Phoenix Art Museum Director James Ballinger Announces Intention to Retire

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James Ballinger will retire from his director position at Phoenix Art Museum.

Longtime Phoenix Art Museum director James Ballinger has announced plans to retire, according to a museum press release issued Thursday, April 17.

He has requested that the museum's board of trustees begin searching for his replacement. Once that replacement has been selected, Ballinger will retire.

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Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard to Show Collages at Modified Arts in Phoenix

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Robert Pollard
See art from Pollard, including Dramatic Center Of Interest, at Modified Arts.

There are few people in popular music today as prolific as Robert Pollard. Pollard is best known as the leader of the influential indie rock band Guided by Voices, lo-fi legends whose albums are densely packed with pocket-sized exercises in hooky rock magic, and he's also released a steady stream of solo recordings and offshoot projects such as the Boston Spaceships, the Circus Devils, Lifeguards, and the Keene Brothers. The fact that Pollard has released 25 solo albums between 1996 and 2013 says a lot; that Guided by Voices has put out three box sets of unreleased material with 100 songs each says even more.

You'd think that Pollard would be creatively spent with that sort of musical output, but you'd be wrong. Pollard also creates the cover artwork for most of his albums, collages that use found elements to create images every bit as striking as his music. The psychedelic drum on the cover of Alien Lanes, the trains snaking out of a gentleman's mouth on Standard Gargoyle Decisions, or the detourned Native American images of Under the Bushes, Under the Stars reveal that Pollard's visual ideas are as canny as his musical instincts.

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Breeze, Dwayno Insano, and Vyal Painted a Temporary Mural at Phoenix's Por Vida Gallery

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Thomas "Breeze" Marcus
The collaboration piece by Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, Dwayne Manuel, and Jaime "Vyal" Reyes will be on display temporarily on 16th St. before it is rotated out to display a new mural.

Three Southwest artists collaborated on a mural for Por Vida Gallery's new wall, built to showcase artists' works by rotating new murals through every few months.

Phoenix-based artist Thomas "Breeze" Marcus collaborated with Tucson's Dwayne Manuel and Jaime "Vyal" Reyes from Los Angeles during the Paint PHX weekend in March to paint the first mural on Por Vida's wall on 16th Street near Barrio Cafe.

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John A. Reyes Named New Director of Bentley Gallery in Phoenix

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John Reyes is the new director of Bentley Gallery
After working for years as the director of secondary market, John A. Reyes has been named director of Bentley Gallery, taking over many of the duties previously held by gallery owner Bentley Calverley.

"I was delighted to be a pioneer in moving gallery operations to Phoenix 10 years ago and I continue to be vested in its growth," Calverley says in a recent press release. "Placing the gallery in John's capable hands frees me up to increase my involvement with the Phoenix Community Alliance and downtown Phoenix development."


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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on April 4

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Pablo Helguera's "Librería Donceles" is an itinerant, functional Spanish language bookstore
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.

"Librería Donceles"

This exhibition comes to Arizona via the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program. Artist Pablo Helguera, who is also the director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, has exhibited "Librería Donceles" once before at Kent Fine Art in New York City. The show is an itinerant, functional Spanish language bookstore with approximately 12,000 books, spanning a variety of subjects. Combine Studios has truly undergone a transformation for "Librería Donceles," making the space nearly unrecognizable.


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Artlink Seeks Volunteers for Phoenix Art Events

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Jessica Obert
Artlink presented the Art d'Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom as an Art Detour pre-party.

Artlink needs a hand.

The downtown Phoenix arts organization, which presents mega-artwalk Art Detour each year, issued a call for volunteers to help out with arty events like First Friday.

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See Douglas Miles' Selfie-Inspired Mural at MonOrchid in Phoenix

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Tanya Nguyen
The mural by Douglas Miles is on the East wall of MonOrchid gallery.

Artist Douglas Miles combined stenciling and hand-drawn imagery to create his new mural on the east wall of the MonOrchid Gallery on Roosevelt Street.

Miles, who owns Apache Skateboards, incorporated five black-and-white portraits, including a self-portrait of himself, on the mural in the parking lot alley next to MonOrchid, where the simple palette stands from colorful neighboring murals.


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Lisa Sette Gallery to Leave Scottsdale for Midtown Phoenix This Summer

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A rendering of the future home of Lisa Sette Gallery.
After 28 years on Marshall Way, Lisa Sette is leaving Scottsdale for midtown Phoenix.

Lisa Sette Gallery will host one last show -- "Domesticated," featuring paintings by Carrie Marill, opening Thursday, April 3, in Scottsdale -- before packing up and moving this summer to a renovated Al Beadle building near Second Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.


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2014 Arizona Governor's Art Award Winners Announced in Mesa

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Winners of the 2014 Arizona Governor's Art Awards were announced Tuesday, March 25, during a ceremony held at Mesa Arts Center.

Presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, the awards honor both individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona.


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See Yatika Starr Fields' Sonoran Waltz Mural on 16th Street in Phoenix

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Tanya Nguyen
The "Sonoran Waltz" mural is on the south wall of Arizona Carpet Care on 16th Street.

Yatika Starr Fields, an artist currently in transition from New York City to Los Angeles, made a stop in Phoenix for the early March mural event Paint PHX to create Sonoran Waltz a new mural on 16th Street.

Fields, a friend of local artists Thomas "Breeze" Marcus and Douglas Miles, was visiting his home state of Oklahoma and found that the timing was right for a drive to Paint PHX to paint his first mural in Arizona.

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