About Kirk-Bear Canyon - Art Gallery Exhibits
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About the Gallery and Art Exhibits
Open since 2005, the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library Gallery has been a place for community artists to exhibit their work. Two-and three-dimensional works, created in a variety of media, are on display. Many of the works are available for purchase. The gallery is open during library hours.
Please see the Art Submission Guidelines (if applicable, see also Guidelines for Sculpture and Three Dimensional Art) and Exhibitor Waiver Form
Biographical information about the artists and price lists for each ongoing exhibit are available at the Service Desk.
- Susan Lynn-Rivera – a Retrospective
- March 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014
The camera has been my tool for examining attitudes and concepts within our culture. During this journey, I developed insights and new perspectives from my perceptions through the camera’s lens. One topic persisted throughout—survival for the retention of our human qualities in a highly technical world. Time is squeezed. Sex is plastered over the internet. And Mothers’ say “good night” to their child by text message though they are next door. My black and white silver gelatin prints and antique multi-media processes are combined in this visual presentation to induce a visceral response from the onlooker, encouraging further reflection of the subject matter. The exhibit is divided into six sections as an invitation for the viewer to explore each theme’s essence.
All my images are based on antiquated photographic processes and hand produced. After I remove the film from my camera, the black and white negatives are developed and printed with chemicals in the darkroom. Several of the silver gelatin prints remain in its original form. Others have been enhanced with hand coloring by ink, water color, or acrylic. Many of the silver gelatin prints on photo linen have also been hand embroidered.
Two alternative photographic processes used in this retrospective are Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown. The latter is a sepia-toned chemical emulsion applied to watercolor paper, the other is blue-toned. Both are painted on by brush in the dark as the development is through light. Enlarged negatives were set on top of the coated paper, held taught by a glass pane then placed in the sun for exposure. The wonderful thing about such old processes are the various effects produced by the sun. It is never precise and rather magical.
Sometimes drawings on acetate, or leaves and flowers were added under the glass. Occasionally I layered the paper with pastels before brushing on the emulsion. Once the paper dried, other enhancements such as watercolor, ink or drawing may have been included and/or arranged into a collage.
An artist's reception will be held on Wednesday March 5 from 5:30-7:30 at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
About the Artist
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Susan Lynn-Rivera made her home in Tucson, Arizona after a year in Israel. She started taking pictures in 1975 during a photography class at Pima College with Louis Bernal. Later, her career was further enriched by attending the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville, Kentucky, the University of Arizona, and several workshops in alternative photographic processes at Anderson Ranch in Aspen Colorado. She has studied with well-known photographers such as Todd Walker, Jerry Uelsmann, and John Wood.
Lynn-Rivera’s work has been exhibited in such major galleries as the Tucson Museum of art, the Johnson County Community College in Kansas, The Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, the Chautauqua Art Association gallery in New York, the Arizona Historical Society, Pima College Bernal gallery, and the University of Arizona.
In her retrospective, Susan’s images reflect cultural issues. Her multi-media approach with photography and juxtaposition of pictures, are combined to elicit a visceral response. Although there are six themes in her exhibit, Lynn-Rivera has placed the emphasis on an examination of our values. In a highly technical world, the struggle to retain our human connection is challenged and a re-evaluation of our views is deserved.
Various antiquated photographic processes are displayed to capture the mood. All negatives are hand processed with chemicals, to create silver gelatin prints as well as Van Dyke Brown and Cyanotype images. These latter two methods are produced by painting emulsion onto watercolor paper. Negatives are then placed on top of the coated paper. The image is imprinted when this is exposed to the sun and fixed in a bath of water. Once the paper has dried, a combination of drawing, colored pencil, ink, watercolor and embroidery may be added to the paper or silver gelatin prints for enhancement.
- Vision of the West – the photography of Edlynne M. Sillman
- February 2, 2014 - February 28, 2014
Working on this series of photographs, Visions of the West, has been a life altering experience. I had the privilaege of photographing at the Historic Mantle Ranch in Three Forks, MT, during early June; it was still freezing, snowing and raining, cloudy and gray. This wonderful backdrop of late spring provided a truly magnificent and magical verdand landscape. Returning this July, due to a dry spell, "dust" added a new exciting element to my work.
Surrounded by over two hundred magnificent horses, roaming freely throughout five hundred and fifty acres of mystical country, the overwhelming beauty of this landscape takes your breath away and puts you in a place of peace and serenity. My expectation for this series is to present another perspective of the "Western Experience," an experience that explores the landscape, horses, and cowboy/cowgirl culture in a contrasting visual landscape.
About the Artist
As a Native New Yorker, I grew up in a vertical world. Tall buildings forming narrow canyons caused my drawings, etchings and photographs to be close-up portraits and vertical landscapes. The vast open spaces experienced since living in the magnificent Sonoran desert, changed my vision to a horizontal perspective.
My parents owned a Kodak Folding Camera which fascinated me as a child. I was delighted when they presented me with a Kodak Brownie as a birthday gift; beginning my passion for photography. While still a public school student I participated in "gifted" programs, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. I received a scholarship to New York University and graduated with a BS in Art Education, and completed a MA, in Art Education from Brooklyn College.
Art and Photography have been a constant in my life; with line, texture, and contrast always fascinating me. My attention to color is painterly. Capturing the intriguing mysteries and inner souls of people and animals through candid portraiture continue to pique my curiosity. I am mesmerized by the awesome power and beauty of nature and the ever evolving drama of human life.
- About Face – Portraits in Oil and Drawings on Paper by Barrett Cooney
- January 2, 2014 - January 31, 2014
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
This is a show of portraits- drawings and paintings in which I have tried to capture something of the spirit of my subjects. It has been my philosophy that neither completeness nor correctness is necessary to this pursuit and that, on the contrary, at times excess visual information and photo-reality obscure the pure impression of a human being.
About the Artist
Barrett Cooney was born in New York City and raised in Westchester County, New York. She studied Classics at Duke University before transferring to Hunter College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art in 2011. Ms. Cooney currently resides in Tucson, Arizona and maintains a painting studio near Tucson’s historic Presidio District.
- Inspired Artscapes and Innovative Gourds
- December 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Join artists Jeanne Fellow and Lynne East-Itkin for a reception on
Saturday, December 14th from 2-4 pm.
At 3 pm Jeanne Fellow will be doing a demonstration of "Lumen Art."
Inspired Artscapes and Innovative Gourds is a dual exhibit by artist Jeanne Fellow (acrylic inks on paper) and Lynne East-Itkin (contemporary gourd art).
This art exhibit showcases various styles that Jeanne has developed in the past three years. In 2011, Jeanne made a personal art breakthrough by creating a technique of lighting her painted paper sconces with CFL and LED bulbs into what she calls "LumenArt." Because the artwork looks quite different when the light bulb is turned on or turned off, it's like getting "two pieces of art for the price of one!" The LumenArt is now created in many different shapes and sizes.
In 2012, Jeanne developed other innovative techniques to shape the painted paper into "wall sculptures" in a variety of different forms which are displayed in the exhibit. The Inspired Artscapes reflect natural daylight and change in appearance at different times of the day. She is currently improving techniques to light the wall sculptures to enhance the artworks.
This art exhibit showcases some new styles that Lynne has been experimenting with as well. Most of her work has been self standing but she has been turning her focus to wall hanging art.
Lynne's gourd art has a contemporary feel to it, fresh and inspirational. Every piece has a hidden personality just waiting to be discovered.
About Jeanne Fellow
Jeanne Fellow, creator of LumenArt and Inspired Artscapes, has been experimenting with various two and three dimensional art forms for over 30 years. Initially she focused on traditional drawing and painting processes. Due to her experimental nature, she quickly moved into creating innovative techniques in her art forms. She has chosen for the past 11 years to work primarily with acrylic inks because of the rich, luminous color palette and other unique qualities not available with traditional watercolor or acrylic paints.
Early in her elementary teaching career, Jeanne developed and taught innovative art classes for 300 students a week. Many years later, she has resumed teaching art classes, but this time the classes are for adults. The classes encourage the students to get in touch with their own "inner artist" in a supportive atmosphere which allows their creativity to flourish in a playful way. The classes have been nicknamed "No Fail Classes" by some of the students, since no prior art experience is necessary to obtain stunning results. The classes are based on some of the different innovative techniques shown in this exhibit. The classes are held at the Blue Raven Art School in Tucson, AZ.
About Lynne East-Itkin
Art has always been a part of Lynne's life. Her very creative parents made sure that she was exposed to different forms of art from early on. That gave her an open path to explore her creativity.
Lynne has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from California College of Arts and Crafts and is the owner of Lynne M East Graphic Design Studio, Many Hands Artist Cooperative and Blue Raven Art School. In recent years she has been applying her design expertise to gourd art. Having learned many new techniques she now creates pieces unlike any others. Lynne enjoys combining media and often adds metal art to her pieces.
Lynne has won many awards for her gourd art. She has been juried into shows at the Mountain Artists Guild Gallery in Prescott, Arizona, the Blue Raven Gallery in Tucson, Arizona as well as the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in Scottsdale through the Arizona Designer Craftsmen.
- Nature, A Personal View by Pat Ackor
- November 1, 2013 - November 1, 2013
The exhibit Nature, A Personal View consists of 22 works which have not before been exhibited in Tucson; nine watercolors, eight oils and five colored pencil/pastel drawings. Together, I hope they depict my reverence for all things in the natural world. Greatly influenced by the oil paintings of Thomas Moran (1837-1926), and the contemporary watercolorist, Nita Engle, my subjects have always been taken from Nature. She has created the images; I attempt to interpret them on paper and canvas.
About Pat Ackor
I graduated from Syracuse University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I spent seven years as a professional Interior Designer in the Washington, D.C. area, then opened my own weaving studio. There, for the next four years, I created one-of-a-kind wall hangings, tapestries, window treatments, light fixtures, yardage and other ideas/designs that could be hand-woven for interior design firms and individual clients. Please see my website (www.patriciaackor.com) for images of some of my creative weavings.
In 1976 I moved to Southern California with the intention of continuing my weaving career but became side-tracked by a "temporary" part-time job which became full-time and lasted 13 years, as well as other pursuits.
Finally, in the late 1990s, requiring an outlet for my creative energies, I came back to my original passion: art. Teaching myself watercolor and wildlife portraiture, I added over fifty originals to my existing portfolio of realistic landscapes done in oil. Retiring from the full-time workforce in 2007, I moved to Tucson, Arizona where the Spring 2008 extravaganza of cactus blossoms presented me with a series of watercolor subjects, When Cactus Bloom. I continue to be inspired by the desert, sunrises, sunsets and the region's flora and fauna. Tucson has captured me!
- Art Inspirations—A Collection of Photographs and the Artwork They Inspired
- October 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013
The concept behind Art Inspirations
Artists use a variety of sources to inspire them which can be from real life, current or historical events, emotions, real or abstract ideas or dreams. To help them visualize the subject they might utilize photographs which allow them time to study details. In fact the photographic camera originated from the Camera Obscura which was used to help artists create their works and help get the perspective correct.
When using photographs for their inspiration, artists might choose to omit imperfections of the subject to make the result more idealized or they might decide to accentuate imperfections to bring out character.
They may decide to paint the main subject but render it onto a different background. They may select strong lines, shapes, patterns and/or colors for the basis of their creation then use their feelings and emotions to finish the work without the need to try and achieve complete realism. For this art project we want to show the diversity of art forms juxtaposed with the original inspirational photograph so the viewer can gain some insight into the thought process behind various forms of art.
Mediums include: watercolor, mixed watermedia with hand painted collage paper, scratchboard, and other painting techniques.
Photographer, Donald Knight has been interested in photography for over 40 years, has completed university level photography courses, and has followed digital photography from its infancy to some of the latest innovations. He was recognized as one of "America’s top 10 emerging nature photographers" with his photographs published in the book Captivating Wildlife, has written a book with tips on outdoor photography Outdoor Photography, Tips, Tricks and Techniques Volume 1, has placed in a National Geographic photo contest, is a contributing photographer for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, has taught classes on digital photography, has had his photographs published in Popular Photography and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s newsletter, and has shown his photos in several galleries including the Desert Museum's Ironwood Gallery and Wyatt Earp House and Gallery in historic Tombstone, Arizona.
Artist, Deanna Thibault has had numerous awards and honors, and has had work accepted in many national and international shows, including the highly competitive Western Federation of Watercolor Societies shows, Arizona Aqueous shows. In 2009, she received the Dana Bartlett award in the National Watercolor Society All Member Show. Deanna has taught art to adults for more than 35 years, including teaching classes in Europe and the Cook Islands. Currently she teaches in her Tucson, Arizona home studio and the Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. Deanna also teaches workshops for groups anywhere in North America.
Artist, Judy Constantine moved to Tucson primarily to live and paint in the desert. She has taken extensive classes at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, learning about the delicate interaction between plants and animals and water, and earning her Nature Illustration Certificate from their Art Institute. To balance the exacting nature of that art, she often retreats into the mountains and paints en plein air to let the desert soak into her work. Judy continues to study with various local artists whose work she admires, and is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.
Although she pursued a minor in art while in college, artist Jennifer Clark spent little time advancing that interest until retirement, eight years ago. The challenge of watercolor painting has led her to enroll in classes, workshops and courses, each experience pushing new ideas in delivery. Collages have allowed Jennifer to tap into thirty five years of bulletin board experience, broadened by purely artistic self-satisfaction. Any subject becomes fair game; there is no single approach to her delivery. Diversity is key to maintaining her fascination with artistic expression. Jennifer is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and a Signature Member of the Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona. Her work has been shown at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Blue Raven Gallery, St. Philip's Murphey Gallery, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery, Wyatt Earp Gallery and at Northwestern Mutual.
Artist, Sylvia Herrera is primarily a watercolorist, her work is recognized by her bright, layered colors. She has been influenced by her trips to tropical and southwestern locations.
Sylvia hopes to convey the beauty of life by her work. Her goal is to share her love of the tropics and southwest with others. Having painted for the last thirty years, she enjoys painting at least one day a week with other accomplished artists. This enables her to receive feedback and to continue to hone her skills. Sylvia not only enjoys painting, but also enjoys the sales aspect, judging art contests, and promoting the arts to the public. She has exhibited her art in numerous galleries and venues in Arizona, California, and Hawaii, and has also shown her work in over a dozen printed publications. She has also been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in all aspects of visual arts. Sylvia is a member of National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Arizona Watercolor Association, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, and Tubac Center of the Arts.
An attraction to watercolor and a great respect for the medium along with a desire to learn all about it lead artist, Pam Cheesman to finally pursue classes in watercolor in 2002. With some art training in High School and more classes in College she jumped in and spent several years working with local teachers. Her instructors encouraged her to join local art guilds and enter her work in competitions. Since then she has won several awards and has earned signature status in the Southern Arizona Watercolor guild. She has been in shows at the Desert Museum, Toscana Gallery, the Dinnerware Artspace, the Watercolor Guild Gallery, and the DeGrazia Little Gallery to name a few. Her goal is to share with others the things which inspire her enough to make her want to paint a picture. Wildlife is a particular favorite along with flowers, but a beautiful Desert sunset or a bright spring day can also inspire a painting.
Barbara Amyx states: I have been drawing since Elementary School. While still in college (fine arts major) I started doing pen and ink illustrations for anatomy texts. After college I worked as an illustrator for General Electric (ANPD) and then as an art teacher. I had an art gallery in S. California prior to retiring to the Tucson area.
Since moving to Green Valley I have been able to devote more time to art and have continued to study through workshops and classes both in Tucson and in other states. Originally I was an oil painter and definitely a realistic one when I moved to Green Valley. However, after 13 years of classes, workshops and experimenting on my own I have evolved into a more impressionistic or abstract style with color and texture being my "signature."
I have been active in the local art community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Tubac Center for the Arts for 6 years, (the last 4 of them on the Executive Board). I am a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and a member of SAAG, Green Valley Art Assoc. and CASA. My work has shown at DeGrazia Little Gallery, Plaza Palomino Art Fair, St. Phillips in the Hills Murphy Gallery, Tubac Center for the Arts (various juried shows), the Desert Museum SAWG show, Desert Diamond show, and various shows in Green Valley, as well as participating in the Tucson Open Studio Tour when I had a studio there. Most recently I have been in the Art Inspirations show at Northwestern Mutual and the Sonoran Inspirations show at The Desert Museum. I taught collage & mixed media at Arizona Art Supply in Tucson.
- Desert Kaleidoscope: An Art Exhibit in Oil and Acrylic
- September 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
Desert Kaleidoscope is a joint exhibit by Tucson artists Peg Franken and Judy Nostrant. Their paintings are as colorful and varied as a kaleidoscope. Paintings include a wide range of subject matter that relate to the American Southwest.
Much of Peg Franken’s work in this exhibit is done in a folk art style, depicting whimsical Mexican churches, birds, roosters, and southwestern landscapes. All of her paintings have strong elements of color and pattern that use fantasy and whimsy to convey the upbeat, cheery side of life. Most of the work is done in acrylic on paper, along with a few paintings using a batik process. Sizes range from quite small to medium, and all are framed in metal or wood.
Judy Nostrant works primarily in oils in an expressive representational style. Her subject matter varies as widely as life itself. From cowboys to cactus flowers, children to still life, landscapes to animals and beyond, Judy’s work is an expression of her love of painting and of the colors and textures of life. Some of her paintings have hand carved frames created by Judy and her son Brendan.
About Judy Nostrant
Judy studied Art Education in college and has worked as a Fashion Illustrator in Tucson, Phoenix and Buffalo NY. She has illustrated Educational Textbooks, worked as Graphic Designer, and then as an Artist and Designer for Fisher-Price Toys where she worked on the “Little People” toy line for the last 20 years.
She has been semi retired for the past few years and has been able to devote more of her time to her first love - painting. Judy works primarily in oils, but also watercolor and pastel. Her painting style is expressive and representational. Oil paints have a richness, luminosity and depth that she feels is unmatched in any other medium. Her subject matter is as varied as life itself. From cowboys to cactus flowers, children to still life, animals to landscapes and beyond, Judy’s work represents her love of painting and of life.
About Peg Franken
Peg Franken, a Tucson artist, was first introduced to painting as a child while taking art classes in Chicago. Since childhood, she had worked mostly as a fiber artist until 2000 when she resumed painting - first in watercolor, and more recently in acrylic. Over the past ten years she has studied drawing and painting locally and with nationally known artists in Los Angeles, Taos and Santa Fe.
Peg’s lively and thought-provoking paintings, whether in acrylics or other mediums, are characterized by bright, bold colors with whimsy and pattern. She paints the things she loves and enjoys, often using a folk art or surreal style to celebrate the Southwest landscape and its animals.
Peg is Past President and a Signature Member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. She has exhibited paintings and received awards in many juried local and regional shows, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, the Arizona Watercolor Association in Phoenix, and the Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, Arizona. Recently her work was exhibited in a Western Regional art exhibit in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also has taught art classes in Tucson and Mexico.
- Summer Visions: the art of JoAnn Daly, Kay Mitman and Sally Raduenzel
- August 1, 2013 - August 31, 2013
This trio of artists, members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild is displaying recent works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.
- Jo Ann moved to Tucson from Arlington, Virginia in May of 2008. She primarily works in water color, mixed media and collage. Her art reflects her interest in the way color and shape can be used to evoke mood and to capture the beauty of the changing seasons. Her ability to bring forth art from real life has taught her to see with new eyes and to appreciate even the smallest nuances of nature. She is constantly learning new techniques and being inspired by the beauty of the desert.
- In Virginia, Jo Ann was a member of the Art League, the Arlington Artists Alliance, and the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society. She won many awards for her work in watercolor.
- In Arizona, Jo Ann’s work has appeared in numerous local shows and galleries. She is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona Arts Guild and the Southwestern League of Fine Arts. She has served in leadership positions is all the groups to which she belongs. Her work in acrylic, mixed media, collage and watercolor has been widely recognized and honored in Southern Arizona.
- Jo Ann Daly's mixed-media work, A New Day, is part of the Summer Visions exhibit.
- After living over 50 years in the Dayton-Beavercreek area of Ohio, my husband and I moved to Tucson in 1997.
- Shortly before retirement in 2008 I began taking art classes through OATS (Outreach Arts Tutoring for Seniors) and found my niche. Sherry Bryant, Tucson watercolorist, was the instructor for this class and taught us all the basic techniques of watercolor which can also be adapted to other water media.
- I've found that painting is an ongoing learning experience and each new technique and skill I pick up I use in my work in various ways. I've seen my work evolve over the past four years into more than one style which keeps things interesting for me. I paint spontaneously and from my soul so that each painting is uniquely different. I sincerely hope that I can pass on the joy I feel in the creation of my work to others as they view my work.
- I'm an active member of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) and participate in Open Studio Tours each fall. I've had and do have displays at the Sheraton Hotel, Hilton El Conquistdador Golf and Tennis Resort, Blue Raven Gallery, Botanical Gardens, SAAG Gallery, Oro Valley Council Chambers and Library, Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery, and Tohono Chul Park gift shops, as well as in personal collections from Boston to Sacramento.
- Kay Mitman's watercolor, Tumacacori, is part of the Summer Visions exhibit.
- An Arizona Native, Sally grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. She sketched and painted as a child, watching her artist father create realistic oils and watercolors. While raising a family and working she promised herself to paint more "someday". Moving to Tucson in May of 2000 she began to paint and study with local and national artists to develop her latent interest and ability. She utilizes watercolor, acrylic, ink and collage in a representational and painterly style. She is a Past President of SAAG, 2010-2011.
- I believe that Life is a continuing process for learning and growing and for me; ART is a part of that. I love creating bright, lively landscapes, some from personal travel memories, and happy florals that make people feel good when they look at them. I love the creative process and encourage others to explore their creativity (in any form) as well.
- Sally Raduenzel's work, Grand View, is part of the Summer Visions exhibit.
Jo Ann Daly
- Picturesque Parrots: Watercolors by Sylvia Herrera
- July 1, 2013 - July 30, 2013
As a colorist, I've always been attracted to parrots because of their bright, beautiful colors.
I often visit Kauai and photograph parrots at the hotels while there. I've used many of those images in my paintings. You will see backgrounds of the southwest and the tropics in my work as those very different environments are two that I enjoy painting.
When I heard from artist friends that there was a parrot rescue in Benson, Arizona called Oasis, I really became intrigued. I arranged visits to the facility and took photos of many of the birds which I have also used in my paintings. Oasis has become dear to my heart because they rescue parrots that have been mistreated or have lost their owners. Once they go there, it is their permanent home. They do not do well with multiple owners.
I like to contribute to their auctions every year by donating artwork. It helps the Oasis organization to raise needed money to care for the birds. They welcome donations.
More of my work can be found on my website, sylviaherrera.com
- Desert Dwellers: The Art of Pam Cheeseman
- June 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Living in the desert and experiencing the beauty of the plant and animal life we see every day makes me want to paint. I had never visited the Sanoran Desert until I moved here twelve years ago and I admit I had an image in my mind that was nothing like the real thing. Watching the plants, which often resemble sticks, come to life after a rain or seeing a hawk sore above my home can have me running for my camera. Seeing the Palo Verde bloom in spring or watching a bobcat in our backyard tree brings to mind the extensive plant and animal life that dwell’s in the desert. This show is a collection of paintings I have done of life in the desert.
I started painting with watercolor about ten years ago and have loved every minute along the way but as usually happens I began to want to try new ways to paint with watercolor. Watercolor is generally described as painting with water-soluble pigments on paper. It is an unpredictable medium which can be both challenging and inspiring. Recently I became interested in using other surfaces for my paintings. I began using a product called aquabord. Aquabord is a clay coated hardboard panel that simulates the absorbency and texture of cold pressed watercolor paper but with a reworkable surface. It has added a new quality to my work and I have included several paintings in the show done on aquabord. The main attraction of using aquabord is the surface can be sealed with varnish so the painting does not need to be framed with glass.
The other art technique which I have just discovered is scratchboard. This is a process using a clay coated hardboard panel that is coated with India ink. A drawing is transferred to the board and then the ink is scratched off to create a black and white drawing. For added dimension, colored inks can be added to the white areas and the scratched again for additional highlights and volume. As with the aquabord the artwork is sprayed with varnish and framed without glass. I am becoming very fascinated with this process and have included several paintings using scratchboard.
I still do most of my work in watercolor on paper and enjoy every new project. I love the multitude of wildlife that seems to thrive in the desert and it seems as if every day I see a new subject I want to capture in a painting. I really enjoy my work and hope the viewers do as well.
About the Artist
Pam Cheeseman is a representational artist working primarily in watercolor on paper. Recently, she has started to branch out to aquaboard and scratchboard. She usually begins her paintings with a very definite idea, but watercolor is an evolving medium that can change right in front of your eyes and many times surprise you with a new way to depict the subject.
Pam studied art at the University of Colorado for two years but took off to work and then get married and raise a family. Years later she and her husband found themselves in Tucson Arizona and she decided it was time to revisit her love of art. In 2001 she began taking drawing classes at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum which rekindled her desire to learn about watercolors. This interest lead to classes and workshops in watercolor with local instructors as well as a nationally recognized artist.
Her subjects are usually wildlife, mostly animals and flowers but she has also done portraits and landscapes when the mood hits. Since moving to Arizona she has developed a fascination with the beauty of the desert and loves the multitude of wildlife and plant life that thrive all around us. The vibrant colors and light of the Southwest are a constant inspiration and challenge.
Pam is a signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and a juried member of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild. She has juried into and exhibited in shows for several years now and has won numerous awards.
- Equine Inspiration: The Art of Carole Andreen-Harris
- May 1, 2013 - May 31, 2013
Opening reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2 to 4 pm.
This exhibit features the powerful combination of athleticism and elegance that the equine so perfectly exemplifies. Horses gallop with great power, pose with true majesty and even take time getting comfortable just being horses on Carole’s canvases.
With painting them being an outlet for the inspiration these mighty creatures have always given her, Carole enjoys painting horses of all types, having a particular soft spot for the magnificence of racehorses. This collection of equine works by Carole Andreen-Harris perfectly expresses the overall passion shared by those who love and work with horses.
About the Artist
Carole Andreen-Harris was driven initially to put pencil to paper by a love of horses and animals, with a deeply ingrained appreciation of the horse in all its breeds and disciplines. Raised in Minnesota and later Arizona, she experienced travels all across the USA, soaking in the dramatic and varied scenery, including many summers spent in western states. Hours spent sketching and painting in these years would help prepare for a future as a professional artist.
An Associate Member of the American Academy of Equine Art, Carole is also a member of International Equine Artists as well as a founding member of HeARTists for Horses, a group of four southern Arizona artists with a passion for helping horses in need. In 2012 she was added to a list of elite equine artists when she was chosen as the artist to paint the winner of the prestigious $1 Million Pacific Classic, the signature race run during the summer meet at beautiful Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California.
Carole currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her automotive artist husband and two children. Carole’s work has been accepted into prestigious art shows and institutions such as the Cattleman’s Western Artn Show, The Phippen Western Art Show & Sale, Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show & Sale, Empire 100, and the American Academy of Equine Art Open and Invitational shows.
You can learn more about the artist and her work online at www.andreenharris.com.
- Fun with Images
- April 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013
"Collage" is from the French word coller meaning "to glue." This art form is a process of pasting papers or found objects onto a surface to create new images. These unrelated elements are arranged to produce a composition that expresses symbolic meanings or emotional effects.
The Fun with Images exhibit features works in collage from nine member artists of CASA (Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona) Artists represented are:
- Jill Ballesteros
- Mary Bourret
- Carol Chambers
- Eileen Dudley
- Patti Lewis
- Ann Loud
- Stephanie McInroy
- Marti White
- Carmen Williams
On April 2nd, enjoy a Q and A with the artists from 4-6 pm in the gallery.
- March Madness by Mary Hansen
- March 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013
Mary Hansen's exhibit, March Madness combines her whimsical "contour drawings" with acrylic paintings. The contour drawings are based on subjects from both Michigan and Arizona. The drawings are called "semi-blind" drawings because they are drawn with the artist focusing on the subject she is drawing, rather than upon the drawing itself. The pen is not lifted from the paper and moves from start to finish in one continuous line. What makes these contour drawings unusual is that they are completed in bright, bold colors.
The acrylic paintings which comprise the rest of the show are both representational and abstract. The most recent paintings are a combination of abstract forms completed with lines. Mary's work is multi-faceted and unique. She approaches her art in an experimental mode, never quite knowing what to expect. The result is an exciting and contemporary body of work.
Artist Reception and Blind Drawing Demonstration
- An artist reception will be held on Tuesday evening, March 5 from 5 to 7 pm at the library.
- Mary will also be doing a demonstration of her "blind drawing" technique at the library on Tuesday, March 12 from 2 to 3 pm.
About the Artist
Mary Hansen first visited Tucson (from Michigan) in the 70’s. It was "love at first sight." She fell in love with the desert, the cactus and of course the sun. It was at this time that she first began painting desert flowers, timid watercolors in soft hues. The flowers grew from timid to bold; the colors from quiet to bright.
Mary loves to experiment with her art and moved through many mediums including clay, acrylics, oils, and unique contour drawings. She has created abstracts as well as more representational work. She began the "semi-blind contour drawings" in 2010. Her most recent work combines abstract with lines.One of Mary’s artistic passions is to complete her paintings with sharp lines, drawn with a razor blade, a credit card, or another larger flat edged object. "This is the most fun part of the painting experience for me."
- Western Vistas by Marcia Broderick
- February 1, 2013 - February 28, 2013
In Western Vistas, Marcia Broderick combines the exceptional beauty and intrigue of the southwest together in authentic, expressive contemporary western art. Voted ‘Artist of the Year’ by the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, Tucson based Broderick often spends days with her subjects painting or sculpting plein air; resulting in the art displayed in this show. Broderick is versed in many media including oils, pastels, watercolor and sculpture.
Meet Marcia Broderick on February 3, 2 to 4 pm