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december 2013 gallery & museum events
December 2013 Gallery & Museum Events
December, 2013, Page 142
Sew Southwest - Recycling is a way of life for Denise A. Currier, who grew up in a small community in New Mexico. “As a child, I wondered what I could do with my hands,” she reflects. “Living 45 minutes from town, we had no access to products, so I learned to recycle.” The award-winning fiber artist, now a resident of Mesa, continues that trend today with quilts that are made from layers and layers of hand-dyed coffee filters fused to freezer paper and images printed onto used dryer sheets, all machine-quilted with cotton batting, plus oil and color pencils adding highlights. Currier’s works are featured in “ARTrageous: ArtQuilts Year XVIII.” Continuing through Jan. 18 at Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, the exhibit showcases more than 50 handmade art quilts. Pictured is Currier’s “S.W. Spiny Lizard,” 20"H x 20"W x 131/2"D. For more information, visit
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American Fine Art Editions—3908 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 990-1200. “Theo Tobiasse: Master Retrospective,” through Dec. 29, honors the life and work of Tobiasse (1927-2012), with an exhibition of some of the painter’s most celebrated compositions.
Arizona Historical Society Museum—1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, (480) 929-9499. A diverse set of Arizona artists shares traditional and modern altars, paintings, sculpture and installations reflecting the traditions of Dia de los Muertos in “Second Life,” through Jan. 12.
Arizona Museum for Youth—35 N. Robson St., Mesa, (480) 644-2467. “ArtSpeaks: A Way With Words,” through Jan. 6, explores the art and science of language.
Arizona Science Center—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 716-2000. “Imaginate,” through Jan. 5, engages kids with opportunities to build, create and dream of possibilities.
ASU Art Museum—ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, (480) 965-2787. “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” through Dec. 7; “Plate • Silk • Stone,” through Dec. 8; “Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066,” through Jan. 4; and “This Is Not America: Protest, Resistance, Poetics,” through March 6.
Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (602) 819-3212. Cyndy Carstens shares miniature oil paintings in “Small Sensations,” Dec. 2-30. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-4412. “Seasonal Surprises,” through Feb. 9, includes pieces by Sharon Bertrand, Tad Lamb, Louise Little, Judith Probst, David Thekan, and Dikki Van Helsland.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, (928) 684-2272. “The Art of Merrill Mahaffey: Upstream Downstream,” through Dec. 15; and “Collecting the West: The Tia Collection,” through March 2.
Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery—16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, (480) 836-9919. Jewelry by Joan Gould, acrylic paintings by Jack Morris, and stained-glass works by Terry Alexander are on exhibit as the gallery continues to showcase local talent during its monthly featured artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
Gallery Andrea—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, artandrea.com, (480) 481-2530. Christmas poinsettia paintings by Andrea de Kerpely-Zak are on display Dec. 1-31.
Gallery Russia—7103 E. Main St., Scottsdale, galleryrussia.com, (480) 596-9533. Paintings from the Soviet Era and current works, ranging from Impressionism to Realism, are in the spotlight as the gallery hosts a group exhibition, Dec. 2-28. Artists include Marci Oleszkiewicz, Alexander Kremer, Sergei Skripitsyn, Denis Sarahzin, Oleg Lomakin, and the Tkachev brothers.
Gallery J2—10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (602) 552-4141. Inspired early on by the Dutch masters and the way they used light, color and shadow to add drama in their compositions, Kevork Cholakian combines Realism with simplicity to convey the importance of his subjects. His paintings are showcased in “Look Closer,” through Dec. 4.
Gebert Contemporary—7160 Main St., Scottsdale, gebertartaz.com, (480) 429-0711. Paintings and sculpture by John Randall Nelson are in the spotlight Dec. 5-Jan. 4.Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
Goldenstein Gallery—70 Dry Creek Rd., Sedona, (928) 204-1765. “Beauty,” Dec. 6-31, features jewelry by Amy Hunt, Michael Redhawk, Mary Fisher, Sherab Khandro, and Dorit Herlinger. The show also includes exotic hardwood jewelry boxes, hand-painted silk scarves and kaleidoscopes. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, (602) 252-8848. “Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares—Art by Latino Artists,” through Jan 5; “Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer,” through Feb. 5; “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land,” through March 3; and “Elegance From the Earth: Hopi Pottery,” through March 4.
Heard Museum North—32633 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, heard.org, (480) 488-9817. “American Indian Fashion: From Lloyd Kiva New to Now,” through Oct. 26.
Joan Cawley Gallery—7135 E. Main St., Scottsdale, jcgltd.com, (480) 947-3548. The gallery hosts a “Holiday Open House,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, featuring “works small in size but big on talent” by Jean Ekman Adams, Carol Ruff Franza, Molly Heizer, Ron Mulligan, Robert Rivera, Frank Ybarra and many others. Traditional refreshments add to the festivities.
Landis Studio/Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale, landisart.com, (602) 576-0406. Lori Landis shares acrylic abstract paintings in “Coming Together,” through Dec. 15.
Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. Michael Grant unveils new necklaces, cuffs, earrings, buckles and rings for women and men, all hand-cut from the finest turquoise and other stones, Dec. 6-31. Guests can meet the master jeweler at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
Larsen Gallery—3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, larsenartauction.com, (480) 941-0900. “Botanicals: Paintings, Graphics and Photography,” Dec. 1-31, includes works by Sally Anderson, Karl Blossfeldt, Patricia Gonzalez, Linda Ingraham, Leonard Lehrer, William Lesch, Patsy Lowry, Mark McDowell, Timothy McDowell, and Fritz Scholder.
LewAllen Galleries—7036 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 970-3600. Blown, carved and polished glass sculpture by John Kiley is in the spotlight Dec. 19-Jan. 12. Kiley, who worked for studio glass legends Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, has a sharp eye for color and transparency, and strives to “create objects that push the material beyond its simple inherent beauty.”
Lisa Sette Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 990-7342. Photography by Mark Klett and Binh Danh is on display through Dec. 28.
Madaras Gallery—3001 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-3001. Diana Madaras captures the essence of the holidays in “Southwestern Holiday Scenes,” Dec. 1-31.
MADE art boutique—922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, (602) 256-6233. “Artist-Made Coasters,” through Feb. 1.
The Marshall-LeKAE Gallery of Fine Art—7106 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 970-3111. Debra Corbett, Jeff Juhlin, and Joseph Maruska are in the spotlight as the gallery presents “Interrobang: A Show of Abstract Art,” Dec. 5-Jan. 4. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 during the Holiday ArtWalk.
Mesa Contemporary Arts—1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, (480) 644-6500. “Devocionales: Neo-Colonial ‘Retablos’ From an Archetypal Perspective,” through Dec. 1; “From Lemons to Lingerie: The Still-Life Redefined,” through Jan. 5; and “Messin’ With the Masters,” through Jan. 26.
Method Art—4200 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (602) 326-9622. “The Ultimate Composition,” Dec. 3-Feb. 1, showcases the best works from a juried photography competition. An artist reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
monOrchid—214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, monorchid.com, (480) 650-9116. “Social Photography,” through Dec. 31, includes photographs made by artists and amateurs alike, created using simple mobile photo applications. “Holy Daze,” Dec. 6-Jan. 11, explores the diverse ways that individuals and groups celebrate religious, national, secular and unofficial holidays.
Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery—228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott, (928) 776-4009. “A Festival of Colors,” through Dec. 21.
Musical Instrument Museum—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, (480) 478-6000. “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” through April 20. Paying tribute to nearly a century of iconic female musicians, the exhibit features instruments, original handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, concert posters and videos by artists ranging from Janis Joplin to Carrie Underwood.
On the Edge Gallery—7050 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 265-8991. “Ribbons and Bows Small Works Show” opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. Continuing through Dec. 24, the exhibit includes “miniature masterpieces,” plus fine-art Christmas ornaments.
Overland Gallery of Fine Art—7155 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1934. The gallery presents its annual small paintings show, “The Tradition Continues,” through Dec. 31, featuring works by Gary Ernest Smith, Ed Mell, G. Russell Case, Douglas Fryer, and Joseph Lorusso.
Paul Scott Gallery—7173 E. Main St., Scottsdale, paulscottgallery.com, (480) 874-3000. A group show takes place Dec. 5-Jan. 20, featuring works by Larisa Aukon, Michael Steirnagle, Toni Doilney, Mark Chatterley, Charlotte Foust, Richard Stevens, and Michael Moon. A reception is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, (928) 778-1385. Photography by Edward Curtis is on display, through Jan. 26; and “National Parks of the West,” through Feb. 23.
Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship,” through Dec. 31; “The West Select,” through Dec. 31; “Rufino Tamayo: Master Printmaker,” through Jan. 12; “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection,” through April 20; and “See, Hear, Feel: The Photographs of Debra Bloomfield and Christopher Churchill,” Dec. 7-March 23.
Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery—208 N. Marina St., Prescott, (928) 445-3286. “Holiday Gift Show,” through Dec. 20.
Pueblo Grande Museum—4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 495-0900. “Ghost Towns of Arizona: Photography of Kurt Wenner,” through Sept. 30.
R. Pela Contemporary Art—335 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, (602) 320-8445. “Jesus! A Group Exhibit” is a birthday celebration for the deity, with local and national artists all depicting Christ. Receptions take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6, and 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 20.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666. “Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists,” through Jan. 12; and “Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your,” through Jan. 26.
Sharlot Hall Museum—415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, (928) 445-3122. “Views From the Flying Carpet,” through March 2, showcases works by aviation photographer Greg Brown.
Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Holiday Show & Sale,” through Dec. 31.
Signature Gallery—7177 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 949-7003. “Earth and Fire,” Dec. 5-31, showcases works by Randy O’Brien, who re-creates the organic beauty of lichens, mosses and coral on the surface of his clay vessels. The show opens with an artist talk and reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
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.
Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum—4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, (480) 983-4888. “Ted DeGrazia’s Superstition Collection,” through April 30, features original paintings depicting the landmarks, history and legends of the Superstitions.
Temple Gallery—330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-7370. Landscape photography by Christopher Burkett is on display in “Standing Ovations,” through Dec. 21.
Tilt Gallery—7046 E. Main St., Scottsdale, tiltgallery.com, (602) 716-5667. Unique handmade holiday gifts and vintage photographic treasures are in the spotlight in “Wrap It Up.” The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 28.
Tubac Center of the Arts—9 Plaza Rd., Tubac, (520) 398-2371. “Best of the West,” through Dec. 22, showcases works from the collection of the Mountain Oyster Club, which was founded in 1948 to preserve Southwestern heritage and “Old Pueblo” traditions. Featured artists include Robert Daughters, Tim Cox, John Solie, Buck McCain, Rob Riddick, Tom Hill, Barbara Hill, and Nicholas Wilson.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. Native American and Southwest original artwork and jewelry are on display in “Holiday Gift Show,” Dec. 6-31. A reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
White Hills Gallery—325 W. Main St., Camp Verde, (928) 274-7903. The gallery hosts its annual “Mini Show,” through Jan. 6, showcasing more than 200 miniature masterpieces by local artists.
Wilde Meyer Annex—7100 Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1489. “Southwest Fiestas,” Dec. 5-Jan. 31, celebrates the holidays, with works by Stephen Morath, Deb Komitor, Michelle Mackenzie, Susano Morales, Alix Stefan, Leigh Gusterson, and Charles Davison. The gallery also hosts a collection of artist-made ornaments, with proceeds benefiting animal charities.
Wilde Meyer Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 945-2323. Gem-quality small works by Michael Baum, Trevor Mikula, and Tom Philabaum are showcased in “The Gem Show,” Dec. 5-Jan. 1.“Lo Mejor de Wilde Meyer,” Dec. 12-Jan. 31, highlights the gallery’s top artists, including Karen Bezuidenhout, Jamie Ellsworth, Sherri Belassen, Barbara Gurwitz, Ka Fisher, Linda Carter Holman, and Krista Knight. A reception takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 28.
Wilde Meyer Gallery—3001 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-5222. “In Spirit,” Dec. 5-Jan. 2, showcases art with “spirit,” including works by Chaille Trevor, Deb Komitor, Jim Nelson, Stephen Morath, Patricia Hunter, and Andrea Peterson.
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