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December 2012 Gallery & Museum Events

Author: Judy Harper
Issue: December, 2012, Page 130
Christmas Cheer
The saying “What goes around, comes around” rings true for a homeowner who was inspired by a Diana Madaras painting to create this inviting entry to his Southwestern residence. After construction was complete and the home was decked for the holidays, he sent the artist a photo to show his gratitude. Madaras, in turn, painted the home and called it “Christmas Ranch.” The watercolor, 16"H x 12"W, and other festive Southwest scenes are on exhibit in “Desert Holiday,” Dec. 1-31, at Madaras Gallery in Tucson. Call (520) 615-3001 for more information.

Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480) 644-2467. Artists illustrate cash, coins, currency, loot, wealth and other treasures in “Show Me the Money,” through Jan. 20.

Arizona Science Center—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 716-2000. “Mysterious Dinosaurs,” through Jan. 1; and “LEGO Travel Adventure,” through Jan. 1.

ASU Art Museum—ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, (480) 965-2787. “Ant Farm Media Van v.08 (Time Capsule),” through Dec. 1; “The Desert: Bohl, Borein & Burr,” through Jan. 12; “Trajectory: Miguel Palma,” through Feb. 9; and “Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya,” Dec. 22-April 20.

Bonner David Galleries—7040 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 941-8500. The gallery celebrates 10 years with a show featuring works from all 30 of its artists, through Dec. 4. Small gems by Richard Williams,
Liz Tran, Brad Aldridge, Gail Morris, Carol Redmond, and Dyana Hesson are on exhibit in “Holiday Treasures”; an opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, with the small works on display through Dec. 16. Patrons can meet Ron Burns as “Encore II: BFF (Best Friends Furever)” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 27. The artist celebrates precious pets in living color on canvas. The show continues through Jan. 16. Colorful landscape paintings by Claudia Hartley are on display in “Holidays With Hartley,” Dec. 29-Jan. 16. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 during the Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk.

Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 819-3212. Landscape/skyscape paintings by Cyndy Carstens and hand-thrown functional ceramics by guest artist Ashley Gauntt are on exhibit, Dec. 1-
Jan. 5. An artist reception with refreshments, and entertainment by classical guitarist Aaron Torres, take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

Challenger Space Center—21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,, (623) 322-2012. “They Came From Outer Space,” through Dec. 31, 2013, examines the life and work of Geoff Notkin, author, explorer, science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer and host of TV’s hit series “Meteorite Men.”

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery—250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. More than 60 handmade quilts are on exhibit in “ArtQuilts Year XVII: Integrating a Paradox,” through Jan. 19.

Coconino Center for the Arts—2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 779-2300. “It’s Elemental,” through Dec. 20, celebrates the talent and creativity of regional craftspeople. The exhibit includes objects created from clay, wood, fiber, paper, metal and glass.

Colonial Frontiers—244 S. Park Ave., Tucson,, (520) 622-7400. Traditional 19th- and 20th-century glazed ceramic wine amphorae from Southern Italy are in the spotlight, Dec. 1-March 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center—30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, Colo., (719) 634-5581. “A Mural in the Making: Eric Bransby and Trevor Thomas,” through Jan. 6; and “Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop,” through Jan. 20.

Colores—7100 Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1489. Western art that epitomizes the ideals, passions and history of the West is on display in “Rough and Tumble,” through Dec. 5. Featured artists include Amy Watts, James Swanson, Thom Ross, Chaille Trevor, Sarah Webber, Jim Nelson, Doug Weigel, Fran Larsen, and Tracy Miller. The show includes a special remembrance for the late Paul Sheldon, whose paintings of traditional working cowboys were sourced from antique photos and documents.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun—6300 N. Swan Rd., Tucson,, (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.

Denver Art Museum—100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, (720) 865-5000. “Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus,” through Dec. 2; “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa,” through Dec. 30; “Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels,” through Jan. 13; “Becoming Van Gogh,” through Jan. 20; “Laleh Mehran: Men of God, Men of Nature,” through Feb. 17; “Laura Letinsky: Still-Life Photographs, 1997-2012,” through March 24; “Potters of Precision: The Coors Porcelain Company,” through March 24; “and “All That Glistens: A Century of Japanese Lacquer,” through Oct. 5.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-4412. The gallery presents a “Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Art Gala,” through Feb. 3. Featured artists include Wanita Christensen, Joan Fimbel DiGiovanni, Karen Kos, Darlene LeClair, Susan Libby, and Emely McConkey. The gallery also hosts its “Meet the Artist” series from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11-15, as Susan Meyer is on-site sharing her thought process on setting up a
drawing or painting.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg,, (928) 684-2272. “On Hallowed Ground: Maria Sharylen Paints the Pimeria Alta,” through Dec. 2; and “Don’t Fence Me In: Ludvic Paints the West,” through Jan. 6.

Etherton Gallery—135 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. “Seeing in Silver: John Loengard, Ralph Gibson, Harry Callahan,” through Jan. 5, celebrates the fragility and beauty of the handmade photograph.

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art—561 S.R. 179, Sedona, (800) 526-7668. Special times shared between friends and lovers are the focus of “Tender Moments,” Dec. 1-31. The show highlights the Contemporary Cubist style of Yuroz, whose works illustrate a prevailing theme of love and companionship.

Gallery Andrea­­—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 481-2530. Andrea de Kerpely-Zak shares miniature paintings of poinsettias and Christmas flowers, Dec. 1-31.

Gallery Russia—7103 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 596-9533. The gallery celebrates its 20th year with a “2012 Annual Group Exhibition,” Dec. 1-31, featuring more than 75 new works by some of the finest painters from the Soviet Union and several prominent American painters. The show includes recent works mixed with a vetted selection of Soviet-era master works from the 1950s through 1970s.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum—217 Johnson St., Santa Fe,, (505) 946-1000. “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image,” through May 5.

Goldenstein Gallery—390 N. S.R. 89A, Sedona, (928) 204-1765. Gifts that adorn both the home and the individual are in the spotlight as the gallery hosts its annual “Feel the Love” holiday show, Dec. 7-31. The exhibit includes kaleidoscopes by Steve Failows, hand-painted scarves by Jackie Jordan Jackson, hand-carved turtle boxes by Luis Fairfield, and jewelry by Mary Fisher, Dorit Herlinger, Star York, Sherab Khandro, Michael Red Hawk, and Cheston Trammel.

Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, (602) 252-8848. “Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience,” through Jan. 13; “Namingha Family: Landscape, Form and Light,” through Jan. 27; “Native Words, Native Warriors,” through March 3; “Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano,” through March 3; and “Elegance From the Earth: Hopi Pottery Families,” through Aug. 25.

Heard Museum North—The Summit at Scottsdale, 32633 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, (480) 488-9817. “Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Book Art,” Dec. 15-Sept. 22.

Joan Cawley Gallery—7135 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-3548. Mixed-media paintings by Jean Ekman Adams are in the spotlight as the children’s author and illustrator is on hand from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 to sign copies of her book “A Cowgirl and Her Horse.” The focus shifts to turned-wood bowls by Ronald Mulligan Dec. 13, with the artist in the gallery from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to discuss his creative techniques and why he chooses various types of woods for his delicate pots.

L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum—12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills,, (480) 837-2612. The museum hosts an open house with free admission Dec. 1-2. 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.

Landis Studio/Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (602) 576-0406. Lori Landis explores “Moments in Color,” through Jan. 5.

Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. “Michael Grant: Master Jeweler” opens with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and an artist’s demonstration from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Continuing through Dec. 31,
the annual holiday show unveils Grant’s newest silver necklaces, cuffs, earrings, rings and more of the highest quality turquoise and other hand-cut stones.

Larsen Gallery—3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, (480) 941-0900. Paintings by Roberto Marquez are on exhibit in “Symbols,” Dec. 1-31. Spanning several decades’ worth of works, the paintings showcase the artist’s attention to painterly details while telling a story.

Lisa Sette Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 990-7342. Paintings by David Kroll and sculpture by Kim Cridler are on exhibit through Dec. 29.

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery—6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, (520) 722-7798. “Mell Modern,” through Dec. 14, features new works by internationally known Southwestern painter and sculptor Ed Mell. Mark Sublette, author and gallery owner, signs copies of his new book, “Paint by Numbers,” from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery—602-A Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, (505) 820-7451. “Navajo Saddle Blankets circa 1890-1930,” Dec. 14-Jan. 4. The exhibit includes Germantowns, single saddles, pictorials and twills.

May Gallery—3922 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 922-1801. One-of-a-kind blown glass wall platters and centerpieces by Ross Neder are in the spotlight in “Art as Clear as Glass,” Dec. 6-21.

Mesa Contemporary Arts—1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. “Ballerina: Photography by Bob Carey,” through Dec. 2; “Flow: 10 Years of Glass at Mesa Arts Center,” through Dec. 30; “Fire & Sand: Contemporary American Glass,” through Jan. 6; and “Glass Secessionism,” through Jan. 6.

Millicent Rogers Museum—1504 Millicent Rogers Rd., Taos, N.M., (575) 758-2462. “Unknown Was a Woman,” through Dec. 31.

Big-Boy Toy
Steve Failows left an unfulfilling job at a post office to pursue a career in stained glass in the 1980s—just in time, he says, as the term “going postal” was a common concern of the day. Quipping that New York is a nice place to be from, he fled to Arizona in 1992 and never looked back. “I consider myself a lucky man, whistling while I work every day at my chosen passion,” he notes. His kaleidoscopes range from small tabletop styles to grand floor models, and feature wood, fossils and a variety of crystals. Mounted on a juniper branch pedestal, this piece is 56" high with a ceramic scope that is 22" long by 9" wide, and has an unusually wide 6" view port. Guests can meet Failows at Work of Artists in Phoenix as the gallery hosts an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. The celebration includes food, wine and door prizes, plus a chance to meet many of the gallery artists. For details, call (480) 596-0304.
Subheadline. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit.Modified Arts—407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix,, (602) 462-5516. “Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied,” through Dec. 31; and “Residual Benefits: Artists Employing Residencies in Professional Practice,” through Dec. 31.

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. “Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress,” through Jan. 6; “Folk Art of the Andes,” through March 10; and “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más,” Dec. 9-Jan. 5, 2014.

Museum of Northern Arizona—3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 774-5213. “Discovery 2012: The Exhibit,” through Dec. 2; and “Mountain Lion,” through Aug. 4.

Musical Instrument Museum—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, (480) 478-6000. “I Am AZ Music: MIM Celebrates 100 Years of Arizona Music,” through Jan. 13; and an exhibit honoring Taylor Swift, through Aug. 31.

New Mexico History Museum—113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, (505) 476-5200. “Contemplative Landscape,” through Dec. 30; “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,” through Dec. 30; and “Altared Spaces: The Shrines of New Mexico,” through Feb. 10.

New Mexico Museum of Art—107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, (505) 476-5072. “Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass,” through Jan. 6; “Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass,” through Jan. 6; and “It’s About Time: 14,000 Years of Art in New Mexico,” through Jan. 31, 2014. Marionettes carved by Santa Fe artist Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) take center stage at the museum’s annual holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16.

Palm Springs Art Museum—101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, Calif.,, (760) 322-4800. “Southwest Textiles and Native American Art From the Permanent Collection,” through Dec. 30; “Make It Work: Material Matters in Art and Design,” through Jan. 20; and “Antibodies: The Works of Fernando and Humberto Campana, 1989-2009,” through Feb. 24.

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio—711 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson,, (520) 884-7404. “The Ins and Outs,” Dec. 1-Jan. 26, showcases interior optical paintings in solid glass by Wes Hunting, and exterior surface design on whimsical “BOBtanicals” by Bob Kliss. A reception for the artists takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott,, (928) 778-1385. “Shadows of the Mesa,” through Feb. 3; and “Through Navajo Eyes,” through Feb. 17.

Pinnacle Gallery—23417 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 563-9800. After crossing the country in search of new artists, gallery owners Joanne and Peter Hildt have returned with a bounty of new artworks, including tall blown-glass vases, stainless steel vessels, glass cairns, silver jewelry, leather bangles, necklaces and wooden boxes. “Fall Brings Treasures” continues Dec. 1-31, with many more new pieces scheduled to arrive throughout the winter months.

Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “The Politics of Place: Latin American Photography, Past and Present,” through Dec. 2; “The Big Picture,” through Dec. 2; “West Select: A New Western Classic,” through Dec. 31; “Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s,” through Feb. 10; “Visions of Humanity: 20th Century Chinese Paintings From the Jones Collection,” Dec. 15-April 14; and “Shiprock and Mont St. Michel: Photographs by William Clift,”
Dec. 22-April 7.

Powell 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.

Prescott Center for the Arts—208 N. Marina St., Prescott,, (928) 445-3286. The center hosts “Celebrating the Season,” through Dec. 15. The annual holiday show features a wide array of gift items, including fine art, photographs, glass, wood turnings, handmade scarves, pottery, jewelry, toys and holiday decor.

Pueblo Grande Museum—4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, (602) 495-0900. “Living in the Desert: Decisions and Consequences,” through Aug. 31, explores tradeoffs made in the quest for desert sustainability in ancient, historic and modern times.

Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—5 Calle Baca Rd., Tubac, (520) 398-2041. The gallery hosts a quick-draw competition as part of its annual “Cowboy Christmas” party from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, featuring more than 20 artists who have only one hour to complete a work of art. The event includes wine, appetizers, dinner, live entertainment and an auction of the completed artworks, with proceeds benefiting Hi-Art, an arts education program through Tubac Center of the Arts.

San Diego Natural History Museum—1788 El Prado, San Diego,, (619) 255-0189. “Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images,” through Jan. 2; “The Horse,” through Jan. 20; “Bold,” through Feb. 18; and “Chocolate,” through March 10.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art—1130 State St., Santa Barbara, Calif., (805) 963-4364. “Scene on the Street: Doug Busch,” through Dec. 2;
and “The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry and Politics in 17th-Century China,” through Jan. 20.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, (480) 874-4666. “Sherin Guirguis and Carrie Marill,” through Jan. 6; “West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1956-1977,” through Jan. 6; “Steering the Spaceship Earth: Teens Respond to the Whole Earth Catalog,” through
Jan. 6; and “Architecture + Art: Hector Zamora,” through Jan. 27.

Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Microdwell 2012,” through Dec. 31, showcases modular, low-cost dwellings of various sizes manufactured from a diversity of materials. The center hosts its annual invitational holiday show and sale, Dec. 1-31. A VIP dessert reception and preview takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1.

Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture—147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott,, (928) 445-1230. “Yoimasa, the Art of Filmer Kewanyama,” through Dec. 31. The museum hosts its annual Frontier Christmas Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, with living history interpreters, fireside refreshments and entertainment.

Tempe Center for the Arts—700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 350-2867. “Wood—TCA Juried Biennial,” through Jan. 5.

Temple Gallery—330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. “Valerie Galloway: Photographs,” through Jan. 8.

Trailside Galleries—7330 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, (480) 945-7751. “Holiday Miniature Show,” Dec. 1-31, offers a select group of paintings and sculpture in a variety of subject matter, including Western, landscape, wildlife, impressionism, still-life and figurative works. A reception for the artists takes place form 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.

Tucson Museum of Art—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-2333. “The Shape of Things, Four Decades of Paintings and Sculpture,” through Jan. 6; “Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, A 50-Year Retrospective,” through Jan. 13; “Henri Matisse, The Pasiphaé Series and Other Works on Paper,” through Jan. 20; “Art of Latin America,” through Feb. 28; “Nacimiento,” through June 1; and “Art + The Machine,” through June 9.

Turkey Mountain Traders—7008 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 423-8777. The gallery hosts a holiday open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, featuring Mark Bahti and a specially chosen collection of Zuni fetishes. Bahti will be signing copies of his book “Spirit in the Stone.” Also on exhibit is a selection of handmade glazed pottery by Diana Begner.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. The gallery hosts a “Holiday Gift Show” featuring fused glass horse sculpture by Newy Fagan, as well as a variety of Native American and Southwest art gift ideas in a range of prices. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and continues through Dec. 31.

University of Arizona Museum of Art—1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, (520) 621-7567. “An Engagement With Presence: Drawings and Prints From the UAMA Permanent Collection,” through Jan. 6; and “In Relief: German Op-Art Ceramics, 1955-1975,” through Jan. 27.

Vision Gallery—10 E. Chicago St., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. “Rekindling Spirit: An Exhibition of Inspirational Artworks,” through Jan. 11.

White Hills Gallery—348 S. Main St., Camp Verde, (928) 274-7903. More than 200 artworks that are less than 10 inches in all dimensions are on exhibit in “The Mini Show,” through Jan. 4. The show features local and national artists, and includes works in all mediums.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, (480) 945-2323. The spotlight is on Western art, cowboys and cowgirls, Native American culture and Southwestern landscapes as the gallery presents “People and Places of the West,” through Dec. 5. Featured artists include Jim Nelson, Doug Weigel, Amy Novelli, Ka Fisher, Chaille Trevor, Stephen Morath, Sushe Felix, Linda Carter Holman, Dana Hooper, Monika Rossa, and Kristin Knight. Small and miniature works are showcased in “The Gem Show,” Dec. 6-Jan. 2. Andrea Peterson, Trevor Mikula, Tracy Miller, Sarah Webber, Dana Hooper, Kari Rives, Tom Philabaum, Amy Novelli, Robert Charon, Ryan Hale, and Timothy Chapman are among the featured artists.

Wildfire Gallery—6501 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, (480) 595-5188. Unique wall sculptures by Russell Marohnic are on exhibit, through March 30. A Phoenix Home & Garden Master of the Southwest, Marohnic creates metalworks with custom-designed finishes and colors. Several new pieces are on display, as well as a water feature sculpture titled “Desert Oasis,” designed for indoor/outdoor use.

Xanadu Gallery—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 368-9929. “Diverse Communities,” Dec. 15-Jan. 31, showcases oil paintings, bronze sculpture and bronze relief art by Guilloume.

Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed number. Information for inclusion in GALLERY ROW should be submitted at least 10 weeks before the first of the month it is to be published. Send information to: Judy Harper, Calendar Editor, PHOENIX HOME & GARDEN, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 310, Scottsdale, AZ 85254;; or fax to (480) 664-3962.
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