With a focus on photography – showing it and teaching it – the new gallery Art Intersection has the potential to be a favored destination in the heart of Gilbert’s historic district.
The gallery is in an upstairs wing of a lovely old building called Heritage Court, along Gilbert Road. The gallery is spacious; in fact, Art Intersection also houses an extensive photo lab with an eye toward reviving the art of darkroom work.
In the meantime, there’s a summer show worth seeing called “All Art Arizona 2012,” which brings together established and emerging artists. Instead of the photography emphasis, though, the gallery opened the juried show to all kinds of media – and the variety of media is what captivates.
A work by Nancy Dove, for instance, looks like fireworks on felt. In “Spiral Fusion,” the artist intricately stitched embroidery thread and crystal beads on thick material in the shape of a bowl.
Mary Meyer uses beeswax, ink, thread and other materials to create mesmerizing ivory-and-white images in “Mirror Trees (1-4).” The four images look like they could come out of a book on anatomy and botany, with one side of the image always mirroring the other side, just as nature often employs symmetry.
Elise Derringer offers two works with even more to say about the lure of unusual materials. She uses fiber-reactive dye on silk, tar, sand and other materials for a dreamy effect.
As far as photography goes, the show again aims for variety, with several intriguing images using processes such as digital C-printing, pigment printing, chromogenic printing and copperplate photogravure.
The show runs through July 28, 2012, and portends well for the next exhibit, “No Strangers: The Art Intersection Creative Community,” opening August 4, 2012.
The gallery/studio is at 207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ. Find details on the Art Intersection website.