Stephen Gittins Talks Plans for Capture12 on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

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Courtesy of Capture12
Capture12 is now located on Roosevelt Row
Stephen Gittins is all about making things happen. "If you're not doing what you want to be doing, you need to create the opportunities," he says. "You have to instill motivation in yourself to push forward and find what you're looking for."

Gittins owns Capture12, a business that started out in 2012 as a photography workshop and has slowly morphed into a multi-functional teaching and exhibition endeavor now nestled in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Earlier this summer, Gittins relocated Capture12 from a back room in MonOrchid to a piece of prime real estate just west of Eye Lounge.


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4 Phoenix Artists Selected for "State of the Art" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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Colin Chillag Desert Grave with Daily Schedule, 2013-2014. Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Jett and Julie Anderson. Photo by Sean Deckert.
Earlier this year we found out that eight Arizona artists were being considered for the "State of the Art: Discovering America Now" exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are excited to announce that four of those artists have been chosen to display work in the final show, and they are Colin Chillag, Angela Ellsworth, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Matthew Moore.


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Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix Studio Robbed; 10 Paintings Stolen

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Courtesy of ASU/Bassim Al Shaker
This is one of the 10 paintings that was stolen from Bassim Al Shaker's studio.

Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix art studio was robbed on the morning of Monday, August 18.

Ten paintings were stolen from Al-Shaker's space at Fourth and McKinley streets in the former location of Nancy Hill's Hazel & Violet. He's been painting there since July. The studio is a quick walk from his residence at Combine Studios, where the Iraqi-born creative formerly worked as an international artist in residence through ASU Art Museum.

Al-Shaker is reportedly devastated.

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40 Favorite Murals in Phoenix

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE

Phoenix is looking colorful lately, and it's not just the usual hues of light and dark beige. Though street art culture dates back decades, the past several years have heralded a new era for murals in our fair city. We've documented the progress in our ongoing series Mural City, but we thought it was about time to compile a list with some of our personal favorites.

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"Soirée in the Garden" Features Mikey Estes and Abigail Lynch in Pop-Up Exhibition at The Sandlot

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Abigail Lynch
Lynch will have several large photos on display at "Soirée in the Garden"
Who says astroturf can't be classy? On Friday, August 15, The Sandlot is hosting the pop-up exhibition "Soirée in the Garden" featuring sculptures by Mikey Estes and photographs by Abigail Lynch (who was recently featured in our 100 creatives series).

The show is only going to be up for one evening, but it promises to be the ultimate DIY fancy event of the summer.


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Phoenix's 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Artist Submissions

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Tina Riddle
A scene from last year's Grand Avenue Festival.

It's almost festival time again. The Grand Avenue Members' Association and the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts will team up for the 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on Saturday, November 8, held in the Grand Avenue District in downtown Phoenix.

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Phoenix's Bentley Gallery to Represent Ceramicist Jonathan Cross

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Courtesy of the artist and Bentley Gallery
Breaks, 2014 14 x 7.25 x 6" soda fired stoneware with oxide
This week, Bentley Gallery added a new artist to their already impressive roster. Jonathan Cross is a recent MFA graduate from ASU, who spent time working as a studio assistant to Don Reitz, another ceramicist represented by Bentley.

Cross joins the ranks of popular sculptors Jun Kaneko and James Marshall, whose work is currently on view in Bentley Gallery's August group exhibition.


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How Phoenix Artist Paul Wilson Transformed a Mid-Century Obsession into a Decades-Spanning Career

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Evie Carpenter
Kathleen Vanesian explores the faux, fake, and fabulous art of Paul Wilson in this week's cover story.

Paul Wilson might have been the Phoenix art scene's best-kept secret. Until recently, that is.

The 50-year-old artist's creative endeavors, centered on his obsession with 1950s and '60s pop culture, have spanned both decades and media including photography, video, and performance, while he makes a living freelancing as a set designer and painter for various Valley theater troupes.

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Phoenix Muralist Francisco "Enuf" Garcia Presents Solo Exhibition at Flor De Calabaza

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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Courtesy Francisco "Enuf" Garcia

For local muralist Francisco "Enuf" Garcia it's impossible to activism without art -- and vice versa.

The artist, who won the Eric Fischl Vanguard Award at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2008 and spoke at the White House for Youth Summit in Washington D.C. in 2012, will display a new series of socially conscious work at his upcoming gallery exhibition, "Faith, Culture, and Justice."

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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on August 1

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Courtesy of the artist and Modified Arts
Detail of an untitled work by Sasha Lewis's
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows you will not want to miss this Friday.

"Animal Party"

The latest exhibition at Modified Arts really does feel like a party at first glance, with all of the saturated colors and whimsical content; but don't be fooled, there's something more going on on here. Curated by Peter Bugg, "Animal Party" features the work of mixed media artist Alex Benson, painter Sasha Lewis, and sculptor Nathan Lewis (who was recently featured in our 100 Creatives series). The event description really hits the nail on the head: "all together, the work of these three artists will offer a mix of humor and despondency -- a sort of cheerful gloom."


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