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.
- Beyond Words by Joyce Brodsky
- October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014
There is a world in a word, life in a line, and atmosphere in their presentation. These calligraphic works and paintings are meant to arouse emotion, evoke humor, and encourage reflection. William Massey (1763) called it "painting speech." Today's calligraphic toolbox contains traditional and modern tools, materials, and techniques -including gestural mark making. These new approaches do not abandon formal historical traditions on which my craft is built, but heighten expression and free the artist from the confines of "perfect" form. Where there are no words, color, texture, and line, speak meaning- as it has since man began recording his history, thoughts and culture. Every culture on earth has a mark making tradition.
Calligraphy is an intensely personal art form. The moment I first saw ink flow from a pen, sensual and fluid, I was hooked–in the seventh grade! I think being left-handed has added to my challenge (and satisfaction) to conquer the written form. I use commercial papers and canvas, but using my own handmade papers also elevates my connection to a work. I am influenced by the choice of tool, substrate, and pigment. Continually evolving approaches to calligraphic art bring excitement to me as an artist.
This exhibit represents a survey of the many ways calligraphy can be used to create meaningful art. From simple letterforms to abstract and decorative pen work, I never tire of the way in which language and letterforms can be used.
Beyond Words is the visual interpretations of the written word using traditional and contemporary tools and media.
About the Artist
Joyce Brodsky has had a lifetime love affair with words. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she concentrated on Anthropology and Gifted Education. She has studied art history and package design at Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), and studio art and exceptional education at SUNY Buffalo. The list of well-known artists with whom she has continued to refine her skills and art interests is long, and ongoing. Joyce’s work history includes publishing, advertising, and school administration. For the past thirty years she has pursued her curiosity and excitement with writing, calligraphy, book arts, and hand papermaking. In recent years she has added mixed media and dimensional figurative art to her repertoire.
Current affiliations include IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting), The Calligraphic Society of Arizona, various hand papermaking organizations, including The Friends of Dard Hunter, Paperworks (The Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists), and CASA (Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona). Joyce has shown her work in galleries around Tucson since the 1980’s, and it is in collections in New York, Florida, California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, England, Canada, and Australia.
- Funky and Fine by Five Artists
- November 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014
This show by five Tucson artists – Renee Chastant, Betsy Conrad, Peg Franken, Julia Graf, and Marty Plevel – is on exhibit November 1 – 30, 2014 at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
These five artists paint in various media, with very different styles, and they choose widely divergent subjects. They are as diverse in their approaches to making art as they are in their backgrounds (including a hydrologist, a lawyer and teachers), but their love of art and desire to learn and grow as artists make for a common bond. All of the artists are Signature members of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.
Featured: Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries by Julia Graf.
- 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
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Golden Variations (The Theme is Light) - a Photographic Presentation by Ben Golden
- April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014
All graphic art, especially painting and photography, involves the use of light to highlight, model and give expression to the image. We know the effect of light on mountains or water at various times of the day.
In art the angle and intensity of the light on the subject changes the image dramatically. Rembrandt lighting, for example, is a very popular technique used by painters and photographers to create this effect.
The terms tenebroso and chiaroscuro are often used to describe dramatic and violent contrasts of light and dark; illustrated by some of the work by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Edward Weston.
I have always been drawn to this intense play of light vs. dark. The enigmas of very dark places against the luminosity of bright light create a subjective, complex art image. The geometrics of light in the canyons of the city are a good example of this relationship and change with every angle of the sun.
A streak or splash of daylight is very short lived and unique. It may look the same for many days as the earth and sun change positions, but each day brings a slight change. This may repeat itself the next year but the chances are remote that all will be the same. Each image is a onetime experience.
These photographs are some of the images that I have captured over the years that illustrate my attraction to this subject.
An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
About the Artist
I was 10 when in a showcase at my Father’s Drugstore I saw a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera with a flash; this was love at first sight. I had always liked music and art and could not wait to capture my impressions of family, landscapes and anything that appealed to me on film.
In High School I obtained a used Graflex, Press camera (Circ. 1930), and shot sports photography for the local papers. I developed all these films in our basement next to the coal bin.
I was self-taught, until the 80's when I attended seminars at the Ansell Adams Workshop, in California, where my technical knowledge and the direction of my artwork changed. I became more interested in aesthetic subjects and documentary photography.
I was a small boy in Chicago during WW II, and had a strong desire to express my feelings about the Holocaust, so in 1999 I went to Poland and photographed Auschwitz and Birkenau. We went to Berlin in 2005 and photographed the memorials and museums, dedicated to the Holocaust, that are trying to educate the current population of Germans as to "what went wrong!"
Black and white is my expressive choice; I found it more interpretive than color, and loved printing for hours in the darkroom.
I miss the large format film work but have switched to digital for practical reasons.
I have a degree in Chemistry and Philosophy from The University of Illinois, and a degree in Pharmacy from The University of Wisconsin.
My wife, Gloria and I lived in the Chicago area for over 60 years and now live in Tucson. We have Seven Grandchildren and a Great Granddaughter on the way; which means much more photography in the future.
- Photo Realism; Painting With Clarity of Vision—Works by Isapat Azimuth and Geneva Keith Ulm
- May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
In a studio environment with instructor Larry Wollam, Isapat Azimuth and Geneva Keith Ulm have created this art show based on their work in watercolor with inspiration from photographs. Both artists are Signature members of The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.
Interpretation in watercolor from photographs sharpens the sense of sight and with artistic touches can enrich and enhance the image with variations of color and attention to fine details.
A reception will be held Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
About Isapat Azimuth
I have enjoyed my artistic nature from early childhood as I danced to my father’s jazz on his "hi-fi." I could watch myself from anywhere in the room on a small convex mirror over the fireplace. I graduated with a BA from UNM in 1976 with a minor in art education. I began teaching second grade on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona. How glorious it was to be living right by Canyon de Chelly! I taught also in Hagerman, Socorro, and, Santa Fe, New Mexico before moving to Tucson, Arizona. I earned my Masters in 1986 also from UNM.
I have taught for 37 years at this point including my years of subbing. How wonderful that I could retire but still teach. I substitute a few days a week and take my portfolio in to share with the students. They are very encouraging.
I have studied painting with David Laughlin, Victoria Wills, Nancy Bauztman and Pat Weaver but mostly with Larry Wollam. I began studying with him in 1988 for three years and have resumed my studies with him now since I retired in 2009. I have recently earned my "Signature Status" within SAWG.
About Geneva Keith Ulm
I was lucky enough to have been born into an artistic family. my grandmother was an an accomplished oil painter in her day. Her family owned and operated a photography and fine art studio in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in Art History and a minor in studio painting and drawing. I continued in graduate school to earn an art specialist teaching certification. I taught art in the Oracle and Amphitheater School districts for five years.
The inspiration for my paintings comes from a variety of sources. I work almost exclusively from photographs. I tend to favor florals and interesting architecture. Still life is also a genre that intrigues me.
For many years now I have attended a watercolor workshop taught by Larry Wollam and attended by many other fine artists in watercolor. I joined the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and achieved my signature status with that organization in 2011.
- Western Art by Bonnie Gasior
- June 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
I was born in western New York and have always love art. Graphite was my initial medium. I changed to oils when my first art teacher introduced it to me—I was about 12 years old. From there I progressed to pen and ink, and pastels.
China painting, in later years, was a major challenge, and I pursued it for about 15 years. It was my only medium at that time.
Moving to Tucson in 2001 and visiting a dude ranch inspired me to branch out into Western art. It has become a real love for me and I have been fortunate enough to be accepted in the Mountain Oyster Club shows and the Empire Ranch 100 shows. I began classes with Larry Wollam in 2004 and have been with him ever since. Watercolor became a new medium and Larry is a great inspiration and teacher.
I had my first showing in my hometown in 2009 and have had some of my work at the Wyatt Earp Museum in Tombstone (since closed). I'm very pleased to be showing at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
The exhibit features pieces in graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor.
An artist's reception will be held on June 12 from 2 to 4 pm at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
- The Joy They Give: Animal Portraits in Fiber by Ashley Weymouth
- July 1, 2014 - July 30, 2014
The Joy They Give is a visual and tactile celebration of our canine, feline, bovine, equine and porcine friends in fiber. By combining the fulling, felting and needle-felting processes (see descriptions below), Ashley Weymouth has created a series of animal images using wool from sheep, alpaca and goat. Each piece, depending on size, takes two to four weeks to complete.
As an animal welfare advocate, Ashley uses recycled wool for her canvases and purchases dyed wool roving from farms that participate in humane animal practices. The subjects of these portraits are rescues – shelter cats and dogs that ended up with their forever families in addition to donkeys, pigs and a goat that now reside on animal sanctuaries. The two pig portraits are renditions of residents at Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, a home to almost 600 surrendered pot-bellied pigs, located outside of Tucson. Half of the sale of those two pieces will be donated to Ironwood.
Ashley's objective in creating these portraits is not only to bring a smile to people’s faces as they recognize the joy these sentient beings give but also, to help spread the message that all creatures deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Felted Wool: A process of combining raw wool (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn) and warm, soapy water and repeatedly kneading and rolling the wool until the fiber locks together and forms one piece.
Fulled Wool: A process of combining knitted wool with soap, hot water and agitation – causing the fiber to interlock, matt and shrink.
Needle Felting: Using a barbed needle to push raw wool onto the felted or fulled piece – causing the fiber to lock into the piece and provide the detail.
About the Artist
As a child, adolescent and young adult, Ashley dabbled with pastels, watercolors and acrylics in an effort to replicate her love of animals and nature. As a teacher and clinical social worker, Ashley encouraged her students and clients to utilize different art forms as a means to learning, expression and growth. In 2004, in an effort to get through the long Maine winters, Ashley picked up knitting needles for the first time. The tactile experience of working with wool felt right to her and eventually, in an effort to veer away from just knitting patterns, Ashley learned how to combine the felting, fulling and needle-felting processes to create her own images in fiber. In 2007, Ashley completed her first animal image on wool and since then, has continued to make pieces that represent her love for all creatures, great and small.
When Ashley is not working on her art or volunteering at a local no-kill animal shelter, she likes to spend time with her husband, Fred, their two cattle-dog mixes, and their two cats. Ashley is determined to add a pet goat or two to the four-legged crew but her husband isn't sold on the idea...yet. Finally, Ashley, Fred, and their canine/feline crew made the leap from Portland, Maine to Tucson, Arizona in August of 2012 where they have been relishing the sun and southwest culture ever since.
- Garage Series – watercolors by Marty Plevel
- August 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014
I hope my "Garage Series" will stir memories, evoke passion or an appreciation of my responses to vehicles. The series was first inspired by the Guggenheim Museum show, The Art of the Motorcycle, in Las Vegas in 2002. This is the 7th show from this series. My major media is watercolor and the sizes of my works vary from 16" x 20" to 4' x 4' enlargements on canvas.
There is the design, shape, color and reflections of what's around. There is also the nostalgia and the representation of power, independence and freedom. The ingenuity, creativeness, and use of brain power to develop engines wrapped with form and function is intriguing to me. I like shiny hard surfaces juxtaposed with softer environments, maybe it's the yin and yang of it all.
There is just something special about vehicles of all kinds, especially vintage ones that hold memories and have been well cared for or restored, as well as ones that still operate, or not, and have what I call character. I like to paint them from my perspective.
About the Artist
Marty grew up in Michigan and has always had an interest and participated in the arts although her career training was in elementary education: a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1961, followed the next day by her Masters and then much later during her teaching career, a Masters from the University of Arizona, completed in l985. Her formal art training began when she retired from teaching in 1999.
She has studied with both local and national artists and art schools, is a signature member and former board member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and member of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild. Other avenues for creative endeavors include being a certified fend shui consultant and teacher of rug painting. She has two grown children and one granddaughter. Her paintings have been shown in many venues in Arizona.
- Two Muses by Jerome Rago
- September 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
My awareness of painting stems from my architectural education and practice. This continues as an integral part of my creative process. In painting I employ geometry, spatial relationships, and color in an attempt to reduce to simple form, all that we feel about light and space. My work is not about nature or things as they are seen, but as they are known or reflected in our mind. My primary focus is to invite the purely emotional response of an attentive mind.
The paintings in this exhibition were inspired by the work of Seraphine de Senlis and Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, women from two cultures, a century and half a world apart. On the surface their paintings appear entirely unrelated, but these artists are remarkably similar, deeply attached to nature, their work, inseparable from the land and culture.
The floral paintings are a tribute to Seraphine de Senlis, a self taught painter in the naïve style, who was inspired by her faith. The stained glass windows of the church in Senlis made an indelible impression on her as a child and elements of these can be seen on her paintings. I was impressed by her fantasies ot intensely, repeated, and embellished floral arrangements. While Seraphine's images are reflections of her imagination, I incorporated flowers, leaves, and berries taken from photographs, clippings, books and my own invention.
The content of Gabriella's paintings is "The Dreaming." In Australian Aboriginal culture the land is a spiritual landscape peopled in spirit form by ancestors who originated in "The Dreaming," the creative period of time immemorial. I have used forms and symbols, common in Aboriginal art, and placed them over a background of invented landscapes or images of the Cosmos taken from the Hubbel space telescope. Design motifs from Southwest Indian art can be seen in several of the works.
Artist reception: There will be a reception with the artist on Sunday, September 7th from 2-4 pm at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
About the Artist
When I entered the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies Van der Rohe had recently retired as head of the School of Architecture, however, the school very much reflected his principles of architectural education and followed the curriculum that he had created. This included courses in life drawing, the history of art, and visual training, a course originally developed at the Bauhaus and transferred to Chicago by Walter Pederhans. It was here that I was introduced to twentieth century art and first began to look at abstract painting. I was introduced to several Chicago artists, among them Miyako Ito and Paul Wiegardt, who became friends and were to later influence my first attempts at painting.
During a decade of practice in the San Francisco Bay area I developed an interest in Asian art and the art and architecture of Japan. From a study of Buddhist philosophy and travel throughout Southeast Asia came an appreciation of the art and sculpture of India and of the religious art of Tibet.
In 1978, I returned to Chicago to practice with a colleague from IIT who was a pioneer in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. This lead to a number of significant commissions and several Gold Medal awards from the American Institute of Architects. A major aspect of our practice involved the design of art exhibitions for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bergman Gallery at the University of Chicago. The design, construction and remodeling of art galleries, and the residences of art collectors also figured significantly into our work.
Moving to Tucson, I was immediately drawn to the expansive space and skies of the Southwest. I traveled extensively, marveling at the canyons and rock formations, and everywhere the color and light on the landscape. When I began to paint, patterns and colors of Navajo and Zapotec weaving found expression in my work. But in a reflection of my architectural background, my primary inspiration came from Agnes Martin, whose aesthetic repertoire of lines and color achieved a miraculous range of effects. I am moved by sources as random as images from the Hubble telescope, Aboriginal art, and abstract computer renderings; all are part of the fabric of the universe that motivates me to paint.