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

PAM gallery is the place to see emerging AZ artists

Thanks to the Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum, emerging artists in Arizona get an annual showcase in a well-trafficked spot, the Lyon Gallery near the museum store. This year’s slate of seven artists offers a pleasing mix of video art, portraits, photography, semi-abstract painting, and mixed media. Personal favorite: Larry Madrigal, for his … Continue reading PAM gallery is the place to see emerging AZ artists

Photo highlights: Scottsdale ArtWalk, April 30

If crowds for the Scottsdale ArtWalk every Thursday evening are dependent on snowbirds and tourists, then the light attendance on April 30, 2015, is understandable. Still, the weather is in that tolerable, it’s-hot-don’t-let-it-get-hotter stage that heralds the end of spring; the live music on at least five corners was pleasant; and gallery owners were ready … Continue reading Photo highlights: Scottsdale ArtWalk, April 30

In appreciation of Fritz Scholder

February 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Fritz Scholder’s death, which should give us pause to appreciate his crucial role in redefining Native American art. Through hundreds of paintings, drawings and graphics that not only question Native American stereotypes, but also shed light on American culture and society as a whole, Scholder became celebrated internationally, … Continue reading In appreciation of Fritz Scholder