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april 2012 gallery & museum events
April 2012 Gallery & Museum Events
April, 2012, Page 122
Grand and Glorious
A native Phoenician, Latino artist Frank Ybarra describes his work as a tribute to his “suburban ethnic” upbringing. Using bright and bold colors, he draws inspiration from familiar themes in the Southwest, as well as “American” family life, infusing his subjects with whimsy, vibrancy and symbolism. His paintings blend the linear style of Cubism with the conceptually and iconographically familiar images favored by Pop artists. Pictured is “Canyon Wall,” acrylic on canvas, 60"H x 48"W. Ybarra’s paintings are in the spotlight April 19-May 2 at Joan Cawley Gallery in Scottsdale. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 19. For more information, visit
, or call (480) 947-3548.
Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480) 644-2467. “Wing It! All Things That Fly,” through May 6.
Arizona Science Center
—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, (602) 716-2000. “Van Gogh Alive,” through June 17, is a multimedia interpretation of Van Gogh’s artwork showcasing the intersection of science and art in a whole new way.
Arts Prescott Gallery
—134 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, (928) 776-7717. Local weavers show their work in “Just Weaving,” through April 25. Photography by Kerry Estey-Keith is on display April 26-May 23, with a reception for the artist from 6 to
8 p.m. April 27.
ASU Art Museum
—ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, (480) 965-2787. “Legends and Myths: Japanese Kabuki Prints From the ASU Art Museum Print Collection,” through May 1; “Performing for the Camera,” through May 19; and “Miracle Report: Julianne Schwartz and Ken Landauer, Social Studies 8,” through June 2.
Blue Rain Contemporar
y—4164 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, blueraingallery.com, (480) 874-8110. New paintings by Benjamin McPherson are on exhibit through April 15.
Calvin Charles Gallery
—4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 421-1818. “Mirror,” through April 9, reflects two individual bodies of work by sculptors Jennyfer Stratman and Pascal. Created on similar scale, the works in metal and wood share a collaborative energy and subtle marriage of abstraction and representation.
C. Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery
—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, cyndycarstens.com, (602) 819-3212. Oil paintings by Cyndy Carstens are in the spotlight April 1-30, as well as works by guest artists.
Challenger Space Center
—21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, (623) 322-2012. “An Astronaut’s Life: Articles Flown in Space,” through Sept. 30, is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and provides a historical walk through the legendary era of American space exploration.
Chandler Center for the Arts Exhibition Hall
—250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, (480) 782-2680. “On Paper: Themes & Compositions,” through April 22; and “Chandler Unified School District: Juried Student Art Exhibit,” April 24-May 12.
Coconino Center for the Arts
—2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 779-2300. The 11th-annual “Recycled Art Exhibition,” April 10-May 12, demonstrates that one man’s trash is an artist’s treasure, with all works made from 80 percent or more recycled materials. Artist demonstrations and workshops are planned every Saturday.
—244 S. Park Ave., Tucson, colonialfrontiers.com, (520) 622-7400. Spanish- and Incan-influenced antiques from Cuzco, Peru, are on exhibit in “Colliding Cultures,” through May 15.
—7100 Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1489. Interpretive Southwest landscapes are in the spotlight in “From Arizona to Imagination,” April 5-June 6. Featured artists in the group show include Sushe Felix, Michael Baum, Judith Dagostino, Albert Scharf, Robert Anderson, and Leigh Gusterson.
Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
—122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, azjhs.org, (602) 241-7870. “New Frontiers: Jewish Pioneers in the Arizona Territory,” through May 31.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
—3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, dvrac.asu.edu, (602) 582-8007. Featuring the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area, the center showcases more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. Desert bird tours are planned from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, through April 17; and desert flower tours from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, through April 18. A lecture on “The Art History of Arizona: Cultural Encounters With the Southwest” takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. April 14.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
—6300 N. Swan Rd., Tucson, degrazia.org, (520) 299-9191. “Portraits of DeGrazia,” through Jan. 20, features more than 50 portraits by dozens of artists, including Harley Brown, Louise Serpa, and Thomas Hart Benton. Included are oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture and photography, plus 12 of DeGrazia’s self-portraits.
Desert Artisans’ Gallery
—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-4412. “Painted Spring,” through June 3, showcases works by Bonnie Bedillion, Gail Brynildsen, Pamela Howe, Wes Jernigan, Terry Slonaker, and Jan Thompson.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, (928) 684-2272. “Cowgirl Up!,” through May 6; “Cowgirls With a Camera,” through May 27; and “Salon Style: Selections From the Permanent Collection,” through July 29.
El Prado Gallery
—Hillside Sedona, 671 S.R. 179, Sedona, elpradogalleries.com, (928) 282-7390. A number of artists share paintings, sculpture, carvings and photography focusing on the quiet moments that make our lives rich in “Intimate View.” The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6 and continues through April 13.
—135 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. “This Land, The Sea: Joe Forkan, Nancy Tokar Miller, Lisa M Robinson,” through May 26; and “Historic Tucson Postcard Prints,” April 1-May 31.
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
—561 S.R. 179, Sedona, (800) 526-7668. The gallery celebrates Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 with an exhibit of kinetic wind sculpture by Mark White. The changing curvilinear parallelograms of his sculptures shrink and expand at slower speeds and pulsate with stronger winds, creating a hypnotic array of kaleidoscopic compositions. The gallery’s 10,000-square-foot sculpture garden also features monumental bronze and stone sculpture, and water features.
—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, artandrea.com, (480) 481-2530. Paintings of spring wildflowers by Andrea de Kerpely-Zak and abstract paintings by Ellen Palestrant are on display April 1-30.
—6420 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, indianartwest.com, (520) 529-7002. “Design Elements in Historic Apache Baskets,” through May 31, is a changing exhibit of historic and contemporary Southwestern textiles, baskets, pottery and jewelry, as well as a large selection of historic Plains beadwork.
—7160 Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 429-0711. Mixed-media paintings by Mike Weber are on display April 5-30. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. April 5.
—390 S.R. 89A, Sedona, goldensteinart.com, (928) 204-1765. “Fifty Years in the Making,” April 6-30, celebrates artists who have been creating their works for more than 50 years. Featuring works by Maryls Mallet, Allen Powell, Dennis Elliott, and Karyl Bennett, the show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6.
—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848. “Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer,” through May 13; “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary,” through Sept. 3; “Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience,” through Jan. 20; and “Namingha Family: Landscape, Form and Light,” through Jan. 27.
Heard Museum North
—The Summit at Scottsdale, 32633 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 488-9817. “All That Glitters: American Indian Gold Jewelry,” through Aug. 5.
John C. Hill Antique Indian Art Gallery
—6962 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 946-2910. The gallery showcases early Southwest Indian paintings April 1-30.
John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum
—6 N. Lake Powell Rd., Page, (928) 645-9496. “Catchin’ Current,” through Feb. 28, showcases new watercolor and large-scale oil paintings by Serena Supplee that explore her close connection with the Grand Canyon as a sanctuary for creative outlet and spiritual renewal.
—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, landisart.com, (602) 576-0406. Lori Landis explores how our ancestors have passed on their knowledge to each succeeding generation in “Roots: Standing Grounded,” through
April 6. The artist focuses on color in “Color Deeply Felt,” April 4-May 6. A reception for the artist takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 12.
—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. “Women of Steel,” April 6-15, showcases welded steel sculpture by Nina Scott-Hansen and welded steel jewelry by Valerie Ostenak. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6.
—3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, larsengallery.com, (480) 941-0900. “Fritz Scholder and the New Indian Art Movement,” through April 30, features more than 120 works, including original paintings, sculptures, drawings, monotypes and graphics, as well as a selection of books and catalogs. Included are works by Scholder (1937-2005) and other artists associated with the New Indian Art Movement.
The Legacy Gallery
—7178 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 945-1113. “Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art,” April 20-May 20, features the finest in Representational, figurative, portrait, still life, floral, landscape, wildlife and Western themes.
Lisa Sette Gallery
—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 990-7342. Contemporary art is on display as the gallery presents photography by Luis Molina-Pantin and ornate sculptural creatures by Jessica Joslin. The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. April 5 and continues through April 28.
—3001 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-3001. “Watercolors, Miniatures & One Big One,” through April 15, includes paintings of desert landscapes, scenes from the East and West coasts, a lion cub born at Reid Park Zoo and a series from Tucson’s White Stallion Ranch. The one large painting is a scene of three horses galloping across the prairie during the Artist Ride, a prestigious invitational event that Madaras attended in Wall, S.D. “Desert Dwellers,” featuring whimsical acrylic paintings of Sonoran Desert wildlife by guest artist Julie Rustad, is on display April 12-May 1. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 12.
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery
—7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-7798. New paintings by Howard Post are on display through May 1.
—3922 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 922-1801. Desert colors are in the spotlight in “The Glory of the Grand Canyon & Red Rocks,” April 5-22. The exhibition includes more than 60 original oil and acrylic works by William Scott Jennings, Howard Carr, Brenda Howell, Doug Oliver, Susanne Nyberg, and G. Eric Slayton.
Mesa Contemporary Arts
—1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, (480) 644-6500. “Best of Arizona Watercolor Association,” through April 8; “Shadow Kansas,” through May 6; “Cu/29: Contemporary Work in Copper,” April 6-Aug.12; “Offerings—Gifts for the Muse,” April 6-Aug. 12; and “Crucible: 10 Years of Metals at Mesa Arts Center,” April 20-Aug. 12.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
—710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, (505) 476-1269. “Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules,” through Dec. 30, 2013; and “Woven Identities: Baskets From the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Collection,” through May 1, 2014.
Museum of International Folk Art
—706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, (505) 476-1200. “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Disaster,” through May 6; “Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress,” through Jan. 6;
“New Mexican Artists,” through Feb. 28; and “Folk Art of the Andes,” through March 10, 2013.
Museum of Northern Arizona
—3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 774-5213. “Shadows on the Mesa—Artists of the Painted Desert and Beyond,” through May 28; and “Grand Archaeology: Excavation and Discovery Along the Colorado River,” through Aug. 5.
Musical Instrument Museum
—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, (480) 478-6000. “Sanza: African Thumb Pianos From the Collections of F. & F. Boulanger-Bouhière and MIM,” through Oct. 1; and “I Am AZ Music: MIM Celebrates 100 Years of Arizona Music,” through Jan. 13.
New Mexico History Museum
—113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, (505) 476-5200. “Illuminating the Word: Saint John’s Bible,” through April 7; “The Letter, the Word and the Book,” through April 15; “47 Stars: Mark the Centennial at the History Museum,” through Nov. 25; “Contemplative Landscape,” through Dec. 31; and “Shrines: Siegfried Halus, Jack Parsons, and Donald Woodman,” April 20-Sept. 16.
New Mexico Museum of Art
—107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, mfasantafe.org, (505) 476-5072. “James Drake: Salon of a Thousand Sails,” through April 22; and “Past, Present, Future: Three New Mexico Photographers,” featuring works by Michael Berman, David Taylor, and Connie Samaras, through April 22.
Occasions! by design
—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 423-0506. Found-metal dresses, flowers and jewelry by Marci Sednek are on display in “New Frocks,” and semi-representational acrylics by Dianna Shomaker in “Hands & Feet,” through April 7. “One-Hundred Years in Arizona,” from noon to
4 p.m. April 1, is a juried show featuring works by students from Chandler Preparatory Academy.
Palm Springs Art Museum
—101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, Calif., (760) 322-4800. “Night and Day: The Paintings of Lockwood de Forest,” through April 8; “Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982,” through May 27; and “Michael Petry: The Touch of the Oracle,” through July 29.
Paul Scott Gallery
—7173 E. Main St., Scottsdale, paulscottgallery.com, (480) 874-3000. Oil paintings by Olga Porter and Joshua Meyer are on exhibit through April 5, with each artist presenting more than a dozen new works. Porter conveys a dreamlike quality in her edgy urban street scenes, while Meyer’s paintings feature very thickly applied figures in abstracted backgrounds.
Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio
—711 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, (520) 884-7404. Works by Rob Adamson, Donald Carlson, Dale Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Henry Halem, Audrey Handler, Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Myers, Mark Peiser, Tom Philabaum, Jack Schmidt, Randy Strong, and Peter Vanderlaan are on display in “Glass: 30-40-50,” through April 28. The show celebrates 30 years of Philabaum Glass Gallery, 40 years the participating artists have worked in glass, and 50 years of the American Studio Glass Movement.
—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “Cowboy Artists,” featuring works by George Phippen and members of the Cowboy Artists of America, through April 22; and “Arizona’s Pioneering Women: Early Women Artists (1905-1945),” through July 8.
Phoenix Art Museum
—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “Bhutan: Between Heaven and Earth,” through April 1; “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century,” through April 29; “And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore,” through June 10; photography by W. Eugene Smith, through June 17; and “The Sea,” through July 15.
Pima Air & Space Museum
—6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, pimaair.org, (520) 574-0462. “The Boneyard Project: Return Trip,” through May 31. The exhibit resurrects unused airplanes from America’s military history, with each of the more than 30 artists featured adding their creative flair to airplanes and aircraft parts found among the airplane graveyards located in the Arizona desert, known throughout the area as “boneyards.”
—23417 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 563-9800. From unique small pieces that bring color to forgotten corners, to dramatic glass statements that impact a large room, “Art Glass Adds Impact, Large and Small,” April 1-30, showcases handmade art glass by Scott Amrhein, Leon Applebaum, Victor Chiarizia, Cheryl McNeill, Steve Immerman, Gartner/Blade, Gerald Patterson and 20 other glass artists.
Pueblo Grande Museum
—4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 495-0900. “All Good Clay Smells Like Rain: The Art and Artistry of Maricopa Pottery Exhibit,” through April 30. Offering insights into Maricopa pottery as both a cultural and artistic expression, the exhibit examines the prehistoric and historic roots of pottery-making and the development of the pottery as a style.
Riva Yares Gallery
—3625 Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, (480) 947-3251. “Thomas Downing: On the Spot” and “Esteban Vicente: The Last Decade,” through April 14.
San Diego Natural History Museum
—1788 El Prado, San Diego, (619) 255-0189. “All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals,” through April 8; “Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins,” through April 15; and “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” through Sept. 9.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
—1130 State St., Santa Barbara, Calif., (805) 963-4364. “Publicly Private: Enrico Natali and Doug Rickard,” through April 22; and “Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969,” through May 6.
Scottsdale Fine Art
—7116 W. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 990-3100. Landscape and figurative works by Douglas R. Diehl, David Gordinier, and Michael Maczuga are in the spotlight through April 7.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, (480) 874-4666. “Next Action: art, technology & apprenticeship,” through April 23; “Economy of means: toward humility in contemporary sculpture,” through April 29; and “I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith,” through May 20.
Sedona Arts Center
—15 Art Barn Rd., Sedona, (928) 282-3809. The center hosts a juried spring show for members of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association April 12-25. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 12.
Sharlot Hall Museum
—415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, sharlot.org, (928) 445-3122. “Centennial Canvas: Paintings by Prescott Artists,” through Sept. 3, includes works by Shawn Cameron, Bonnie Casey, David Harlan, Doug Miley, Doug Oliver, Kathy Quick-Anderson, Cynthia Rigden, Sheila Savannah, Eric Slayton, and Rafe Terry.
Shemer Art Center
—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Arizona Clay Association 45th-Anniversary Centennial Exhibit,” through April 25.
Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture
—147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, (928) 445-1230. Works in bronze and stone by Bill Nebeker and Doug Hyde are on display in “Cultural Connections: Cowboys and Indians in Sculpture,” through April 28. “Mata Ortiz Show & Sale,” April 14-15, showcases works by Lucy Mora and Lorenso Bugarini. Guests can see how Mata Ortiz pottery is made, from clay work to design, with a firing in the afternoon.
Tempe Center for the Arts
—700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 350-2TCA. “Arizona Landscapes,” through June 9.
—330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. Framed shadowbox miniatures of Tucson’s historic building facades are on exhibit in “Dirk Arnold: Endangered Architecture,” through April 3.
—Scottsdale Design Center, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, thinkfineart.com, (480) 998-9790. Original paintings and fine-art giclées by Leland Beaman are on display April 14-30. Guests can meet the artist and watch him paint from noon to 3 p.m. April 28.
—919 W. Fillmore St., Phoenix, tiltgallery.com, (602) 716-5667. “Given,” April 6-28, features artworks by Anna Strickland that explore a sense of spirituality and connectedness. Receptions are planned from 6 to 9 p.m. April 6 and 20, with Strickland present on April 6.
—7330 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, trailsidegalleries.com, (480) 945-7751. The gallery hosts its seventh-annual “East Meets West” exhibit, April 16-28, highlighting work by renowned Chinese artists: James Jiang, Bi Wei Liang, Calvin Liang, Huihan Liu, Tang Wei Min, Mian Situ, and Jie-Wei Zhou. The show features a variety of subject matter, including landscape, seascape, still life and figurative oil paintings depicting Chinese, Tibetan and Native American cultures. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 26.
Tucson Museum of Art
—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson, tucsonmuseumofart.org, (520) 624-2333. “Tesoros del Pueblo: Latin American Folk Art,” through June 3; and “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” through June 3.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. “Escalante Rugs & Michael Qweis Exhibition” opens with a double trunk show and reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6 and continues through April 15. The show includes an extensive variety of Zapotec rugs, and a selection of jewelry by Michael Qweis, who leads a group of Navajo jewelers.
—115 E. Gurley St., Prescott, (928) 778-2534. Contemporary Aboriginal art from Australia is on display April 5-May 5. The exhibit includes fine and unique antique Himalayan Asian and Indian art, including bronzes, hand-carved marble, textiles and paintings.
—10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, visiongallery.com, (480) 782-2695. “On Paper,” through April 22, is an exhibition of works using, made from, interpreted with or built out of paper. “Russell Marohnic: Artscapes,” through May 26, features metal wall sculpture by the Arizona artist.
Wilde Meyer Gallery
—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 945-2323. Art inspired by Native American folklore or native creatures is the focus of “Art and the Natural World,” through April 4. The show includes works by Jim Nelson, Sushe Felix, Kristen Knight, and Deb Komitor. “Sensuous Surfaces,” April 5-June 6, focuses on glass art and contemporary paintings. Tom Philabaum, Dave Klein, sisters Nancy and Sandy Pendleton, Robert Charon, Melinda Curtin, Sherri Belassen, Acacia Alder, Karen Bezuidenhout, and Merlin Cohen are among the featured artists.
Willo North Gallery
—2811 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, willonorth.com, (602) 320-8445. “Public Eye: New Work by Peter Bugg and DOSE,” through April 27.
—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, xanadugallery.com, (480) 368-9929. “Love, Family and Friendship,” through April 21, features paintings, bronze reliefs and bronze sculpture by South American-born artist Guilloume. Tammy Bality presents sculptures of wild horses, April 26-May 19. Besides her own herd of horses, the artist is inspired by ancient cave paintings. She works in a variety of media, including bronze, raku and lead crystal.
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