ?Art from the Groves? Show 2014; Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum ?Made You Look? Show 2014; Carpinteria Valley Art Center ?Driven to Abstraction? Show 2014; Santa Barbara Art Association : November 2013 ( Honorable Mention) July 2012 Jewish Community Center (Honorable Mention); Gallery 113: October 2013 (Honorable Mention); Goleta Valley Art Association Group and Individual Artist Shows; Santa Barbara Museum of Art Faculty Show
My work experience is Art Instruction as well as Illustration and Graphic Design. I taught and developed curriculum for the Design Course at Brooks Institute of Photography, Multimedia Courses at Santa Barbara City College, Visual Arts Programs at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Children?s Creative Project. In addition, I?ve done Flash Animation and Trade Show Media for Automotive Safety Research firms, Technical Illustration and Design for Environmental and Aerospace firms, Graphic Design and Corporate Identity Projects for Retailers, and Fabric Design for Batik Clothing in the International Market
ARC - Art Renewal Center "LIVING MASTER"
NSS - Elected Professional member of the National Sculpture Society
IGOR- International Guild of Realism - Charter Member
ASTA - American Society of Traditional Artists - Honorary Member
Vala is an artist who passionately and relentlessly seeks to create artworks that show her dedication to excellence. Her classical training in Europe is reflected in her art. Her figurative bronze sculptures and oil paintings are noted for their depth of expression and emotion. The high quality of her art has earned her great respect among art appreciators.
Vala creates figurative sculptures cast in bronze for art collectors as well as public monuments,
she paints figurative oil paintings,
she teaches yearly 5 day sculpting workshops,
she creates unique jewelry featuring her figurative sculpture pendants cast in silver and 24 K gold.
2001 Vala rekindled her interest in sculpting with clay after solely painting with oil for seven years. Her inspiration derives from her observation of life. Even the most mundane circumstance we find ourselves in daily will spark an idea. The Flemish artist Vermeer would paint the simple act of pouring milk, elevating it to a moment worth remembering for eternity, in a similar way Vala will look at a moment usually passed by as moment worth noticing.
She sculpts and paints in her studio in Cave Creek AZ, northside of Scottsdale. All her sculptures are cast in bronze.
NATIVE OF ICELAND - STUDIED ART IN ENGLAND
Vala was born and raised in Iceland. She has lived in the US since 1994. After 8 years in Santa Fe, NM, she relocated to Arizona. Vala Ola's artistic talent was apparent at age 4, and from the age of thirteen she attended classes drawing models from life. Graduating from the College of Hamrahlid, she furthered her studies at the Icelandic College of the Arts, and later graduated from The Arts Institute in Bournemouth, England.
She won the Icelandic Design Excellence Award for the first time at the age of twenty-six. During her studies in England, she placed two entries among the finalists at the Smithsonian Young Illustrator's Competition. Returning to Iceland, she went on as her country's sole representative at the Nordic Graphic Design & Illustration Awards. Moving to the United States in 1994, she changed her focus to portraiture in oil, and found herself booked solid for the next 7 years. During those years up until 2001 she painted alongside William Alan Shirley. Their portraits were created for families and dignitaries alike. Immaculate likeness of her subjects and reverence for the technique of the old masters earned her great recognition in her field. She won the Best Figurative Award 2006 for her painting at the International Guild of Realism Annual Show in Santa Fe 2006.
EXHIBITIONS IN US AND EUROPE
Vala's work has been exhibited in Reykjavik, London, New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Scottsdale, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Dallas, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Park City, Loveland, Nantucket.
2016 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Indian Market, August 20-21
2016 Knox Gallery, Beaver Creek, CO. Weekend show August 6-7
2016 Public art installation, Summerville, SC
2016 Vala Ola Sculpting workshop, Oklahoma Sculpture Society, OK
2016 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Sculpting in gallery, ongoing display
2016 Masterworks Museum Tour, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
2016 Masterworks Museum Tour, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL
2016 R. W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Portrait Comission, unveiling, Missouri
2016 Scottsdale Artists's School, Vala Ola sculpting Workshop
2015 Art Lectures on board Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships
2015 Art Renewal Center, 2014/2015 finalist sculpture catagory "Lost Tribes" and "Ulele"
2015 Unveiling of 8' high bronze monument in Iowa
2015 The International Guild of Realism, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2015 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015 Sculpture in the Park - Show, Loveland, Colorado
2015 Knox Gallery, Beaver Creek, Colorado
2015 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshop
2014 IGOR - International Guild of Realism 9th Annual Exh. Charleston, SC
2014 Commissioned to sculpt a public monument in Florida
2014 Commissioned to sculpt a public monument in Colorado
2014 Commissioned to sculpt a public monument/portrait, Iowa
2014 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014 Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, Colorado
2014 Knox Gallery, Beaver Creek, Colorado
2013 IGOR - International Guild of Realism 8th Annual Exh. Tempe Art Center, AZ
2013 Commissioned to sculpt a public monument in Dubuqe, IOWA
2013 Art Renewal Center Salon - finalist sculpture category
2013 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshops
2013 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Vala Ola sculptures
2013 Knox Gallery, Beavercreek, CO. Vala Ola sculptures and paintings and jewelry
2012 Art Renewal Center Salon - finalist sculpture category
2012 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshops
2012 International Traveling Jewelry Show - Florida, Panama, Peru. Figurative Sculpture Pendants.
2012 John DiTomasi Gallery, Carefree, AZ. Vala Ola Jewelry and sculpture show.
2012 ASTA - American Society of Traditional Artists - 1s Annual Show, Scottsdale, AZ.
2012 ASTA - Vala sculpts the "Goddess of Art" Award for ASTA
2012 IGOR - International Guild of Realism 7th Annual Exh. Carmel, CA
2012 Tempe Art Center, museum show "Family Matters"
2012 Knox Gallery, Beavercreek, CO. Vala Ola sculptures.
2012 Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, Co. August.
2012 Sage Creek Gallery opening August & representation year round
2012 NSS - "Love" exhibition
2012 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Jan-March
2011 Art Renewal Center Salon - finalist sculpture category
2011 Art Renewal Center Salon - finalist figurative painting category
2011 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshop
2011 International Guild of Realism Annual Show - finalist painting, sept. opening
2011 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Jan-March
2011 Sage Creek Gallery opening August & representation year round
2011 American Society of Traditional Artists - Honary Member
2011 Knox Gallery, Beaver Creek, Co. Representation year round.
2011 Jones & Terwilliger Galleries, Carmel, Ca.Representation year round.
2010 Art Renewal Center finalist sculpture category
2009 International Guild of Realism, Annual Show. Artist's Choice Award. Oil Painting.
2010 Unveiling of bronze sculpture of Christ in church, Lincoln, NE. TV coverage.
2010 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshop
2010 Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA. Representation year round.
2010 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Opening May. Vala will be sculpting in the gallery for 3 weekends in August.
2010 J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. Representation year round.
2010 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Jan-March.
2009 "National Sculpture Society 76th Annual Show", NYC. February.
2009 Art Renewal Center finalist sculpture category (with 2 entries) 2008/2009
2009 International Guild of Realism, Annual Show. Oil Painting.
2009 Scottsdale Artist School - Vala Ola's Annual Sculpting Workshop
2009 Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA. Representation year round.
2009 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Opening May and August.
2009 J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. Opening February. Representation year round.
2009 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Jan-March.
2008 Elected Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society, NY. NSS was founded 1893.
2008 Allied Artist's of America, NY. Annual Show NY.
2008 Peppertree Art Show, Santa Ynez Valley, CA.
2008 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Openings Sept. and Dec.
2008 "National Sculpture Society 75th Annual Show", NYC.
2008 "International Guild of Realism Annual Show", Scottsdale, AZ.
2008 Wichita Art Museum, "The New Reality" IGOR Museum Tour, Kansas.
2008 The Springfield Museums, "The New Reality" IGOR, Massachusetts.
2008 Museum of Texas Tech University, "The New Reality" IGOR, TX.
2008 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, "The New Reality" IGOR, Wisconsin.
2008 Jones & Terwilliger Gallery, Carmel, CA. Representation year round.
2007 Art Renewal Center Finalist Sculpture Category (with 2 entries).
2007 "International Guild of Realism Annual Show", Cape Cod, MA.
2007 Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Openings June and Dec.
2007 J. Willot Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.
2007 ?Celebration of Fine Art?, Scottsdale, AZ.
2007 E. S. Lawrence Gallery, Aspen, CO.
2007 Sanders Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2006 Art Renewal Center Finalist Sculpture Category
2006 "Raymond H. Brumer Award, Allied Artists of America 93rd Annual Show, NYC.
2006 ?Best and the Brightest?, 2nd place professional award, Scottsdale Artist?s School.
2006 ?Sculpture in the Park?, Loveland, CO.
2006 ?National Sculpture Society 73rd Annual Show?, NYC.
2006 "International Guild of Realism Annual Show", Winner of the Best Figurative Award. Oil Painting. Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
2006 ?Peppertree Art Show?, Santa Ynez, CA.
2006 "Beavercreek Arts Festival", Beavercreek, CO.
2006 "Peppertree Art Show", Santa Ynes, CA.
2006 "Phippen Arts Festival", Prescott, AZ.
2006 ?Celebration of Fine Art?, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 Pioneer Memorial, one of three finalist (pending), Peoria, AZ.
2005 Public Art Sculpture, finalist, Longmont, CO.
2005 Phoenix Art Museum, live art auction, fetched highest bid in Breast of Phoenix.
2005 University of Dubuque, Iowa - Dr. Charles Myers? commission bronze statue.
2005 Monument commissioned, ?Victory? 7 feet.
2005 ?Sculpture in the Park?, Loveland, CO .
2005 ?Riverwalk Fine Art & Sculpture Fest.?, Edwards, Vail Valley, CO.
2005 ?Avon Fine Art & Wine Festival?, Avon, CO.
2005 ?Peppertree Art Show?, Santa Ynez, CA.
2005 ?Phippen Arts Festival?, Prescott, AZ.
2005 Pan American Art Gallery, Dallas, TX. International Guild of Realism, group show.
2005 ?Celebration of Fine Art?, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 Bronze commission, 3 life-size sculptures.
2004 National Guild of Realism, charter member.
2004 ?Hidden in the Hills?, Cave Creek, AZ.
2004 ?Phippen Arts Festival?, Prescott, AZ.
2004 Bronze commission, 3 life-size sculptures.
2004 McDowell Mountain Ranch Artist's League show, Scottsdale, AZ.
2004 Bronze commission, six life-size sculptures.
2003 ?Art in the Home?, hosting TV series on art.
2003 National Sculpture Society, NY, membership.
2003 Sonoran Arts League Membership.
2003 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Rockefeller, NY, portrait commission.
2003 Spirit of the Senses, lecture and art viewing, Scottsdale, AZ.
2003 Three life-size bronzes commissioned by Mr. & Mrs. Cameron, OK.
2002 Vala Ola shifts her focus from portrait painting to sculpting
2002 Scottsdale Artist Society membership.
2002 ?Celebration of Fine Art, art show?, Scottsdale, AZ.
1995 thru 2002 Waterford Marriott Hotel, Oklahoma City. Yearly invitational art show. Commissioned portraits.
2001 Touring Iceland and Denmark.
2000 The Artist?s Magazine, finalist winner in portrait category.
2000 The American Society of Portrait Artists, membership.
1999 Ventana Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, group exhibition.
1998 National Museum of Catholic Art & History, Rockefeller Center, NY.
1997 CCA, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM, group exhibition.
1996 The Santa Fe Society of Artists, Santa Fe, NM. Art shows summer and fall.
1996 Allied Artist of America, membership.
1995 Cynthia Woody Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
1995 Carrot?s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, group exhibition.
1995 Geoffrey?s Restaurant, Malibu, CA. Art for Heart?s Sake, group exhibition.
1994 Vala Ola moves from Iceland to Santa Fe US. At the same time changing her career from graphic designer/illustrator to portrait painter
1994 City Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland, group exhibition.
1994 Nomination to represent Iceland for the Nordic Graphic Design and Illustration Awards, Denmark.
1994 House of Argentina, Reykjavik, Iceland, 10 commissioned paintings.
1992 St. Martin?s in the Field Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, two woman show.
1991 The Mall Gallery, ?BPCA&D Exhibition?.
1990 Smith?s Gallery, London, UK. ?Reader?s Digest Young Illustrators? Exhb.
Karen F. Jones was born in Seattle, Washington. Her oldest memories are of rock and shell collecting on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Early interest in art manifested through Karen painting gathered shells and rocks for display in her parent's sea side restaurant. Karen received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Arizona State University. Looking to the past to guide her into the future, she continues the marriage of creativity and entrepreneurship through a combination of acrylic, water color and oil pieces. Karen currently lives and works in Glendale, Arizona.
Helen J Wilkerson
I am a Watercolorist and Multimedia Artist.
I feel the importance of my paintings is to capture the positive beauty of the world. Showing the joy of life in the petals of a flower, an animal's eyes, landscapes and still life, can evoke nostalgic feelings and emotions from the viewer. I love recreating the beauty found in nature whether it is a plant, animal or pastoral scene.
Nature's own artistic qualties, that I try to capture in my paintings, portray color combinations that exhibit the great diversity of texture and contrast in life.
I love illustrating the heart and soul of a rugged ranch life up close and personal.
I use watercolor because of the clean and transluscent quality of the paint. The colors can be applied with an accuracy that captures the phenomenal beauty of life. I sometimes use charcoal, pen and ink and texture, to add a different quality and dimension to a painting. I love sharing the complex feelings of warmth and well-being that painting gives to me.
Helen J Wilkerson
Watercolor artist that enjoys painting Arizona landscapes and cityscapes
As a child in England I spent all my spare time drawing. As an adult I spent 40 years as a software engineer, but began painting in watercolor towards the end of my career. Now retired I can devote more time to my passion.
New to the art world, I have had a long standing love of painting, especially watercolor, and photography. Accomplishments include graphic art production and Marketing Chair for the Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club. My inspiration comes from nature.
24823 N. 45th Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85310
Cell phone: 602-292-1615
Albion, Michigan, USA
BFA Sculpture Major, Ceramic Minor, Western Michigan University 1978
Easy Street Galleria, 100 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona
Professional Organization Membership
AAG, Arizona Artist Guild, Juried Member Phoenix, Arizona, Recognition Artist of the Year 2015-2016
Az-CLAY, Phoenix, Arizona
Ford Foundation Grant
Selected Group Exhibitions
Biomorphic, American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA Ceramics Annual National Juried Exhibition, Pomona, California
Fifth Annual Five15, small works invitational, Five15 Gallery, Phoenix Arizona
all-Az Clay, Arizona Clay Association, Shemer Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Firehouse Gallery, The End is Near, Juried show, Phoenix, Arizona
Sixth Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, Arizona Artist Guild, Gallery Glendale at Westgate, Glendale Arizona
Glendale Arts Council, Juried Fine Arts Competition, Sculpture 2nd Place Award, Glendale, Arizona
I?m Feeling Blue, WHAM West Gallery Juried Show, Surprise, Arizona
Winter Exhibition, Arizona Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place Award, Phoenix, Arizona
Artist of the Month, Arizona Artist Guild, October, 1st Place Award, Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Outdoor Sculpture Showcase, Shemer Art Center, Juried 2 year outdoor exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona
Art in pARTnership, Arizona Art Alliance, Juried Show, Holland Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
The Fourth Annual Five15, small works, Five15 Arts, Phoenix, Arizona
all-AZ Clay, Arizona Clay Association Juried Exhibition, Surprise, Arizona
Associates Body of Work, Arizona Artist Guild, Juried Exhibition. Phoenix, Arizona
2015 Southwestern Invitational, Yuma Fine Arts Association, Juried Exhibition, Yuma, Arizona
Fifth Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, Arizona Artist Guild, Gallery Glendale at Westgate, Glendale Arizona
Artist Open, Yuma Fine Arts Association, Juried Exhibition, Yuma, Arizona
Eleven East Ashland, I.A.S. David Knorr, Lynn Brooks-Korn, and Jeff Klein Group Show, Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
1990 Don Ruffin Memorial Art Exhibition, Arizona Artists Alliance, Award winner, and Traveling Show Winner, Phoenix, Arizona
Art in the Park, Arizona Drug Abuse Program, Phoenix, Arizona
Satellites at New Metropolis, Phoenix, Arizona
Two Person Show, David Knorr and Janet De Berge Lange, Fina Cocina Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Heat Wave 87, Phoenix Artist Coalition, A.P. Tell Gallery, Grand Canyon Collage Phoenix, Arizona
La Phoeniquera, MARS, Phoenix, Arizona
13 for Dinner, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Art Is My Life, Valley Bank Center, Phoenix, Arizona
PAC on the Road, Phoenix Artist Coalition, Arizona State Capital, Phoenix, Arizona
PAC on the Road, A.P. Tell Gallery, Grand Canyon Collage Phoenix, Arizona
Emerald City Classic IV Nepenthe Mundi Society, Award winner, Wichita, Kansas
M.A.R.S. Artspace, Member Show, Phoenix, Arizona
7th Annual Vahki Exhibition, Gallery Mesa, Award winner, Mesa, Arizona
Best of C.L.A.Y. Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Award winner, Scottsdale, Arizona
6th Annual Vahki Exhibition, Gallery Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
Verde Valley Art Association Competition, Jerome, Arizona
International Fine Art Exhibition, El Paso, Texas
23rd Annual Festival of the Arts, Glendale, Arizona
Fine Arts Exhibition, State Fair, Phoenix, Arizona
Annual Art Show, G.C.C. Glendale, Arizona
Gila County Art Association Exhibition, Award winner, Globe, Arizona
Gila County Art Association Exhibition, Globe, Arizona
Sperry Fine Art Completion, Phoenix, Arizona
Annual Art Show, G.C.C. Glendale, Arizona
Annual Art Show, G.C.C. Glendale, Arizona
One Person BFA Show, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Annual Juried Show, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Western Michigan Juried Competition, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Born in San Diego I have the heart of a westerner. I am in a constant state of love with nature. All of this informs my creativity. With a Masters Degree in Business Administration I have spent much of my life letting business tell my story. Today my passion is in encouraging myself and others in joyful creative and expressive pursuits.
The inspirations for Mary Boehm?s watercolor paintings are drawn from her love of travel and nature. Her interest in architectural details and the strong expressions of color and texture in her paintings were honed during her years in the School of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her BS degree in Interior Design in 1967. Her love of nature began as a child while taking walks with her Aunt to pick wildflowers and the feeling of peace she experienced when communing with nature in the woods on her family?s farm. The depth and breadth of Mary?s life experiences and travel are apparent in her paintings?and, the meticulous details in her paintings instill in the viewer a sense of a personal relationship with Mary?s artistic expressions.
Since moving to Arizona in 1997, Mary?s painting has evolved to include the luminous colors of springtime in the desert, the depth of the colors in the mountains and the brilliant colors of Arizona?s spectacular sunsets and blue skies. How Arizona?s pure, desert light plays upon the natural landscape, and how light and shadow play upon architectural elements, become a dance that brings life to her paintings. The peace and joy that Mary experiences in travel and nature is ever present in her paintings.
Mary exhibits her paintings at the annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour as well as many arts and crafts shows in Arizona. Her body of work includes commissioned paintings based upon photographs of her clients? own travels. Mary?s work is included in the private collections of clients in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington, Georgia and Canada.
After drawing and working with pen and ink for years I took up painting when my youngest child was 6. Since that time I have been taking classes and workshops and continue to paint daily. I've had paintings in numerous shows and my paintings are in private collections both on the East Coast and in Arizona. Having always been a people watcher my love of painting people and portraits, came naturally. I love the human figure; it's grace and emotion. The mystery and complexity of the human form never ceases to amaze me. I carry my camera with me and prefer to paint people going about their lives. I am never sure what I'll find but always come across a scene, a look or a pose that is intriguing. I use shadow, light and color to evoke a mood, tell a story or catch the moment.
Home-Ohio (25yrs), Colorado (43yrs) Arizona (3yrs). Married (two adult children). Purchased my first real camera (pentax) at a PX in Viet Nam while serving in the Marine corps. Several cameras and many years later I am still hooked.
Elena Orlenova has had many exhibits of her work which have included the Bass Concert Hall at University of Texas and Lost Pines Art Center. She works in paint, illustrations, silk art and murals. Her artwork is inspired by many of the writings of her mother, a published poet. She also specializes in photo-realistic oil paintings of scenes nature which capture the spectacular up close detail.
Elena was born in 1972 and grew up in Uzbekistan- one of the former Soviet Union republics. She graduated Tashkent Republican Art College named after Pavel Benkov. This was followed by her master?s degree of Art in Interior Design at Tashkent National Institute of Art and Design named after Kamalletdin Behzod. Her art depicts culture of this area which included many of the ancient ?Silk Road? cities. After graduation Elena worked in Ijod Dunyosi Publishing House as a graphic designer and illustrator several years. Elena moved to US in 2005 where she continues her art career.
"Can you say Repujado?" (ray-poo-ha-though)
Repujado is the fine art of metal embossing or metal relief, and always crafted by hand. Through the ages, and currently in our own Southwest, Repujado is still practiced with meticulous loving care.
Lynda Abare is a Repujado artist and teacher and a juried member with the Sonoran Arts League. Her background; collegiate, corporate, and retirement, has always been focused on teaching, creative writing, and graphic design. Lynda's artist-self seeks expression with hand tools, a camera, and oftentimes a computer and printer; creating hand-bound books and journals. Their pages sprinkled with calligraphy, haiku, and photographs.
Currently Lynda teaches several days a month locally in Phoenix, Cave Creek, and Tucson. Workshops include Repujado (metal embossing), kumihimo (weaving), mixed media, and bookbinding. More information is available on Lynda's website: www.5AcreArts.com
Absolutely Unique LLC is a jewelry design company which specializes in unique and unusual elements which are incorporated into specialized designs. Items found in our collections include ancient bronze artifacts (coins & arrowheads) and pottery sherds; outer space remnants including: palasites, meteorites, gibbeon, as well as, fossilized mammoth and dinosaur bone, ammonites, trilobite, and a distilbe boneless fish. We also have a metaphysical collection with raw and polished stones as well as pendants from Russian artists and even Fabrege Egg Pendants incorporated into our pieces of jewelry. Metalwork is completed in steampunk and chain maille. Most of our necklaces are embellished with Swarovski crystals, lustrous pearls, and very special clasps which combine the elements into a piece of artwork. Our jewelry is indeed as unique as our name and we look forward to sharing our special necklaces and even teaching classes as members of the Sonoran Art League.
I have been an art teacher for over 20 years and an artist all my life. I grew up in Boise Idaho, then moved to Seattle Washington where I lived for 21 years. 3 years ago my husband and I moved to Mesa Arizona. I have always been an oil painter painting landscapes and people. Since moving to Arizona I have re- established my love of clay..... maybe being down in the desert has tapped me into the southwestern art. However this change happened, I am truly enjoying creating and designing my bowls .... and things.
I started making my serving bowls July of 2016. They have evolved from circular designs to more organic designs. In the last year I have expanded from making my serving bowls to trying different bowl sizes, plates, small snack bowls, and now I am working on larger platters. I have always loved bright color combinations but in the last couple of years, line has become very important in my clay designs.
Capturing the every day lives of ordinary people inspire my figure paintings. Varied brush strokes suggest movement and texture, while spontaneous impressions capture a gesture, and emotion or feeling. I am a faithful Impressionist. I want my viewers to delight in an expressive and spontaneous encounter of color and light.
Alex Bauwens Fine Art
Ms. Alex Bauwens
9393 e. Palo Brea Bend Unit 3054 Scottsdale , Az 85255
Alex Bauwens is a fine artist living and working in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2018, Bauwens was awarded the Fine Art Connoisseur Award in the largest and most prestigious International Art Competition in the World; The Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. She has been published in The Art Renewal Center Book, Art Horse Equus, Images Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The International Artist?s Magazine.
Most recently her work was exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and Sotheby?s in LA. Bauwens? work is currently on exhibit at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.
ALICIA MARIE SHORT
Alicia has been interested in art since she was a child. She attended Arizona State University majoring in art. In her early 30?s she had the opportunity to attend art school. She was living in New Orleans at the time and attended the John McCrady Art School. It was a fine arts private school located in the French Quarter with excellent local and nationally known instructors. The school taught oils, pastels, watercolors and many other design and art mediums. She was selected Student of the Year for the two years she attended. After art school she has entered art shows winning ribbons.
She has continued to paint in oils and watercolors over the years. Presently she teaches watercolor, acrylics, mixed media and oil painting in Mesa. Her interests have changed from painting realistically to exploring more mediums and styles.
She recently received the Artwork of the Year Award by the Mesa Art League. Her paintings have received awards at the Art Shows held by the Art Department of Dreamland Villa. She is also a juried member of the Sedona Art Center and recently sold two paintings from shows at the Center. She is also a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance and recently had a painting accepted in their Holiday Juried show held last October.
Alicia also makes handmade jewelry and presently has her jewelry at the Mesa Art Center Artist Coop store.
Allan Rosen-Ducat was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1961. He received a BFA in photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. Rosen-Ducat worked for most of the 1980?s as a fashion photographer in Los Angeles, CA.. The personal work he created during that period featured equestrian sport as well as contemporary landscape. While represented by Carlyle of Santa Monica, numerous works were purchased into the private collections of some of Hollywood?s most prominent celebrities. In 1998 the Rosen-Ducat?s relocated to Naples, Maine and 2005 to Cave Creek, Arizona. Rosen-Ducat now resides in Cave Creek, Arizona, in the Desert Southwest.
Desert contemporary artist Althea Sassman integrates handmade, decorative and found recycled papers onto canvas to create an alluring textural element not found in traditional painting. Although possibly viewed as an oil or acrylic painting at first glance, the vibrant colors and textures of these papers layered with other various collage material lead the observer in for more detail, only to discover an intriguing form of torn paper collage.
An artist all my life, I am a member of the Sonoran Arts League currently showing at The Gallery at El Pedrigal.
My eclectic contemporary style is unique and engaging. I arrived at it circuitously, from an extensive Fine Art education and an original intent to be an artist, through years of design work in the high-tech industry, then back to creating my own art with renewed sense of purpose.
Born and raised in New York City, I grew up in an arts-friendly family. As a child my favorite presents were colored pencils, pastels, paints, and origami paper. During high school, life drawing classes at the Art Students' League in Manhattan, along with visits to New York City's many art museums and galleries, cemented my desire to pursue art as a career.
I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Queens College of the City University of New York and graduate work in Fine Art at the University of California at San Diego, on full scholarship.
Life interrupted my plans to be a full-time working artist, but I kept my creative energy alive during this hiatus by pursuing a career as a visual designer/writer of user manuals, software user interfaces and newsletters, and as a web designer in the high-tech industry in the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Oregon (where I raised my family), including stints with Hewlett-Packard and Intel. On the side, I made jewelry, worked with yarn, designed extensive gardens, and painted murals on my walls.
Now I live and create art in Carefree, AZ, where my work has been juried into local outdoor art festivals put on by Thunderbird Artists and Vermillion Promotions, a Fiber Arts Invitational at the Holland Gallery, as well as multiple Sonoran Arts League rotations and shows. I'm delighted to have found my way back to my original calling.
Susan Shatreau-Janisky a Metis of Algonquin, Mohawk & French Canadian ancestry is a registered member of the Aboriginal Metis Community of Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada. She was born in northern upstate New York and has resided in California & Arizona. Susan presently resides in Northern Arizona with her husband Michael Janisky.
Susan is an award winning artist; she was taught her traditional native craft when she was young, her artworks have been in several types of native art mediums over a many year span including silversmithing, wire art, leather & beadwork using traditional designs passed down through her relations & of her own creation. Her specialties are custom made medicine bags beaded on native tanned smoked deer skin & beaded cuff bracelets & elk skin crossbody bags.
Her affiliations are: International Wire Jewelry Guild Artists past director & officer, Sonoran Art League member, Southwestern Premier Artists participating artist, IACA (Indian Arts and Crafts Association) artist member.She has participated in various Native Shows & Pow Wow?s in Oregon & California & Native American Art Shows & Arizona Fine Art Shows. Native American liaison for the Girl Scout Council in California teaching beading at Mini Camps.
Susan has exhibits in the present & past Galleries:Village Gallery of Local Artists,Village of Oak Creek, AZ, Gedion Galleries, Sinagua Plaza Sedona, Heart of Arizona Art & Flowers Boutique, Cottonwood, AZ, Kachina House, Sedona,AZ Miwok Native American Museum & Gift Store, Novato, California.
Donna Anastasi was born in Washington, DC, and lived in Maryland for most of her life. She ran a successful architectural design and drafting business in Maryland and recently retired to allow more time to embrace her passion of watercolor painting. In 2010, Donna and her husband bought a house in Phoenix, and have been full-time Arizonans for a couple of years.
Donna?s wonderful watercolor journey began in 2008 with a watercolor class taught by Maryland Artist, Brenda Kidera. She continued to paint with Brenda until she moved to Arizona. Donna?s paintings were exhibited in the BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition in 2010 and in 2012. She is a signature artist with the Baltimore Watercolor Society as well as the Sonoran Arts League. Donna has taught watercolor classes at the Foothills Community Foundation and loves helping others understand the mysterious medium.
Andrea Cook | Sharing the Inner Light
Artist Andrea Cook creates art that resonates on many levels. As a multimedia artist, she specializes in textiles with mixed media elements, ceramic, sculpture, and painting. She plays with texture, pattern and repetition to create unity in each unique piece. Andrea employs her imagination and inner light to create a connection with her viewer.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Andrea discovered her artistic desires early on and received a lot of encouragement to follow her dreams. ?My first childhood classes were drawing, watercolor, and ceramics. I continued art through high school, where I enjoyed metals, ceramics, and printmaking. The high school that I attended had many art options, and I have always loved exploring new media.?
?My desire was to make one-of-a-kind, original art,? explains Andrea. ?I went on to attend UT El Paso, where I fell in love with sculpture. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Painting.?
After college, Andrea continued to explore different artistic endeavors. ?I was working on large scale, soft sculpture installation,? she explains. ?It was at this same time that I started the ?Garden of Roses? as a large, soft sculpture, temporary installation.?
The ?Garden of Roses? project is made of hand dyed, painted, or pure fabrics made from canvas, burlap, cotton, and muslin. The fabric is ripped into strips and dipped into an archival quality glue. Then, she forms the fabric into rose designs varying in color, shape, and size. Andrea would then mount them on canvas or panel.
?I love for my art to be beautiful, colorful, and textural working with pattern and repetition to create unity,? says Andrea of her creative process. ?I like for my work to create an illusion and for it to connect to the viewer. I try to bring out my own imagination and inner light in each piece. I always have an idea of how I want an art piece to go, but I try to let the work happen naturally.?
She continues to work with a variety of techniques. Exploration, risk taking, change, and growth have all contributed to the techniques that she uses in her work today. ?Sharing my inner light, passion, and imagination is my way of making important connections.?
I love brilliant color and I adore contrasts of light and shadow. Nature entices me with her ever changing palette and personality. I believe that Spirit is in our art. When we, as artists, can tap in to that higher perspective, our art touches the soul.
After living nearly all of my life in Florida, I moved to Cave Creek, Arizona in 2018. My husband and I were done with hurricanes and Cave Creek was the perfect answer to that. As a small child I dreamed of becoming a professional artist and spent countless hours drawing, painting and writing. Art truly was my first love.
I graduated from University of South Florida with a Fine Arts degree and immediately became a professional singer for the next 16 years. I have raised twins, been a teacher, a sales manager, a professional psychic and a business owner. My path has been varied, but my love of the artistic process has never diminished.
I am a ceramic artist born in Santiago, Chile currently living and working in Gilbert, Arizona. I earned both my Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso, studied ceramics at Maricopa County Community Colleges, and have advanced my ceramic materials studies at Alfred University in New York. My work has been exhibited at the Herberger Museum, sold during exhibits Arizona galleries including West Valley Arts Council HQ, Art Intersection, as well as in Washington state at The Schack Art Center.
Ann von Pentz is a photographer based in Montana and Arizona. Her passion for photography has led her to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth.
Ann's style is often described as ethereal and creative. She is known for finding hidden beauty in often overlooked subjects and scenes. Reflected in her images is her ability to connect with her subject's character, mood and life-force. Ann is often found hiking trails or forging her own, in pursuit of the unknown. Her love for exploration and adventure is apparent in her most recent works.
While living in Washington, DC, Ann was active in the DC photography scene. Since leaving the East Coast in 2015, Ann has continued her work with the professional photography world and attends local and international photography workshops. Her work is currently showing in the El Pedregal Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Christine grew up on Long Island, NY, the daughter of musicians. She began drawing horses, beaches and houses as a young girl. Her grandmother was a prolific painter, who encouraged her to continue her art. In addition to Arizona, Christine has lived in Florida, South Africa, Mexico, Virgina, and the UAE. She enjoys painting nature, and finds inspiration in its beauty.
Derek was born and raised in the Southwest and began drawing at an early age. His artwork comes from a deep connection to the environment and wildlife. Having lived in the southwest for the majority of his life, he has derived artistic inspiration from the majestic beauty of the desert and mountains in the area. He specializes primarily in landscapes and has been influenced by many artists. Painting is a way to express his view of the world on canvas using acrylic paints. He paints both in studio and plein air and experiments with layering patterns, textures and media. Also, you can see some of my work on Facebook Art by derek and Instagram derekdevore
Natalie has been drawing since she was 8 years old. She attended the Arizona School of Art under Director/Artist Jo Rogozen. She later took portrait painting at SCC and while living in Geneva Switzerland she painted with British Artist, Robert Tovey.
She lived over seas for 11 years and had 5 exhibitions and 4 one woman shows. The Ambassador to Singapore, J. Stapelton Roy, opened the expo in Singapore. When she retired she took painting from local artist, Eddie Lopez and from Robert Lemler at the Scottsdale Artist's School. She now paints daily in her Scottsdale studio.
She exhibits her paintings in the Gallery at el Pedregal, the Anthem Civic Center exhibitions, the Desert Foothills Gallery exhibitions and in the recently closed Carefree Easy Street Galleria. She also exhibited her paintings at the Treasures in Art Gallery in North Scottsdale until owner Dottie Renneker Retired.
One of her paintings, Barrel Racer, was chosen to be on the Thursday Night Art Walk poster on Main and Marshall by the Scottsdale Gallery Association.
Natalie is a also a member of the American Women Artists, the Portrait Painters of Phoenix, Oil Painters of America, Scottsdale Artists League and the Arizona Art Alliance. She wrote the "The Artist Loft" for The Pinnacle Peak Magazine on line.
My name is Jessica and I am an Artistic Motivator and creator and own a Paint & Sip art studio in Surprise, AZ! I am passionate about positive art self talk and encourage this in my interactions with other artists and the community. My goal is to bring Artistic Confidence to the forefront!
I primarily work with acrylic paints, fluid art, and alcohol inks. I use these mediums on paper, wood, canvas and create jewelry as well.
I have practiced many forms of art throughout my entire life and look forward to continuing to learn and grow artistically in this Leauge!
I received my BA in Art from The College of William and Mary and my Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix. I am a teaching artist and my preschool through 6th grade students give me some of my best inspiration! I am continually growing as an artist and learning from others. Currently my favorite way to work is with mixed media, combining collage, acrylic, and oil painting. Themes of hope, spirituality, and memory often arise in my work.
Lori began her studies in art at Southern Oregon State College and then moved to Phoenix to complete a degree in Interior Design at Scottsdale Community College. While attending college she worked for Flood Studios where she assisted in the process in of creating custom glazed tile. After finishing college she worked for several years in the design field before beginning her career in painting.
From early childhood Lori has always had an interest in art , she spent many hours recreating illustrations from story books and comics. Then as a teenager she turned her bedroom into a stained glass studio and floral shop. This passion to express herself creatively finally found a home with the paint brush. With lessons from Ed Horan and Joni Bruder she found painting to be a medium that would provide direction for her art and full fill her passion as a artist. Lori's paintings are a reflection of many influences. Her passion for travel, love of color, her response to architectural elements in the environment and the movement of light across an object.
Lori showed with the'' Celebration of Fine Art ''from 1999-2004 and with the "Fine Art Expo" from 2005-to present. Her art hangs in both corporate and private collections.
I am a self-taught artist from Arizona. I've been drawing for over 30 years and started painting about 20 years ago. I started selling my art in 2019, never before believing anyone would want to buy it I use to give everything I painted away to friends or anyone who admired a piece. Now, I spend my time working full-time, painting part-time and going to grad school. I love art in all forms but my favorites to paint are geometrical abstracts.
I have always had the heart and soul of an artist. I clearly remember writing and illustrating stories at a very young age.
Art has always been a huge part of my life.
I truly feel blessed to create and share my artwork with others. There is nothing better than the feeling you get when someone connects/loves your art. It is a thrill that never gets old!
My style is fun and light hearted. Color is a very important part of my work. I love to listen to music while I paint. It is a joyful experience that I believe comes across in each of my pieces.
BFA~Illustration, School Of Visual Arts
New York, NY
I am a retired EE and long-time 35mm photographer. Since retiring I have been photographing art and printing Giclee's and greeting cards for Sonoran Arts League artists. I am a Juried Artist as a Photographer in the Sonoran Arts League, and have taken workshops with renowned nature photographers John Shaw and Art Wolfe. I have taught photography classes for the Sonoran Arts League Summer Workshops and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
Judith has been working with Alcohol Transfers embellished with Pen and Ink as a spin off her love of photography. This mixed media technique is a hybrid between printmaking and photography which yields one-of-a kind images of the world around her. A juried member of several art leagues, Judith's works have been exhibited at many local galleries. She was an "Artist in Residence" at The Gallery at el Pedregal in 2015.
Jewelry maker for the last 4 years. Pieces are created with semi precious stones, silver, silver plate and glass bead, etc. I have a previous history in fashion design and pattern making as well as other entrepreneurial pursuits.
Sandra Jessop has been exhibiting watercolors since 1999, mainly in New England and Arizona.
She has served as an art judge, had work published as a featured artist for a calendar, and also spent a number of years as a decorator in a pottery studio.
Her watercolor paintings, recognized for their peaceful quality, have been added to the permanent collections of Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic in Lebanon, NH and Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.
She currently resides in Arizona with her husband and two children.
Balancing Rock Studio
6447 E Lone Mountain Rd North Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Betsy Glatz has been active in the art and design communities in Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Chicago for over 40 years. Her focus is large format abstract acrylic paintings and glass wallscapes which are inspired by her energy and interpretation of the movement of color.
Anna was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She studied nursing and became a Registered Nurse specializing in surgery. As a child she had always wanted to be an artist and continued to draw and paint throughout this period of her life. In 1971 she moved to Arizona and started an active pursuit of an art career.
Having worked in Pencil, Ink, and Watercolor for several years, Anna found excitement in experimenting with color and the Batiking process. As She experimented, she found that the combining of this process with watercolor on rice paper gave her the different and unique quality she was striving for. By using this process the finished paintings have a stained glass appearance that is both luminescent and vibrant. The consistent use of color, and underlying design, moves the viewer to be part of a particular place or subject. Anna continues to experiment with various media and finds challenges in combining colors, compositions, and painting formats.
Anna Balentine presently maintains a studio in the Arizona desert and is a member of the Sonoran Arts League. She has exhibited in galleries through out the Southwest and has numerous paintings and prints hanging in both private and corporate collections. Her commissioned works are in demand and many of her images were also produced by Joan Cawley Publishing in posters. Saga Card includes her images in their line of cards and stationery. Anna is publishing her limited editions and her own line of cards and small prints shown here in this website. Presently Anna is Represented by Mas Y Mas Gallery in Tubac, AZ
In the early 80s, I was immersed in my career as a lawyer. I was happy that my career was successful, but sad that I spent my days (and often, nights) in client meetings, drafting contracts, and reviewing documents. I knew that wasn't what I was meant to do in life, but like many in my position, I didn't have the courage to try something new.
I had no time at all for my "real" art - painting, collaging, and anything else involving creativity. There was never more than a few hours at a time, not enough to get any creative satisfaction from anything. In fact, it always left me wanting, never filling the void that was left in my soul when I had to stop. As the years went on, I became burnt out and disillusioned, chomping at the bit to break loose and engage is something more rewarding and fulfilling.
About ten ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to realize my dream - devoting most of my waking hours to becoming a jewelry designer and metalsmith! I started out stringing beautiful beads together, creating jewelry from purchased beads and silver. I was instantly both fascinated and frustrated - not knowing enough to do what I wanted to do, actually creating components for my jewelry, not just buying them.
I began a course of study in jewelry techniques with some of the finest instructors in the country, a course which will continue throughout my life. There will always be something either new to learn, or a new way of looking at an old technique.
Since embracing jewelry design, I have become committed to producing unique pieces that incorporate ancient artifacts, fossilized bone, semi-precious stones and other natural materials into wearable works of art.
I rarely have a pre-conceived notion of what I am going to create, I start with a unique piece of bone or an unusual cabochon and let the design take its course. I add or take away elements until I feel that it is just the right balance of form and color. When I am finished, I feel a wonderful sense of serenity and connectiveness to my work.
I hope that you will too.
Barb Goldberg is a contemporary, abstract artist. Her art reflects her bold use of color to reflect life?s resilience.
She has shown her art at various galleries including the Arizona State University Library, The Walter Gallery, Mayo Hospital, ShaneLand Gallery, First Studio Gallery, Sisal Gallery, Shemer Art Gallery and the JCC Art Gallery. She has shown her work at Pita Jungle Restaurants and Stacey?s Café. Barb?s awards include 2018,2017, 2015 Vortex Awards, Scottsdale, Arizona; Best of Artist SCC 2018, 2017, 2015; Artists of Promise Award 2017, 2015; Best Student Work, Shemer Art Gallery.Her pieces have been purchased by corporations and private collectors.
BIO: Anthony Barbano earned his BFA from the University of Utah. Barbano specializes in a contemporary glass blowing technique known as fumed glass. This process involves melting 24 K gold and pure silver into glass by hand. This glass-blowing process was discovered by accident in the U.S. nearly 30 years ago. Barbano has been working exclusively in fume glass for nearly ten years. He incorporates traditional techniques with contemporary processes to achieve ultra luminescent glass designs.
Barbara Hill was born and raised in Arizona. She attended Phoenix College and ASU.
Barbara studied Photography under Allan Dutton at Phoenix Collage and Jack Stuller at ASU. She specialized in black and white roll film and had her own Studio for many years taking nature images and spontaneous photos of children in nature.
Barbara had a great influence in Watercolor from her Mother Lucille Furthmiller who entered many shows and was awarded many ribbons for her wonderful watercolor paintings. Another influence was Ina May Moore who taught at Paradise Community College and is in the who?s who of Watercolor.
When Barbara retired from her work over 10 years ago she took up watercolor full time and has taken many classes and workshops over the years.
Barbara paints all types of watercolor. She loves nature, birds and abstract. She loves to experiment with Yupo paper and see how the colors mix and what wonderful images can be achieved.
She believes water color is not judged by technique, subject or composition but all aspects come into play when determining whether a painting is successful or not.
Imagine a little bird sitting on top of an antique typewriter, a classic book, or an Amati violin. How can a painting tell a story through an unusual combination of objects that invoke a fond memory with appeal? When people look at my current series of oil paintings, they often ask "Why the Birds?"
In the early days of my career I painted a variety of subject matter. I made a living painting whatever was "in style" at the time. Working for various publishing companies just out of college, I gained experience but had not yet found my own voice through my paintings.
Over the years I studied the painting techniques of the masters and also became interested in painting in a realistic style. It was an unexpected journey in my life that caused the change in my style when I began to paint the birds. I finally found a subject that I enjoy immensely, and there is definitely a theme to my work now. It feels wonderful when someone steps in for a closer look and responds with a laugh or a smile.
International Guild of Realism
ARC (Art Renewal Center) Still Life finalist 2012,
2016/17 Animal Category finalist
Celebration of Fine Art - 2019 - In Scottsdale, will be my 14th year exhibiting there.
Hidden In The Hills - Sonoran Arts League 2013 - 2018
Barry Richardson began his creative journey as a woodworking hobbyist. After ending his career with the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, he began pursuing his passion for creating in earnest. Using skills and equipment accumulated over the years, he mines his experiences from global travel, the beauty of marine life, and nature in general, as inspiration for his work. His love for wood began as a child, growing up in the wooded landscape of rural Missouri. This canopy served as his playground, emotional sanctuary, and constant source of wonder.
Artistic furniture, sculpture, carving, and turning are his focus areas for design and creation.
Barry is a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, and belongs to the American Association of Woodturners.
His work has been featured in a year- long exhibit in Goodyear?s City Hall, featured at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix, and was jury selected for the 5-year anniversary Gallery Show at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
His works were awarded both first and second place, as well as 'Directors Choice' at the 2017 Arizona State Fair Art Competition (wood art category). His Work Currently shows at A Space in Time Gallery in Ajo Arizona.
Barry's work is also held in private collections throughout the United States.
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I lived in Israel for 8 years, where I studied English and Spanish Literatures at the Hebrew University. I was living in Israel during the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War.
In 1974 I returned to Brazil where I studied Art with prominent local artists. In 1984 I moved to the U.S.where I continued to develop my skills in oils, mixed media and encaustics.
I work and teach Oils and Encaustics at my studio in North Scottsdale.
Additional websites: www.belafidelfineart.com; www.encausticpaintingworkshops.com; www.belafidel.com
My other first passion is working on behalf of animals big and small, wild and domestic.
I share my life with my husband, a marketing consultant and lyricist (he wrote the lyrics to the theme song for Disney's The Fox and the Hound).
Born in Michigan, 1940.
Moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, 1955.
Married Blanca Borja, 1969. Three children, two of whom are artists.
College degrees in History, Russian language. Arizona State University, UCLA.
Self taught artist. Professional artist since 1972.
Owner-operator of six galleries in seventies and eighties- Scottsdale, Carefree, Arizona, (three galleries); Rancho Bernardo and Solvang, California.
Medium. I work mainly in welded bronze, copper, acrylic. At present I specialize in wall sculptures, mostly trees.
Gallery representation. Currently represented in Thomas Anthony Gallery, Park City, Utah; Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler, B. C.; The Panache Gallery, Mendocino, California; Visions Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, Aspen and Evegreen Gallery, Estes Park CO; Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; Robert Paul gallery, Stowe, VT, The Oregon Coast Galleries, Florence, Oregon, The Beartooth Gallery, Red Lodge, MT.
Total retail sales 1970 to present, $5,000,000. Retail sales 2012-16, $800,000; 2017, $200,000.
Beth?s architectural and interior design background is evident in her jewelry designs. Never influenced by changing trends, Beth?s jewelry is sophisticated and timeless. Her work is inspired by modernism and designed with a studied economy of line. Beth creates her stunning jewelry in her studio, surrounded by the Sonoran Desert, in North Scottsdale, Arizona. Each piece, whether limited production or one of a kind, is created with simple tools, yielding beautiful jewelry that proudly exhibits the work of the artist?s hand.
Cave Creek artist Beth Zink has found a way to combine her passion for painting and her love of nature. Her work is realistic, yet characterized by vivid color and meticulous attention to detail This light, fresh, style has been called a reflection of her personality.
Beth enjoys painting "vibrant contemporary botanicals", in acrylics on canvas. "The creative process is challenging, but ultimately joyful. It is a labor of love." The special relationships that are formed between artist and patron are what motivates Beth. The gift of talent and the creative process bring Beth joy in the creation, and her clients joy in the completed artwork.
Beth taught art to children for years in public and private schools. She continues to host corporate workshops and weekly adult painting classes.
Beth met her husband Jon in 1974 in Colorado, and they moved to the valley in 1986. They have two sons who now have families nearby. The family members participate in shows, marketing, and sales. Beth likes to call it, "Team Zink." Jon and Beth collaborate on new products and designs. In 2007, Jon designed and had constructed, the Beth Zink Studio, as an addition to their home in Cave Creek. It is a spacious gallery space, and open by appointment. At the Studio you will find Beth's original paintings, prints, outdoor art, tables, accent pillows, coasters, wallpaper borders, note cards and holiday cards.?
Beth grew up in Rhode Island, where she was always painting and drawing as a child. She majored in Art in college and received her B.A. from Bethany College. She continued her education taking graduate level classes specifically in painting at the University of South Carolina, and the University of West Virginia. In 2009, Beth was the featured Guest Artist in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine. She has also been published in Southwest Art, and many local publications. She is active in the community, donating time and artwork throughout the year to many local charities. Her work hangs in Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Casa Sol y Mar, Del Mar, California, and several country clubs. Beth is a member of the Sonoran Arts League, The Art Alliance of the White Mountains, The High Country Art Association, and The Terravita Art League.
Beth Zink Studio
33444 N 55th St
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
"HIDDEN IN THE HILLS 2014" Beth will be at Studio 10.
Since moving in 2002 to her current residence in Arizona. Beth has been reapplying herself to art and expanding the skills from her drawing foundation. Her portraits have led to winning awards, featured articles, interviews, as well as achieving a Juried artist status. She was the cover artist in 2010 for the "Hidden in the Hills" Studio Tour Directory. Beth has also been featured in advertisements for the "Arizona Fine Art Expo". She has a full-page article in the up coming "Jetset magazine".
Beth has enjoyed watching her talents and passions converge into her multi-dimensional artistic career. Always carrying her camera with her wherever she goes, she continually seeks to capture the silent, universal language that surrounds her. From her simple affection for animals to her detailed observation of life, action, reaction, and environment, Beth has developed a mastery of reflecting expression. It's often been said that she conveys as much emotion in her animal portraits as she does in human faces.
She will be in the "Arizona Fine Art Expo" on Jomax & Scottsdale Rd. from January 16, 2015 through March 29, 2015. Her studio "Beth's Image Studio," is open by appointment only. Please call in advance, as she would be delighted to discuss the process and stories of her art.
I grew up on a farm in Montana and always loved animals and landscapes and my surroundings gave me inspiration when I started drawing at a young age. I moved to oil painting when I was in H.S. I took night classes at Eastern University in Billings while working.
I moved to Seattle at age 26 and lived there for 35 years working as an Interior Designer for the last 20 years and sporadically taking night classes at the University of WA, when time allowed. I took workshops with Ned Mueller and Clark Elster. The last 10 years my painting took a backseat as my design business flourished.
My husband and I decided to move to Carefree, AZ in February 2018 and I have since decided to retire from Interior Design and pursue my true love of pastel painting. Now the surrounding desert and animals are my new inspiration. I have been taking workshops at Scottsdale Artists School and with the Arizona Pastel Artists Association and Sonoran Arts League.
I spent my artistic career in the Pacific Northwest and was inspired by some of the most influential names in modern glass. I create veiled glass beaded jewelry, rivet lined beads and small assembled sculptures. The Bead Riveter Tool Kit, developed in my studio makes the creation of metal lined riveted beads quick, easy and economical.
After a long career in the Northwest, I relocated to the warm and beautiful Southwest. My experience of producing Art Festivals, Art Charity Events and as a Gallery Director has give me a well rounded understanding of the art world and my place in it.
Largely self-taught in canvas art, Barbara Bowman draws much of her inspiration from nature, unconventional wisdom and extensive travel. She grew up mostly in Colorado, but she is a self-proclaimed nomad.
Why? Because she also claims roots in the east coast, west coast, south coast and mid-west.
Bowman's independent nature instilled her with a zest for world culture and helped to root a serious appreciation of the vibrant, majestic colors of all landscapes, as she has explored many countries from a young age, and often solo.
Early in her career, Bowman painted in the figurative style; realistic images detailed on glass, designs for internationally recognized corporate brands and cruise lines, as well as a wall muralist for both private and corporate clients throughout the U.S.
Bowman draws inspiration from contemporary American artist, Mark Rothko. She became impassioned with Rothko and his fervent desire for drama to be seen in his works. She expresses herself similarly, reflecting her own outspokenness, sense of adventure, and passion for life, and often a depiction of her travels or experience.
She pays vigorous attention to balanced, brilliant hues, depth, and expanding dimensions. Her colors are intricately woven and meticulously layered to create a visual journey.
Woodcarver/sculptor working in basswood, cottonwood bark, and other found wood using knives, chisels, and gouges to create pieces in varying styles including traditional flat plane carving, caricature, and realism.
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Morrie Elmer shifted a lifelong hobby in general woodworking into a full-time vocation in wood turning in 1993, with a focus on creating decorative hollow vessels. His motivation in working with the wood lathe is driven by his deep appreciation for the unique variations in the texture, color and character of wood making each turning uniquely different from another, even if the form is similar.
Gathering all of his turning stock himself, Morrie works with mostly western hardwoods ? favoring Olive, Manzanita, Desert Ironwood, Mesquite, Carob, Pistachio, various Oaks, and any burl wood.
He uses only well-seasoned wood as the drying process of whole log sections produces cracks and voids in which he inlays semi-precious stones: Turquoise, Malachite, Coral, Lapis, Sugilite Crystal, Peridot, Chrysocolla, Azurite, Gold Leaf, and also Precious Opal. The patterns of cracks and voids are never duplicated resulting in a unique, one of a kind work of art.
Morrie and his wife Donna make their home in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.
Blair received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude from the University of Memphis. She has been an Independent Graphic Designer & Artist in the Scottsdale Area for over 20 years. Having learned to ride growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Blair introduced her daughter to the sport, and in doing so rediscovered her love of the equine shape and form. Her studio Brown Eyed Filly was launched in 2011 to provide a platform for Blair to focus and explore her body of equine art. Her current name of her studio is Blair C Dworkin Fine Art.
Horses are the central focus of Blair?s art. Her early works are dominated by functional pottery pieces, but her inspiration to start sculpting horses in 3D space came when she attended the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show several years ago. Looking to better capture the grace of her subjects, Blair began experimenting beyond elements of relief into sculpture on her portraits and vases in creating her own unique style. Blair has also recently added bronze sculpture to er portfolio of work. Her unique equine vases are very recognizable due to their uniqueness.
Sharing her passion with her daughter, Blair can frequently be found among the horses in the stable, both enjoying their presence and continuing to study their live form in the flesh as they give her velvety kisses.
With her own unique style, Blair ?s sculptures offer a fresh take on the equine form. With her elaborate manes and increasing depth, Blair?s work is instantly recognizable. Her one of a kind sculptural vases and portraits have been collected and purchased by top breeders and even a few celebrities! Receiving a warm reception among the community, Blair?s work has been featured at numerous horse shows and thereafter accepted into several juried art shows.
As a life long crafter my latest passion has taken me to create unique handmade statement jewelry. Loving color and textures lead me to invented a technique I call The Twisted Sister. It's an amazing wire wrapping method that creates very sculptural pieces that lay flat on the neck and are virtually weightless.
If you want to get tons of compliments on your jewelry and standout from the crowd you must wear a Twisted Sister!
Born in the Netherlands,she expressed herself in Art at a very young age and attended the Royal academy of Art in The Hague in the sixties .
Micky lived in the South of France for a few years before moving to Arizona in 1979
She has studied and painted with artist in
Europe and the U.S.
Micky has shown her work internationally
Her paintings can be found in private collections
throughout Europe and the USA .
Her work has been strongly influenced by Franz Marc,Paul Klee,Kandinsky ,Picasso,here passion for horses and the natural world.
In much of Jansen's work the feminine human body is central,yet skillfully intertwined with nature and the synergy of the Universe.
The Aura of her work may have been born during Micky's "Rebirth " on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona where's he lived for two years in almost total isolation with her beloved horses and dogs.
A two year meditation,she says.
In this natural paradise with its natural challenges,
Micky transitioned from her life as a full time wife and mother of four into a independent, self assured Artist she is today.
The energy and emotions of the different in her life can be felt through her Art.
The underlying theme of her art is Clear!
It is a celebration of the beauty of life and living, of the interconnectedness of it all.
She has found her home and studio
"Blue Amazon Studio " in the Rio Verde Foothills and has her studio open by appointment
Scientific training and eye for discerning detail through years of practice as a dermatologist underlie the unique perspective in Larry Brecker?s fine art photography. While he was a practicing physician, photography was his hobby. He has photographed flora and fauna for over 30 years in many parts of the world. He began processing his photography digitally in 2002.
Larry?s art has been nationally juried at the Alpine Artists Holiday in Ouray, Colorado where his photography is also represented by Ago Gallery. He is a member of Ouray County Arts Association and Sonoran Arts League.
Steven Schneider has been sculpting many years, experienced as a Professional Bronze Artist, showing art throughout the United States, Steven has a great appreciation for all aspects of art as well as the history behind each piece. His works include bronze sculpture, pencil scketches, ilustrations, paintings, wood carvings and ceramicsSteven has been involved in art renderings from the age of ten, displaying many works of art in competitions.
As a retired Tempe Firefighter, Steven understands the concept of being a team oriented , quick thinking and of being highly motivated. Steven finishes every job that he starts, never letting time slip by without thinking of what can be accomplished or improved upon next.
Debbie is an award winning Alcohol Ink and Fused Glass artist from Cave Creek, Arizona.
Alcohol Inks are an uncommon media, although currently gaining a lot of attention as they emerge in to the world of fine art. They are a challenging media to work with as they have a definite mind of their own and she strives to follow the flow of the inks as they emerge into beautiful and often unexpected illustrations. The inks have an abstract nature which allows the creation of unique and colorful landscapes, seascapes and nature paintings.
Carefree Fine Art Studio
15437 East Richwood Avenue Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Colleen was a born dancer, and incorporates the fluid motion of dance into her newer impressionistic oils and inks. In her early years, she enjoyed a successful career as a caterer in Los Angeles, again using her creative juices to prepare gourmet meals as well as fashion colorful themes for events. She thrives on change. Her favorite motto; ?what would you do if you knew you could not fail?? provides the motivation which has driven her to new artistic adventures.
Carefree Fine Art Studio
15437 East Richwood Avenue Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
After thirty years in federal law enforcement in California, Hawaii and Arizona, Tom has been able to return to his first love ? creating beautiful images. He enjoys most forms of photography, but finds himself specializing in macro (little things), landscape (big things), and the digital cutting edge of High Dynamic Range. He is experimenting with a new technique: light painting (see gallery below). His images are available on archival paper, canvas and aluminum which he feels offers a luminescence not possible in any other format.
Carlos Page was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He traveled extensively before settling in the United States in 1989 to pursue the study of fine art. After an apprenticeship at a metal-works studio in San Francisco CA, Carlos moved to New York City and completed a special honors program at Hunter College.
At Hunter, Carlos focused on contemporary design and sculpture, creating functional and abstract pieces made with steel, concrete and wood. Upon graduation, Carlos continued his travels for both personal enrichment and to participate in fine art shows across the nation. A grand part of his inspiration has always come from the energy of the people and the places that he has encountered. Carlos' work reflects on the balance between the raw power of nature and the sophistication of the human experience.
Over the years Carlos has been recognized at nationally juried arts festivals and design shows.
In 2001, Carlos opened his first sculpture studio in Hoboken, NJ, where he created his work for many years. More recently in 2014, Carlos relocated his studio to the beautiful Sonoran desert region of Arizona, in the town of Cave Creek, where he continues his work today.
Carol Fugmann a jeweler has worked as an artist for many years. While working at an earlier career in advertising, she started exploring the process of working with metal, in her free time. Carol set up a studio in her home in Rochester, New York and for over 20 years she has been designing, fabricating and selling her jewelry.
As a metalsmith, she focuses on manipulating sterling silver, gold sheet and wire with tools such as a rolling mill, hand saw, drills, special forging, chisel, and planishing hammers. Each jewelry piece is hand made and includes semi-precious stones and or pearls.
Carol's work is inspired by her passion for gardening. Her jewelry pieces often capture an organic essence. Each piece with a concave recessed area traps stones or pearls and has a contrasting raised polished area. The underlying oxidized textures, create depth which piques interest and attention to the preciousness held within.
Her work can be seen in museums, galleries and at nationally juried art shows throughout the country.
For over 40 years as a Nurse Anesthetist I spent more time in the operating room than outside of it. The tremendous responsibility and intense focus required by my career had me craving color, texture and an escape route for creativity. Throughout the years I studied design, sewed my own clothes and created paper art. However, not until I retired in 2018, did the desire to paint consume me. Emboldened and encouraged by the professional artists? workshops I attended over the past year, I now paint full time, allowing my spirit to shine and express itself.
Carstens' paintings currently focus on the color of light and second on the landscape features of the Southwest. Combining impressionism and realism in the same work of art initiates an intriguing artistic tension while procuring quiet and serenity.
Carstens work is often compared to the 18th Century Romantic Landscape painters, particularly Wm Turner.
Loomis is a Vietnam Veteran (US Air Force, 554th Red Horse) holding degrees from Michigan State University with post-graduate work at the University of Washington and George Washington University. He retired from The Boeing Company as a Senior Versatile Technologist.
Loomis began as a professional photographer and darkroom technician in 1966. He began acrylic and encaustic painting in the early 1990's. Loomis has had several one man shows and participated in countless group shows. His work is collected internationally.
Casey studied drawing and ceramics under Suzanne French, Dean Draper, and Chris Colver in California. More recently she studied painting with Camille Przewodek and at the Scottsdale School of Fine Art, and completed a professional study program with Ken Willingham at the Horseshoe Gallery and ceramics studio in June Lake, California.
Her works can be seen at Moonshadow Gallery in June Lake, CA, Catitude Gallery in Avondale, AZ, Esteban's in Tlaquepaque Art Center in Sedona, AZ (ceramics), at Cave Creek Olive Oil (ceramics), intermittently at the Gallery at El Pedregal, and online at www.caseycheuvront.com.
Catie has been a field trip taker and flower addict since she assisted her father in the family gardens as a child. Her sense of adventure eventually took her back to school at the Art Institute of Chicago where she acquired her BFA in painting.
While creating art was her passion, it was while she was previously studying horticultural science that Catie uncovered an even deeper connection with her subject matter.
Catie's artwork centers around the studies of light and color. She strives to make artwork that can be a focal point which creates mood in the rooms where they are featured. While she creates artwork for sale, she also specializes in commission paintings.
Whenever she is not in the studio, you will find Catie field tripping through the desert seeking out new inspirations and bringing what she finds back into her practice.
A career in art education spanning 40 years is the foundation of my artistic inquiry. The move from the Northwest to the Southwest filled with its challenges and joys mirrors the move from classroom to studio.
MEd Curriculum Design Lesley University
BA Art Education University of Washington
Cave Creek Bead Mission
6061 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 2B Cave Creek, AZ 85331
My dream, while still in high school in Colorado, was to be a fashion illustrator. However, art school was not in my future. I moved to the Seattle area, worked for 20+ years, went to Central Washington University majoring in accounting and finance. Eventually, my senior, my senior management role in the healthcare industry took me to New Mexico, then Arizona a few years later.
Still working diligently in accounting, I longed to revitalize my creative spirit. For some crazy reason, bead-making piqued my curiosity, and I took my first class at Cave Creek Glassworks in 2005. I was absolutely hooked!
I took many more classes from Marcia Kmack (Cave Creek Glassworks), and we developed a fabulous friendship. I have been able to take classes from several other nationally known lampworkers helping to expand my skills. However, I have learned the most important thing for a lampworker is to practice. The more time I am able to spend behind my torch, the more my skills improve.
I am still in the accounting/finance world. It makes my head and spirit very tired. Working at my torch and creating in glass, makes my spirit strong.
Come visit the Bead Mission. Watching glass melt might make your spirit strong as well.
Cave Creek Bead Mission
Member, Cave Creek Bead Mission, LLC
6061 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 2B Cave Creek, AZ 85331
From the time I was little, I've always been around art and music. My family is full of great classical artists. I finally found my passion when I discovered lampworked glass beads right here in Cave Creek. I have been making glass beads and beaded jewery for over 15 years.
Cecilia was born and raised in Mexico City, where she received her bachelor's degree in graphic design and started her own stained glass and sculpture studio in 1981.
By 1995, she moved with her husband and four children to Austin, Texas, where she continued with her studio doing extensive commission work for architects, designers, and private clients. There she learned the art of working with copper and fell in love with it. Cecilia feels that copper, which has been mined and used in the Americas for centuries, is a noble and beautiful material.
By applying certain acids, thus accelerating the oxidation, along with controlling temperature and humidity, Cecilia is able to bring out the wonderful natural colors, called patinas.
Recently, Cecilia moved to Scottsdale, where she has been crafting her copper wall pieces.
She has participated in numerous single and collective art exhibits in Mexico, the USA and Spain.
In 2007, she had an exhibit at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, where she presented her ?Ancient Mexico ? collection, inspired by abstract ornamental designs of pre-Columbian seals found in Mexico.
Cecilia has been in the art field for over 25 years, and she continues searching for the beauty she has found in copper. Her enthusiasm for this medium is constant ? she is always revealing new ways to enhance her copper works, whether in the design or materials used, her goal is to continue this enthusiasm and keep learning new methods of working. Her inspiration comes from nature giving her pieces an earthy quality; she aspires to bring a deep sense of tranquility into the homes of her collectors.
Charlene Engel lives and works in Gilbert, Arizona, Her work shows her fascination with the Sonoran Desert landscapes of central and southern Arizona.
Always interested in trees, she focuses on Arizona's mesquites and paloverdes. Their convoluted twists and turns suggest all sorts of gestures, emotions and surrealistic relationships. She isolates the trees from their landscape, abstracting and simplifying to emphasize and dramatize the stories they tell. She works mostly in graphite and colored pencil on paper but also makes large acrylic and graphite works on canvas.
Engel has shown widely around the United States and abroad. In Arizona her work has been seen at Sky Harbor Airport, The Herberger Theater, and First Studio in Phoenix; at Taliesin West, the Scottsdale Artists School and the Holland Gallery in Scottsdale, at All Art Arizona at Art Intersection and at the Gilbert Historical Museum in Gilbert, at Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, and at ASU Gammage in Tempe. Her work has also appeared in shows at the SAWG Gallery in Williams Center in Tucson. She is a Signature member and former Board member of SAWG, and is a member of GVAL, AAG, AAA, AWA and Art Intersection.
She did graduate work in studio art and received an MA in Architectural History and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught, published and lectured widely.
Artist?s Bio and Statement
Genres of my painting are Native American, African wildlife and tranquil landscapes.
My recent interest in Native American art has been a long time in coming. My maternal Great Grandmother was from a Cherokee Indian tribe in Oklahoma. I have always been interested in Native American culture, but had taken no action in the realm of painting. There are so many fine artists pursuing this theme that I believed there just wasn?t room for one more. I believe I was wrong in that assumption now. Anytime an artist?s interpretation can be enlightening, it will always be welcomed by society.
Hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I did in creating them and think about how our Native American Brothers and Sisters lived in harmony with Mother Earth for thousands of years. Their Belief that our Creator was alive in everything that surrounds us. By taking just what you Need?. there will be abundance forever.
Through my vivid, graceful paintings I try to reveal my deep appreciation of natural beauty. I've always had an affinity for nature. We are endowed as the protectors of this paradise in which we live.
Hopefully I can help people become more aware of that through my art. Eye-catching and conscious raising my paintings range from impressionistic landscapes to faithful depictions of exotic animals in the wild. Painting in a variety of media, oils are my first love due to their brilliance of color.
My paintings capture a rare sense of immediacy and intimacy. I try to draw the viewer right inside the painting and make them feel as though they are actually there. An avid traveler since college, I am in a constant state of motion which has fueled my art. I've experienced many things in my travels from touring the great museums of Europe to petting Dolphin from our sailboat where we lived for a year in the Caribbean. All of the observances have been food and education for painting.
Much of the credit however belongs to my wife Cheryl I will admit. Without her enthusiastic support I couldn't have succeeded.
Many of my paintings have been in print by major publishers such as Bruce Mcgaw, Bentley House publishing and others.
I recently produced 62 paintings for Villas at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA.
Galleries include: Loren Sieman Fine Art and Slaymaker Fine Art located in Chicago, IL.
Think Fine Art and the Art Department in Scottsdale Arizona also represents my work. I have been represented in the Art Expo national shows since 1996.
?There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes.
By the Sea and music with its roar,
I love not man the less, but nature more??
Charlotte Moore has been working successfully in teaching, development of curriculum, and helping students realize their full artistic potential. She is also a professional artist and winner of several contests and competitions including the Foothills Land Trust art contest. Her mediums include pastels, computer graphics, silkscreen, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, block printing, animation, colored pencil, and anything she can get her hands on. Charlotte's passion for art stems from her students, whom she sees as a creative resource to bounce ideas off of and learn from. She is always eager to learn something new and share her knowledge with others.
Chauncie is native Montana artist that has spent her whole life seeing through artist eyes and creating various forms of art. She attended Montana State University taking various art classes then moved to the Phoenix area over 3 decades ago. She co-owned and worked for seven years at her Decorative Finish and Wall Art business as well as receiving personal art coaching from her professional artist mentor and best friend. Chauncie has been captivated and influenced by the South West's magnificent offerings of nature, as well as its unique light, shadow, movement and color there. Chauncie's love for painting with acrylic paint landed here in the Sonoran Desert where she finds and photographs her subject matter, then weaves her own design while interjecting her colorful interpretation. She wants to portray that our desert is truly a beautiful place, full of grandeur, alive with it's song of life and color, and it sings to us beyond or normal capacity to see only what is in front of us.
Cher Anderson is a wildlife artist and photographer with a passion for nature, texture, and color.
Cher was born in New York, raised in Mexico City and has resided in Arizona since 1990. A professional graphic designer by trade for 25 years is now enjoying travelling around the world photographing wildlife and collecting unique components to design her new line of jewelry.
Cher begun her journey as a fine artist in 1980 and her art has evolved into extreme photo-realistic images that entail the finest detailed brushwork. Hundreds of hours are needed to accomplish the finished representations that she paints today.
A painting begins with a subject, which she photographs in its element by going to habitats throughout the world. Once back in her studio, she determines the best image to work from taking into consideration lighting, background and the general feeling the image conveys. Once a detailed sketch is produced the work begins that sometimes takes months to finalize. Always trying to learn new techniques and methods, she studies the masters and applies bits and pieces of knowledge to make sure every new painting is better and more precise than the one before. Mainly working in watercolors, gouache and acrylics she brings her subjects to life and all the while remembers the moment when she looked into the animal?s eyes and met him for the first time trying to portray the story of the occasion.
During the past 20 years, Cher has experienced first hand the beauty of nature in all ecosystems throughout the world. Passionate about animals and intrigued by their behavior she describes it to be the equivalent of a surge of adrenaline felt by a thrill seeker. Getting that one photograph that is absolutely perfect is the most rewarding of all. During the last couple of decades, Cher has not only developed her artistic technique and ability but her sense of composition and knowledge of lighting which has lead to taking amazing photographs. While traveling, she may be in a helicopter shooting unbelievable scenery in Hawaii or on a platform photographing hungry grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Alaska, in the end she has collected tens of thousands of images that will be brought together for a very unique exhibition. Output in large format glossy, vibrant images will line the beautiful ?Venue? in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Taking her photography in yet another direction, she has created a series of fine art images in her studio, which embody the beauty of the female figure. Each image has a theme and the composition is created with perfect lighting, props, and imagination. Almost as if painting on a canvas, these images come to life with the help of an exceptional make-up stylist and lighting professional to have the final image as unique as a painting.
Approximately 8 years ago, Cher began experimenting with texture, color and shapes in three-dimensional form. Utilizing the beauty of natural elements such as semi-precious stones, shells, rocks, wood, fossils, bone, meteorite, minerals, pearls, and other components such as Swarovski? crystals, and beads from around the world, she creates a unique design for necklaces of which she only produces one.
During her travels she will seek out local artisans, glassmakers, and other talented individuals to purchase the highest quality pendants, which represent the best of it?s the city has to offer in handcrafted art. Once she returns to her studio she will use each piece as the center to her design keeping in mind the theme ?Mother Nature? and proceeds to produce a necklace that will be unique.
Each one is built with .925 sterling silver and each component, sometimes over 50 different ones, are designed into a symphony of color, sparkle, and composition.
Her necklaces have sold to collectors all over the USA, Canada, and Mexico and as far as Australia, China and Malaysia.
Presently, Cher lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband John and their menagerie of animals. On their beautiful ranch they raise giraffes, zebras, and Andalusian horses.
They have traveled extensively, visiting Alaska, India, Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Nepal, Turkey, Greece and many other beautiful and exotic places that have inspired her and filled her heart.
With her camera in-hand, she seeks out all nature and wildlife to photograph and challenge her into new creations. Throughout time, Cher has joined Wildlife Preservation organizations and is taking every opportunity to observe nature in its magnificence.
Cheri Reckers & Michael Ceschiat
Master Silk Painter (Cheri) & Ceramic Artist (Michael)
"My current paintings are inspired by patterns in nature. I have an irresistible attraction to colors, spots and stripes on flowers, bugs and plants and I'm fascinated by their life cycles and their role in the environment.?
Cheri Reckers earned her BFA with honors from the Columbus College of Art & Design and has been a professional silk painter for over 29 years. Cheri's paintings are often inspired by patterns in nature, especially from the flowers, bugs, plants and animals (including dogs) in her garden. She uses a "free-style" silk painting technique to produce most of her work (purely painting and free from resists). Her award-winning silk paintings and wearable art have been exhibited nationally and internationally and have appeared in numerous publications. Cheri has been honored with the Master Silk Painter designation from Silk Painters International.
Native Californian, Now Arizona Resident. Only recently returned to the world of Art after a career as VP of a financial firm, and a career as a published author of 30 Womens Fiction Novels. I am a wife, mother, grand mother, great grandmother, and Mommy to two wildly spoiled little dogs. I love to travel, read, ride horses, and paint.
My Artist journey began at an early age when it was discovered I was blind in one eye. Through daily drawing therapy I was able to eventually gain the gift of sight in both eyes. I am forever grateful that drawing helped to correct some of my sight problems.
In 2011 I relocated to the beautiful North Scottsdale area from Seattle, WA. My husband and I welcomed new friends, fabulous sunny weather, orange sunsets, desert animals and a new community. The beauty that surrounds us is my inspiration and never disappoints.
After completing a Bachelor Degree from Central Washington University in Retail Management I started my career as a Department Store Buyer eventually moving into Human Resources. I always loved working with fabrics and studying color pallets as a Store Buyer. A former Career Coach and Recruiter with over twenty years in executive corporate office placements, I retired in 2018 to pursue my passion for Art full time.
In 2017 I started taking Drawing classes moving into Pastels, Watercolors, and an Oil painting program with Artist Eddie Lopez. Studied with Kim Johnson Nechtman at the Scottsdale Art School, following her unique Watercolor techniques and this past summer joined Artist Beth Zink at her Acrylic/Workshops in Pinetop, AZ. In 2019 completed an Artist Retreat at the Georgia O'Keeffe Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu New Mexico focusing on the beauty of outdoor light with Plein Air painting.
I'm living my passion for Art and Painting and hope you'll see what inspires me to come alive through my work.
Photography and art offered me everything I always wanted - a way to record the results of my innate curiosity, the opportunity to do so in a creative way, and the freedom to move from one place to another.
As a full-time photographer for over 25 years, my love of photography has pushed me forward through the tough times as well as the absolutely amazing times. I have captured the quietness Mother Nature gives us to the amazing faces of man and beast.
Without a creative outlet, I am not sure I could exist with such gratitude and grace. Being creative affords me hours of quiet contemplation, allows me to absorb the beauty around me even when there seems to be very little of it and feeds my soul. Sharing my resulting images and knowledge is my way of hoping to bring those same feelings to those who view them.
In 2001, my experience traveling alone in an RV for three and a half years photographing the people of America and the work they do helped me to realize that fear can be very binding. Pushing through that was a constant eye opening experience. And because I went from being shy and timid to a photographer full of confidence and love, I knew I needed to share that with other people.
After publishing my book, Working in the USA, I began focusing on my fine art photography and conducting workshops. Being a full-time photographic artist and instructor, I get to do what I love every day.
Christopher Heede Biography
I'm a late baby-boomer born in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the age of eight my family moved to Greece for two years. During that time I visited many ruins and museums throughout Greece, Italy, and Germany. This exposure led to many of my ideas and had a direct and profound influence on my work.
Early on, I found myself working with my hands creating interesting things. While in high school I participated in several art programs and found my calling. It was during that time I took a ceramic course and immediately fell in love with clay. Following high school I attended Arizona State University graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics
While exhibiting in an art show in Cave Creek, Arizona, I decided I wanted to live in the desert, with its incredible sunsets, fierce monsoon storms, and abundant wildlife. I hired local architect William Bruder to design a studio in 1983, and spent the next year building it myself. While the construction took place, I lived on the grounds in a teepee, with my dog and the coyotes for company. The experience of teepee life and building a structure with only basic construction skills was scary yet awesome and exciting. It was another transformational phase of my life in which I grew stronger emotionally and creatively.
Throughout the years, I have continually looked for ways to develop new and interesting ideas. Early on, my work consisted mainly of using a propane and wood combination kiln to fire bowls and platters. I later began experimenting and refining the process to produce beautiful vessels using the ancient raku Japanese firing method. I then branched out into commission work consisting of decorative sculptures, tile murals, fountains, and sandblasted glass. For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of working with clients and custom builders producing unique and dramatic architectural pieces such as bathroom sinks, kitchen countertops, ceramic columns, floor tiles, and sandblasted and painted mirrors.
Working in and being surrounded by nature is what nurtures and inspires my work. In creating ceramics, or in life itself, the dichotomy of simplicity and complexity constantly inspires and challenges. My work embraces and embodies this theme. From the raku process, to a woodfire technique, to sculpture, to architectural pieces, I strive to maintain integrity in my work and make it a beautiful and timeless expression of my life and my vision.
7007 E. Rancho Del Oro Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 (480) 488-2630 www.christophceramics.com
Chuck is a retired Thoroghbred jockey and had a very successful 28 year career. He continues his passion for riding and showing reined cow horses.
His other passions include painting and playing the guitar and piano. Chuck and his wife Elyssa enjoy Cave Creek in the winter and Ellensburg, Washington in the summer.
Born in Korea, as Chulyong grew up, he discovered his love of people and nature and his passion for sharing this love.
Through drawing and painting. He arrived in United states in the fall of 2002 and Wit 5 months he had seven pieces of artwork J uried in to 4 different fine art shows. OVER THE years, he has been juried into many prestigious art shows, The Mountain Oyster Annual show & Sale and The Phippen Museum Western Art shows in prescott, Arizona, where he received the 2011, 2012, & 2013 "Award of Excellence" for the bast body of work. Chulyong is also an invited member of the Prestigious Western Artist of America, a Juried member of the Arizona Artists Guild and the Arizona Art Alliance , and he has been an associate member of the Oil Painters of America and the international Guild of Realism and a member of the Portrait society of America. He is currently represented by "Mountain Spirit" Gallery in Prescott, Arizona.
Fine artist working in acrylic and watercolor for the last 20 years. While in college I studied sculpture and three dimensional design which strongly influenced my love of texture in painting today. I am passionate about the desert around me which is a perpetual source of inspiration.
Currently Completing a Masters of Sacred Art.
Michael Swearngin?s interest in the American Cowboy began at a young age. Michael was born in Olathe, Kansas in 1959 and in his youth his grandfather taught him the heritage of the cattleman and rancher. Michael?s family moved overseas for six years where his father and mother traveled throughout Europe. There his interest in painting began.
Moving to San Antonio, Texas in 1973, Michael began his art career. Spending sixteen years there influenced him to develop the rich colors and textures in his contemporary style of painting. Michael now resides in Scottsdale Arizona.
Combining his interest in contemporary art with the fading heritage of the American Cowboy, he expresses these experiences to others through his art. Michael?s fluid acrylic paintings create unique imagery inspired by the rugged spirit so vividly seen in the west.
Michael gives thanks to God for his many gifts and faith; to the cowboys, friends, and family ? especially his grandfather, Lowell, and father, Charles Swearngin. They have supported his art career and taught him to keep the heritage of the West alive through his Contemporary cowboy paintings.
Since 2005, I have received 5 awards (first through third place) in the drawing category at the Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, AZ. Before moving to Arizona in 1996, I lived in St. Louis for 25 years. I entered many juried competitions and won numerous awards for my paintings (my medium at the time). I am a member of the Sonoran Arts League, the International Guild of Realism, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. I am currently one of rotating Artists in Residence at the Gallery at El Pedregal, Scottsdale, AZ. I have been juried into several American Plains Artists, Mountain Oyster Club, and Bosque Art Classic shows. My Coyote Crossing Studio has been on the Hidden in the Hills Artists Studio Tour & Sale every year since its inception! I have also participated in the Arizona Fine Art Expo since 2012. I won the People's Choice Award at the Sonoran Small Works Show in 2016 & 2017. My artwork has been purchased for corporate and private collections worldwide. Facebook: Dick Mueller's Coyote Crossing Studio. Instagram: dick.mueller
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To my mind there is no more grand a sculptural subject than the Buckaroo, his horse, and the life that they live in the great American West. The opportunities artistically and from an historical standpoint are limitless. The goal of any art should be to communicate, to carry on a conversation between the viewer and the piece of art being looked at. What I desire for the art I create is a piece that is compelling to the viewer and artistically challenging, a piece that will capture the viewers attention and not let them go.
It is what he brings to the table as a sculptor that allows Mattson to accomplish these goals. Born in California, his family was heavily involved in training and showing horses. Curt learned to ride and train everything from cutting and reining horses to pleasure horses while working on ranches through out the West. He was fortunate to learn how to make good horses in the tradition of the Buckaroo. To bring them up slowly with soft mouths and well trained. It is a tradition and heritage he values and is blessed to be a part of.
Curt rode for ranches from California to Alberta, Canada. It was in Alberta that he met the woman that would later become his wife. They worked together on a small horse ranch there, and then Curt went back to Oregon. It would take some time, but 10 years later the pieces fell together. On November 10, 1990 Curt married Wendy Gaastra, together they live in Arizona.
Curt's grandfather was an excellent horseman and craftsman, building saddles, bits, and braiding reins and bosals. He taught Curt how to build saddles and encouraged Curt to pursue sculpture, to tell the stories of the buckaroo. Around this time Curt ran across a photo in Southwest Art of a sculpture by Grant Speed called "Outlaws And Twisters." This piece captivated Curt and he still has the page from the magazine. It was then that he started thinking along the lines of trying his hand at sculpture.
Ranch work is a 24/7 job and left Curt no time to work on his art. However Curt's parents were supportive of his endeavors, and put him work in the family business so that he could study art. Curt started sculpting in 1983 and went full time in1988.
At an art show two months after leaving the ranch he was on, he met Cowboy Artist of America member Mehl Lawson, who generously took Curt under his wing and taught him from the ground up. Curt continued to learn from some of the top sculptors in the country by attending workshops with Fritz White, Herb Mignery and Richard MacDonald to name a few. While living in Prescott, AZ Curt's intensive training continued with Cowboy Artist of America member Pat Haptonstall. Many hours were spent under Pat's tutelage honing Curt's abilities even further. These sculptors encouraged Curt and gave generously to his artistic growth through their time and critique.
It is vitally important to me that what I create be first and foremost good art. My desire is that my work be historically accurate and artistically important. It is a hard line to draw at times, for accuracy is as important, but an accurate statement in sculpture that is poorly composed and modeled defeats the purpose of the creation. It must have both of these components to be successful. And in the end it must speak to others. Art must be about others and bringing them into a world that they love and admire. To do otherwise is meaningless.
Curt's life with horses is the grounding and inspiration for what he creates. To be a sculptor is the greatest of gifts in his eyes, and he is blessed to be able to share it with others. There is not a day that goes by that I do not thank the Lord for allowing me to sculpt.
Charlie grew up in a small farming community in Minnesota. After high school he attended North Dakota State University where he played football and was graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. From Fargo, ND he moved south to Northern Illinois where he started his career in the aerospace industry. His career took him from Rockford, IL to Arlington, TX, on to the San Francisco Bay Area, and then to Southern California where he met his wife, Joanie.
Near the culmination of his career, Charlie became aware of a need for a new rocket nozzle coating system to protect metal nozzles from erosion and oxidation. Within a year, Charlie not only completed the development effort, but had the coating qualified for use on the guidance system nozzles on a new defense missile program. That system has been baselined on several additional programs.
While living in Long Beach, CA, Charlie started working in stained glass. He even made windows for their home and was commissioned to make windows for friends' home as well. In November, 2006, after several vacations to Sedona, Charlie and Joanie decided they had found where they wanted to retire. Within a couple months they were homeowners and moved here in June, 2007.
Upon retirement, Charlie started a consulting business. While busy with his consulting work, Joanie started to get heavily involved at the Sedona Arts Center. She managed to drag Charlie along to a pottery class, but it wasn't his thing. His interest in the Arts Center grew, however, and he served on the Board until his consulting obligations became too great.
During the last several years Charlie developed an interest in fused glass, has bought two kilns and finds himself working on his projects in his home studio whenever possible. His favorite type of work is creating images using glass frit and building in as must depth as possible to give them a 3D effect. His new found hobby has also become his new found passion.
Joanie Wolter was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in the city of Downey, then college at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Sociology. She continued her education at Long Beach State and received a teaching credential in elementary education, and later a credential to teach math. Her teaching career lasted 37 years, and she spent most of that time working with "at risk" students in alternative educational settings.
Joanie took several mosaic classes in Long Beach, where she and Charlie lived, fell in love with the process, and after working with very needy students all day long, found that going out to her workshop was a welcome respite, and offered her a sense of solitude. She discovered the Art Center shortly after their move to Sedona, and took many classes before finding that ceramics was her favorite medium. After learning to create with paper clay and because of her appreciation of the beauty of the outdoors, particularly flowers, she began making them from paper clay to embellish her hand built ceramics.
Joanie took another artistic turn a few years ago. After taking a fiber clay sculpting workshop, she found a new passion, sculpting. The whimsical pieces she creates are who she is, a little goofy and fun loving. These sculptures are made from a type of clay that gives them durability and sturdiness. Most of her "senior series" pieces are modeled after her, a full figured, middle aged women ready to live life to its fullest. Joanie's Big Ass Raven sculpture received the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Sedona Arts Center's Members Show. She also received "Best of Show" for a roadrunner piece called Fast food at the 2012 Coconino County Fair. In 2013, she won an Honorable Mention for a Roadrunner piece at the California Sculpting Symposium. Her piece called "The Crush" won first place in the sculpting category at the Sedona Art Center's juried show. Most recently, Joanie was chosen Artist of the Year in 2017 y members of the Sonoran Arts league.
Joanie has been lucky enough to be able to combine her two passions; teaching and fiber clay. She offers classes in her N. Scottsdale studio, and has also taught at Mountain Artist Guild in Prescott, Az., Calif. Sculpting Symposium in Cambria, Calif., Arizona Art Supply, and many other places in the Southwest. Her new motto is "Have Clay, Will Travel!!"
Her business is named "Cuvee", a term used in the wine world to mean "a blend". Her blend of humor, creativity, and imagination, along with mixed media, create pieces she truly hopes you will enjoy. See her work at www.cuveeart.com.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Catherine has lived most of her adult life in Arizona and paints in her home studio working from her own photographs and compositions.
She captures the colors of nature in both sunshine and shadows, blending negative brushwork - using the white of the paper rather than white paint - with glazed transparent watercolors for vibrant representations of landscapes. florals and still life paintings.
Cynthia has been participating in Hidden in the Hills for 20 years at Jane Boggs Studio/Gallery at 33488 N. 55th Street in Cave Creek. An award winning artist, she has also exhibited in prestigious, nationally juried shows since 1999. For the past two years, she has exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Prices vary from $65 to $5000. For a glimpse at some of her specialty items, please look below.
While I have lived much of my adult life in Arizona, I was born and raised in Minnesota. Art has been an important part of my life since age nine when my parents presented me with my first set of oil paints. The quiet of my studio still reminds me of my childhood, going for long walks beside the river on our property. The divergent climate and landscape of both Minnesota and Arizona has helped develop my personality as an artist.
I specialize in creating custom-made fine jewelry. Many of my pieces are one-of-a-kind?insuring they have their own identity and Spirit, just like the person who wears them.
I usually begin by focusing my attention on the gemstone for which I want to design. As I begin to resonate with it? I listen?I get in touch with what I feel and how I think the stones want to be expressed?either in a ring, pendant, earrings, etc.
I try to get inside the mind of the person who will eventually wear my jewelry and get a sense of how they will relate to it. I get my inspiration from all different sources: art, nature, architecture, etc.
Creating A Custom Piece
When I am creating a Custom piece?.. I listen to my customers and together we outline a concept for the design and I then draw sketches. I think of myself as sort of a chameleon in a sense. As I begin to connect with them on a more personal level I get a sense for what they are trying to express about themselves and wish to validate.
Dan?s professional career started out as an actor in Los Angeles. He also worked as a producer, writer, production manager and film crew professional. His extensive film work has included working around the world in 16 countries and 40 states. Always keeping his interest in viewing art from everywhere he?s traveled, he became an avid art collector, buying and enjoying his growing art collection. It was not until his work in San Francisco on a film project in 2015 that Dan got inspired and bought some clay and started sculpting in his hotel room with some wire and a piece of wood.
Watched orbiting Sputnik through a small telescope in 1957 ? the start of my life-long interest in astronomy.
Collyers High School Art Prize, 1967.
30 year career in electronic engineering and digital systems.
Seven U.S. patents for semiconductor devices and circuits.
Astrophotography began in earnest for me in 2006.
Presentations on Astrophotography on European cruises in 2013 and 2014.
After a steep and comprehensive learning curve, in 2014 my first images were ready for public display.
Sales in multiple states and Canada.
Successfully juried by The Sonoran Art League, 2015.
David German is a longtime Arizona resident, living and working in downtown Phoenix for over 35 years. He likes to say that he was born with a No. 2 pencil in hand, and indeed creativity and an artistic bent has been with him for as long as he can remember. But certainly every opportunity to forma lly explore and hone that artistic side of him was taken advantage of throughout his formative years. He began to more fully realize and embrace his artistic talent as he immersed himself exclusively in the art curriculum at a liberal arts college in Illinois before relocating to Arizona. Once in Phoenix, David continued to advance and refine his craft in workshops and classes at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Artists' School, the Phoenix Center, among others, with a particularly enjoyable two-plus years of life drawing and painting under the tutelage of Phoenix artist Marlys Kubicek.
With a new wife, school loans, and bills to pay, the oft-spoken reference to the "starving artist" seemed to override a serious commitment to being a "real artist". Thus, a career in the world of suits and ties took a front seat, and being an artist, while rearing its glorious head from time to time and for varying periods of frenzied activity, took a back seat. Many self-only-admired and often quite gratifying creations came along over the years, and an inability to not doodle at all times remained. The suits and ties now a faint memory, the passion and energy for his art and the rewarding and joyous time spent at the easel and what results therefrom is in full force, and, yes, that No. 2 pencil close by.
Sculptor in bronze and jewelry designer and painter. Self taught artist with emphasis in military themed bronzes and structural and contemporary designs in jewelry. And my paintings are primarily focused on expressions of interest that capture my imagination, in between the my 3D art.
Debbie was born in Southern California and ever since she can remember she has loved to draw and paint.
In college she earned a B.S. in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in California.
At the age of 50 with her children grown she decided to devote more time to the art she loved.
In 2015 her and her husband moved to lovely Arizona to retire, well, she retired.
She is bless to be able to travel and loves taking photographs to bring back to her studio to paint.
She has joined The Sonoran Art League because she loves to be in the company of fellow artists.
Denise Racine was born in Hamilton,Ontario, Canada. For the past five years she has lived in both Gatineau, Quebec, Canada and Cave Creek Arizona.
Denise earned a college degree in Fine Arts followed by a bachelor degree in Administration.
At 12 years old she began studying oil painting from a classical Italian professor. Since then she has continued to learn through international workshops with great teachers such as David Leffel, Margaret Carter Baumgaertner and Tom Browning and Gregg Kreutz. She has also studied at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto.
Denise is mainly known for her portrait and figure subjects. Her preferred mediums are oil paints, carbon, graphite and colored pencils.
Dennis Kleidon, artist-designer
Chicago-born artist Dennis Kleidon paints robust abstractions that explore the possibilities of paint in action, reveling in color in ways that appear at first to be intuitive, but soon reveal a sure sense of gesture ? at once invigorating and calming.
Through decades of sailboat racing, Kleidon is influenced by the turbulence of water, the violence of the wind and the complexity of nature?s details, his paintings pair bold strokes with complex detail, where the paint smashes against itself to create a ?whitewater? of color. Dissonant, yet composed, the paintings display nuances that stretch the imagination and stoke the dreams of the viewer.
Throughout a hugely successful career as a university professor and as the founder and owner of Kleidon & Associates, a marketing communications firm, Kleidon continued working as a fine artist, drawing on a surprisingly diverse background as a painter, sculptor, graphic designer, architectural illustrator and classically trained pianist.
His fine art stretches across a similarly wide range of media from massive welded steel sculptures and photography to large figurative paintings, tightly controlled graphic paintings on film, and abstract paintings on canvas and paper.
Complex grids, shades and shadows, and perspective (in both the technical and philosophical senses) lie behind many of Kleidon?s works, giving them visual depth and multiple levels of information.
His recent work captures the live motion of the artist?s hand, layering spontaneity with control, and in that way, inspiring the viewer to see a fresh reality. In paintings that explore illusions of scale, perspective and color, these ?explosions of grace and power? create an unexpected visual wellness.
Kleidon received a master?s degree in art in 1967 from Illinois State University, a bachelor?s degree in fine art from Illinois Wesleyan, studied architecture at the University of Illinois and taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Akron where he developed Designer Grids, a perspective drawing system for architects and designers. He is the founder of Kleidon and Associates (kleidon.com). Kleidon now divides his time between his studios in Phoenix, Arizona, and Akron, Ohio.
Since 1964, Kleidon has exhibited his artwork in solo and joint shows in galleries, museums and juried exhibitions. The design work of Kleidon & Associates has aided its clients in the United States, Canada and Europe. His Designer Grids have been used by professional illustrators and designers around the world. His work can be seen at www.denniskleidon.com.
Peggy Pettigrew-Stewart?s award winning glass art has been featured in museums, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. Her fascination and unique journey in glass began 16 years ago, after battling cancer. She is one of the few glass artists to create glass using the Verre? Eglomise technique. She combines multiple processes & materials to create her unique glass art. She is one of just a few U.S. instructors to teach Verre églomisé glass. Ms. Stewart attended Pilchuck Glass School & Barcelona Spain. She worked as a member of Team Chihuly during installation of his Phoenix AZ exhibit.
Her glass is bent to release prismatic color, and is evident in all of her glass works, ranging from human face-to-glass expressions to individually themed art by kiln forming, kiln casting, sculpting, sandblasting & carving, coloring and use of exotic metals.
Ms. Stewart gives voice to the human spirit through her glass sculpturing of ?Heroes of Woodstock? a collection featuring the faces & art of legendary musicians from the Woodstock festival that defined a generation fifty years ago. She continues her decades-long fascination and experimentation with translucence and transparency, with color and light.
Dief was instantly hooked on blacksmithing when he saw a blacksmith demonstrating his skills at an arts & crafts festival in 2001. Prior to becoming a blacksmith Dief was a computer programmer (before PCs) and a mountain guide. In 1992 he started Phoenix Rock Gym, Arizona's first indoor climbing gym. His two passions in life are rock climbing (he started climbing in 1975) and blacksmithing.
There is something magical about forming hot (1800 degrees) steel with a hammer. The hammer becomes an extension of his arm as he works the pliable metal. His hammers range from little 1-pounders up to a 110-pound "BigBlu" power hammer. Steel can take on an amazing variety of textures as it is heated in the forge and worked with various hammers. Art is everywhere. Dief's artistic abilities have been expressed in gates, railings, door pulls, wall hangings, candlesticks and even resort luggage carts to name just a few.
When he is not at the forge Dief can be found climbing, hiking and exploring Arizona
Glass sculpture artist, David Wheeler hosts DESERT STUDIO #47 during the 20th Annual HIDDEN IN THE HILLS STUDIO TOUR & SALE ? a free, self guided tour open 10 am ? 5 pm on Nov. 18-19-20 & Nov. 25-26-27, 2016.
At the top of the tour map ? just 5 minutes from the four-way stop sign in the center of the town of Cave Creek, the gravel road leading to DESERT STUDIO takes you through horse corral country with wild desert views.
Here glass is cut, fired, molded, shaped, draped, slumped and ground. A gallery features 3D glass sculptures that are for sale. My works have been exhibited in prestigious galleries in Santa Fe adn are held in privately owned collections worldwide.
Commissions are welcome.
"My art is a record of my relentless search for the Divine Mother. I continually attempt to coax the Divine from Her hiding places - from the stone, the steel, the glass, the wood with which I sculpt - using the heart, the mind, the will, the hands which are in the tools She has given me."
Gordy was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, back in the days before zip codes. In the time when Grand Rapids, MN was always getting confused with Grand Rapids, MI.
Interested in art for as long as he can remember, Gordy was turned on to "fine art" during a high school field trip to Bemidji State College. When he saw the huge paintings on exhibit, he knew right then and there that he wanted to be an artist.
After pursuing a degree in art, he taught art in the public schools in Indiana at the elementary school level. He loved teaching the children and compares it to "playing all day long." Gordy has carried that passion for teaching art to children into his involvement in youth art through the Sonoran Arts League's programs to foster art education.
So, how did he get to where he is today? Starting out with a bit of painting during college, Gordy quickly realized that sculpture was his love. Moving to Arizona in 1974, Gordy started working with cast concrete. He created forms in clay and then made plaster molds of the clay and replaced the clay with poured concrete. Embedding pieces of steel and found objects in the clay and including them in the final casting enabled him to create sculptures that combined the various materials. These are several of his works from that initial period of his career:
By the mid-1980s, Gordy had moved into working with steel, copper, and stone. His sculptures began reflecting his translating spiritual concepts into solid models... something of substance. His ideas come from the very material itself. "The Other Side" is Gordy's translation of the esoteric astral plane into his vision.
As the building boom picked up momentum in Arizona, Gordy found his work in demand, not only as pure art, but also as architecturally decorative items. His sculpture has adorned such locations as the Radisson at Fort McDowell and even our very own Carefree Town Center. Gordy donated that piece seen in the two right hand pictures below to help start the Sonoran Arts League scholarship fund.
His architectural creations can be seen in many of the premier homes in the valley in the form of wood carving, sand blasted glass, gates and railing.
All work and no play doesn't suit Gordy, so he has his whimsical side as well, and in a takeoff on Picasso's famous quote of "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child", Gordy likes to say that he's been trying his entire life to get his art to look like what comes from the mind of a child. He might just be there... :)
12419 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and living in the middle of an extensive corn field. Justine Mantor's earliest experiences were the land and sky. Her earliest childhood impressions were the glowing sunsets of
In Mantor's mature work her inspiration has come from Arizona's varied earth textures and sky atmospheres which have become sources for Justine Mantor's Ink and Etching landscapes
Originally trained in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Justined earned her B.F.A. Degree with the nationally recognized Printmaking teacher, Vera Berdich. At Northern Illinois University, Mantor studied printmaking under David Driesbach, where she received her M.A. and M.F.A. Degrees. Mantor was one of the few Post-Graduate students to continue the complex layered Viscosity method of printing three colors at the same time on one plate using inks and heavy, rubber rollers on a deeply etched zinc plate. The method was taught in class and was originated in France at the Atelier of Stanley William Hayter.
Justine taught Printmaking Drawing, and Color Theory as an Associate Professor at Loyola University of Chicago for 22 years. She developed spinal injuries which forced her to stop the heavy, labor-intensive viscosity printing and forced to seek other media that could present the same layering effects.
Moving to Arizona in 1989 Mantor was able to pursue extensive experimentation with new methods for three years while she was the Drawing and Painting Artist in Residence for the City of Phoenix. She created workshops in collage, mixed media watercolor, and extensive work in Clayboard in color and textural effects. The varied Clayboards and Scratchboards from Ampersand have given Mantor new surfaces for experimentation. Using ink for painting Mantor concocts layers of iridescent inks bubbling up through transparent colored inks and combined with etched lines created with an etching needle, to produce a series of shimmering landscapes, sunsets, and desert cactus closeups. In addition to her large paintings Justine is reknowned for her small, incredibly detailed, jeweled appearing 7 x 5" desert landscapes scenes. Her painting have an airy, moving linear quality, similar to Van Gogh's passionate paintings.
The Southwest is a never-ending source of excitement and ideas as Justine Mantor is continually challenged to find new methods to illustrate the mysterious and changing desert.
As far as I remember, I was always looking to paint, sketch and create art in different media. I worked in clay, pastels and charcoal.
When I went into the business world, I never fulfilled my greatest pleasure in creating art.
In 2010 I moved to Arizona from New Jersey. I live in the Rio Verde Foothills. While walking one morning, I stumbled onto beautiful stones, pieces of cactus and wood. I felt I could combine these beautiful pieces from the earth of Arizona into jewelry. I get additional inspiration from the beauty of the sunrises,sunsets, mountains and surrounding landscape. The beauty of Arizona has energized my soul.
Making the world a brighter place, one smile at a time!
Dadra Hunt was born in the picturesque town of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Washington. Early on she was taught to respect and admire nature, and to this day she loves spending her free time out exploring the great outdoors.
This deep appreciation for nature and an extensive background in art helped lead Dadra Hunt, a.k.a. dhSeadragon, to the sculptural path on which she now travels.
Through her metal wildlife art and pet portraits, she strives for detail, dimensionality, and individual personality. Her sculptures also reveal a reflection of her own spirit and happy-go-lucky nature.
Dadra was first introduced to metal working while going through the fine arts program at the University of Arizona where she attained her BFA.
It was also at the University that Dadra began using the pseudonym, dhSeadragon. She had a class project to come up with an art name. dhSeadragon is the first letter of her first and last name. Seadragon is a nickname given to her by her father. She has been signing her art with this name ever since.
Each of her sculptures are hand cut and unique. The raw metal is hammered and shaped then layered. Acids, paints, and sometimes heat lend to the final process.
Dadra credits her dogs, Olive and Stanley, for being her initial inspiration for her pet portraits and wildlife sculptures. She was overjoyed when shortly after capturing Stanley?s likeness, she began receiving commissions to do more sculptures.
dhSeadragon Distinctive Designs have been seen at the Shemer Art Center, The Gallery at el Pedregal, and the Sonoran Arts League in AZ, The Coupeville Festivals of Art, Spoiled Dog Winery, and Friday Harbor Art Festival in WA. Her pet portraits have been featured in an article in the Associated Press and in the Dig It section of Dogster Magazine. She participates in charity event and fund raisers for organizations such as Lost Our Home Foundation, Liberty Wildlife, and HALO...
Being a supporter of people and places that care for and find homes for pets, or rehabilitate and advocate for our wildlife, dhSeadragon gives a portion of proceeds to several of her favorite charities.
Hearing heartwarming stories with the lovable pictures, and happy memories, makes Dadra thrilled to be doing what she does. Through her sculptures, she feels she is making the world a brighter place, one smile at a time.
"I don't do the same old traditions. I do adventurous, colorful and unforgettable!"
Diana Ferguson is a self-taught jewelry artist. She creates colorful, fun to wear yet collectible, jewelry using mixed media techniques and approaches limited only by her imagination.
Her line DFJ has been featured in and on Phoenix Magazine 2018 Arizona Makers & Local Gift Guide, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, @simpson.house on Instagram, 500 Art Necklaces, A Well Styled Life, All Things Paper, Art Jewelry Magazine, AZ Foothills Magazine Style Files, Fashion Should be Fun, Showcase 1000 Art Beads, So What to Twenty, StyleCeleb.com, The Silver Stylist, Wirework Magazine, and more.
DFJ is for the woman who loves showing off her style with artful adornments!
Diane C. Taylor
A third-generation Arizonan born and raised in Phoenix, I have a degree in German from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.
Glass has always interested me. I was finally able to devote some time to it in 2002. After trying stained glass and lampworking, I found fusing ? and my passion. I began by making jewelry and, after a variety of workshops and classes and the purchase of a bigger kiln, I?m working on larger items: tiles, bowls, plates, wall hangings and just miscellaneous items.
I love to play with colors and geometric patterns while maintaining a simplicity and elegance, and sometimes whimsy. My themes are the Sonoran desert, leaves and space.
I have work in galleries in Tucson, Cave Creek and Tubac, AZ, and Richmond, VA.
Donald Evenson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and grew up experiencing
the splendor of the outdoors. Since his youth he has been inspired by the beauty of nature.
After studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and design and illustration
at the Academy of Art College, also in San Francisco, he began a career as a commercial
artist in the Bay Area. He has worked as an illustrator for Boeing Commercial Airplanes
in Seattle and graphic artist and designer for Honeywell, in Phoenix. He has also
produced numerous murals and commissioned works for corporate businesses and
residential clients. Today, he enjoys traveling to many worldwide locations sketching and
painting en Plein Air.
His work has appeared in numerous galleries and private collections throughout
the world. He is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and Oil Painters of America.
Presently, his studio and home is in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Joshua Noah Dopp has been working with hot glass for nearly thirty years. As an artist his work takes many forms. Not content to have a signature style, Joshua is constantly experimenting and allowing the topic and force of the moment to inspire and inform his work. Trends apparent in his oeuvre include modernistic abstract bio-morphic forms to highly researched and studied architectural tomes on sacred relationships. The search for balance and harmony and the revealing of beauty by combining divergent and seemingly opposable themes largely guide his work. Although he currently lives in Arizona he is a traveler at heart and has lived all over the US and in Europe. His work has been collected by notable patrons and can be seen in museums.
Joshua received his MFA in Glass and Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and a BA in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. Joshua is currently a master level art instructor at the Mesa Arts Center. He has exhibited extensively from Santa Barbara, California to Zurich, Switzerland. To view his work, please visit www.joshdopp.com
We are juried artisans in metal and mixed media. We like to make what we refer to as "Functional Art" which is a classy way of saying "useful stuff that is cool to look at." Dos Gatos Designs (DGD) is devoted to enriching people's lives by bringing beauty to the everyday. Through creation of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind objects that merge art and functionality, the ordinary becomes the exceptional. DGD creates house-wares, home furnishings and decor, jewelry, and fashion accessories from mixed media. The combination of metals, stone, wood, and other natural materials produces an environment reminiscent of a time when craftsmanship and quality were precious commodities and the mainstays of life.
Art is an expression of the inward self ? to delight and be intrigued by participating in the experience of putting color on surfaces, experiencing the feel of texture and paint then to see the effort come into a cohesive presentation that excites the viewer ? and excites the self.
During my artistic journey, I have experienced oils, watercolors, pastels, colored pencil and acrylics. I have also experimented with wood turning, pottery, jewelry making and photography. I am now concentrating on acrylic painting as I feel acrylics allow me to best express my creativity through the vibrant colors and versatility of the medium.
I paint what I see around me in the Mountain West where I?ve grown up as a Colorado native, the Northern Sonoran Desert where I love to hike and observe the magnificent desert, and the sea where I frequently sail and snorkel and experience colorful fish and sailboats. I experiment with simplified shapes, intense colors, exaggerated perspectives with a few surprises sprinkled in.
Dove Lake Designs
Ms. Lydia Arnold
33550 N Dove Lakes Drive, Unit 1023 Cave Creek, AZ 85331
With a great love of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, the hills of northern New Mexico, and the high deserts of Colorado, my work is inspired by the regions' indigenous, vibrant, and simple native colors and designs. Like many crafters, my designing and building of jewelry was born out of the frustration of not finding the pieces I wanted to wear. I've spent the last 10 years working with various mediums to form necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants. My favorite look is a more-elegant take on the traditional southwest design. PS? I just LOVE bling!
Valerie is a native Phoenician. She currently devides her time between Bainbridge Island, WA. and her winter home in Scottsdale AZ.
Valerie's creative journey began as early as 5th grade when a teacher showcased her charcoal drawings at a parent teacher open house.
She has had extensive exposure in the Art Doll World having been professionally represented at the New York Toy Fair with her fantasy art dolls.
It was thirteen years ago when she and her husband began their "snowbird" journey. The art doll industry was slowing down and Valerie needed a more transportable hobby to fill her creative needs. Beading and jewelry making came first, followed closely by watercolors. To this day she considered watercolor to be a very satisfying and challenging medium.
Valerie's most current passion is working in fluid acrylics. This medium has released Valerie from photo realism and has opened up her mind to somewhat abstract art.
Art is a journey and she is loving the journey so far!
Draw Enterprise / Ken Ryan
Owner / Artist / Craftsman
1637 East Villa Maria Drive Phoenix, AZ 85022-1333
Draw Enterprise creates distinct rustic art and woodwork in a refined rustic fashion with wood, leather, metal and other mixed media elements. The objective of Owner, Artist and Craftsman, Ken Ryan, is to create a solid constructed family heirloom that will accentuate the character of the wood, its natural beauty, shape and form as Mother Nature presents it.
My granddad and my father were artists. Through them and their friends I learned art and philosophy. However, my mom wanted an engineer in our family. So I became an instructor of the University of Saigon, South Vietnam. I taught Physics and Chemistry and went on to teach Math at High School and College level in the United States.
When I am creating, I mix colors in a similar way to the waves of light that mix on a television screen, or the lights of a rainbow after rain. I seek out the chemical formulas within the colors to aid in preventing a chemical reaction in my artwork, once they are exposed to the light and environment.
Although I?m a new artist in the United States, I?m a recognized one in Vietnam. I was an Arizona Fine Art EXPO artist at Scottsdale, Arizona.
I feel comfortable with a variety of media and techniques: watercolor, oil color, pencil, acrylic, pastel, sumi ink, etc; as well as on silk paper, canvas, metal sheets, especially on silk and on silver or gold leaves under lacquer
Drawing is my need and a way to express my feelings with efforts to transfer them directly to viewers without communication by words.
Zoe has been an Arizona resident since 1991. In 1993, she received recognition from the Phoenix Indian Services for her Native American/Canadian affiliation of the Ojibway
Nation. She holds two degrees; a B.A. in Fine Arts, and a M.A. in Science and Philosophy. An award winning Artist and Teacher, her work has been exhibited all over the world. A professional Artist for more than 40 years, her creations can be found in the finest galleries, throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaii, and Japan, including on occasion, the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
She is a Juried Member of the Sonoran Arts League in Carefree Arizona, a member of the American Crafts Council, and of the Mountain Artists Guild in Prescott.
Often wearing several hats at once, she has been a successful Graphic Artist for over 25 years, and still employs her talents in this field. She was an Art Teacher for the public school system for 16 years, and still teaches privately, not only art, but also Universal Law, Sacred Science and Crystalogography. For 11 years, she ran a prestigious gallery on the East Coast in which one-man-shows, exhibiting works of well known local and international artists, were rotated every month. She was the Art Director of a County College for 12 years, and ran a successful retail Tribal Arts Gallery for 18 years. Currently, as a self-supporting artist, she is constantly working on new concepts, and exhibits in some of the more prestigious local shows, trade shows, Galleries and Museums, and is busy filling custom orders from all over the U.S. In addition, she is a Reiki Master/Teacher, and has an extensive background in Crystals and Mineralolgy.
She grew up in a very creative family of Artists, inventors, and scientists. Her Father, Justus Requa Sayer, a well known artist on the East Coast had an enormous influence on her work and style, while her Mother, Zoe D. Sayer, was very influential in developing her life's philosophy and love of Nature. Currently, she has expanded her inventive Jewelry creations to making detailed Nature Shrines, and illustrated Drums as well. Many hundreds of hours of labor-intensive detail goes into her unique and innovative pieces, and her work reflects world-class fine craftsmanship with the philosophy that it should be created without any compromise in the workmanship or materials. Unlike many artists who get into production work.
employing many helpers, she creates all her pieces by herself, and what she refers as co-creation with a higher source. She has her own website: www.earthabov-eskybelow.com which exhibits her Native American works, and it working on another site to exhibit her current works, which can be seen here.
It began with a bracelet my grandmother made and always wore. I have always enjoyed making things by hand?macramé, sewing, beading, woodworking, tying flies, but making jewelry was always in the back of my mind. When a friend showed me a piece of silver jewelry she had made in a class I immediately signed up and was on my way. After trying lapidary I was introduced to fused glass and was hooked.
My art is influenced by nature, southwest and Native American art and themes. I have learned to create silver and glass jewelry through hands-on courses, being influenced by and picking the brains of other artists, and never ending trial and error. I use the healing hands theme as my logo, both to honor my profession as a pediatric nurse practitioner and to celebrate my love of the artistry of creating jewelry by hand.
I have shown pieces in the Student Gallery at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, and the annual juried exhibit, Celebrating Art of the West Valley III and IV at the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise, AZ, and the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery in Fountain Hills, AZ. Best of all, I am supported by friends and family who wear and showcase my jewelry.
I live and work out of my studio in NW Phoenix, AZ, however I sometimes can't get to my workbench because I am backpacking in the Grand Canyon, hiking anywhere in the southwest, playing golf, fly fishing, designing on the computer, or entertaining friends and family. All of these activities serve as rejuvenation--time to ponder the next project, provide inspiration for the right clasp or connection, as well as feeding the other side of my brain.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. As long as I can remember I have loved drawing and painting. When I was 10 years old I went to the Philadelphia Art Museum on a class filed trip and I fell in love with all of the different mediums. It became one of my favorite places to visit while I lived there. My parents always encouraged and supported me in my love of art. Throughout the years I have tried a little bit of everything. Although I was never formally trained, I learned as much as I could through books, demos from other artists and good old fashioned trial and error.
Over the years, I continued to draw and paint for the fun of it, but I did not get serious about it until after moving to Arizona in 2006. My husband pushed me to carve out time to work on my craft. He encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try different things. I started with oil painting, then worked my way into pastels. I worked with pastels for about 8 years. They were actually my favorite medium to work with until I became curious about encaustic (painting with hot wax.) I have only just begun to work in this medium, but I find it so fun to work with and so fascinating.
Elizabeth Sun was born and lived in Hong Kong until the age of 7 when she and her family moved to Germany. At 17 she moved to New York. Sun graduated from the University of Virginia, with majors in Economics, Russian and Asian Studies. Settling in Connecticut, she embarked on what would become a twenty-year career in the technology field, with a focus on digital media. She advised Fortune 100 firms on how to make the transition from traditional analog media to digital media. In 2005 she moved to Arizona.
Sun did not come into the world with an urge to create, it has opened in recent years. With a life-long interest in design and color, Sun began to research the art of jewelry making. Although she took a few classes, Sun is predominantly self-taught. From basic beading, her work blossomed into the more complex and contemporary style she is known for.
Sun has an abstract aesthetic that is fashion-forward based on the simplicity of Asian design. Her work is often about the relationship of geometric shapes and organic form. Driven by her curiosity of how materials interact and relate with one another, she will often combine disparate pieces. Her assemblages are at once contemporary and organic. She avoids harsh chemicals and focuses on environmentally friendly processes. For Sun, the journey of the process is equally as important as the finished work.
Sun lives a non-conventional life. Her approach to life directly relates to her background of life experiences immersed in numerous cultures with strong Eastern influences of Yoga and Zen philosophy. Her jewelry reflects that from the origami folded pieces to the metal works. Her eclectic background along with her concern for the environment, the earth, and the natural world influences her work.
Origami: The origami earrings are made from small pieces of paper, ranging from one-inch to three-inch paper. A master at origami techniques, each piece is hand folded with care. Once satisfied with the origami, each piece is coated to make them durable and long lasting. It is this attention to detail that makes Sun?s work stand out.
Metalsmithing and wirework: Combining different metals, Sun creates depth and distinction of pattern and texture in her earrings, bracelets and necklaces.? To achieve this, multiple techniques are used, from wire-working to etching and embossing metal.? Sun finishes each piece with a patina.?? The overall finished work is stunning in its simplicity.? Sun works in one-of-a-kind and series.
Leather: In 2015, Sun introduced leather into her work. Through her continuous quest for new materials, she discovered sustainably harvested and dyed leather, fish-skin leathers, and vegan cork. In her hands, leather is elevated to a new dimension. This body of work is consistent with her unconventional approach to jewelry making and reflects her concern for the environment. Once again, her non-traditional approach to the medium creates unique pieces with simple lines and contemporary flair.
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Ellen Nemetz is a contemporary artist based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nemetz studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. As a military wife, Nemetz traveled extensively until settling in Arizona. She studied art at the Maricopa County Community Colleges from which she has twice received the League of Innovation Award.
Nemetz?s art has been exhibited widely in the southwest in solo and group shows including the Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum and a solo show at the Shemer Art Center and Museum. Nemetz is actively involved in the Arizona arts community. Nemetz is a former member of the eye lounge artist cooperative, the co-curator of the First Studio Gallery space, and an active member of several arts organizations. Her works are in public and private collections in Europe, New Zealand and throughout the United States.
My earliest connection to art was the matchbook cover in the 60?s that advertised, ?If you can draw this, you could be an artist!? At 7, I drew as many as I could find because I did wish to be an ?artist?! At 38, in midlife crisis I discovered the book, ?The Artist?s Way.? It changed my life and re-connected me to the passion I had buried underneath my professional career of 20 years.
I started to seek out workshops, dvd's and instructional books wherever I could find them and found the Arkansas Arts Center. It was there 4years ago I began studying with Stephen Cefalo in figure and portrait painting. I also worked with Stephen in anatomy and life model painting. I had 4 pieces accepted in my first juried show in 2013. People are my passion and I am intrigued by the quick gesture. I have completed advanced studies at Studio Incammanati with Stephen Early and Darren Kinglsey (Direct Students of Nelson Shanks). I attended painting boot camp with Jeffery Watts at Watts Atelier 12 hour a day intensives then followed him to a portrait study workshop in Encinitas CA. I?ve worked with Carolyn Anderson in Portraiture and spent a week with Daniel Gerhartz in March 2015. I started a group of artists working from life models in my studio weekly.
I am currently represented by Gallery 221 in Little Rock. I received the Purchase Award in Batesville Art Center juried exhibition 2014. I have my very first solo exhibition at St James Methodist church in Little Rock with a solo exhibition of over 50 pieces at Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center in Texarkana Texas in March 2015.
The New Year will prove to be a busy one. I moved in the spring of 2016 to Scottsdale AZ to attend the Academy with Timothy Reese. I am currently dressing the models for the open studio figure portrait there and joined the Sonoran Artist League in Cave Creek. Since I have studied with Sean Cheetam, Huihan Lui and looking forward to working with Milt kobyashi and Daniel Keys in the near future.
Ms Emily Cheang
4815 E Carefree Hwy. Ste. 180-201 Cave Creek, Az 85331
I'm an 8th grader at Sonoran Trails Middle School. I have studied art throughout my elementary school years, but haven't gotten serious about it until last year. I have won a few awards for my art, including the Jeff Cross Art Award in 6th grade. My art has been on display before at the Fine Art Center and the Desert Foothills Library.
Etienne LeGros Art
3370 N. Hayden Rd. #123-741 Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6632
Joan Tandet Nelson was born in Chicago, and although she is now a permanent Scottsdale resident, her heart still lies in the Windy City. Growing up in Skokie IL, she was close enough to the heart of Chicago to be able to take part in all the things that city had to offer, spending time at the magnificent Art Institute, as well as sunny days with the Cubs in the bleachers of Wrigley Field. Soon after receiving a degree in Special Education at Southern Illinois University, Joan married and was lucky enough to be able to be a stay at home mom to her three kids for 15 years. This is when she first had the opportunity to explore her creative side through quilting, starting out with traditional patterns, until she discovered more contemporary and, to her eye, artistic quilts. After moving to California with her family, she went back to teaching Special Ed, getting her Masters Degree and working in the classroom with students. Quilting took a hiatus during these busy years. Arriving in Scottsdale in 2002, Joan continued teaching with little time for exploring her creative interests. Upon retirement she once again had the time to pursue her passion with fabric. She continues to view education, now in techniques to work with and create fabric, as essential to the growth and refinement of her artistic style.
EZRA Glass Art
Mr. Brian Willis
Ezra Glass Art 1526 e El Camino Drive Phoenix, AZ 85020
My artistic life began as a young boy watching my dad create in his shop on the edge of our property in a land covered with sage brush and apple trees. Whether he was making a garden pagoda or a cutting board he taught me an early appreciation of hard work, fine craft and aesthetic detail. My love of glass began at the same time when I would collect pop bottles to redeem for a few cents. I was (and still am) mesmerized by the way light played with the surface and by the sounds the bottles would make as they bounced around in my bicycle basket. The best bottles were never redeemed. They stayed on my bedroom window sill where I could enjoy them as the piercing sunlight exploded around the room. My fascination never waned and to this day my love of the outdoors combined with a passion for history inform my work, revealing a trace of hand in a vintage context. Mixing natural, found and re-purposed elements with unexpected materials keeps my creativity engaged. I am currently obsessed with the notion of glass fringe. The delicacy and refractive beauty of glass combined with the loose and playful nature of fringe is a match made in my creative heaven. And the resulting sound is the sweetest lullaby you could ever hear.
Born in the suburbs of Amsterdam, Siep?s formative years were spent in the beautiful flower fields and beaches of the Netherlands. Siep enjoyed hiking and exploring the forests in the region, and the beautiful spring and fall colors had an overwhelming influence on his creativity.
Siep moved to the United States and was awed by the abundance of nature and wildlife. He has remained in the US since that time, though he visits Western Europe on picture excursions and to see his family.
Siep explains his approach to photography, ?Nature has many elements, each season its own character. The challenge for me is to depict this character in such a way that others become aware and enthusiastic about the often surprising and unique beauty of nature.?
Experimenting with a wide variety of fiber art techniques and designs, Laurie Fagen can take bright fabrics and create whimsy and fun paint whole cloth for a soft, elegant design or transfer original photos and stitch with metallic threads for a highly contemporary feel.
Fagen also creates fine silver jewelry, and is certified as a Level 1 instructor in Art Clay. In addition, she creates one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry and often incorporates polymer into her fiber work, by custom designing beads and other surface design embellishments.
She's shown her work in galleries and shops including in Arizona, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina and Iowa, and welcomes commissions that are highly personalized in nature to the recipient.
I am a second generation Arizonan. My artistic interests lie somewhere between my family's background in the horse industry, my interest in the dada, abstract, and traditional Mexican art forms, and my education in areas of both art and religious histories. I try to blend what I see in my daily life with what I feel and remember from those experiences.
My interest in photography began 40 years ago. I was working as an Apprentice Pharmacist for a Pharmacist who was also a photographer, shooting jazz musicians at night clubs in Chicago. The mystique and ambiance of those images of dimly lit clubs stirred my imagination to the point that I could hear the jazz being played. I was hooked and got my first 35mm camera when I was 17 years old. I would travel the streets of Chicago during the "Hippie Era" in the late 60's and capture the emotion of the young colorful people driven by a desire and hope for peace and love, as I did.
I am mostly self taught and spent one year studying photography at Columbia College, Chicago.
Although most of my professional career has been in public safety, in the Chicago Metropolitan area, as a Fire Chief for 25 years and 10 years as Executive Director of the Cook County, 911 system, as a young man I worked in commercial studios, portrait studios and as a wedding photographer. Throughout my public safety career my passion for photography remained, but free time was scarce.
Since retiring from my last position I have spent the past 5 years traveling in the west and focusing on Landscape Photography. My passion to create images that capture a moment that provokes emotion and stirs the imagination has been with me since the first time I watched an image magically appear on a blank sheet of photo paper.
Marlene J. Sabatina residing in Cave Creek, Arizona specializing in silver and mixed metal jewelry.
Her jewels are created with fastidious women in mind.
Each piece is personally quality checked and uniquely crafted and will be a versatile piece of wearable art.
Marlene's inspirations are rooted in nature.
FeAu Steel and Gold Jewelry - Kay Cummins and Out and About Girls
The Ferrous Mistress. The ferrous met the king. He brought her gold. But she liked iron. She loved it's strength and temperament. It's light weight and ductile quality. The rich texture of her hammer blows. But the gold, ah yes the gold. She couldn't stop touching it. It almost glowed and it looked beautiful with her red hair. That's how the story begins long ago and today I present its' modern interpretation. Enjoy. Touch. Wear.
Creating eye catching jewelry since 2008. Be one of a kind. Wear one of a kind.
All of my work is created in my studio, wether it is alloying and pouring my own gold ingots or enameling the cloisonné used in my settings, you can be confident that it started with my hands.
I have 2 distinct lines of work. My first collection called Out And About Girls is playful and colorful work, combining Found Objects with traditional metalsmithing. I am well known for my Fordite, Billiard Ball and Scrabble Tile work. I still create custom orders in this collection.
FeAu Steel and Gold Jewelry by Kay Cummins was the result of taking challenging classes, my work has moved towards an industrial and precious metal view. It's a look that is striking, edgy and sophisticated. I find the raw industrial feel of steel and the refined beauty of gold is a wonderful combination. Now I have started to add enamel to bring in a bit of color. I hope you will come along on my adventure!
At Hidden in the Hills my FeAu line will be available.
Kristine has been creating art since kindergarten when her teacher told her mom she really had some promising art talent. Throughout grade school Kris hung out with a group of retired women at the local community center so she could participate in the arts and crafts as much as possible.
She has been defined as a painter, a sculptor, and a ceramist, but no single word can describe this multi-faceted artist. Kristine works in many mediums, from steel, to clay and every color in-between. Her art reveals an eclectic blend of styles, techniques and mediums purposefully chosen to best express the art at hand.
?Artistic expression is therapeutic. I hear my own voice most clearly through paint, collage, texture and words hidden deep in the layers. Using primarily acrylic paints with my fine art, I frequently incorporate found objects such as tickets, fortunes, coins and keys to imply meaning or for simple sculptural value. My paintings explore the relationship between surface and depth, literal and metaphorical.?
Kristine is a Valley Leadership Alumni, curator of First Studio?s Art Gallery Space in downtown Phoenix, and has donated her time and talents for nearly 20 years to work with the youth and serve on the Board of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.
She is a two-time Governors Arts? Awards nominee and recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for her public art.
From kindergarten to today, Kris is still doing what she loves ? making art!
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Dr. Susan Thrasher
10040 E Happy Valley Rd. Unit 332 Scottsdale, AZ 85255
"I believe, as an artist, my work is a reflection of myself, my beliefs, my community and the land I live upon"
Exploring different mediums of art has been a lifelong passion of mine; However, two styles of art have always captured my attention - metal sculpture / metalsmithing and fiber art. I started taking classes in Navajo weaving at Fiber Factory in Tempe, and then on the Navajo reservation with both Jeanie Stick and Emily Malone. In Addition to weaving, we were taught how to gather plants for dyeing, to dye the wool, and to spin it which further enhanced my education.
Metal has been another area of growth and fascination. And at the age of 70, I picked up the blowtorch and began to do metal sculptures. I love the whole process of starting with an idea and watching how the metal moves and changes along the way. When the piece is finished, I find that the basic idea is still there; however, the end result has grown and evolved.
My work has been sold to private individuals in Arizona, Washington, Alaska and Canada and has also been shown in the following places:
The Gallery at el Pedregal ? March through June, 2017
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum -38th Annual Contemporary Crafts (Spring 2017)
Sonoran Art League-Small Works Art Show (2016)
Sunday at Shemer Family Arts Festival (2016)
Scottsdale Art Center-Eleven Miles of Color (2016)
Northwest Handmade (Idaho - 2015)
Mesa Art Festival - Telarana Fiber Art Guild (2015)
Yargo Art Work (Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ) Closed
I'm a Chicago native and began my art experiences while attending Lake View High School, one of only two schools in the city who's curriculum offered art as a major. My early focus was primarily color pencil, pen and ink, and charcoal. Years later, upon relocating to AZ, I attended a Heard Museum exhibit that included traditional Native American gourd masks which inspired me to embark on this (new to me) medium. My immediate vision was to express a more contemporary version of masks, using both traditional and modern techniques and materials. I have continually striven to find unique ways to broaden my repertoire using a mixed media approach which incorporates welded metal, wood, stone and gourds to create cairns and outdoor art sculptures. My work has been recognized and awarded by the Arizona Art Alliance and the West Valley Arts Council, is displayed internationally and nationally and I have work chosen to be part of the City of Surprise permanent art collection.
In 2009 I retired from a 35 year career as an Occupational Therapist. I specialized in the treatment of severe burn injuries, a profession requiring creativity and a strict attention to detail. Skills honed over the years were transferred from the serious side of life to the humorous as I began reinventing myself.
My love of one of a kind handcrafted jewelry made lost wax casting my first area of focus. An introductory class in fused glass at Creative U, a wonderland of creativity, formerly located in Carefree, added glass to my list of mediums to explore. Most recently my work has evolved to combine both cast glass and metals in whimsical sculpture.
The faces or "masks" of my animal sculptures are carved in wax then cast in either sterling or bronze. The cast face is fitted to a body which has been sculpted in either wax or clay. The body is then kiln cast in glass to complete the piece.
The majority of my work is animal themed. A lifetime of sharing my space with animals, along with my husband and sister being veterinarians has influenced the direction of my art.
All of my creations have a common thread. They are intended to just bring a smile.
Gail called Seattle home for 30 years before moving to Arizona. She had a successful corporate career but found her passion to be painting the first time she put brush to paper. She started with oils, but also can?t resist the challenge of watercolor. Gail retired 3 years ago so now has the time to match her passion for art.
Paulette Galop grew up in Michigan and has been drawing, painting, playing piano and taking ceramic classes through high school. She attended University of Colorado for a fine arts degree. After college she became a member of a small arts co-op making ceramic functional ware. Then adventure called, she traveled extensively, started a family and entered a non art career. By the mid 2000's she had the opportunity to go back to school and renew her passion for ceramics. While revisiting functional ceramics she found that was not in her heart any longer. Signing up for a hand building sculpture class opened up a whole new world of ceramics. She started experimenting with large sculptural forms and found a renewed passion and excitement. The technical challenges and unexpected surprises that came along were very rewarding.
Being an active outdoors woman, hiking in the mountains, riding her Clydesdales on desert trails and diving in the ocean, gave inspiration for her large sculptures. It reflects her passion and connection to nature, with its extensive colors, textures, and unique forms.
Paulette has been active in the arts community many years. She has shown her work at numerous studio tours with juried ASU Ceramic Research Center Studio tour, and juried Hidden in the Hills studio tour. She has had multiple gallery shows and has won several jurors awards. Her work was also published in the National Emerging Artists catalog of 2013. Paulette is also active in her community by donating work and volunteering for the last 10 years.
I was born in Winslow Arizona. My father was also born in Arizona and attended high school in Jerome, where his father worked as a miner. I have a BFA from NAU and MFA from U of A. I?ve been a publication designer, illustrator and fine artist since attending graduate school on the GI Bill and I?m a former Arizona Highways Magazine Art Director. My fine art it is represented in private and corporate collections across the country. Children?s book illustration has been an important part of my creative output in recent years and I have illustrated six books, three of them written by my wife Madeline. Recently I was commissioned for a painting by the Department of the Interior. The painting was of the Agua Fria National Monument for it?s Tenth Anniversary poster. The Agua Fria National Monument currently sells limited edition prints of the painting and poster. I also teach computer graphics at Paradise Valley Community College and have also taught graphic design at Northern Arizona University.
Fr. Glenn Jenks
5417East Milton Drive 5417 E. Milton Dr. Cave Creek, AZ 85331
I have been a photographer for about 20 years. I do fine art subjects including landscapes, willdlife, travel and people. I do formal portraits and candid portraits. Capturing people in those candid and REAL moments is my goal I studied at Scottsle Community College, doing B/W shooting, developing and printing. I love every phase of phoqtography: planninag, waiting for the light, getting the right shot with little editing work to do to and sharing my images. My motto is "May You Walk In Beauty) (Navajo Blessing). I am a retired Episcopal Priest and Lawyer. My last parish was Good Shepherd of the Hills, Caave Creek 2002-2009.
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2020 Celebration of Fine Art welcomes
Gedion Galleries back for the 13th year.
Visit Nyanhongo in Studio #148; see his larger works in the Sculpture Court. Celebration, a 10-week exhibition held this year, open daily 10 am to 6 pm.
Using imported stone from his homeland of Zimbabwe, Gedion Nyanhongo communicates some of life?s softest and most cherished concepts using some of the world?s most hardest of materials.
While many artists create by building, he creates by subtracting. The natural configuration of a stone calls to Naynhongo and he removes what doesn?t belong.
Using basic tools, he carves, scrapes, drills, files and sands all by hand. All the while, it?s as if the stone is guiding his hand to release the spirit inside.
Stone sculptures for home environments and corporate offices, both indoors and outdoors.
Lynn has moved and travelled extensively and spent many years in the Southwest; most recently moving to Carefree, Arizona. The affinity for using skulls in interior design in the Southwest sparked the idea of combining her passion for colors and textures to bring additional ?life? and interest to these skulls. This passion is displayed in the unique designs you see in each and every one of her skulls. Lynn's inspiration comes from many things. It may be the landscape, sunsets, stones, textiles, fashion or interior design: anything and everything in the environment surrounding us.
Drawn to the work of modern quilters and contemporary embroidery artists, I began interpreting their ability to create with fabric and thread my own designs in Mosaics. Incorporating glass,fabric,metal,paper,vintage gems,paper and beads, my art is filled with varied textures, patterns and vibrant color.
I have been fascinated with minerals & gems and have been a collector for over 50 years. I started cutting stones some 40 years ago and since retiring from my primary occupation have studied silversmithing and gemology as a way to not only enhance the beauty of the stones and minerals that I was cutting but to allow me to share that beauty with others. I create a wide variety of imaginative jewelry pieces for both men and women.
Having lived in the Southwest United States for almost 30 years, I have long enjoyed experimenting with a wide range of desert materials in my work shop. From gourds to desert clay, I?ve found ways to turn these materials into beautiful and even whimsical canvases and I?ve enjoyed ever part of it.
For years, my son and husband have seen me create artwork that has made them proud and finally after all of their encouragement and rave reviews from many satisfied customers, I?ve decided to harness this passion and my talent to bring my art to a wider audience. I hope you enjoy my collections & that you see a little bit of me in every piece. Member of AZGS/Arizona Gourd Society, AGS/American Gourd Society, West Brook Fine Arts ,Arizona Art Alliance, Tolleson Gourd Patch, Co-Op Art-A-Fair, Ca.
My Work has been displayed and sold at Art-A-Fair Laguna Beach,The Arizona Art Alliance, ChimMaya Gallery,LA,Ca Fountain Hills Festival, Mesa Arts, Sun City Grand, Wuertz Gourd Festival AZ. and P.J.s Studio Wickenburg.
Judy Moody earned her composite art degree at Brigham Young University in Utah, as well as a Special Education degree, which she taught for 25 years. She "accidently happened on" to a couple of gourds in a shop in Park City, Utah and knew right away that gourds would be an exciting new medium to work with. She now sells and shows at her studio, as well as teaches gourd classes at her home in Surprise, Arizona.
After moving to Arizona, Judy discovered the wonderful motifs and natural materials of the Southwest. She found that they lent themselves beautifully to gourd art, which also includes many types of weaving fibers, carving, and wood burning techniques. Over the years, her artistic style has continued to grow as she uses it to teach others interested in learning to gourd. She sells her prize winning gourd art in galleries, fine art shows throughout the valley, and from her own studio in Surprise, Az. Judy is a juried member of the Sonoran Art League.
Donna developed a love for gourd art over forty years ago. She purchased a raw gourd at a craft store and after much time spent cleaning and preparing the gourd, she sketched a design and voila her first gourd creation was born. She actually joined the American Gourd Society at that time. However, her interest in gourds had to take a back seat to raising her five children and her full time career of over forty years as a registered nurse.
It was not until she retired to Southern Arizona in 2002 that she was finally able to devote a majority of her time to gourd art. She considers herself a relative newcomer to gourd art, but has rekindled what has become a passion for this art form. After creating just a few pieces, she was encouraged by her friends and family who now own some of her works which are displayed proudly in their homes. She uses various mediums including coiling, teneriffe, wood burning, acrylic paints and various forms of carving.
Donna is also eager to experiment with various other mediums in her creations. Her pieces are heavily influenced by Southwestern designs as she grew up in the Southwest and has always maintained a fondness for Southwestern motif. Donna has been inspired by nationally renowned gourd artists and authors Bonnie Gibson of Tucson, Arizona and Robert Rivera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Donna has received training from both Bonnie and Robert on various mediums as they relate to gourd art. Donna is a member of the American Gourd Society; Arizona Gourd Society; Sonoran Arts League; Southern Arizona Arts Guild and Tucson?s Old Pueblo Gourd Patch. Her work can be seen at the Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) Gallery located at the La Encantada Mall in Tucson, AZ.
About Hank Keneally
From the time he was a youngster, Hank Keneally had a recurring dream - that he would live in three countries, each for a third of his life. In his aesthetic realm, his dream has come true. Along the course of his life's journey that includes years of study and accomplishment in the worlds of music, photography and painting, Hank has added digital imagery to his palette of skills to create a visual fusion of disciplines that is uniquely his. Calling upon such diverse influences as Mozart, Mahler and Edward Weston, Keneally creates a world of light, pattern and organic form that is wholly original, at once challenging to the imagination and nourishing to the eye.
~ Michael Johnson
Jon has done paintings and drawings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink. He uses computer modeling to explore forms that are later realized in physical media. He has done sculptures from tiny to medium size, jewelry to fanciful fantasy figures and geometric forms. The larger ones have been done in wood and in bronze, and the "sculptural pendants" in bronze, silver and glass. His work is available for view by appointment. For the future, he plans to continue to explore new techniques and forms, and to extend the library of items in lines of work already accomplished, especially the fantasy bronzes. Those pieces are fun and thought provoking, but also carry an element of metaphor for environmental and social concerns.
Julia has taught jewelry classes throughout the Valley, has her jewelry in the E. L. Blumenschein gift shop in Taos, and is currently working with the new Artisans Creative Exchange, a new group of Valley jewelry makers. She does most of her work in her home studio, sells at Hidden in the Hills and a few other shows, and accepts appointments during other times. She mostly does ancient wirework techniques like chain mail, but most notably Viking chain work. She believes that this life is too short for department store jewelry.
For the past 6 years, we have joined as a team to create jewelry with a different focus. Jon's sculptural pendants hang from Julia's wirework chains. Sometimes gemstones are incorporated into the pendants, and sometimes beads into the chains. We both are currently members of the Sonoran Arts League, and the Artisans Creative Exchange. We both have taught the A.C.E. group various techniques, and enjoy providing playtime' at our studio.
Currently, our shared work is being shown at On The Edge Gallery in downtown Scottsdale. Julia's other wire jewelry and Jon's fine detail Ink and mixed media paintings are also on display there.
Fine Art Printmaking
Our inspiration is found literally all around us, through our travels, the skies, the roads and everything in between. The medium we use to create these images is an art form that is centuries old. While new technologies have come along to replace it, we continue to retain the original process of handmade fine art printmaking for over 30 years..
We make original fine art silk screen prints. Silkscreen printing creates a unique type of art with a smooth, satin like surface quality that?s almost impossible to create with any other technique. We use the old traditional screen printing process of hand cutting stencils from masking film. Each color has its own stencil which is cut out using an Exacto blade. The screen that is used is a rectangular frame over which a mesh fabric is tightly stretched. The screen is coated with a light sensitive emulsion and allowed to dry in a dark room. The stencils are then taped to the screen and exposed to ultra violet light (or the sun can be used as well). When the screen is washed off the stencil leaves a pattern in the screen.
Each color is printed by pulling ink across the screen with a squeegee and pushing the ink through the mesh openings onto the paper. This process is repeated over and over, sometimes requiring over 40 stencils until the image is complete. Often it takes between one to two months to complete each edition, which we choose to limit to 30 or less, and they are never reprinted again. We use a technique called reduction printing, meaning we cut away from the original stencil to create another.
Each piece is a hand cut and hand pulled original. Due to the nature of the hand printing process, slight variances occur with each pass so no two are exactly alike. This artwork is not to be confused with giclees, or other mass produced, commercial reproductions or computer graphics. Each print is truly an original, handmade work of art.
Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Howard Borden.
After graduating the Parson School of Design and The New School in NYC, I opened my own Architectural & Design firm with clients throughout the USA & Great Britain. Upon retirement, I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1995. Having always had a passion for the art of photography as a pastime, I began to fully immerse myself into it every waking hour. I formed a Branding image known as hbimages, and am known as a Surrealist Photographer. To explain, I take my images and download them into my computer, then digitally convert them into paintings, inspired by the art of the masters i.e.: Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Warhol, etc. My work, in a wide array of digital projects, has graced the walls of many well-known private and corporate clients.
I hope you enjoy viewing my images as much as I?ve enjoyed creating them.
Heather Bailey is a full-time professional artist, a patented inventor, and a mother of three. Heather is a world-reknowned star in the textiles and decorating arena. With her sophisticated floral designs and smart geometric prints, Heather has inspired a new generation of style-savvy artisans and home decorators to embrace art and color in their everyday lives.
?Heather?s creations, including fashion and home-decor items, have been sold worldwide in the best stores: Fred Segal in Hollywood, Henri Bendel?s in New York, Printemps in Paris, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and more. InStyle, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Country Living, and other top publications have all highlighted her work. Heather has designed custom products for Target, for Michael's, and for Fred Segal. She has also contributed to books on business, as well as books on personal style.
As a fine-art painter, Heather paints powerful, beautiful images of figures, landscapes, and this world's lovely creatures, large and small. Heather wrangles the chaos of wild, gut-level expression into a refined and poignant outcome. The emotional truths revealed through the painting process carry forward to the observer where further discoveries are made. For information on available works and commissions, email email@example.com.
Born in Uganda, raised in the Netherlands, where I finished the school of gold and silversmithing in Amsterdam and now living in California/Arizona.
After I graduated I started traveling the world and ended up in California where I picked up my tools, bought a work bench and started making jewelry.
Now, 18 years later I am still making and designing jewelry and travel the United States to sell my art at all the different art and craft shows.
Hidden Valley Creative Expressions
6061 E. Cave Creek Rd. Suite 6 Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Patricia Miller is a Professional Artist, Art Therapist and an Art Education Specialist. As an artist, she has explored the painting process for over twenty five years. As an art therapist she is able to guide individuals through their exploration and reconnection with creativity. Through this process, participants develop deeply personal insight. The process facilitates a reconnection with the authentic self. It is purely an intuitive process - no prior experience with painting is necessary. Workshops are offered to inspire creativity and flow, are designed to jump start or unblock the artist within, and allows the learner to experience true creative freedom.
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Kathi Turner creates jewelry
that sparks the spirit of the
Western lifestyle selecting
stones native to the Southwest
set in basic metals ?
sterling silver and 100% copper ?
adding handcrafted Western and
Native American symbol accents.
Uniquely, Turner creates custom
ranch brand pendants and
storyteller pendants that depict
three important events and/or
memories for the wearer.
Commissions are welcome
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT.
Kathi Turner appears in
Cowgirl Magazine; Images Arizona;
Southwest Art; City Sun Times;
Phoenix Home & Garden
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HITH Head Quarters
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd, Suite 144 at Stagecoach Village Cave Creek, AZ 85331
This year?s the ?Youth Art Tour? at Studio 1 will be held at the Sonoran Arts League?s new Center for the Arts, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Suites 143 and 144, at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. The beautiful new center will serve as the information headquarters for the popular art tour. Visitors can pick up artist directories, maps and inquire about other tour details prior to and during the tour.
The League?s new Center for the Arts is also the perfect place to start the tour, as some two dozen students will be demonstrating in the courtyard. Guests also will be able to view and purchase more than 60 pieces of art that will be exhibited. The Youth Art Tour @ Studio 1 will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday for both weekends of the tour.
I have been an artist since a child. I always loved designing doll clothes and making dolll houses. I went from there to clothing design and have done that for 50 or more years. I also oil paint landscapes and did tile setting for myself and others. From there I found my way to silversmithing and have loved it so much I ended up taking lapidary to supplement my already burgeoning supply of stones. I have been a silversmith for the last 12 years and enjoy the process immensely.
Bonnie is an award winning artist, honored with the 2010 Edina (MN) Art Show Blue Ribbon for her painting "The Color Orange". Her note cards were featured in the Ardie & Friends Greeting Card Line. She also created the calendar "Our Town" (Wayzata MN), which raises funds for Interfaith Outreach (IOCP) in their yearly Sleep-Out Campaign, 2006-present.
Bonnie Dickinson Huntley grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Though the farm was a big part of life and recreation, her idle time was more likely spent drawing - it was ?her place?. Although she did not pursue a career in Art, that dimension of seeing beauty or soul in all that is around us never left. A mother of five, it wasn't until later when she and her husband began to spend time in AZ, and she 'found? Scottsdale Art School that she would have her special ?place? again. The opportunity and environment offered by internationally acclaimed instructors have truly inspired her.
"Art is a life lesson in respect, humility, being teachable - and the source of greatest joy!"
Imaj Art by Jami, LLC
14545 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Unit 2038 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
My artistic career path started when I moved to Arizona in February 2008. I had always been interested in painting and began taking a class through the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Dept. in March of that year. I continue to enjoy painting and use photos I have taken throughout the years as my inspiration. I have expanded the types and locations of classes I have taken throughout the years to provide additional learning opportunities for me as an artist. In early 2018 I took a fused glass workshop to learn how to make a bead for a necklace. I enjoyed the class, but discovered that bead making was not for me. I did decide to sign up for the six week fused glass class at the studio and I have been creating unique mosaic, string and lined glass plates, trays and hanging art ever since. I continue to paint, and always had wanted to start selling my art and it became a reality starting with my fused glass pieces. I stopped working full-time in April 2019 to focus on creating an art career and business, knowing that I wanted to focus on selling my art at festivals throughout the state. I love spending time being creative, cutting and manipulating glass to create colorful, unique and individual pieces of art. As a new artist it is my hope to continue to be accepted into art festivals and share my creations with others.
I moved to Sedona Arizona 25 years ago, and I have no desire to live anywhere else but in this beautiful Red Rock country. The colors and vibrance of the desert keep inspiring me.
In my jewelry, I combine high quality pearls and colorful genuine gemstones with Fine Silver, Sterling, 24K Gold and Bronze. All pieces are hand fabricated and one-of-a-kind.?I go out into nature and collect tiny natural plants and leaves, mostly around the Arizona country side, and also in high altitude regions in Colorado .
From the fresh plants I make imprints into a special mold material. These hand created texture pieces I work into the metal surfaces. In that way, I get positive plant image on the metal.
As an artist, Barbi?s goal is to capture the sense of tranquility in the midst of chaos, and interpret the beauty yet left in this entropic world.
Her journey in art began as an exploration of self in an effort to translate feelings that she could not communicate in words. It was a tumultuous, often dark time in her life and her work was dominated with deep reds, black, and heavy, rough texture. As her journey into self-realization continued, mindfulness and positivity became a focus for her. This became evident in her work as it evolved out of deeply emotional hues and moved into a place dripping with bright and vibrant color. Though her love for texture never waned, the way she used it shifted and became less aggressive.
As she fell further in love with painting, she decided that she could no longer limit her learning to experimentation, and hired a tutor to teach her the fundamentals of color theory and composition. During her first year of lessons, she grasped new concepts quickly which allowed for an explosion of growth in her work. As she began to learn the language of art, she became more confident in speaking it as well.
Over time Barbi?s goals have changed, and her work has matured from that experimental phase of trying to make a pretty picture, to a solid foundation that allowed her to use her art to translate the world around her. Barbi has produced multiple series that illustrate the efforts to explore her purpose. She always knew she wanted to create beauty, but it became important to her to create meaning as well.
It wasn't until she was confident enough to speak her authentic feelings about the work she created, that she was able to truly understand what she was creating and why. By allowing her thoughts to flow freely and expand outside of conventional, constructive thought governed by fear of criticism, she connected with her own work in a way she never had before.
With renewed sense of purpose, Barbi now endeavors to create her work in a way that is reflective of the human condition and of her vision of the contemporary world.
Having architectural interior design and construction background, but missing the more hands on creativity, I took a basic jewelry class and learned how to solder. Along with other self-taught skills, for the past 28 years I have been designing and making my Elegant Contemporary Jewelry.
Along with numberous ribbons and awards I have also had my work published in several books and magazines. 1000 Rings Lark Books A Hug, A Kiss, And A Spark Ring (inside cover), Making Metal?Beads Lark Books Time Ribbon Beads in Gold, the American Art Collector Alcove Books, 500 Gemstone Jewels Lark Books Directions Gold and Gemstone Brooch/Pendant, Art Jewelry Today 2 Schiffer Books, Best Of Worldwide Jewelry Artists Kennedy Publishing, the honor of the Cover of Showcase 500 Rings Lark Books with my signature Satellite Series Gold and Aquamarine Ring, and 1000 Beads Lark Books with my known Time Ribbon Beads Gold and Oxidized sterling silver & Gold.
I have built a strong clientele that continues to acquire my jewelry at the various juried art and craft shows across the county, and commissioning custom designed pieces, inspiring me to keep designing and creating new work for them to see and collect.
John David Yanke
Artist / Teacher
?If you can make one thing in your life beautiful you can start to expand your relationship with beauty into other elements of your life. That act of making something beautiful is an invitation to the divine. ? Dr. Jordan Peterson.
I lost everything twice. The second time was easy as there wasn?t much to lose. I know the value of what can be owned, yet am conscious of the eventuality of convenience; things tend to go unnoticed, appear tasteless and transparent and are discarded. Mattress springs offer a loaded image for the viewer and for me they are a mental and physical contradiction. They are a malleable yet stubborn material. The design is brilliant in that it contains no positive fasteners ? material and form work in union to maintain shape ? an everlasting test for me to reimagine, reconstruct and reorganize. They are places of rest. We spend half of our lives on them. They are my raw material.
In a way my contorted, reordered bedspring sculptures depict or symbolize violence anesthetized. They are the beauty of force, order coerced into a kind of splendor, subdued by color ameliorating the violence of their making. The Plutonic shaped pieces represent a more logical approach to manipulation or restructuring. Like me, they immerse themselves into their environment without calling too much attention to themselves.
John David Yanke is originally from Wisconsin, received his bachelor?s degree in fine art, painting from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is expecting a masters degree of fine art from Azusa Pacific University July 2019. John designed seats and saddlebags for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in the 1990s, operated a mural and faux painting business and remodeled homes in the early 2000s and currently teaches all levels of art at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. You can see more of his sculptures at www.jdavidart.com
Jo Weisman lives in Surprise, AZ. Born in Nebraska, many of her paintings are inspired by the open spaces characteristic of the Nebraska Prairies. Growing up with horses, led to her longtime passion to recreate their strengths and beauty. Other works of art are memories of time spent near the ocean and the mountains of Montana. Jo Ann studied with Frances Travers in California and pastel and portrait technique at the Univ. of Colorado. She spent time at La Romita, an art school in Italy with Julie Gilbert
Pollard. Other interests include a Saddle Club and she contributes to her daughter Heidi's recycled glass art projects in Santa Fe. Currently, Jo also sells in her younger daughter's Kara's salon and gallery in hometown, Nebraska.
Jim Bruce grew up in a small Midwest town with his parents who had an antiques business specializing in folk art. He has been married for 48 years to his wife Judy, who is an artist, and has been immersed in the art world for over 50 years.
After retiring from the practice of law in Chicago to reside in Cave Creek, AZ, 15 years ago, he began working in cement and rebar to pass the time while Judy was in her studio painting. People started taking interest in the sculptures while attending Judy?s studio during Hidden in the Hills.
In addition to the cement animals Jim has now taken up ceramics and is in the process of learning to throw and hand build, which eventually will lead to ceramic animals.
The animals have been chosen for exhibition at the Desert Foothills Library and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. Jim is a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League and has been a host studio for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. The animals are in collections all over the valley as well as well as nationally.
Judy Paxton Bruce was born in the small town of Danville, Illinois on a lake with forests and gardens surrounding her. Everyone knew, even when she was young, that Judy was an artist because of her constant coloring, drawing and fantasizing. From fourth grade on, her teachers sat her at the back of the classroom painting for local art contests. She has always been passionate about color, texture, expression and uniqueness and figural work. In college, painting, as well as printmaking, was a passion but after walking into a classroom, she fell in love with teaching and spent thirty-five years working in elementary and junior high art. During that time she spent summers painting and had an antique and fold art business. Soon after retirement, Judy and her husband Jim moved to Cave Creek after falling in love with its beauty and serenity. Judy now paints and works with mixed media full time in her studio on Galloway Wash.
1968?BFA, Illinois Wesleyan University, Major/painting, Minor/education
1968-1978?Elementary art teacher, Skokie, IL, winning the Kohl International Teaching Award of Excellence, the Illinois State Board of Education?s ?Those Who Excel Award? and the Marjorie Wedel Award.
1978-2001?Junior High School Art teacher
1979?Northern Illinois University summer MFA program
1984?Interdisciplinary Arts Masters Degree-Loyola University, Chicago
1984?TDK ?Japan Trails ?*5? won trip to Japan with student
2005?Z Gallery, Rhode Island, ?heARTGoes Red for Women? show
2005?Herberger Theater Art Show ?Not Just Another Pretty Face?
2007-2008?Chairman of the Visual Arts Cave Creek Fine Arts Festival
2008?Two pieces selected for the Herberger ?Impritur? Art Show, Phoenix
2007-2010?President of the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival
2007-2008?Cover Artist Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
2008?ArtZBeat Magazine article, ?Art is Her Life?, Judy Paxton Bruce
2009?Five prints chosen for the ?Printmaker?s Show? at the Center
2009?Six paintings chosen for exhibition at the Center Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2009?Three miniature art works chosen to be exhibited at the ?Small Works Show?, Sonoran Arts League Gallery, Cave Creek, AZ
2010?Prize Winner ?Small Works Show? for ?Mike?
2010?Level 9 Gallery, Cave Creek, AZ, 2-man show
2010?Solo Exhibition for Annie Lloyd-May, Scottsdale, AZ
2010-2013?Host Studio for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
2013?Cover Artist for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
2013?Represented by Harvey Pranian Art & Antiques, Chicago, IL
2013?Article in Images AZ, November.
2014?Best in Show, Brio Gallery at Foothills Foundation
2015?Van Gogh?s Ear Gallery, Prescott,
2015?Printmaking Show, Holland Center, Scottsdale, AZ
2015?Solo Exhibition at Adornments, Scottsdale, AZ
Jacki Cohen glass art designs, LLC
20701 N. Scottsdale Rd#107-507 Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Fused glass artiFst Jacki Cohen is fascinated by bold color, vibrant design, and the fiery beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Largely self taught, Cohen finds inspiration everywhere. From the vivid natural scenery surrounding her North Scottsdale studio, to a clever wardrobe ensemble, to a stacked pesto Caprese salad, Cohen?s unique eye for color and design fuels her to re-envision ordinary objects into extraordinary expressions of fused glass artwork.
Having worked in fused glass design for over a decade, Cohen has a knack for creating both functional and decorative pieces for homes, work spaces, and one-of-a-kind gifts. A juried artist, Cohen is consistently participating in some of the most prestigious juried exhibits and shows in the Southwest.
?I?ve worked in many art media,? explains Cohen. ?But fused glass is what ignites my spirit. Once glass reaches a heat of 1500 degrees, it becomes soft and pliable. By carefully cutting and layering sheets of glass you are given limitless possibilities.?
She?s been featured in Phoenix Magazine 2019, Artsy Shark 2019, Voyage Phoenix, Arizona Jewish Life, Phoenix Jewish News and North Scottsdale Lifestyle magazines, has won numerous awards in juried shows around the state, and was the winner of Best of Jewish Phoenix Arts and Culture in May, 2018.
Jacki accepts commissions and welcomes visitors into her studio by appointment.
Visit her 11 piece permanent installation at Congregation Beth Israel in Phoenix, AZ or view her online gallery at
Email: Jacki@JackiCohenGlassArtDesigns.com Cell: 480-510-6356
Painting is my passion! My work is a collection of places, feelings of color, light and dark, movement and stillness that I translate into non-representational abstracts. Each work is intuitive allowing the viewer to engage imagination, interpreting and reacting to what they see. A successful work is one that forms a connection, evoking an emotion that impacts and stays with the person viewing my art.
HIDDEN IN THE HILLS - STUDIO 27 Jane has been a working Gourd Artist for 20 years. Her large "Avatar" mask was selected to be the cover art for HITH in 2013. She and five, very talented, other artists will be available at her Studio/Gallery during this years HITH 2014. See page 106 in the HITH Directory.
Jane's work will also be displayed at the Hidden In The Hills Showcase 2014 at the Desert Foothills Library from Oct. 3rd to Dec. 5th, 2014.
Janes' designs are all one-of-a-kind and all reflect her love and appreciation of nature. Each piece is developed with a drawing done on the gourd. Most designs are then carved, painted and embellished which creates their own original look and to compliment the organic surface of the gourd. The unusual contours add to the interesting designs of the sculpture figures and masks that are her personal favorites. She also adds clay to some of her figure pieces for an even more realistic life form..
Jane also enjoys teaching at her home studio in the beautiful Sonoran desert.
Classes are posted on her website or schedule your own private group class.
She will be showing her work at the AZ Fine Art Expo 2015 in Scottsdale and can be seen in her Studio/Gallery most days. Stop by for an enjoyable and interesting art experience
?This is what I was born to do. From the time that I was 8 years old I knew that I would be an artist. There just wasn't any doubt, no second choice, no question. To create art, in whatever form it may be, is part of my purpose in this life."
While recognized throughout the western United States for her vibrant pastel paintings, artist Jane Nassano is best known for her diversity. From large scale works to tiny miniatures, her realistic soft pastel florals, nudes and landscapes captivate her viewers and collectors. For a completely different twist from the controlled realism of her pastels, she is also working on a new series of mixed-media sculptures and monoprints which are abstract and unexpected. Using bits and pieces of found
objects, glass, metal and crystals, they tell whimsical stories with recycled materials.
Jane Nassano holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University, with a specialization in Graphic Design. She founded her own Graphic Design Firm in Laguna Beach, California and has completed post graduate work at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, as well as in the Master of Fine Arts program at California State University, Fullerton.
With a change from commercial to fine art, and a return to Phoenix, Arizona, Jane has now been a working Fine Artist for over 20 years. She has won numerous awards for her work in both graphic design and fine art. She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.
Her work can be seen at On the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave. in Scottsdale.
Commissions are accepted in a wide range of subject matter.
JASON LEVI, is a Juried Member of the Sonoran Arts League and the Arizona Art Alliance. Born in Italy, he came to the United States at the age of 10. Raised in New York City, he returned to Europe where he owned and operated commercial and portrait photography studios in Barcelona, Spain and Rome, Italy for several years. As a portrait photographer he was the official portrait photographer for the Spanish Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cadiz, and Salvador Dali, French actor and entertainer, Yves Montand, and recently Georgia Lord, the Mayor of Goodyear, AZ.. Jason's work is influenced by the old masters, Caravaggio and Rembrandt, as well as photographer Ansel Adams. He employs their techniques of light and shadows in my landscapes to achieve a dramatic image. Jason's work has been shown at the Toledo Museum of Art, and at the Louvre Museum as part of the Exposure Awards 2015, and recently won First Place in the Las Vegas 2016 International Juried Art Competition at the Red Room Art Gallery and First Place at WHAM Art Center?s Capture and Create exhibit. Jason has exhibited at El Pedregal Art Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and at the Anthem Civic Building in Anthem, AZ. His work has been shown at the Museum of the Mountain Man, in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Having been a professional artist for over 20 years in various mediums, I have developed a passion for encaustic wax painting and have incorporated my vast knowledge in mixed media to this new medium. Materials used in my abstracts, include, but not limited to acrylic paint, alcohol inks, oil pastes, metallics including Gold and Silver Leaf, other metals and found objects. By applying these techniques and heating and cooling the wax at different stages, gives my work a three dimensional and highly textured look. These paintings have a very organic feel and look as to resemble land masses, clouds, ocean-scapes and various terrains as if looking from above. It is this encaustic technique that let's the observers mind wander and imagination soar with subjective interpretation."
Romantic Realist, Jeanne Bonine, is internationally known for her rich and lush floral paintings. Her larger than life over sized watercolors and oils draw you into the essence of her subjects from exotic birds and garden wonders to the majesty of a single rose.
Over her 50 year span of creating, Jeanne has earned the integrity that comes with that of a successful and seasoned artist. Her award winning paintings are executed masterfully, with light and movement being an integral element of her work. The detail of her subjects along with her fluid approach to backgrounds, create a magical combination that speaks of passion, strength, and softness while capturing the romance of timeless beauty.
Arizona has exhibited Bonine's paintings at the West Valley Art Museum, The Phippen Western Art Museum and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum who recently showcased her work in the 2020 "FLOWER POWER EXHIBIT". Yearly exhibits are at the Fine Art Expo in Scottsdale and Hidden in the Hills Studio tour.
Her studio gallery in North Scottsdale is open by appointment and for exclusive showings. Should you have the opportunity to visit, she may be moved to read her prose published in her coffee table book, "Inspirations of Timeless Beauty". This beautiful book features her paintings, prose and inspirational life's journey.
I enjoy experimenting with glass to bring out its beauty, and create pieces that delight others. Glass art has been my passion for more than a decade. I like to use glass as a center piece with other mediums like metal or canvas using painting, embossing and other techniques. Whether it is a colorful bowl or an interesting wall decor I enjoy playing with color and form.
Having parents who shared a deep appreciation for the arts, it seemed only natural for Jeni to develop a keen interest at an early age. Employing the Jon Gnagy " Learn to Draw Kit" as her primer, she was encouraged to explore and develop her artistic talents. Through private lessons with a noted local artist in her hometown, she soon came to the conclusion that she was happiest when holding chalk, charcoal, crayons, or a paintbrush.
In selecting a college, Jeni trusted her instincts and enrolled at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio majoring in Art Education. It was during this time that she was able to experience wider subject matter and be exposed to all art mediums. At this time, working in metals and jewelry were the cornerstones of her background. Upon graduation with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education, she accepted her first teaching assignment. As a teacher, your primary responsibility is to teach; leaving limited time to develop your own skill set. Throughout a 30 year career in teaching art to kindergarten - high school age students, Jeni knew there would be time, albeit later, that she could return her focus to the area where she felt the strongest attachment.
In retirement, Jeni was fortunate to move to a community with a complete pottery studio. In developing her skills thru classes and endless hours of experimentation, the dormant skills that had been shelved teaching and being mom for her family resurfaced. Teaching in the studio became a sharing process with others while taking advanced classes further enhanced her abilities. Finally, moving to her own studio has allowed Jeni the freedom to grow as an artist and incorporate her life experiences into creative expression.
It's been her good fortune to create specific pieces for individuals to display in their homes. These commissions are as varied as a 12 plate wall set with a 3 panel tryptic to a 10 piece garden totem based on a train engineers theme. All of the specific requests are one of a kind representations that incorporate her love of texture and color. Should you have any questions feel free to ask.
College Professor(PVCC) for 7 years. Over 1000 students. Over 3000 images published since 1977 including 15 covers. 600 images published just in Arizona Highways Magazine. 5 coffee table books. True TRADITIONAL fine art photography
Jessica Anne Thomas
10645 North Tatum Blvd # 339
Phoenix, AZ 85028
My name is Jessica Anne Thomas. I am a fine artist. My primary medium is oil paint on canvas. For the past 4 years I have painted in my studio space in a commercial center on the Southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd. In Scottsdale.
Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I began drawing and sketching in my primary school years. Born and raised in Southeastern, Wisconsin city scapes, buildings, Lake Michigan and the rolling green country of the Midwest were the subjects of my artistic exploration and expression. I enjoyed experimenting with all types of media including pencil, watercolor, tempera, ink, pastels, acrylics, oils etc. After college ( University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Extension) I embarked on a career in the field of Architecture and Interior Design. I continued to paint in the little spare time I had. My career in architecture has influence my art. I developed my skill in design and delineation as my archtectural career progressed .After rewarding 25 years owning and operation my successful commercial architectural firm it was time in 1994 to pursue my first love, oil painting. I moved to Arizona and began my second career as a professional artist. Since moving to AZ I have sold 56 painting.I have shown at the Thunderbirds outdoor shows in the Valley as well as The Tucson Art Fair. Some of my work has been sold through various fine art galleries. ( see list at the end of these remarks).
Many of my paintings tend toward subjective. However I have a body of contemporary abstracts that I am proud of.
My creative process is continuous. I observe and absorb every aspect of my environment and experience in life as a resource for creative expression. A painting begins when I am creatively challenged to represent what I see in a way that uniquely communicates my feelings about a subject. The subjects I choose to paint represent symbolic images of my feelings about them. I am moved to paint subjects and portray events that I have experienced in a way that is pleasing to the eye and stimulating to the intellect. I consider my work to fit into the broad catagory of Subjective Realisim. I am not interested in capturing a photo-realistic image of my subject, rather an image of what I see thru the filter of my personality and experience. "I am an optimist by nature. I am positive, hopeful and enthusiastic about the world around me. My approach is traditional. I prepare study sketches of my concept. When I am satisfied with the overall composition and value range of my drawing I transfer my sketch to canvas. I use a toned under-painting over which I paint directly. The final result is an oil painting that is a combination of direct vivid and rich oil colors and subtle toned and tinted washes. The surface of my paintings is smooth and finished. The overall affect is a refined, professional and finished work of art. As an artist my mission is to beautifully communicate a simple idea. I use form, color, paint and light in combination as communication symbols to represent my perception of the visual world as I see and experience it. I strive to paint what I see in a way that stimulates the intellect, warms the heart and celebrates the human spirit.
Certified GRUMBACHER Acrylic Fine Art Painting Instructor ? MICHAEL'S 2014 to current
Studio7Gallery 10333 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale. AZ - 2012 to Current
BELLEZA FINE ART GALLERY Bisbee, AZ - bellezagallery.org
ESPIRIT FINE ART & FRAMES Phoenix,AZ - espritidecor.com
MAIN BOOKSTORE AND FINE ART GALLERY Cortez, CO
CORDERMAN ART RESOURCES, LLC Phoenix, AZ - firstname.lastname@example.org
ART LINK FINE ART GALLERY, Cheyenne, WY
JURRIED Shows THUNDERBIRD ARTISTS / SCOTTSDALE FESTIVAL OF ART / ZAPP.com Member
Since I can remember I have always had more than a passion for jewelry (probably an obsession!). I loved the sparkle and needed to know "how did they make that?".
But studying art wasn't an option... then in 2004 I made a big change in my life when I closed my business (A Children's Travel Camp Summer Program) and began to pursue my dream and started studying Jewelry Making and Design in New York.
Then in May 2011 my husband and I decided to permanently move to Cave Creek, Arizona. Designing jewelry in the desert has inspired me to do things differently. Since all my designs are made in wax first (I think I dream in wax!), texture and nature tend to influence me easily and help my designs evolve.
Jewelry signifies my passion for life! I am always excited to see how stones combined with textures, and different metals tell a different story!
That is what I set out to do each time I create a new design. A new story is told with each piece I make... and I love meeting with the people who look at my jewelry, so I can share that story with them! I want the people who wear my designs to be as excited as I am each time they put it on!
Waynette Bernt has had a lifelong affinity for the arts as evident any visit to her residences. She has an assembly of fine paintings displayed on the walls and multitude of glass pieces on all shelves.She also expresses herself creating and selling semi precious gemstone jewelry to Chic shops. Two years ago she enrolled in beginner stained glass classes. She has continued taking advanced stained glass classes and finds inspiration in organic nature of glass and natural formations that she combines with other materials. Most recently she has focused her passion in stained sculptures and producing unique one of a kind pieces.She also helps the WHAM artists with Friday night rock painting classes. Waynette is delighted with being a finalist for the WHAM 2020 Calendar contest and the opportunity to publicize her work.
When presenting Joan's creations, the word "interpreter" immediately comes to mind. It means, "performing according to ones artistic conceptions" and Joan has been an innovative interpretive creator her entire life.
When designing and creating her unique jewelry, her ability to combine an eclectic grouping of unique and mundane objects of interesting materials, textures, shapes and colors so as to redefine them and turn them into something they never thought they could be . . . objects of rare beauty, originality and expressions of joy.
As an accomplished visual artist Joan works within a multiplicity of media including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, pastel and charcoal, once again creating unexpected, exciting, wonderfully intriguing visions.
When a viewer asked Joan what one of her paintings meant, her response was,"it means whatever you want it to mean", thereby clearly defining her objective when creating her works to attract the viewer's eye and stimulate and engage the thought process.
Joan Milman extraordinary artist exciting creator uniquely imaginative and explorer of unlimited possibilities.
Joanne creates artistic images that bring brightness, joy and fun into the world. She enjoys experimenting with color, textures and paint. She wants to surprise the viewer and take them on a visual journey.
To begin, she draws out the image. From there, she decides on the main color of the object based on where it takes her imagination. She uses acrylic paint, ink and water within each section of the drawing. It is a pouring technique that she has developed over many years, and has mastered. The water goes down first then ink and acrylic are added. With a paint brush she guides the paint to where she wants it to go. She picks up the canvas and tilts it in many directions until she is satisfied with the direction and she lays in down horizontally too dry. Each section is done this way. Lastly she paints the focal point and the background.
Presently, she is painting animals, landscapes and tarot cards. When she stated painting she was creating flowers and images of the ocean because she was living in New Zealand. Since she had been living in the Arizona desert for so long, moving to New Zealand changed her perspective and added a whole new color spectrum to her life. Now while working on tarot cards she is learning about symbolism and the meaning of different subjects and objects. Because of the tarot cards she is combining all that she has learned as a professional artist through the years.
For the initial ten years of their marriage, Mari and Joe Giddings-Axton maintained separate studios and separate signatures. Their son, David (1998), was their first officially collaborative work.
Mari studied painting with Meryl Mahaffey before finishing her degree under master printer Wayne Kimball at Arizona State University's world-renowned printmaking program. After graduation, she served a three-year apprenticeship with painter-printmaker Robert A. Devoe, who, she says, "taught me, finally, that art could simply be about beauty." She adds, "I see myself primarily as a colorist, in the tradition of Matisse, Bonnard, Turner, and Rothko."
Joe began his art career as a scene designer and stage painter--bringing, he feels, three-dimensionality and theatricality to the Axton-Giddings collaboration. ?Plus,? he says, ?a sense of audience and purpose that a classical art education often forgets.? Joe studied at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and Northern Arizona University, and did his doctoral work in art theory at the City University of New York.
Bio von Joerg Auer:
Joerg Auer was born in Chur, Switzerland. After a rewarding career as board certified equine surgeon that took him to faculty
positions in Pennsylvania, Texas and finally Zurich, Switzerland, he retired in January 2011. Since then he and his wife Anita live half the time in Lenzburg, Switzerland and the other half in northern Scottsdale, Arizona.
In his early professional career he illustrated some of his scientific publications and book chapters. In spring 2012 he asked his fellow Swiss friend Andreas Schwab to help him create a bronze sculpture. Having spent his professional life as an equine orthopedic surgeon he decided to try to sculpt an Arizona bird because he knew, that his friends in Switzerland would guess that for sure he would sculpt a horse, when he told them that he started sculpting. After some initial tribulations he created his first clay sculpture Gamble?s Quail. Being encouraged by the result and after he got the ok from Andreas Schwab he took it to Stenko at Arizona Molds in Tempe who created the mold and wax copies of the original. The wax copies were handed over to Loren Phippen (the son of one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America, the late George Phippen) to have it cast up in Prescott Arizona. The sculpture was completed at Loren?s shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the expert help of André Schwab, who is a great sculpture artist himself. The rest is history. Joerg was caught up by the bug sculpting and the next sculpture, MEEP MEEP turned out to be his most successful one, having been sold up to now 11 times.
In spring 2013 he took Curt Mattson?s Workshop Composition and the Horse at Scottsdale Artists School. Despite the fact of knowing the equine anatomy pretty well, he started to look at horses in a different way to be able to capture the details of these beautiful animals in clay.
While he found great conditions for his new hobby in Arizona, he was looking for activities in art also during his time in Switzerland. He found a studio 15 minutes away from his home that is fully equipped for all the different printmaking techniques, including etching, aquatint, lithography, etc. So he started to be engaged in etching and aquatint. The owner of the studio is an expert himself and generously assists his pupils in every aspect of the trade. Again Joerg?s topics are mainly associated with Arizona?s wild life such as Owls, bob cats, roadrunners and Utah?s arches in the National Parks.
Thus far he was also been asked to create six consigned sculptures: The first one of Lantinus, the former number 1 show jumping horse in the world. Another commission Were Dun Johnny, a reining horse in a full stop with the tack of its owner but without a rider followed. The next one was Martini and Mojito, a sculpture of a mare next to its foal in a full gallop. Then came Milk Bar, a Mare next to a standing young foal nursing, followed by Gian a proud ibex, and last It?s Me Simba, a lion in stalking position.
Bronze sculptures interested me all my life; finally I got the guts to try it myself, and it is a lot of fun. At the moment I create realistic bronzes und etchings/Aquatint. The art of printmaking intrigues me. Especially engraving copper plates and then modify what you see with the aquatint technique is fascinating.
With a BFA in Fine Art, emphasis in watercolor, and over thirty years of experience, Mr. Gates has woven aspects of his eclectic careers in education, the US Air Force, and the Intelligence Community into his artwork. He often paints with watercolor in a style reminiscent of mosaics or stained glass. He does this to present the idea that, like those works made from broken pieces of clay or glass, even if a person is broken by loss or tragedy, he or she can, with hard work and support, be ?put back together? into something beautiful.
John lives in the Tucson area in the winter and Pinetop, AZ. in the summer.
An avid astrophotographer for years. He has been featured in Astronomy Magazine, Sky and Telescope, NASA Photo of the day, Arizona Highways Photo of the day, and others.
He and his wife Stephanie often travel the Southwest in a 1956 Shasta travel trailer, searching for unusual scenery and clear skies.
Painter JOSSY LOWNES will welcome you to her home studio JOSSY LOWNES ART Studio #22 and to the 20th ANNUAL HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR & SALE.
HITH is a free, self-guided tour and is open 10 am - 5 pm, November 18,19 & 20 and November 25, 26 & 27, 2015.
Guest artists include:Barbara Rudolph (BarbaraRudolphFineArt.com); Sheri & Ralph Meldrum (SheriMeldrum.com); Paul Farmer(PaulFarmerGold.com) & Rob Stenberg(RobStenberg.com)
JOSSY LOWNES STUDIO is located at 26640 N 78th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Jossy has been painting and teaching for 25+ years in UT and AZ. Genre: contemporary figurative work on canvas. She has been juried into the Celebration of Fine Art exhibition for 13 years.
AFFILIATIONS:Utah Watercolor Society, Past President; Park City Professional Artists, Past President'; Kimball Art Center, Board of Directors; Sonoran Arts League, Board of Directors
Jan's love of drawing was started as a child. During that time her love for nature developed through the many camping trips she took with family in the forrested land of Minnesota. She is drawn to the vast subject matter that nature provides. Since childhood she has traveled through many regions of the United States and found a new home in Arizona where trails and mountains abound. She continues to travel, gathering beautiful subject matter during each trip.
Jan has taken many workshops and classes since young adulthood. She's attended classes in classical art at the Atelier in Minneapolis and Scottsdale Artist's School. She taught art in pulic education. She believes art is a lifelong learning process and continues to study the painting process through various sources.
Kathleen Newby grew up in a small town in Michigan. As a child, Kathleen was extremely artistic and would draw and paint for anyone. Art was something Kathleen loved, but did not have much access to it until entering Western Michigan University as a Fine Arts Major. As a student, Kathleen took every art and art history course offered. Kathleen put art on a backboard to spend full time raising her children and to be a wife. The pull towards being creative, and the love of art continued.
Moving to Arizona in 2000, Kathleen discovered the Scottsdale Artists' School, she began to study with numerous nationally recognized artists. Her career was launched.
"Oh, the miracle of God to have given me this talent to create."
Kathleen has been juried into numerous fine art shows, and has been awarded many awards for her work.
Nationally, Kathleen is a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. In Arizona, she is a member of the Scottsdale Artist League, a juried member of Arizona Art Alliance, and the Sonoran Arts League.
Kathleen resides in North Scottsdale.
Newly retired from corporate America, I now have time to pursue my passion of painting. I see beauty in everything but I am especially drawn to nature. Color makes me feel alive! I am a member of the Sonoran Arts League and the Arizona Artists Guild.
Judith Monteferrante is fine art photographer living on Cape Ann in MA and Scottsdale, AZ. As a retired cardiologist, her skills at imaging the heart were transferred to the study of natures intimate places. Her main focus is on fine art photography of flowers, often interacting with water, landscapes to seascapes and still life. She believes that the years of witnessing and helping those who are ill and dying have sharpened her sensitivity, broadened her vision and allow her to see the beauty in the world with meticulous precision and her personal stamp.
While working as a cardiologist full time, she took weekend courses, seminars and workshops in all aspects in photography and then completed a Masters degree in Photographic Studies with honors (MPS) at the School of Visual Arts, in NYC in 2009.
She was awarded Copley Artist status with the Copley Society of Art in Boston, is a Moab Master photographer (by Legion Paper), serves as an artistic advisor to SeArts and was the former Artistic Director of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.
Judith recently had two solo shows at the Rockport Art Association and Marblehead Art Association in MA. Judith has won numerous awards and has been elected a Copley Artist (CA). She has published "The Nude Matured: Body and Spirit" in 2017 and did all the fine art photography for the book "Under the Sun" by Tiger Lewis.
Artist, Judith Visker is a painter focusing on geometric imagery which contains structures and patterns developed over her years of experimental work with art materials. Brightly colored, her work demonstrates the love she as for imaginative shapes, spaces and subjects. As a professional nurse, Judith changed directions in her adult years, studied art and left college with a M.A. in studio art, influenced by the work of her cousin Robert Rauschenburg. Judith's work can be seen in public buildings and private homes in areas near her Arizona and Minnesota homes. She is juried into competitions and has won awards. She is driven by a passion to develope her style as far as her vision and capability allows, creating work that will be interesting and exciting to the viewer.
Bio: Julie Gilbert Weeks
Originally from Texas, I am a retired cosmetologist. I was inspired by a craft oriented Mom. In early adult years I worked with crochet and counted cross stitch. Later I developed an interest in creating distinctive wire wrap custom jewelry when I made a set for my daughter to wear to prom and a necklace for my son. Relocation to Arizona in 2009 brought opportunity to enhance my design capabilities through the tutelage of local, national and international jewelry artists. In 2014 my home studio was built, this is when I really began to work with metal.
Recently one of my artist friends described my work as ?Southwest Boho?. Sometimes my work is mildly contemporary or even a bit organic. Working exclusively with argentium sterling silver as my metal medium, I will occasionally incorporate other metals such as sterling silver, gold, titanium, copper and jewelers brass for accent or embellishment. I love making jewelry with movement, many of my pieces will have hinges and or jump ring suspensions for movement. Consistently attending workshops ensures continuous growth for my work. Most of my past sales have been commission pieces in addition to having excellent success with local shows.
I am impressed with the healing properties of natural stones. I always feel especially gratified when clients are excited about wearing and gifting what I have had the passion to create.
My art is a representation of a free style of expression. I favor bright bold colors creating dynamic abstracts by blending acrylics to create textures and shades that bring life to my modern contemporary paintings.
I've been an Arizona resident since 1971. I'm mostly self taught, although I was placed in a gifted art program in sixth grade and took a few semesters of Life Drawing at a local community college in the mid-80s. It wasn't until 2017 that I started to take my art seriously. I entered my first art show in October 2018. I work primarily in graphite and charcoal. I like western themes, and much of my work centers around the Arabian horse. My wife, Sydney, and I run a small Arabian Horse ranch in Desert Hills Arizona.
Born in 1943, now a retired teacher. I attended high school in Santa Monica, went to Santa Monica CC and graduated from Long Beach state university in 1966. Working in wood and clay. Began in chainsaw carving, then hand carving and now fiber clay. I love being a sculptor. I enjoy writing and had a book published in 2019 titled "Marshallville", a fictional western. I play golf, usually a bogie round. I also enjoy cowboy fast draw. I travel the country going to fast draw competitions. I was the 2018 National champion. I spend 6 months in Scottsdale, AZ and 6 months on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Welcome to my page of artwork.
First of all, I have lived in Scottsdale, Az throughout all of my life. Officially, I began drawing in middle school, and then into high school. Still, it was not until the last year when I considered taking up this old hobby on the side.
As of the present, I create graphite drawings and do photography, but also have two acrylic paintings in the works.
Karen grew up in California. She always enjoyed creatng gifts for family and friends. In 1972, after attending college, Karen became a flight attendant for Western Airlines. In 1987 Western Airlines merged with Delta Air Lines. The merger allowed her to travel internationally. Her regular route was Narita, Japan, which exposed her to many different arts.
In Narita, she studied traditional Japanese paper art. There was a restaurant that was owned by Yoko Kimura, who would close from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. so that she could instruct flight attendants from all over the world how to make washi eggs. Karen was fascinated with the "washi ningyo" (three dimensional paper dolls) she saw in a glass case and wanted to learn how to make them. In 1995 sensei Yoko introduced her to maaster paper artist, sensei Yuriko Kodoma. Sensei Yuriko instructed Karen in the construction of the "washi ningyo". So that Karen could appreciate the kimono, sensei Yuriko made pattern pieces from a Japanese bus schedule, which was card board. Karen focused on the kimono which took five years to master. The kimono is not origami. Origami is one piece of paper folded into objects. In contrast, the kimono is constructed of twenty-two pieces of Japanese paper which she precisely cuts, folds, layers, glues, mounts and frames in a shadow box frame under glass.
Karen has expanded her use of Japanese paper by creating ginger jars in order to stay with the Asian theme through out her art. The technique is iris folding which originated in Holland. She uses approximately 40-50 folded strips of paper. The strips are taped and glued into place over a pattern creating a spiraling design that resembles the iris of an eye or camera lens.
Karen works in her home studio in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She feels honored and priviledged to have been able to study the art of the kimono under sensei Yuriko Kodama. There is only one other artist in the United States who studied the art of the Japanese paper minature kimono under sensei Yuriko Kodama. Karen plans to pass along the art so that the art lives on for future generations to enjoy.
ARTIST, KAREN LEEDS is a painter, focusing primarily on vivid abstract imagery to convey complex emotions and feelings. Her mediums include acrylic, oil pastel, and dyes on silk. The Phoenix Sheraton includes one of Karen's silks as part of their prestigious permanent collection. In 2008, Karen's work was on display in Kansas City as part of a citywide celebration and recognition of Contemporary Women in the Arts. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art featured Karen's studio as part of their 2006 Working Artist's Studio Tour. Karen has received many honors, been part of numerous exhibitions, and has patrons throughout the United States and Canada. Her "Art, Courage & Creativity" workshops have attracted hundreds of attendees and her passion for how the expressive arts, neuropsychology, spirituality and social awareness interrelate continue to drive extensive personal research in these dynamic fields of study.
Karen Walker Studios
Ms Karen Walker
PO Box 2575, 1816 Eagle Claw Dr. Carefree, AZ 85377
Professional artist since 1970.
For decades, concentrated on producing batiks on cotton and on paper. Moved into abstract acrylic mixed media/collage. At the end of 2014, started encaustic monotype works. Book on Amazon: WAXING LIFE by Katalin Olah Ehling. A brief memoir of life as an artist.
Katalin Ehling Studio
35653 N. Canyon Crossings Dr. Cave Creek, AZ 85331
As a sculptor, I?ve received a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, 4 grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Mayor?s Design Award from Public Art St. Paul, a Critics Award from the Minneapolis College of Art Associates Board, and was selected to participate in an Open Studio Day through the Walker Art Center. In 2003, I submitted to the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition, submission #409766. In 2000, I was one of two Americans awarded an artist?s residency through the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland and spent 4 weeks in the highlands of Scotland working with steel and granite. I spent 12 weeks as an Athena Foundation Fellowship awardee in Long Island City, NY, working steel at the studio of Foundation?s founder Mark di Suvero.
As an exhibiting artist, I?ve had 17 solo exhibitions including CLEARING at the Weisman Art Museum; THE GREAT PLAINS EXHIBITION at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; KATE HUNT SCULPTURE at the Plains Art Museum and at the Marfa Book Company. In 1994, I designed and built a project for the Walker Art Center?s Children?s Art Lab. My group exhibitions include: STEEL GRRRLS at the University of New Mexico which traveled to the Houston Art League; the NORTH AMERICAN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Golden, Colorado; the MIDWESTERN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, South Bend, Indiana; the NATIONAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION in Lenexa, Kansas; SPATIAL CONSIDERATIONS: INVITATIONAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION at the Maryland Institute, College of Art; and Socrates Sculpture Park?s OUTSIDE IN at Columbus Circle in NYC.
As a scholar, I?ve initiated, chaired and presented scholarly papers at regional, national and international conferences, and was nominated twice to the board of the National Council of Arts Administrators. I?ve served on numerous selection committees with the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and one selection committee with the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
My work is included in public and private collections. I have designed and built many custom sculptures for private individuals, architects and corporations.
Kathy Nelson was born in Pennsylvania and lived in many parts of the United States before settling permanently in north Scottsdale in 1988. A long standing fascination with the texture, color and durability of glass fueled her interest in that medium. Her visits to European cathedrals emphasized the beauty of glass. She started working in glass as a hobby about 8 years ago. Initially, she was attracted to stained glass. However, after taking a couple of fused glass classes she switched from stained glass to fused glass, and has continued in that art, learning and teaching for almost a decade.
Kathryn Darner designs jewelry art ranging from classical to imaginative and fun. She creatively combines gemstones, pearls,silver, and glass to construct pieces so versatile they will be worn every day. Kathryn's work attracts women of all ages, tastes, and cultures-women who want to express their own unique sense of style. Kathryn has made jewelry for more then 30 years. She has completed several GIA courses. Her work can be seen at the Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, Wa., The Gallery at el Pedregal, and at Hidden in the Hills.
Kathryn?s journey with glass started in 2000. Before 2000 her focus was fibers and surface design to create one-of-a-kind clothing. It made for a perfect transition to glass. Her love to layer glass, metal, enamel, frit and murrini is the recipe to create unique beads. Kathryn?s passion is the color, texture and shape of beads to create unique wearable art.
While Kathryn sketches some of her jewelry designs, she enjoys a more experimental approach when making her beads that involves combining different colors of glass and metals in the flame and observing the results. Being a visual person she is always aware of colors, shapes, and textures and finds inspiration in just about everything she sees.
In 2013 Kathryn started to explore copper enameling and today many of her creations include both glass and copper.
All of her pieces are one of a kind, and the signature elements of Kathryn's designs include many layers of glass and metals and the inclusion of murrinis (cross sections of patterned glass canes) and other decorations.
Kathryn is an active member of the Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and Sonoran Arts League.
Kathryn?s work has been published in the winter issues and the 2014 cover of The Flow Magazine, 2014 cover of the Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills catalog and the first featured cover artist of Artisan Jewelry Times January 2015.
Katie Stearns grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. As a child and teenager, Katie was extremely artistic, taking great joy in painting, drawing, and other creative activities.
Katie's full-time artistic pursuit evolved from her experiences in business and healthcare. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey and worked for several years in Investment Banking on Wall Street. She then earned a Master of Science Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from New York University and ran her own nutrition consulting firm. With the intent of living life more creatively, Katie launched her full-time artistic career in January, 2001. Subsequently, she has studied oil painting with numerous nationally recognized artists at Scottsdale Artists' School, in Scottsdale Arizona. Katie is an award winning artist and has been juried into numerous fine art shows. Katie tutors individual students and teaches oil painting classes at the Via Linda Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She also teaches oil painting classes at The Boulders in Carefree, Arizona. Nationally, Katie is a member of Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America. In Arizona, she is a juried member of both the Arizona Art Alliance and the Sonoran Arts League. She is also a member of Scottsdale Artists' League and Portrait Artists of Arizona. Katie moved to Arizona in 1995 and currently resides in the foothills north of Scottsdale.
Kelly Mattes is a long time local resident that has a deep love of animals and their natural habitats. His work dots the state of Arizona in the form of large outdoor murals and fine paintings.
In addition, Kelly will paint by commission, a wonderful portrait of your favorite pet or animal compadre.
1961 - Born in Chicago IL
1984 - BFA Bradley University - Peoria, IL
1986 - MFA Otis/Parsons School of Design - L.A. CA
Multiple Solo and Group Exhibitions
2016 - Currently exhibiting at Walter Wickiser Gallery in NY through AUG 2016
(see website for list of exhibitions) http://www.kenkaminski.com
Kenneth Ferguson?s lifelong appreciation for history is evident in his work. Pairing realism with stylistic elements, he paints highly detailed watercolor portraits of Native Americans and military personages, incorporating meticulously researched items of dress, jewelry and other ornamentation as well as objects of warfare, from Plains Indian shields to Civil War era rifled muskets. His goal, in part, is to help bring the past to life, in the belief that images can tell a story better than words alone.
Watercolor has been Kenneth?s preferred medium for more than 30 years. Early in his career, he began pushing the medium beyond traditional, spontaneous, wet-on-wet techniques in order to develop his own unique style. By using multiple overlays of controlled washes, combined with dry brush and splatter, his paintings offer a distinctive approach that brings out a richness in color and permits a high level of detail.
To eliminate the need for glass, Kenneth finishes his paintings using a multi-step archival varnishing process that provides UV protection and protects the work from moisture and other damaging elements.
Kenneth has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. His award winning work is in numerous private and publication collections, including the United States Postal Service; The Little Bighorn National Monument; the Center for Tribal Studies at Augustana College and the Crow Tribal College and Offices, Crow Agency, MT.
As an Arizona Snowbird, I spend my summers in New Hampshire. I have been painting, mainly in watercolors for over 30 years. I make my own frames and use wood burning techniques to decorate my frames with Southwest scenes and designs. Most of my landscapes are from the Cave Creek and Carefree area.
For several years I created jewelry while I sold computers and technology in call centers. I took classes in casting at Phoenix Community College and silver smithing at the Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix, AZ. (No longer in existence). In 2003 I decided to leave my over 20 year career in computers and technology to go back to school to become a jewelry designer. I sold my house, gathered my savings and retirement, and moved to Carlsbad where I attended the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). I graduated from their Jewelry Design Curriculum and also became a Gemologist.
After GIA I went to San Francisco to learn more traditional silver smithing techniques. I graduated from Revere's Jewelry Technician Intensive. I later attended a number of their master symposiums to learn specific skills from masters at their trade.
During the time I was in classes at GIA and Revere I won two international design awards and was a finalist with another piece. I won a second place and a finalist at the South Sea Pearl Consortium in Hong Kong and a first in Lady's Jewelry for the Bench Jewelers Design Contest in Denver.
The first years of my jewelry career were spent in Morro Bay, CA. In 2007 I returned to Arizona where I live in a rose colored double-wide with a 3 legged dog named Pooh aka Winnie the Pooh Bear. In 2008 I acquired Handfast and expanded my line of findings, clasps, rings and pendants. I designed these pieces to put in my jewelry and sell them to designers all over the globe. I also design custom jewelry with individuals and other jewelry designers for their product lines.
KimmBerly Ioane is a fun-loving artist whose creations are hand thrown and Raku fired.
Her work contrasts bright colors with deep bronzes and light white crackle glazes. The shapes range from large upright vessels to wide-mouthed vases, to mixed-media wall pieces, and free-form sculptures. She combines multiple processes of drawing, painting, stamping, hand-throwing, slab making, and firing to produce the result. Each piece is shaped to create an original personality and depth.
KimmBerly's signature theme includes female faces that exhibit the full gambit of human emotion. Her hope is they tap into some reciprocal emotion of the person viewing her work.
She is inspired to create art with a message and includes that message in her designs. Characteristically it is a reminder to take care of oneself, encourage the freedom to love, be loved, and take pleasure in life with all of earth's creatures.
KimmBerly also enjoys demonstrating the ancient Japanese Raku firing method. Which, in basic terms, involves firing clay and glaze to its molten state of roughly 1800°F. The piece is then placed into a hole or barrel full of leaves, sawdust or paper and allowed to burn for a few seconds before being covered. As the fire is asphyxiated, the trapped smoke is drawn into the surfaces forming the unique black clay body, spectacular colors, and decorative surfaces of Raku.
Her studio is located at the western base of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona and is open to all art lovers and tour groups by appointment only.
I am a trained Landscape Architect and have worked thru life to be a land use planner and an environmental planner and finished school working on sustainability issues. All of this has brought me to environmental art or doing art with a once living material, gourds. Below is my work history as it relates to art.
2000-2009 Ph.D. Program in Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Completion Halted: All class work completed except dissertation, due to drop in U.S. economy.
Initial Dissertation: The Urban Hydrological Cycle; alternate water collection and reuse for the purpose of extending municipal supplies.
Committee: Anthony J. Brazel, Ph.D., Original Mentor
2005-2007 Certificate in Sustainable Technology and Management - two year program, May 2007
1989-1994 Master of Environmental Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Thesis Title: Planning for Exurban Rural Communities Requires a Diverse Mix of Planning Strategies: Wapiti Valley, Wyoming, 100 pages
Thesis Chairperson: Ignacio San Martin
1980-1984 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Senior Thesis Title: The Dry Japanese Garden, 180 pages
1978-1980 The University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming: Landscape Architecture Major
Gourd related Awards
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018:
Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2016-18 invited to show under the Grant Master Category. 2015 I presented my glass for the first time as Glass Blue Glory and the original gourd used for the glass mold ? Grand Masters
Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2014
Lost in the Poppies ? Grand Masters
Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2013
Autumn Vest ? Grand Masters
Sonoran Arts League February 2013
Artist of the Month - Autumn Vest
Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2012
Mustang Harvest ? First Place Masters Animals and Best of Division - Masters
Gourd Purse ? First Place
Mango Within (Bowl with Lid) ? Third Place
Northwest Gourd Festival in Kittitas Valley, Ellensburg, Washington in July 2012
Morning?s Meadow ? First Place Masters My Way, Best of Division - Master, Judge?s Choice and People?s Choice
Red Britches ? First Place Masters Bowls
Northwest Gourd Festival in Moses Lake, WA July, 2011
Come Full Circle ? First Place Masters ?Bowls? Category, Presidents Choice, and Second Most Votes in People?s Choice
Prill?s Gourd ? Third Place Masters ?My Way? Category, People?s Choice, and Judges Choice
Cody Country Artist League Spring Show in Cody, WY June 2011
Come Full Circle ? First Place in Professional Other/3D
Prill?s Gourd ? Honorable Mention in Professional Other/3D (Third Place)
Arizona Art Alliance Spring Show in March 2011
Magnolia ? First Place in 3D
Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2011
White Rope ? First Place, People?s Choice, and Judge?s Choice
Magnolia ? Judge?s Choice
Gourd Purse ? Second Place
Sun Flower ? Distinguish Artist Award
Cody Country Artist League Spring Show
Heshi Circles ? Second Place 3D
Morning Glories ? First Place
Maple Leaf ? Third Place
Wuerts Gourd Festival
Mask ? Third Place
Current and Previous Gourd Related Showings/Lessons:
Northwest Gourd Festival in Ellensburg, WA
2012 Teaching Engagements: Show-me-gourd Association (Missouri) April 2012; Washington State Gourd Association July 2012.
Arizona - Spirit of the Desert Patch, December 2011; Southwest Gourd Association, January 2012; Spirit of the Desert Patch, February 2012
Northwest Gourd Festival in Moses Lake, WA
Cody Country Artist League Spring Show in Cody, WY
June through July, 2011
Herberger Theater in Phoenix, AZ
Living in Arizona - Show
July through August, 2011
Fram?n Works in Phoenix, AZ
Two month show with one other 2D artist
October through November 2010
K3 Guest Ranch in Cody, WY
On Going Show 2009 -2012 (During summer, gourd lessons are offered)
Wild West Extravaganza in Cody, WY
July 2, 3, and 4, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
American Gourd Society http://americangourdsociety.org/
Arizona Gourd Society http://www.arizonagourdsociety.com/
Past Vice President of the Arizona Gourd Society
Southwest Gourd Association http://swgourdpatch.com/
Past Vice President of Southwest Gourd Society
Cody County Art League http://www.codycountryartleague.com/
Arizona Art Alliance, Juried Member http://www.azartalliance.com/gallery.html
Sonoran Arts League, Juried Member http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/index.php
Kirby Plessas is originally from Montana, but throughout her career as an Army linguist and an intelligence analyst, she moved all over the country, finally, choosing to live in Cave Creek, Arizona. Feeling inspired by her surroundings, she has returned to her art and creates colorful and bold abstracts.
She also runs a digital marketing agency focused on fine art and has an accompanying podcast: curiouskirby.com
To get a peek at her current projects, visit her on instagram: http://instagram.com/kirbyplessasart
Sheila Kollasch is a native of the Sonoran Desert and has been involved in the fine art community of Arizona her entire life. She told her kindergarten teacher that she would grow up to be an artist. Her teacher laughed at this little girl. Particularly encouraging, however, were her fifth grade, seventh grade and high school art teachers. Kollasch received many Scholastic Art Awards and a full four-year art scholarship to Arizona State University.
Her earliest artistic epiphany occurred at the age of seven when she applied pink and green lines of oil paint to her mother?s black 1940 Dodge. The vivid contrast of colors still burns brightly as an inspiration in her memory. The subsequent whipping from her father is also well remembered.
After dropping out of ASU to study with hand-picked teachers at various campuses of the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Scottsdale Artist?s School, she acquired what she felt was an excellent custom art education sans degree. Upon leaving ASU, Kollasch worked at the local art supply store, giving her the advantage to view famous local artists? personalities in action for a few years, while painting for her own exhibitions. She returned to school in the early 1990s to finish a Bachelor of Art degree with a minor in Museums Studies through Prescott College.
Beginning in the mid-1970s Kollasch has shown in galleries, in competitions (receiving several awards) and group exhibitions including the Tucson Museum of Art and Mesa Southwest Museum, now known as the Arizona Museum of Natural History. She and artist Jim Eder collaborated on a two-person exhibition for the Arizona Commission on the Arts Traveling Exhibition program. The exhibition, Arizona Landscapes: Prints, Pastels and Paintings, was one of their most popular exhibitions enjoying bookings nationally during its three-year tour.
Kollasch co-founded the Phoenix Artists Coalition in 1980 with artist Christine Dawson. PAC was a sometimes loose, sometimes tightly organized club founded to foster recognition of local artists. It provided regular meeting places to air creative ideas, nurture artistic growth and find peer support. She has participated in various community service roles as: artist-panelist for a City of Scottsdale Percent for the Arts Project; grants panelist for the Phoenix Arts Commission and Arizona Commission on the Arts; juror, speaker or demonstrator for many community art clubs and museum education programs throughout Arizona.
In January 1991, Kollasch accepted a two-month contract to install art exhibitions at Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. She was then offered the full-time curator position and stayed for ten years reveling in gaining experiences not usually available to most artists. She had her first solo museum exhibition entitled Desert Textures, The Art of Sheila Kollasch, at Mesa Southwest Museum in 2002. After working as the Registrar for the Phoenix Airport Museum Kollasch retired to pick up her painting career full time in 2018.
Works by Kollasch can be found in the following public and corporate collections: Bank of Scottsdale, Central Arizona College, Century 21 Real Estate, First Interstate Bank of Arizona, McDonald?s Corporation, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix Airport Museum, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital North and Valley National Bank of Arizona (now Chase).
In 2001, my Mother came to stay with me as she did every winter and announced that I needed a hobby. It was fun humoring her since we went through all types of hobbies, including, candle making, beading, soaps, bath salts, etc. Unfortunately, nothing really stuck or interested me.
Then, like a flash, inspiration hit me while one day walking through a department store with my Mother. I saw IT! I saw a small mosaic table that I really liked. However, I felt the piece was way too expensive and was unwilling to expend my hard earned cash. After, mulling over my decision and analyzing the piece, I decided ?I can do that!? So, my new ?hobby? was born. I started doing mosaic art pieces and I found that working with mosaics felt very natural. I also realized that this ?hobby? could begin the process of nourishing and expanding my creative soul.
I previously thought that my creative abilities were like an empty field, but when these creative seeds were planted, my soul started to bloom. From this point, I started a journey of self-discovery and found characteristics within me which I didn?t know existed. The turning point came when I had laid out what seemed to be a random pattern of tiles on a piece of wood, only to have my husband, who was a skilled and professional artist, move some of the tiles. I was surprised that my reaction was fierce and immediate, since I got very upset with him for changing my design. From that point on, I realized something had changed. I began blossoming as an artist in my own right.
Gradually, I moved from using purchased tile pieces for projects to designing and creating my own individual mosaic tile pieces to then experimenting with glass. During each phase of transition, I found I learned and liked each step of my artistic journey.
I find glass, versus tile, is easier to work with for my artistic vision. My completed glass art pieces are lighter weight, which I found was even more appealing to my growing customer base. Their enthusiasm and mine for my growing artistic craft, gave my finished pieces more flexibility. While working with the glass for the mosaics, I came across the use of fused glass and was mesmerized. Currently, I am loving my projects using fusible glass and the creativity they inspire from deep within myself. This love of my craft inspired me to take advanced classes and buy several kilns, which is how I became the passionate glass artist I am today.
Until this point, I had never known what it felt like to have a real passion for an artistic craft. To say I love working with the glass would be an understatement. Opening the kiln to a new piece is like unwrapping a new present every time. It is exciting to see what I created in my mind and initial design, transform into one beautiful piece of artwork.
I find now that I get my inspiration from every aspect of life. Since I have started working with fused glass, nothing I look at is out of bounds. Someone may step on an elevator and I notice the pattern on their shirt or I could walk into a room and notice the pattern in the carpet. Everywhere I look, I find something to inspire me. My inspiration also comes as I lay down and let my mind drift just before falling asleep, when all the problems of the day fade away and my mind can be creative and free.
As I continue to progress with my work, two things always come to my mind ? art and function. I want everything I do to be beautiful enough to display but also sturdy enough to be functional. I want the customer to smile when they buy it and still be smiling when they look at it ten years later. I like to make things a bit more edgy, fun and contemporary, making what I do very unique.
Bruce is a full-time professional potter. He has honed his craft over the last 35 plus years. He works primarily in porcelain and white stoneware The fluidity of his glazes are his trademark. His functional work is just that, dishwasher , microwave and foodsafe. He spend most of his time in his studio, however when he relaxes you will find him with his grandkids by a pool at his home in Mesa, or on a sandy beach in Hawaii.
Based in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Larry Dubin creates organic sculptures using steel, glass, crystal and earths colors.He transforms steel into flowing three dimensional organic forms. A practicing physician, Dubin's art incorporates the spiritual energy and healing powers found in nature and its elements. He feels sculpture needs to sing to you. His incorporation of mother earths crystals offer you spiritual, emotional and physical healing.
FIRST ELEMENT: STEEL
Larry Dubin's work begins with the creation of steel infrastructure symbolizing strength and stability.Then he transforms two-dimensional lifeless sheets of metal into three-dimensional, fluid shapes. Through multiple techniques, the flat sheets come to life in organic forms that flow and create motion.He calls these exquisite flowing forms of steel ribbons and wings. Dubin arranges the wings to resonate with each other, your eye and the environment.
SECOND ELEMENT: CRYSTALS
Dubin then seeks to create meaningful and spiritual qualities to each sculpture. You will find that organic elements, such as glass and crystals are frequently incorporated throughout the layers of the steel sculptures.
Beautiful chunks or slags of glass are used for dramatic colors and shapes.Like steel, glass is man made, with earthly vibrant, colorful silicates and pigments from the earth.
You will find that Dubin prefers to incorporate crystals into his sculptures for their beauty and spiritual qualities. To Dubin, crystals are infinitely beautiful and dance with light -- especially when paired with the patinated steel. He also appreciates the spiritual energy tht crystals possess - evoking feelings, emotions and for there intense healing and curative powers.
As Dubin's work evolves, entire sculptures are now created around a single crystal that the artist meticulously chooses. Dubin feels the crystals combined with his flowing wings create a sculpture that resonate with us- visually and spiritually.
THIRD ELEMENT: COLOR
Before a piece can be finalized, Dubin dedicates much time and energy to bringing the right organic color to the sculpture. Special chemicals create different patterns of rust on the metal. Rust is the canvass that Dubin begins with.Then many different chemicals are mixed to create patinas or colors. He layers color on color to create just the right visual effect. In fact, some finishes have 10-15 different patinas.The color you see on a finished piece is achieved when Dubin feels the colors resonate with the forms and crystals. The colors are then sealed forever with a protective clear coat so the sculpture can find its home,inside or outside.
A native of southern Oregon, Carole Perry has been creating functional and sculptural glass from her Laughing Glass Studio in Cave Creek for over 20 years. In 1990, Perry set aside a successful career in computers (IBM, Xerox, Alpha Micro) to pursue her passion for glass full time. "I ran after the executive brass ring for years before admitting it could never hold the same sparkle as the art glass I'd been collecting for almost as many years. My idols were Chihuly and Marquis rather than Iacocco or Watson."
Today her Glass Tapestries ~ sculptural glass baskets with varied textures which evolved from a desire to help other overcome the dreaded "Do Not Touch" lessons of childhood ~ can be found in select glass galleries across the country, including PISMO Glass galleries in Colorado, Petri's Fine Art in Sausalito, Philabaum Gallery in Tucson and Kuivato in Sedona.
Locally she has served on the boards of the Desert Foothills Land Trust, Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival and Arizona Glass Alliance. She became a Spur Cross Ranch activist in 1994, and co-founded the Foothills Empty Bowls Project in 2001. "I've learned some simple rules first hand: the more you give, the more you get. When you lead with your heart, the universe supports you." Carole is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of the American Studio Glass Movement, and her studio is often filled with happy guests making glass bowls for the annual Empty Bowls Project held each October to benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. She and her husband have been supporting two high school glass programs and managing a trash-free studio environment for over 15 years.
I have always been drawn to the perfection and beauty of nature?s creations. The challenge of reproducing that perfection energizes and motivates me. I primarily choose to work in three-dimensional formats using natural elements, such as clay and fossils, which gives me a sense of connection with nature and the universal creation?a tangible expression that is not seen every day.
Bill is a large format photographer who has turned his passion for the camera and nature into beautiful works of art. His images range from landscapes to still life. These images demonstrate beauty through expressive tones and a variety of light and shadow. Throughout his extensive travels Bill has photographed ancient ruins and breathtaking scenery on top of the highest mountains. Bill brings attention to detail and focus to his artistry. The results are truly amazing, sensitive and emotionally moving.