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september 2012 gallery & museum events
September 2012 Gallery & Museum Events
September, 2012, Page 144
With a fascination for the distinctive flora of Arizona,
Sharon Bertrand says her artwork is influenced by the amount of time she spent outdoors in the country as a child. She remembers finding a salamander and thinking it was amazing, and hopes that viewers see the beauty in these “creepy critters.” Pictured is “Tiger Salamanders,” watercolor, 17"H x 21"W, which was inspired by a visit to Ramsey Canyon, Ariz., in the autumn. Working primarily in transparent watercolor, Bertrand has been greatly influenced by the pure, intense light of Arizona.
Her paintings are on exhibit in “Desert Hues of Autumn,” Sept. 11-Nov. 25, at Desert Artisans’ Gallery in Tucson. The show includes works by Le Craven, Nancy Cressler, Margaret Davis, Judith Probst, and Dikki Van Helsland. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14. For more information, visit
, or call (520) 722-4412.
Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480)
644-2467. “Extreme Pets,” through
Sept. 9 and “Show Me the Money,” Sept. 28-Jan. 20.
Arizona Museum of Natural
—53 N. Macdonald St., Mesa, (480) 644-2230. Guests enjoy unobstructed views of the stars through the telescopes of experts as the museum hosts a “Night With the Stars” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22. The museum is dedicated to inspiring wonder, respect and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 716-2000. “MathAlive!,” through Sept. 3, brings to life the real math behind what children love most—video games, sports, design, music, space and robotics.
Arts Prescott Gallery
—134 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, (928) 776-7717. “Chuckles and Smiles,” featuring works by Bret Blevins and Ryan Liebe, through Sept. 26.
Bonner David Galleries
—7040 E. Main St., Scottsdale, bonnerdavid.com, (480) 941-8500. “Painted on Copper: The Still-Life Paintings of Benjamin J. Shamback” opens with a reception for the artist from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, and continues through Oct. 16. The artist paints his distinctive still-life paintings on copper, not canvas or board; this technique allows the light to reflect through the paint and bounce back, creating a luminescent effect.
C. Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery
—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, cyndycarstens.com, (602) 819-3212. “Skyscapes,” Sept. 1-30, showcases paintings by Cyndy Carstens.
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. The museum offers free admission through Labor Day for all active-duty military personnel and their families.
Coconino Center for the Arts
—2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 779-2300. “Prelude to Open Studios Art Exhibition,” through Sept. 8, showcases works by more than 75 artists.
—244 S. Park Ave., Tucson, colonialfrontiers.com, (520) 622-7400. “Artifacts as Art: Amazonian Cultures Hidden in the Rainforest,” through Nov. 30.
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 Caballeros Western Museum
—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, (928) 684-2272. “100 Years, 100 Ranchers,” through Oct. 7.
—135 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, ethertongallery.com, (520) 624-7370. “Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders” opens with a reception for the artist from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. Lyon pioneered a new type of photojournalism in which the photographer immersed himself in the life of his subjects, getting to know them personally. He became a member of the Chicago Outlaws, riding his patched-together Triumph motorcycle while recording stories and photographs of the bikers. The exhibit continues through Nov. 3.
—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 481-2530. Paintings of ballerina dancers by Bernard Martin are on display Sept. 1-30.
—3150 W. S.R. 89A, Sedona, (928) 204-1765. “The Current,” Sept. 7-30, features new and current works by renowned local and regional artists, including Lynne Rae Lowe, Peter Myerson, and Marilyn Bos.
—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848. “The Art of Ceremony: American Indian Painting of the 20th Century,” through Sept. 2; “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary,” through Nov. 4; “Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer,” through Dec. 31; “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, heard.org, (480) 488-9817. Navajo photographers celebrate the beauty of their home, their land and contemporary life in “Through the Lens: Diné Photographers,” through Nov. 25.
—Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, (800) 858-2808. “The Amazing Kolb Brothers: A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon,” through Sept. 4. Artwork from the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is on exhibit Sept. 15-Nov. 25.
L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum
—12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, (480) 837-2612. The museum offers free admission from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in recognition of Smithsonian Museum Day. Guests can trace the steps of ancient people who passed through the area, with exhibits focusing on Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, the Yavapai people, and Four Peaks Amethyst mine.
—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, landisart.com, (602) 576-0406. New and old works by Lori Landis are showcased in “It’s a Mixed Bag,” through Sept. 30. The show includes abstract acrylic paintings with a joyful theme.
—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, lanninggallery.com, (928) 282-6865. “Jonathan Howard: Escape Plan” opens with a reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and continues through Sept. 16. The artist paints urban settings in mixed media with a rich, nearly monochromatic palette.
Lisa Sette Gallery
—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, lisasettegallery.com, (480) 990-7342. “Refresh: A Selection of Exceptional Works,” through Oct. 27, is a group exhibition featuring works by Carrie Marill, Alan Bur Johnson, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Jessica Joslin, Claudio Dicochea, David Kroll, Angela Ellsworth, Rachel Bess, Enrique Chagoya, Binh Danh, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Matthew Moore, Beverly Penn, Julianne Swartz, James Turrell, and Anthony Velasquez.
Lotus Contemporary Art
—511 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, (602) 525-0643. Paintings by Denise L. Fleisch are in the spotlight in “Summer in the Studio,” Sept. 7-28.
—3001 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-3001. Paintings from Diana Madaras’ newest Southwest art calendar are in the spotlight as the gallery hosts its “2013 Calendar Signing Celebration” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8.
Turtles, which are the keepers of stories and history to the Mississippi Choctaw people, appear as koshares (sacred clowns in Puebloan cultures) and storytellers in the works of sculptor Randall Chitto. Pictured is “Turtle Koshare—medium corn,” clay, 12"H x 7"W x 6"D. His work is on display in “Randall Chitto: Sacred Clowns,” Sept. 7-16, at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona. The show opens with a reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7. For more information, call (928) 282-2262.
The Manheim Gallery
—747 N. Main St., Cottonwood, (928) 649-0130. In tribute to the centennial, Arizona artists Becky Joy and Christine Dubrosky have traversed the state for the past two years, capturing colorful vistas and history in pastels and oils. See for yourself as the gallery presents “The Five C’s: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate,” Sept. 19-Oct. 6. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
—3922 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 922-1801. Ready for summer to end, the gallery’s powers that be are “thinking cool” with “Snow in Scottsdale?” The exhibit of paintings depicting snow scenes runs Sept. 6-15, and includes works by Richard Boyer, James Collender, Marguerite Hankins, Brenda Howell, Doug Oliver, Robert Tate, and Hubert Wackermann. The variety of subject matter takes viewers from the Grand Canyon to Europe, and back to the West as Indians travel to new campgrounds.
Mesa Contemporary Arts
—1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. “El Melting Pot,” Sept. 14-Nov. 25; “Ballerina: Photography by Bob Carey,” Sept. 14-Dec. 2; “Flow: 10 Years of Glass at Mesa Arts Center,” Sept. 14-Dec. 30; “Fire & Sand: Contemporary American Glass,” Sept. 14-Jan. 6; and “Decidedly Digital,” Sept. 14-Jan. 6.
Montage Art Studio and Gallery
—740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, (480) 355-6080. Contemporary works of art by Arizona artists are on exhibit in “Straight From My Studio,” through Sept. 8.
Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery
—228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott, (928) 776-4009. “Scenic Arizona,” through Sept. 22.
Museum of Northern Arizona
—3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 774-5213. “Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton: Artist and Advocate in Early Arizona,” through Oct. 28. The museum continues its 2012 Heritage Program Film Series from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 with “The Return of Navajo Boy,” which tells the story of a reunited Navajo family and a federal investigation into uranium contamination.
Musical Instrument Museum
—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, themim.org, (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.
—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “The Wild West,” through Oct. 29; and “Arizonarama!,” Sept. 1-Oct. 1.
Phoenix Art Museum
—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, (602) 257-1222. “Paper!” through Sept. 23; “Intaglio!” through Sept. 23; “Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad,” through Sept. 23; “The Politics of Place: Latin American Photography, Past and Present,” through Dec. 2; and “Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s,” Sept. 22-Feb. 10.
—6 N. Lake Powell Rd., Page, powellmuseum.org, (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.
Prescott Center for the Arts
—208 N. Marina St., Prescott, pfaa.net, (928) 445-3286. “Do You Know Me,” Sept. 28-Nov. 3, offers a trip through time with artworks focusing on legendary figures and events, whether mythological, historical or contemporary. Stories and biographies accompany each work of art.
Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery
—7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9988. “Downtown in Old Town,” Sept. 13-Oct. 31, showcases 10 downtown Phoenix artists working in different mediums: Lara Plecas, Mike Maas, Collin Chillag, Jason Grubb, Ted Troxel, Doug Oland, Alex Kutchins, Chris Caufield, Michael Prepsky, and Kenneth Richardson. An artists’ reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, (480) 874-4666. “Peter Sarkisian: Video Works, 1996-2008,” through Sept. 9; “Significant Forms: Sculpture From the Permanent Collection,” through Sept. 9; “Visions: Worth a Thousand Words,” through Oct. 7; “This Is a Present From a Small Distant World,” through Oct. 7; “Sherin Guirguis and Carrie Marill,” Sept. 22-Jan. 6; and “West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1956-1977,” Sept. 29-Jan. 6.
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. The museum offers free admission through Labor Day for all active-duty military personnel and their families.
Shemer Art Center
—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. The center’s professional instructors and students share their artworks, through Sept. 20.
Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture
—147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, (928) 445-1230. “Yoimasa, the Art of Filmer Kewanyama,” Sept. 8-Dec. 31.
Tempe Center for the Arts
—700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 350-2867. “Wood—TCA Juried Biennial” opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8, and continues through Jan. 5.
—919 W. Fillmore St., Phoenix, tiltgallery.com, (602) 716-5667. Chris Weller’s photography uncovers secrets and memories of the past while exploring our complex relationships with our mothers. “Margin of Error” is on display Sept. 7-29, with receptions planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 and 21.
Tucson Museum of Art
—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-2333. “100 Years, 100 Ranchers: Photographs by Scott T. Baxter,” through Sept. 23; and “Tucson Collects: Spirit of the West,” through Sept. 23.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
—1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, artmuseum.arizona.edu, (520) 621-7567. “Joshua Olivera: Palimpsest—An Image of What Once Was,” through Sept. 2; and “The Abstract Art of David Headley and Sol LeWitt Days,” through Oct. 28.
White Hills Gallery
—348 S. Main St., Camp Verde, whitehillsgallery.com, (928) 274-7903. “Maps of Urban Intervention,” through Oct. 14, examines how art interacts within city limits. The show includes installations, street art, public art, and other works that focus on urban sprawl, and economic decline and growth in the 21st century.
Wilde Meyer Gallery
—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, wilde-meyer.com, (480) 945-2323. The gallery celebrates the 20th anniversary of its annual dog-themed group exhibition with “Dog Days 20,” through Sept. 5. Featuring canines of all stature, shapes and form, the show includes works by Trevor Mikula, Connie Townsend, Sheridan Brown, Patricia Hunter, Deb Komitor, Amy Novelli, and Sarah Webber.
—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, xanadugallery.com, (480) 368-9929. “An Artful Summer,” through Sept. 1, showcases bronzes by Lorri Acott, wildflower paintings by John Horejs and abstract paintings by Yvette Cragun, John and Elli Milan, Penny Benjamin Peterson, and Linza. New works by Dave Newman, Guilloume, Robert Burt, Zingaro, and Gary Lee Price also are on display.
Yavapai Community College
—1000 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, pfaa.net, (928) 445-3286. Prescott Center for the Arts showcases award-winning artists from past exhibits in “Best of the Best,” Sept. 14-22.
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