The steady cultivation of variety on Roosevelt Row

Featured photo: “Artist Reception” by Fred Tieken, on view at Treeo. Isn’t it wonderful how you needn’t stroll into every single gallery in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row and can still take in a pleasing assortment of works by emerging and established artists? I did a bit of picking and choosing for Third Friday, October 16, … Continue reading The steady cultivation of variety on Roosevelt Row

Diving into the refreshing pool of the RoRo art scene

Featured photo: “Pool” by Abbey Messmer, at eye lounge, Phoenix. Although my friend and I had only a few galleries on our must-see list for the Third Friday art walk on Roosevelt Row for September 18, 2015, each stop reaffirmed that downtown Phoenix galleries are brimming with variety, professionalism and experimentation. Take Eye Lounge, for … Continue reading Diving into the refreshing pool of the RoRo art scene

Social issues are fair game, as Tucson’s 2015 AZ Biennial demonstrates

Featured photo: Detail from “Preservation Woods” by Carolyn Lavender. All photos courtesy of the Tucson Museum of Art. The 50 pieces in this year’s Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art are sure proof that contemporary art thrives in our state. About half of the 33 artists in the Biennial — a juried exhibition … Continue reading Social issues are fair game, as Tucson’s 2015 AZ Biennial demonstrates

Straying off the beaten path to see the Southwestern Invitational

Featured photo: “Cyclical Patterns 02,” mixed media animation by Chris Johnson. Taken at West Valley Arts HQ. Yesterday I made a worthwhile trek to Surprise, Arizona, to see the Southwestern Invitational, featuring a potpourri of Arizona artists. The Invitational had been organized in Yuma for many years and traveled around the state under the auspices … Continue reading Straying off the beaten path to see the Southwestern Invitational

Video adds new dimension to current show at ASU Ceramics Research Center

Featured photo: Sam Brennan, “MOIRÉ,” 2013. Still from video, image courtesy of the artist and Jack Tompkins. The expectation upon entering the Ceramics Research Center, a well-respected satellite of the Arizona State University Art Museum, is to see prized works in clay, porcelain and mixed media, and usually that is the case. But for the … Continue reading Video adds new dimension to current show at ASU Ceramics Research Center