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

First Friday, Dec. 5: It was a little tense out there

Featured photo: A tribute to the late Keith Haring, by Hugo Medina. From the HIV/AIDS-themed show at Olney Gallery. First Friday on Roosevelt Row never lacks for contemporary paintings, sculptures, installations and photography that draw favorable comments from the hordes of people that trek through the eclectic galleries. Plentiful, too, are the edgy, controversial works … Continue reading First Friday, Dec. 5: It was a little tense out there

For kids in need of summer diversions, try art

Image: Ceramic/mixed media work by Esmeralda DeLaney, “Madonna and Kids: Omar and Angeline.” Art museums and galleries don’t usually spring to mind when families with school-age children (read: bored school-age children) are casting about for summer activities. Even water parks can get old, right? Fortunately, Phoenix is enjoying a summer of many art opportunities brimming … Continue reading For kids in need of summer diversions, try art