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September 2013 Gallery & Museum Events

Author: Judy Harper
Issue: September, 2013, Page 164
Inspired by Nature
“Nature is my inspiration—the colors, the seasons, how light plays on a leaf or a wave, or emanates from nebulae,” says Cynthia Miller, a Tucson artist. “Through copper enameling, I communicate my joy and delight in nature’s scintillating array of hues and luminosities. Each composition is unique and intended to stimulate your imagination.”

Miller’s work is on exhibit in “Off the Wall,” through Sept. 28, at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio in Tucson. Pictured is “Swan Nebula.” Consisting of 12 panels, each measuring 10"H x 12"W, the work features transparent and opaque enamels kiln-fired onto burnished copper. The show also includes new glass wall art by Tom Philabaum, as well as Henry Halem. For more information, visit, or call (520) 884-7404.

Arizona Museum for Youth—35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480) 644-2467. “Dream On,” through Sept. 15, offers opportunities to contemplate, create and dream while understanding the science of dreams and ideas that originated with dreams.

Arizona Science Center—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602) 716-2000. “Sesame Street Presents: The Body,” through Sept. 2.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson,, (520) 883-2702. “Botanical Art of the Sonoran Desert: Past & Present,” through Oct. 27.

ASU Art Museum—ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe,, (480) 965-2787. “Turn Off the Sun,” through Sept. 7; “Plate • Silk • Stone,” through Dec. 8; and “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” Sept. 7-Dec. 7.

Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 819-3212. Oil paintings on canvas and drawings on paper of Southwest skies, land and cacti by Cyndy Carstens are on display this month. The gallery celebrates the kick-off of the fall Artwalk season with music by pianist Grady Soine from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19.

Cave Creek Museum—6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek,, (480) 488-2764. The museum reopens for the season Oct. 2, however, the public has a chance to preview new and permanent indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a historic stamp mill dating back to 1880, during the national Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Basketry, pottery, beadwork, shell etching and traditional food cooking demonstrations are included.

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

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center—30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, Colo., (719) 634-5581. “Charles Bunnell: Rocky Mountain Modern,” through Sept. 15; and “Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art From the Volkersz Collection,” through May 18.

Denver Art Museum—100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver,, (720) 865-5000. “Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams,” through Sept. 8; “Spun: Adventures in Textiles,” through Sept. 22; “Nick Cave: Sojourn,” through Sept. 22; and “Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s,” through Sept. 29.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson,, (520) 722-4412. “Visual Delights,” through Nov. 10, features works by Don Carter, Le Craven, Nancy Cressler, Susan Grijalva, Carol Hegedus, and Del Marinello.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, (928) 684-2272. “West of Center: Wickenburg Art Center Highlights,” through Sept. 1; “Portraits of the West: Hal Stewart’s Bronzes,” through Oct. 6; “Watercolor Cowboys: Don Weller’s West,” through Oct. 6; “Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photographs by Wayne Norton,” through Oct. 20; “All Good Clay Smells Like Rain: Maricopa Potters—Artistry and Tradition,” through Nov. 10; “Three Mesas, Three Art Forms: The Jerry Cowdrey Hopi Collection,” through Nov. 10; and “Arizona Cowgirl: The Next Generation: Photographs by Charles King,” Sept. 14-Nov. 10.

Etherton Gallery—135 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. “Sonnets of Light,” Sept. 14-Nov. 16, features photography by Charles Grogg, and Masao Yamamoto, and mixed-media works by Mayme Kratz. A reception for the artists is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14.

Beacon of Faith
“Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land” opens Sept. 28 at Heard Museum in Phoenix. The traveling exhibition includes O’Keeffe’s depictions of katsina dolls—a small but important facet of her work that has been largely unknown and rarely displayed—as well as a selection of the artist’s New Mexico landscapes that express her unique view of the land over which the katsinam watch. Pictured is “Church Steeple,” 1930, oil on canvas, 30"H x 16"W. The exhibit continues through Jan. 12. For more information, visit, or call (602) 252-8848.
Gallery Andrea—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 481-2530. Bronze sculpture by Victor Issa is on exhibit, Sept. 2-30.

Gallery at TCA—Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, (480) 350-2822. “Animal Crackers,” through Sept. 7, features animal-themed works by local and national artists. Phoenix Zoo also displays photographs of favorite zoo animals, as well as artworks painted by animals, including Ruby, the elephant.

Gallery J2—10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, (602) 552-4141. “Transitions,” Sept. 4-Oct. 16, features works by Sean Royal. Focusing on fine-art screen printing, the abstract artist examines the visual contrasts between organic/human ideas or images, and geometric/graphic ideas.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum—217 Johnson St., Santa Fe,, (505) 946-1000. “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land,” through Sept. 11.

Goldenstein Gallery—70 Dry Creek Rd., Sedona,, (928) 204-1765. “The Current,” Sept. 6-30, features new and current works by renowned and regional artists, including Lynne Rae Lowe, Glendon Good, and Marilyn Bos.

Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, (602) 252-8848. “Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles,” through Sept. 2; “Chocolate, Chile and Cochineal,” through Oct. 27; and “Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer,” through Dec. 31.

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 Oct. 27.

Kolb Studio—Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, (800) 858-2808. Artwork from the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is on exhibit Sept. 21-Jan. 20.

Landis Studio/Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 576-0406. Lori Landis shares acrylic abstract Impressionism works on paper in “I Was Framed—A Little Bit of This and That,” through Oct. 15.

Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. A diverse group of Arizona painters, sculptors, photographers and fine jewelers is represented in “AZ Artists: Wide Ranges.” An opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6, with the show continuing through Sept. 15.

Lisa Sette Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, (480) 990-7342. “The Summer Gem Show,” through Sept. 14, includes pieces by Carrie Marill, Alan Bur Johnson, James Turrell, Julie Heffernan, Huang Binyan, Alison Rossiter, Rachel Bess, Siri Devi Khandavilli, Claudio Dicochea, and Enrique Chagoya.

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery—602-A Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, (505) 820-7451. Photography by Nathan Benn is on display, Sept. 28-Oct. 12. Copies of his book, “Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990,” also are available.

May Gallery—7140 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 941-3015. Luminous figurative paintings and sensual portraits by Vidan are in the spotlight, Sept. 10-21.

Mesa Contemporary Arts—1 E. Main St., Mesa,, (480) 644-6500. “Devocionales: Neo-Colonial ‘Retablos’ From an Archetypal Perspective,” Sept. 13-Dec. 1; “From Lemons to Lingerie: The Still-Life Redefined,” Sept. 13-Jan. 5; and “Messin’ With the Masters,” Sept. 13-Jan. 26. An opening celebration for all three exhibits, from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13, plays with the theme of “Remix Remaster,” and includes live mixing by a local DJ, artists creating work on-site, live music and theater, and food and beverages.

Mesa Historical Museum—51 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 835-7358. “Play Ball—The Cactus League Experience,” through Dec. 31, showcases photos, team uniforms, vintage media guides and rare baseball memorabilia, as well as the country’s first Cactus League Hall of Fame honoring the players, pioneers and personalities who shaped the league.

monOrchid—214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix,, (480) 650-9116. “Fred Tieken: 78 Years in the Fast Lane,” Sept. 6-Oct. 12. Tieken celebrates his 78th birthday during the run of this exhibition. The show features paintings that reflect specific life-changing events in Tieken’s life, as well as manifestations of his past lives—as a rocker, music producer, graphic designer and ad man—mixed with examples of his keen social observations and witty commentary on modern life.

Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery—228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott,, (928) 776-4009. New works by local and nationally acclaimed artists Betty Carr, David Harlan, Pat Lambrecht-Hould, Douglas Miley, Doug Oliver, Dorothy Ray, and G. Eric Slayton are showcased in “Prescott Masters Present,” through Nov. 1.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara—653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, Calif.,, (805) 966-5373. Doll sculptures made with natural materials by Edgar Orlaineta, and new works by Dasha Shishkin, who is known for her colorful drawings on semi-transparent mylar surfaces, are on display through Sept. 8.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture—710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, (505) 476-1269. “Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules,” through Dec. 30; “What’s New in New: Recent Acquisitions,” through Dec. 30; and “Woven Identities: Baskets From the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Collection,” through May 1.

Museum of International Folk Art—706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, (505) 476-1200. “Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts,” through Sept. 1; and “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más,” through Jan. 5.

Museum of Northern Arizona—3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff,, (928) 774-5213. “Tony Foster—Sacred Places, Watercolor Diaries From the American Southwest,” through Oct. 13.

New Mexico History Museum—113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, (505) 476-5200. “Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May,” through Feb. 9; and “Cowboys Real and Imagined,” through March 16.

New Mexico Museum of Art—107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, (505) 476-5072. “Tracking New Mexico: Traces in Time,” through Sept. 6; “Shiprock and Mont St. Michel: Photographs by William Clift,” through Sept. 8; and“Back in the Saddle,” through Sept. 8.

Native Traditions
Wedding pots, seed pots, storytellers and vessels are featured in “Rich Traditions: Native American Pottery,” Sept. 6-15, at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona. Pictured is “Red Pot” by Raynard Navasie, clay, 8"H x 7"D. Hailing from a family of renowned Hopi potters, the artist fires his pots in the same baking area his grandmother used years ago—over sheep dung, just as she did. He stone-polishes his pieces for a striking finish. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. For more information, visit, or call (928) 282-2262.
Palm Springs Art Museum—101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, Calif.,, (760) 322-4800. “Master Impressionists,” through Sept. 1; “Made in the USA: From the Abstract Expressionists to the Color-Field Painters,” through Sept. 29; and “Insights on Architecture,” through Oct. 6.

Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “Rodeo! A Tribute to Louise Serpa,” through Sept. 22; and “22nd-Annual Trappings of the American West,” through Oct. 20.

Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, (602) 257-1222. “Hidden Meanings of Love and Death in Chinese Painting,” through Sept. 2; “Riding Tall: The Cowboy in Art,” through Sept. 15; “From Above: Aerial Photography From the Center for Creative Photography,” through Sept. 22; “The Art of Video Games,” through Sept. 29; and “Rufino Tamayo: Master Printmaker,” Sept. 21-Jan. 12.

R. Pela Contemporary Art—335 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, (602) 320-8445. The vagaries of old age are in the spotlight as Eric Cox, and Constance McBride share new paintings, drawings and sculpture, Sept. 6-20.

San Diego Natural History Museum—1788 El Prado, San Diego,, (619) 255-0189. “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” through Oct. 6.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art—1130 State St., Santa Barbara, Calif., (805) 963-4364. “Labour and Wait,” through Sept. 22; and “Un/Natural Color,” through Sept. 29.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, (480) 874-4666. “Stocked: Contemporary Art From the Grocery Aisles,” through Sept. 1; “Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime,” through Sept. 1; “Visions: Here and Now,” through Sept. 8; “Learning to See: Josef Albers and the Interaction of Color,” through Sept. 22; and “Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists,” Sept. 21-Jan. 12.

Sharlot Hall Museum—115 S. McCormick St., Prescott,, (928) 445-3122. “Wish You Were Here: Greetings From the Canyon,” through Sept. 2.

Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Shemer Faculty Exhibit,” through Sept. 5; and “Animal Other,” Sept. 12-Oct. 17, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12.

Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture—147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott,, (928) 445-1230. “The Last of the Great Expeditions: Navajo Country in the 1930s,” through Dec. 31. The exhibit includes photographs, letters and artifacts from the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition, which involved college students in archaeology and other scientific research in northeastern Arizona from 1933 to 1938.

Tucson Museum of Art—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-2333. “Art + The Machine,” through Sept. 8; “Flight,” through Sept. 14; “Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson’s Refugees,” through Sept. 15; and “Arizona Biennial 2013,” through Sept. 29.

University of Arizona Museum of Art—1031 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, (520) 621-7567. “No Ordinary Place,” through Sept. 8; and “Reality Is a Good Likeness,” through Dec. 1.

White Hills Gallery—325 W. Main St., Camp Verde,, (928) 274-7903. “Verde Artist Challenge: A River Runs Through Us,” Sept. 6-12; and Contemporary abstract paintings and prints by Barbara Ragayli, Sept. 13-Oct. 21.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, (480) 945-2323. Canines of all statures, shapes and forms are in the spotlight as more than 30 artists show off their interpretations of furry friends in “Dog Days 21,” through Sept. 4. The show includes works by Stephano, Trevor Mikula, Judy Feldman, Connie Townsend, Sarah Webber, and Tracy Miller.

Xanadu Gallery—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 368-9929. The gallery showcases new collages by Dave Newman; bronze sculptures, bronze reliefs and oil paintings by Guilloume; bronzes by Gary Lee Price; and desert landscapes by John Horejs, Sept. 1-30, as well as works by Linza, Crystal Neubauer, Michael Provenza, John and Elli Milan, and Tom Christiansen.

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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