HortiCultured Infuses Mesa Urban Garden With Art

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
Raised beds going in during early Mesa Urban Garden days.
When we first popped in to see the Mesa Urban Garden a couple of years ago, it was a relatively simple affair. Raised beds had just been filled with dark, moist soil. Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee had painted the first of many murals to don garden walls. Community members were just beginning to buy plots, and plant them with vegetables and herbs.

Nowadays the non-profit community garden, which is governed by a board comprised of Mesa citizens, is readying to celebrate its third anniversary with a mash-up of art, music, and garden love called HortiCultured. The free event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 16, and continues through 11 p.m. It's free and open to the public, so now is the time for Phoenix Third Friday regulars to exercise their logistical prowess.

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10 Cool Art Classes in Metro Phoenix

Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center
Breaking out the serious tools for a blacksmithing class at Mesa Arts Center.
Figuring there's at least a bit of artist in all of us, we went in search of some of the coolest beginning art classes and workshops for adults in metro Phoenix -- and found a little something for everyone, from blacksmithing to printmaking. We appreciate the lure of affordable options, but suspect some of you wouldn't mind splurging on the fine art of forensic facial reconstruction at Scottsdale Artists' School or glassblowing at Mesa Arts Center. For artists, we've got news of several places with classes for upping your entrepreneurial game.

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ARTELPHX Seeks New Artists for May 2015 Show

Evie Carpenter
The interactive installation, What We Have Lost / What We Have Gained by Matthew Mosher, was a hit at ARTELPHX in 2014.
New year, new art.

One of our cultural highlights of last year was easily ARTELPHX. So imagine our excitement when the The Clarendon Hotel announced that it would be brining in a new batch of multimedia art displays come May of 2015.

The weekend show, set to open Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16, will once again transform the four-story hotel into a free gallery of audio, visual, and interactive works by more than 20 artists.

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Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants Fund 13 Innovative Projects

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Animal Land, by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, at Legend City Studios.
Poetry. Circus Performance. Improvisation. Sewing. Video projections. They're all part of innovative projects moving forward thanks to funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which announced late last month the names of 13 artists receiving 2015 Artist Research and Development Grants.

Ninety-five artists applied for the grants, which provide up to $5,000 in funding to each recipient for research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. The awards went to four visual artists, three performance artists, three multidisciplinary artists, two literary artists, and one digital media artist. Four hail from Tucson, and eight from the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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ASU Announces Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series Lineup at Grant Street Studios in Phoenix

Categories: Events, Visual Art

ASU School of Art
Pablo Helguera speaking at Grant Street Studios during last year's visiting artist/scholar lecture series.

Mark your calendars and make sure you have Thursday nights off, because ASU School of Art recently announced its Visiting Artist/Scholar programming for Spring 2015. Just like last year, the lectures will take place at ASU's Grant Street Studios near downtown Phoenix. Each lecture will take place on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., and the lineup this year is not to be missed. Last year brought us lectures from Amanda Ross-Ho, Matias Viegener, and Sarah Thornton, but this time around ASU's lecture series has a stronger focus on craft in contemporary art.

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7 Cool Things We Saw at Phoenix's First Friday in January

Categories: Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
Detail of Mary Shindell drawing featured in "Inflection Point" at Five15 Arts.
Cold weather did little to deter the party atmosphere as colorful club-style lights and music blared along Roosevelt Row during the first First Friday of the year, although things were considerably calmer in some other parts of the Phoenix arts scene. Never fear if you missed it, because most of our cool finds will still be up when Third Friday rolls around -- so you'll have another chance to check them out.

Drawings by Mary Shindell

We loved seeing drawings by Mary Shindell featured in her solo "Inflection Point" exhibition at Five15 Arts, a galley that looks deceptively unassuming from the outside but drew a steady stream of people during much of our time spent in Roosevelt Row. Often gallery visitors asked about her process in creating the four large-scale and eight small-scale works on view -- including several that reflect a series of stages in working with a digital mash-up of topography for the Estrella Mountains and the moon. Our favorite hangs in the front of the gallery, lit from below by lights that capture the shadows of gallery goers as they make their way through the space.

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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on January 2

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
Works by Nicole Royse spotted earlier this year at an exhibition in Chandler.
Once you've done the whole ringing in the New Year thing, it'll be time to jump back on the First Friday horse to show your love for local artists is still going strong. Weather and hangovers be damned. Make the year's first First Friday one to remember.

Art 360: Nicole Royse at Arizona Science Center

If you don't mind ditching the kiddos for a spell, you can hit the Arizona Science Center for Adult's Night Out, which includes an ART360 exhibition of works by Nicole Royse. Royse selected 15 of her latest works and music to accompany them as they're projected with a creative twist onto the ceiling of the Dorrance Planetarium.

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Four Chambers and Phoenix Art Museum Want Your Poetry, Prose

Lynn Trimble
Jurassic Age by Sui Jianguo, who is considered a key artist in the Chinese pop movement.
Four Chambers, a Phoenix-based literary magazine and small press, has partnered with Phoenix Art Museum to "assemble a small collection of poetry and prose responding to exhibits and collections within the Phoenix Art Museum."

There's a lot to respond to these days, with a total of seven exhibits currently on view -- exploring everything from migrant lives to images of the Buddha. Even love, death, and fashion are fair game.

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5 New Year's Resolutions for Artists in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

Lynn Trimble
Work by Scott Wolf from a 2014 Willo North exhibition called "Pop, Prints & More."
After recent visits by the ghosts of art exhibits past, present and future, we awoke with five resolutions certain to help all sorts of artists up their creativity and community engagement.

Work outside your comfort zone.

Maybe you've been so keen on supporting the arts in your own familiar venues and neighborhoods that you've forgotten to stretch yourself into new spaces and places. Make more time this year for venturing beyond your own studio, gallery, or arts district. Hit different art walks, galleries, museums, and alternative art spaces outside your normal art beat.

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Your Guide to IN FLUX Cycle 5 Public Art in Metro Phoenix

Lynn Trimble
Detail of Kristin Bauer's Seen for IN FLUX Cycle 5.

While most of us were scurrying around with holiday errands and festivities, artists participating in a public art program called IN FLUX were readying a diverse assortment of works you'll soon be able to enjoy in several Valley cities. Think of it as a public art-a-palooza -- with support from both public art entities and private enterprise.

IN FLUX was launched by Scottsdale Public Art in 2010 as a way to infuse vacant storefronts with temporary installations of local art. The first IN FLUX project launched at 5th & Wine in Scottsdale on October 12, 2010, with the debut of Melissa Martinez's towering take on flower power dubbed Pollination.

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