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February 2013 Gallery & Museum Events

Author: Judy Harper
Issue: February, 2013, Page 144
Painted Desert
Classically trained, Larisa Aukon has found much success painting in her bold style characterized by strong compositions, simple geometry and masterful color palettes. Known for her vivid still lifes, she strives to capture the vibrancy of the red sandstone, clear blue skies and deep shadows. More than 30 new works by the
artist are on exhibit Feb. 21-March 7 at Paul Scott Gallery in Scottsdale, with a reception for the artist from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21. Pictured is “Meditation Break,” oil on panel, 40"H x 30"W. The painting was inspired by a spiritual retreat in southern Arizona, during which Aukon enjoyed regular walks through a dry wash that she describes as peaceful and inviting. For more information, visit, or call (480) 874-3000.

Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480) 644-2467. “Weather or Not: Art With Atmosphere,” Feb. 8-May 26.

Arizona Science Center—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 716-2000. “Da Vinci: The Genius,” Feb. 10-June 9, The center welcomes patrons 18 and older for “Adults’ Night Out” from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 1. The free event includes a
lecture on “Science of Golf.”

ArtsEye—3550 E. Grant Rd., Tucson,, (520) 325-0260. Works by Stephen Strom and Stu Jenks are on exhibit in “Landings,” through Feb. 14. Strom, a research astronomer, photographs the changing patterns of the desert landscape at a micro level, while Jenks—a writer, musician and photographer—explores the symbols of the circle, the hoop and the spiral as part of a spiritual journey.

Bentley Gallery—215 E. Grant St., Phoenix, (480) 946-6060. Nine new portrait paintings by John Sonsini are on exhibit Feb. 1-28. His works are primarily of Hispanic males he meets in and around the streets of midtown Los Angeles. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Bonner David Galleries—7040 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 941-8500. Dyana Hesson shares new paintings of flowers and cacti in “Up Close and Personal.” The show opens with a reception for Hesson from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, and continues through Feb. 26. Michael Carson presents paintings of the female form in “Depth Perception,” which opens with a reception for the artist from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and continues through Feb. 26. “Complex Simplicity,” Feb. 21-March 20, showcases romantic landscape paintings by Romona Youngquist. A reception for Youngquist takes place from
6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24. The focus shifts to “Approaching Spaces,” featuring works in wood by Mitch Fry, Feb. 28-March 20. A reception for Fry is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.

Calvin Charles Gallery—4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 421-1818. “Fur, Fangs and Feathers: Vietnam’s Tet Animals” opens with a reception from 7 to
9 p.m. Feb. 7 and continues through March 4. The show depicts the legendary 12 animals of Asia’s Lunar New Year in paintings and prints.

Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 819-3212. Landscape/skyscape paintings by Cyndy Carstens are on exhibit through Feb. 2.

Cave Creek Museum—6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, (480) 488-2764. The museum showcases an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. February is “Authors Month” at the museum, with presentations by Charlie LeSueur, Feb. 2; Lori Hines, Feb. 9; Debe Branning, Feb. 16; and Jim Turner, Feb. 23.

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery—250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. “Waterworks: Really Abstract or Abstractly Real?”
Feb. 1-March 9.

Coconino Center for the Arts—2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff,, (928) 779-2300. “Underneath It All: Desire, Power, Memory & Lingerie,” through Feb. 16, showcases artwork by 10 women who use, interpret or create lingerie as objects or topics in their work.

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 through March 31.

Colores—7100 Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1489. The gallery celebrates collectible and nostalgic “in your grille” classic cars and trucks in “The Muscle Car and the ’Ol Truck,” through Feb. 1. Featured artists include Bill Colt, Connie Townsend, Stephen Morath, and Leigh Gusterson.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson,, (520) 722-4412. The gallery celebrates its silver anniversary with a “Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Art Gala,” through Feb. 3. The focus shifts to “Desert Dreams,” Feb. 8-May 12, with works by Bonnie Bedillion, Geri Bringman, David Brown, Paddie Flaherty, Gretchen Huff, and Margaret Shirer. A reception for the artists takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8. The gallery also hosts its “Meet the Artist” series from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 12-16, as Dikki Van Helsland is on-site demonstrating her batik process.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg,, (928) 684-2272. “Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton: Early Arizona Artist and Cultural Advocate,” through March 3; “Collecting the West: The Colton Legacy,” through March 3; “All Good Clay Smells Like Rain: Maricopa Potters—Artistry and Tradition,” through Nov. 10; and “Three Mesas, Three Art Forms: The Jerry Cowdrey Hopi Collection,” through Nov. 10.

Etherton Gallery—135 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson,, (520) 624-7370. “Surface Tension,” through April 6, features photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin, and mixed-media works by Alice Leora Briggs, and Holly Roberts. All three artists explore tension between the visible, textural qualities of the image surface and the political, social and psychological undercurrents of their subject matter.

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art—561 S.R. 179, Sedona,, (800) 526-7668. The gallery hosts its annual “Valentine’s Weekend Show,” from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15; and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16-17. The show celebrates one-of-a-kind jewelry creations by Barbara Westwood, and bronze, ceramic and glass pieces by Rebecca Tobey.

Gallery Andrea­­—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 481-2530. The gallery celebrates Valentine’s Day with an exhibit of “Romantic Ladies and Flowers,”
Feb. 1-28. Featured artists include Andrea de Kerpely-Zak, Andrea Zakrzewski, and Joanna Zjawinska.

Gallery West—6420 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, (520) 529-7002. “Ethnographic Materials of the Apaches,” through March 2, showcases clothing, baskets and bags from the 19th century.

Goldenstein Gallery—390 N. S.R. 89A and 70 Dry Creek Rd., Sedona, (928) 204-1765. “Believing,” Feb. 1-28, explores the belief that one has in him- or herself to do something, such as an artist who has the desire to create and then must have belief in doing it to take the leap from concept to completion. The gallery hosts a First Friday reception from
5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Uptown
location on State Route 89A.

Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848. “Native Words, Native Warriors,” through March 3; “Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano,” through March 3; “Elegance From the Earth: Hopi Pottery Families,” through Aug. 25; “Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer,” through Dec. 31; “N. Scott Momaday: Art and Poetry,” Feb. 2-June 23; “Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles,” Feb. 16-Sept. 3 “Chocolate, Chile and Cochineal,” Feb. 16-Oct. 27.

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

Landis Studio/Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (602) 576-0406. Abstract Impressionistic paintings by Lori Landis are in the spotlight in “How Animals Soothe the Savage Beast,” through Feb. 28. The focus shifts to “The Beginning of Love,” Feb. 29-April 14, featuring paintings by Landis, including the “First Week of Genesis.”

Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona,, (928) 282-6865. The gallery presents a “Sculpture Showcase,” highlighting works by nearly a dozen artists, including contemporary marble pieces, Celtic-inspired steatite totems, raku and hand-blown glass works, bronze animals and steel cacti. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 10.

Larsen Gallery—3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale,, (480) 941-0900. Paintings, sculpture and photography are in the spotlight as the gallery hosts a group exhibition Feb. 21-March 30, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Featured artists include Anne Coe, Candice Eisenfeld, Jamie Chase, Christopher Pelley, Scott Duce, Dick Jemison, Bill Schenck, Merrill Mahaffey, Linda Ingraham, William Lesch, James Myford, Mary Merkel Hess, and Roger Asay and Rebecca Davis.

LewAllen Galleries—7036 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 970-3600. The newly opened gallery presents its “Inaugural Group Exhibition,” through Feb. 28. The show includes works by Forrest Moses, Woody Gwyn, John Fincher, Bill Barrett, Emily Mason and numerous others who show regularly at the gallery’s Santa Fe locations.

Lisa Sette Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, (480) 990-7342. The gallery showcases works by Alan Bur Johnson and Alison Rossiter, who work on the edge of image and abstraction, through Feb. 2. Works by Damion Berger and Gilbert Garcin, two artists who smash the boundaries between realism-based analogue photography and the realms of abstraction and imagination, are in the spotlight Feb. 7-March 2, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7.

MADE art boutique—922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix,, (602) 256-6233. “Coasters @ MADE” are in the spotlight through Feb. 1. Eleven artists were invited to create a set of six beverage coasters that are not only useful, but also a unique art piece for the home.

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery—6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson,, (520) 722-7798. New paintings by Dennis Ziemienski are on display in “Fred Harvey and the American Southwest,” through Feb. 15.

May Gallery—3922 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, (480) 922-1801. “It’s Showtime at May Gallery” is the theme this month, with receptions for three of the gallery’s top-selling artists. Scott Wallis presents his brightly colored Tuscan and European landscapes, Feb. 7-8; Robert Tate shares Western paintings, Feb. 14-15; and Richard Boyer, just back from Europe and Scandinavia, exhibits recognizable landmarks and colorful scenery depicting his travels, Feb. 21-22. Guests can meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. on each of the dates listed.

May Gallery on Main—7140 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 941-3015.  “Canvas of Innocents,” Feb. 11-17, showcases paintings with children, including children at play, ballerinas and Native American children in settings from the plains of America. Participating artists include Jane Bradley, Cathy Demko, Linda Gulinson, Marguerite Hankins, Robert Tate, Detha Watson, Vidan, Hubert Wackermann, Pino, and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Mesa Contemporary Arts—1 E. Main St., Mesa,, (480) 644-6500. “The National Collage Society 2012 Signature Member Show,” through Feb. 17; “Habitations,” through March 31; “34th-Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition,” through March 31; and “Creature • Man • Nature,” through April 28.

Museum of Northern Arizona—3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff,, (928) 774-5213. “Arizona’s Pioneering Women Artists,” through May 12; and “Mountain Lion,” through Aug. 4.

Musical Instrument Museum—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, (480) 478-6000. An exhibit honoring Taylor Swift is on display through Aug. 31.

NAU Art Museum—321 McMullen Circle, Flagstaff, (928) 523-3471. “Paolo Soleri: Think. Draw. Build. Sustain,” Feb. 19-April 13, showcases renderings and models created over a 40-year career. The exhibit focuses on Soleri’s search for an architecture that responds to its environment and to challenges of sustainability that have become critical as our population increases and our resources diminish. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21.

Off Madison Avenue Gallery—5555 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, (480) 505-4500. Wall sculpture by Jill Friedberg is on exhibit in “Carried Away,” through March 26.

Philabuam Glass Gallery & Studio—711 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson,, (520) 884-7404. Works by Mark Abildgaard and Michael Joplin are in the spotlight in “Cast & Cut,” Feb. 2-April 27. Abildgaard casts glass in forms resembling both totems and glass crystals, while Joplin blows large platters that become the palette for his cut, or sandblasted vintage nude studies.

Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “Through Navajo Eyes,” through Feb. 17; and “Shadows of the Mesa,” through April 21.

Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s,” through Feb. 10; “Shiprock and Mont St. Michel: Photographs by William Clift,” through April 7; “Visions of Humanity: 20th-Century Chinese Paintings From the Jones Collection,” through April 14; “Order, Chaos and the Space Between,” Feb. 6-May 5; and “Kehinde Wiley: The Memling Series,” Feb. 20-June 23.

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 Nobility of Nature,” through Feb. 16, is a multimedia show featuring nature scenes inspired by the desert and mountain vistas of the American Southwest, the Midwest plains, and the lush forests and lakes of the Northwest, to the dramatic landscapes of Europe, Asia and South America.

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.

Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery—7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9988. The gallery hosts a “Small Sculpture Invitational,” through Feb. 28, featuring 10 sculptors working in various styles of representation and under 18 inches in height. Artists include Audry Cramblit, Simon Kogan, Mark Edward Adams, Louise Peterson, Amy Kann, Alicia Ponzio, Paige Bradley, Aiko Morioka, Jeff Zygmunt, Rod Zullo, and Tim Shinabarger.

Scottsdale Fine Art—7116 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 990-3100. “Art of the Impossible,” through Feb. 28, showcases works by noted trompe l’oeil ceramicist Sylvia Hyman. Her works evoke social and political commentary while avoiding propaganda and idealogy.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666. “The Human Touch: Selections From the RBC Wealth Management Collection,” through April 28; and “Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti,” through April 28.

Sharlot Hall Museum—415 W. Gurley St., Prescott,, (928) 445-3122. “Arizona’s Centennial Best Fest: A Second Chance Exhibit,” through Feb. 3.

Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. High school artists from more than 50 local schools share art in a variety of media in “New Horizons,” through Feb. 12. “Figurative Art Now!” is on exhibit, Feb. 21-
March 21.

Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture—147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, (928) 445-1230. “Arizona’s Son: The Photography of Barry Goldwater,” through April 28.

Tempe Center for the Arts—700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 350-2867. “Green Revolution,” through May 25, is an eco-friendly, green-themed exhibit that addresses critical environmental issues concerning the local community.

Temple Gallery—330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. Drawings by David F. Brown are on exhibit in “Life Boat,” through Feb. 26.

Tilt Gallery—7050 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 716-5667. Platinum/palladium prints by Jean-Claude Mougin are on display in “Le Noir,” through Feb. 23.

Trailside Galleries—7330 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale,, (480) 945-7751. A variety of landscapes and seascapes by Matt Smith are on exhibit in “Plein-Air Painting in New England,” Feb. 11-23. A reception for the artist takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Tucson Museum of Art—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson,, (520) 624-2333. “Art of Latin America,” through Feb. 28; “Nacimiento,” through June 1; “Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air and Earth,” through June 14; “Han and Beyond—The Renaissance of China: The James Conley Collection,” through June 30;
“Desert Grasslands,” through July 7; “Art + The Machine,” through July 14; and “Feminina: Images of the Feminine From Latin America,” through Sept. 14.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. “Sculpture Showcase” features works by six Native American and Southwest sculptors, including stone and bronzes pieces by Larry Yazzie, and contemporary horse sculptures by Al Glann, plus works in steel, raku and ceramic. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1, with the show continuing through Feb. 10.

University of Arizona Museum of Art—1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, (520) 621-7567. “Broken Desert: Land and Sea” features works by Greg Lindquist, Chris McGinniss, Mary Mattingly, and William Lamson, through March 3.

Vision Gallery—10 E. Chicago St., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. Paintings by William Barnhart are on exhibit through March 8.

White Hills Gallery—348 S. Main St., Camp Verde,, (928) 274-7903. “Ambiguous Color,” through March 3, takes a new look at color and how it can be perceived in abstract and traditional work.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 945-2323. The gallery celebrates the new year with “My Favorite Things,” through Feb. 1. Featuring works by Sushe Felix, Judy Feldman, Chaille Trevor, Charles Davison, and Sarah Siltala, the show includes paintings of things the artists love, including animals, classic cars and landscapes.

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.

Wild Holly Gallery—22 Easy St., Carefree, (480) 595-8757. “The Beatles Come to Carefree” is the theme as the gallery presents portraits of the Fab Four by Andy Baird. A block party extravaganza is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 as the artist works inside the studio on his next work of art, and a tribute band plays outside the gallery atop a double-decker bus.

Xanadu Gallery—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 368-9929. New mixed-media collage works by Dave Newman are on exhibit in “Lost and Found,” Feb. 21-March 20. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21.

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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