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December 2017 Gallery & Museum Events

Author: Judy Harper
Issue: December, 2017, Page 128
Road Trip
Like most people, Connie Townsend has had a life full of joy and sorrow. “The part where I started painting is hands down the most joyous,” she notes. Townsend’s lively and surprising use of color combines with her exciting design sense to create paintings that are fun to live with. Pictured is “Move Over AZ,” oil on canvas, 48"H x 60"W. Her paintings are showcased in “Spectacular Art,” through Dec. 3, at Wilde Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale. For more information, visit, or call (480) 945-2323.
Alwun House—1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, (602) 253-7887. Gallery lights are off as each work emits its own illumination in “Lighthouse,” Dec. 1-Jan. 5. The eclectic exhibit includes functional to conceptual pieces that glow, flicker, flash and shine.

Arizona Science Center—600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 716-2000. “Pompeii: The Exhibition,” through May 28, examines life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. 24, A.D. 79. Guests also enjoy more than 60 tons of snow along with snow- and ice-related science activities, demos and films during Snow Week, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, (520) 883-2702. Mountain lions are in the spotlight in “Puma: Past and Present,” through Dec. 25.

Arizona State Museum—1013 E. University Blvd., Tucson, (520) 621-6302. “Picture This: Basketry in Native American Life,” through Jan. 31.

ASU Art Museum—Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, (480) 965-2787. “Material Beauty: Encounter With Nathan Newman,” through Dec. 9; “Soul Mining,” through Dec. 30; “Poros,” through Jan. 20; and “Terrestrial,” through Feb. 3.

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center—699 S. MillAve., Tempe, (480) 727-8170. “Spielraum 122: Art Meets Industry,” through Feb. 3.

AZ Heritage Center—1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, (480) 929-0292. “Footprints in the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona,” through March 31; and “2017 Historymakers,” through Sept. 30, 2019.

Cave Creek Museum—6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, (480) 488-2764. “The Photography of Edward Curtis,” through May 31. Guests can see the Golden Reef Stamp Mill in action at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9, followed by a family workshop with holiday crafts and cookies to decorate from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery—250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. “Art Quilts XXII,” through Jan. 5, is a juried exhibit of multimedia textile pieces featuring bold colors, themes, textures and patterns.

Colonial Frontiers—244 S. Park Ave., Tucson, (520) 622-7400. Jewelry, weavings and dowry boxes of the royal Maharani women of Rajasthan, India, circa 19th-20th centuries, are featured through Feb. 28.

Creative Gateways—45 Birch Blvd., Sedona,, (928) 862-4440. Glass artists Pilisa Rainbow Lady and Terry Israelson share their works in “Transforming the Light,” Dec. 1-31, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. A second reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15, for an unveiling of Rainbow Lady’s newest pieces.

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center—122 E. Culver St., Phoenix,, (602) 241-7870. “Tikkun Olam Part II—Repairing the World Through Art,” through Jan. 31, includes works by Janet deBerge Lange, Carolyn Lavender, Ann Morton, and Lauren Strohacker.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-4412. “Color Space” and “Combos” miniatures, through Feb. 4, includes works by Cris Hager, Pamela Howe, Gretchen Huff, Stan Mahan, Celest Michelotti, and Terry Slonaker.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg,, (928) 684-2272. “How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art From the Tia Collection” and “All Over the Map: The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art,” through March 4; and “Holiday Trains,” Dec. 2-Jan. 14.

Fearless Art Works—7211 E. Ho Rd., Carefree,, (480) 526-2609. A neo-expressionist show featuring works by Joe Holdren, Ken Kaminski, Dennis Kleidon, and Michelle Micalizzi, “Fearlessly Turbulent” continues through Dec. 7.

Gallery Andrea—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 481-2530. Miniature works by all gallery artists are on display, along with poinsettia art by Andrea de Kerpely-Zak.

Gallery 527—527 Main St., Jerome, (928) 649-2277. Abstract paintings by Julie Bernstein Engelmann are showcased in “Choose What You Create,” through Dec. 29.

Goldenstein Gallery—150 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 204-1765. Jewelry by Michael Redhawk, Mary Fisher, Sherab Khandro, and Dorit Herlinger is featured in “Beauty in Everything.” Opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 31, the show also includes miniature paintings, small sculpture, exotic hardwood jewelry boxes, hand-painted silk scarves and kaleidoscopes.

Meow Mix
Quan’tum Art Inc. in Scottsdale presents “Not in Bedford Falls Anyway,” Dec. 1-Jan. 30. Among the works featured is “Phantom Cat,” an acrylic on canvas, 30"H x30"W by Jacque L. Keller. The painting was inspired by the many stories of “phantom cats” or animals that appear in regions outside their indigenous range. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. For more information, call (480) 216-0450.
Grotto Gallery—132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, (480) 422-2349. Arizona Artisans Collective presents “Escape the Madness,” through Jan. 12, featuring the works of 10 emerging artists: Edgar Hernandez, Steph Peters, Susan Rice, Brian Lensink, Lydia Quinones, Jules Gissler, Erica Montgomery, Miriam Carlson-Maier, Marty Orosz, and Michelle Startzman.

Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848. “Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest,” through Dec. 31; “Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon From the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection,” through April 15; and “Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith,” through July 1.

i.d.e.a. Museum—150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, (480) 644-2468. “The Art of Healthy Living,” through Jan. 21.

John C. Hill Antique Indian Art Gallery—6962 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 946-2910. Jewelry by Native American artists Karl Nataani, Olin Tsingine, and Jesse Robbins is on display Dec. 5-27.

King Galleries—4168 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 481-0187. Local author Charles King signs copies and discusses the release of his newest book on native pottery, “Spoken Through Clay,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Kolb Studio—Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim,, (800) 858-2808. Artwork from the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is on exhibit through Jan. 15.

Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. Michael Grant unveils his latest works of all-natural, hand-cut bead jewelry featuring the finest turquoise and other stones, with hand-cast sterling silver and 18-karat gold. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, which includes an artist talk at 6:30 p.m., and continues through Dec. 24.

The Legacy Gallery—7178 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 945-1113. The gallery’s top painters and sculptors share more than 200 works in the 17th annual “Holiday Small Works Show,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Greg Beecham, Glenn Dean, C. Michael Dudash, David Mann, Kyle Polzin, and Carrie Ballantyne are among the featured artists. Artwork is sold by draw.

Madaras Gallery—3035 N. Swan Rd., Tucson, (520) 615-3001. The gallery hosts a holiday party from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, with fine art and a Christmas tree decorated with Southwestern ornaments.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum—1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. “The Dusk Parade: Joe Sorren,” through Jan. 7; “After Party: Julie Heffernan,” through Jan. 14; and “Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams,” through Jan. 21.

Mountain Trails Gallery—336 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-3225. Award-winning artists from the American West showcase new paintings, sculpture and drawings in “Holiday Treasures Large & Small,” Dec. 1-31. Krystii Melaine, Amy Lay, Raymond Gibby, and Andrew Bolam are among the featured artists. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Musical Instrument Museum—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, (480) 478-6000. “Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum,” through May 6.

Paul Scott Gallery—7103 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 596-9533. New paintings by contemporary figurative artist Catherine Edlinger-Kunze are on display in “Facetime,” Dec. 14-Jan. 4. The show opens with a reception for Edlinger-Kunze from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, and continues with an artist demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16.

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio—711 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, (520) 884-7404. New works from Hunting Studio Glassworks are on display through Jan. 27.

Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “Kids, Colts & Calves,” through Jan. 21; and “Western Treasures of the Phoenix Art Museum,” through Feb. 18.

Bronze Beauty
Bronze vessels by Fred Ortiz are on display Dec. 14-Jan. 31 at Signature Gallery in Scottsdale. The artist creates one-of-a-kind vessels imbued with semiprecious stones, including turquoise, lapis and coral. The vessel pictured is an original bronze with Mediterranean coral, 3.25"H x 3.5"D. A reception for Ortiz takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 in conjunction with the Scottsdazzle ArtWalk. For more information, visit, or call (480) 949-7003.
Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art From the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo,” through Dec. 31; “A Tribute to James Galanos,” through Jan. 7; “Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism,” through Jan. 28; “Alexander Calder: An Outburst of Color,” through April 1; “Warriors in World War I,” through April 15; and “The Logic of the Copy,” Dec. 2-April 22.

Pueblo Grande Museum—4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, (602) 495-0901. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in “Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales,” through Aug. 31.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666. “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists From Aboriginal Australia,” through Jan. 21; and “Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature,” through Jan. 28.

Sedona Arts Center—15 Art Barn Rd., Sedona, (928) 282-3865. The center hosts its annual holiday show, through Dec. 31, featuring works by Lydia Dillon-Sutton, Mary Flaisig, Adryanna B. Ciera, George Averbeck, and Joan Roberts. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Silica Soliloquies: Stories in Glass,” through Jan. 6.

Tucson Desert Art Museum—7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 202-3888. “Colors to Dye For: The Mysterious World of Dye-Making” and “American Women Artists: Under a Vast Sky,” through Dec. 3.

Tucson Museum of Art—140 N. Main Ave., Tucson, (520) 624-2333. “Desert Dweller,” through Jan. 21; and “Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor,” through Feb. 18.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. “Michael Horse: Life on Ledgers” welcomes the prominent Native American artist and jeweler for an unveiling of his latest ledger art style paintings. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and includes an artist talk at 6 p.m., with the exhibit continuing through Dec. 24.

Vision Gallery—10 E. Chicago St., Chandler,, (480) 782-2695. “Creature a Day,” through Jan. 5, showcases wild and weird creatures, robots, monsters and aliens by Josiah Copley, who is inspired by Japanese kaiju toys, cartoons and video games.

The WAG—144 N. Tegner St., Wickenburg, (928) 232-0044. Handcrafted jewelry in sterling silver and semiprecious stones is in the spotlight as the gallery hosts a reception for Beth Benowich, Barbara Frost, and Dusty Shutt from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West—3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 686-9539. “Grand Canyon Grandeur,” through Dec. 31; “The Scottsdale Craftsmen: A 70-Year Legacy” and “Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer,” through Jan. 7; “The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History,” through Sept. 30; and “Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks From the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection,” through Dec. 31, 2019.

Wilde Meyer Annex—7100 Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 947-1489. “Always Animals,” through Dec. 2, includes works by Sara Newton, Connie Townsend, Andrea Peterson, and Chaille Trevor.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—2870 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-5222. Opening Dec. 3 and continuing through Jan. 3, “The Frida Show” includes works by gallery artists inspired by the art and life of Frida Kahlo, and “Cheers” is a group show featuring pieces by Ka Fisher, Monika Rossa, Sarah Webber, and Rachel Slick.

Xanadu Gallery—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 368-9929. Whimsical “Wall Climber” sculptures by Colombian-born artist Ancizar Marin are on exhibit Dec. 1-31. The unique artworks are made of fiberglass and volcanic rock, and suspend from the walls in various rock-climbing poses.

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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