About Oro Valley Library - Art Gallery Exhibits
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About the Gallery and Art Exhibits
The Oro Valley Library, in partnership with The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (formerly The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council) is featuring the artwork of local artists. These are revolving exhibits, with each artist being showcased for approximately 45 days. The artwork is available for purchase from the artist. If interested in exhibiting art, or for more information on any artwork presently at the library please call (520) 594-5580.
Please see the Art Submission Guidelines (if applicable, see also Guidelines for Sculpture and Three Dimensional Art) and Exhibitor Waiver Form
- Fabric Art by Carolann Small
- July 15, 2014 - August 31, 2014
My life as a fabric artist began after I retired from a career in Graphic Design and drafting for Landscape Architects, Planners and Civil Engineers. I was ready to leave the world of precision, rules, and programed drawing. My goal was to get "out-of-the-box."
My mantra is "no rules, no mistakes, no patterns" – just play and create works of art combining commercial fabric with free-motion thread painting, 3-dimensional manipulation, fabric dyeing/painting and embellishments.
I am inspired by the desert landscape, sunsets and other beauties of nature. I create wall hangings, postcards and small artwork, including abstract florals, still life, people & pet caricatures, and other whimsical fabric artwork.
I give workshops and classes teaching traditional quilters to free themselves from patterns, rules and the concept of "no mistakes" – what they call "mistakes," I call design opportunities.
- Paintings by T.J. Vanderveen
- June 3, 2014 - July 15, 2014
Painting, in my senior years, has become an expression of my life in motion. As an adult, I have learned many things about art from various teachers and art classes in California, Oregon and Arizona.
My inspiration comes mainly from personal photographs taken from everyday life, enhancing colors, form and depth as I see fit. My paintings are in an impressionist, realistic and sometimes abstract style. The media used are watercolor, acrylic and more recently water-based oils.
For me, painting is a wonderful expression of self, relaxing and therapeutic and above all there is no worry about failure ....for there is always another canvas!
- The Abstract Expressionism of Robert Muñoz
- March 1, 2014 - April 15, 2014
There will be an artist reception at Oro Valley Library on March 11, 2014 from 6 to 7 pm.
My paintings are meant to express how I feel. They are my energy reproduced in lines of color on ground that pleases my eyes and hopefully express my understanding of the universe as vast and mysterious. I try to juxtaposition different colors so as to create depth and endless space. I seldom sign my work as I want to give each viewer the opOtion of displaying my piece in the direction of their own choosing. Likewise I very seldom give my work a title, again leaving it up to the individual interpretation of the viewer.
I believe that abstract art can often be a burden on the viewer; as even before one can draw a conscious decision as to what is being seen, physiological challenges are being made and processed by the retina of the eye reconstructing the shapes into patterns of recognizable objects. In this method of producing art I am able to freely express my thoughts and give my audience an equal opportunity to create their own impressions. My work should be considered presentational rather than representational.
- Candy Wrapper Creations - The Artwork of Edna Harris
- January 15, 2014 - February 28, 2014
About the Artist and Her Art
Edna Harris is an artist whose goal is combining various media in order to create a world of potential, interpretation, and most of all, fun.
Her journey into the art world began in 2002 when she signed up for an acrylic class through adult education in San Diego with the intention to learn enough to paint furniture. However, she soon realized she had a wider passion for art and began searching for other courses in which to participate. While taking a mixed media class, her instructor convinced her to enroll in a watercolor course. From there her signature style has evolved.
Edna combines watercolor with found objects (some are recovered from the Arizona desert) and other embellishments. There is a recurring object in her work...candy wrappers. Each painting has a theme and hopefully each viewer will have a little different interpretation of the meaning. A key may represent the meaning of the piece and the candy wrappers add a touch of whimsy that everyone can enjoy! Beginning with an original watercolor piece, she may dismantle it and rearrange the pieces into a new design. From there words or phrases, embellishments and candy wrappers will be added until the final effect is reached.
The most satisfying work that Edna has done is creating custom pieces using her clients own memorabilia. She will interview them to find out their likes, memories, favorite colors and anything special they would like to include and then she incorporates all this into a very personal piece of art.
More about Candy Wrapper Creations.
- Photography by Patrick Mulligan
- December 4, 2013 - January 15, 2014
My photographs tend to focus on landscapes, classic automobiles, and the Barros of Tucson.. They all have a grandeur all their own. One may be measured in timeless millenniums and the others in mere decades. Each have stood the test of time to create their unique beauty. One by the hand of nature, the others by the hand of man. These images will stir up unexpected thoughts and feelings in the viewer. To capture those thoughts and feelings is my own private thrill.
Photography is art. I enjoy enhancing my photos, sometimes to create an artistic rendition, other times to just match what was in my viewfinder at the time.
About the Artist
I am originally from Colorado, I have lived in Tucson for 18 years. I came to Arizona to escape the frost and snow on my windshield every winter morning. The Arizona desert and Tucson hold a special charm for me that is very different from the mountains where I grew up.
- Photography by Laura Hackenbrock
- December 1, 2013 - January 15, 2014
Photography is my passion. I create photographs for myself. I attempt to make something that I find beautiful and intriguing. I challenge myself to transform the ordinary and simple into art. My choice of subject comes from a place of intuition. I feel the right object, the right lighting, and the right moment. I work in black and white and in color, with close-up and landscape, and with the abstract and the realistic. I keep my mind open to all possibilities regarding subject, style, and end result.
About the Artist
Laura Hackenbrock was born in New Jersey. She has lived in New York, Baltimore, Dallas, Atlanta and Raleigh. She has been taking photographs since childhood, but her interest in photography became more serious after moving to Tucson, AZ in 2005. She enjoys participating in her local photography club competitions and sharing ideas with other photographers. Laura recently exhibited in the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery.
- Desert Landscapes by Elsa Marie Jacklitch
- October 15, 2013 - November 30, 2013
Elsa Jacklitch has the ability to capture the unique flavor of the desert southwest and its surrounding beauty with her landscape photography. Her subjects include traditional landscapes, flowers, birds and animals, mission churches and southwestern buildings including the architectural details. Her travels have taken her to other parts of the country and she enjoys capturing the beauty of other areas as well.
There is immense detail in each one of the photographs and refined natural photo composition seeking out intimate landscapes and close-up compositions. She creates and commands expressive color with her digital photographs through her own uniquely personal relationship with nature. Her language of visual expression light and color convey intimate qualities of the southwestern desert landscape, a place of vistas, vastness, harshness and beauty. Standing in front of one of Elsa’s photographs, she has a way of capturing the essence of what ever she is taking a photograph of and makes one stop to take a look. The photographs allow you to see past them and enter into the subject matter. She is able to connect with others, sharing her love of Tucson and the southwestern United States through her photographs.
Currently, Elsa is using a Nikon D800 camera, the images are brought in to Photoshop and are printed on an Epson 3880 printer. Photographs originally shot on 35 mm film are scanned, brought in to Photoshop and printed on the Epson 3880 printer.
Elsa's work has appear in many exhibits, including: Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Original Photography & Digital Art Exhibition, 2010 and Campus Christian Center Art Gallery at the University of Arizona, 2012 and 2010 (two person show), The University of Arizona Museum of Art Fresh Paint event, 2009; Greater Oro Valley Arts Council - 8th Annual Art in Oro Valley Competition.
- The Artwork of Pamela Davidson
- September 1, 2013 - October 15, 2013
My medium is acrylics. My style is whimsical and my subject matter is eclectic but there are two elements that show up in all my paintings. They are a bold use of color and the incorporation of dots. For this reason, I have been given the name of “The Dot Lady”. If you would like to see more of my work please visit my blog at: pamsartblog.blogspot.com
About the Artist
I began painting in 1976. I was a tole and decorative artist painting on functional items such as furniture. I taught decorative painting for 15 years to adult education classes in a school system in Ohio and also in a number of craft stores. In 1996, I retired to Oro Valley where I continued to paint and sell craft items.
In 2007 I changed my direction from craft art to fine art. Since then, I have won 5 awards in contests sponsored by SAACA. I have been featured in a number of magazine and newspaper articles and have shown paintings in an average of 7 exhibitions and art festivals a year. I am happy to say I have developed art followers and have work hanging in private collections throughout this country and internationally.
- The Photography of Allan M. Johnson
- July 17, 2013 - August 31, 2013
Allan M. Johnson can be found on the web at www.SouthWestArtPhotos.com.
My photography represents the beauty and whimsy of nature. Every moment I capture in my lens is different. I enjoy sharing my creative perspective with others.
My passion for photographing cactus flowers began in May 2010 on a walk with my dog, Max. On weekends we had special routes. One was going down a dirt road which passed behind our neighbors' backyards. One house had a double lot, with the entire side yard lovingly devoted to an enormous cactus garden.
Although I appreciated these desert plants and respected their prickly exteriors, I wondered why anyone would be so devoted to nurturing them. Did they even need it? One day the owner/gardener was out tending his garden. Max wandered over to be petted. The man seemed willing to accommodate Max, so I started chatting with him. He said that he had seen us pass by often and casually mentioned that the cactus flowers should be amazing this year. I smiled, thanked him for being kind to Max, and down the road we went.
The next weekend my perspective of cacti changed forever! Max and I came down the road. First, I saw the colors - red, orange, yellow, purple. Then, I just stood in amazement, as I gazed at these stunning works of nature. The owner was there with a big smile. "I see you are enjoying my beauties." I asked him if I could come back with my camera to photograph a few. "No problem. The blooms will only last for the day or until the sun shines on them."
For the next month, always accompanied by Max, I incessantly photographed my neighbor's treasures. Up at dawn and down the road we went. Each day I learned a little more about these amazing flowers. Several thousand digital photographs later, I knew that I needed to share them with others. This compilation of photographs is the result of those walks with my dog.
- Photography by Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid
- June 1, 2013 - July 15, 2013
Having lived in Hawai´i, Colorado and Arizona I have been presented with an incredible range of photographic opportunities and I respect and appreciate the diversity of each. My main focus is landscape and nature, as well as abandoned properties and ghost towns which I love to photograph because their secret histories are so intriguing.
My photographs have been featured in JPG and Everywhere magazines and are on permanent display at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, as well as websites including those of Arizona Highways, National Geographic and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Digital Library. I’m a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School and the University of Arizona Eller College of Business and reside in Marana with my husband and three children.
Please visit my website, rainshadow-images.com, and contact me regarding any questions you may have regarding the purchase of any displayed work, each of which is available in a wide variety of presentations.
Enjoy the exhibit!
- Photography by Linda Merz
- June 1, 2013 - July 15, 2013
As a lifelong lover of photography, I enjoy a wide spectrum of subject matter including cultural portraiture, critters and botanical. Dividing my time between Arizona and Hawaii keeps my interests varied and has allowed me to have a range of gallery exhibits extending from the magnificent Ho´omaluhia Botanical Garden on O´ahu to Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley.
Originally from silver City, New Mexico, I grew up toting a camera along with nearly everyone else in my family. I’m proud that my adult children are outstanding photographers and carry on a tradition started by their great-great grandfather, who was a photographer in New York City in the 1850s.
Changes in the photographic process through the generations have been astounding and the digital age provides amazing advantages and opportunities never imagined just a few short years ago, but not having a hard copy negative library will probably always make me a tad uneasy.
I hope you enjoy the exhibit and will visit my ever changing website, LindaMerz.com. Please contact me a email@example.com with any questions you may have regarding the availability of photographs for purchase or licensing.
- Southern Arizona Arts Guild Award Winners
- April 15, 2013 - May 31, 2013
The pieces featured in this exhibit are winning entries submitted to the Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) Artist of the Month Contest. The contest is open to artists who may submit a current work to be juried by committee. The accepted media—photography, 2-dimensional, or 3-dimensional work— is designated in advance. In April, the SAAG Artist of the Year is chosen from among the first place winners. Contact SAAG for more information.
The SAAG Art Gallery and Studio, located at Oracle & Ina, opened on April 2, 2013 and features original fine art by local artists. Art classes and workshops are also offered at the gallery.
This exhibit (due to space limitations) will rotate to feature some of the artists for three weeks beginning April 15, then the remainder of the artists will show through May 31.
Artists represented in this exhibit are:
- Aug 2012
- 1st – Mary Nation
2nd – Jan Mayer
3rd – Maureen Kirk-Detberner
- Sept 2012
- 1st – Luz Kattinge
2nd – Pat Shattuck
3rd – JoAnn Daly
- Oct 2012 (3-D art)
- 1st – Luz Kattinge
2nd – Garry Buck
3rd – Camille Brighten
- Nov 2012
- 1st – Theresa Talley
2nd – Rich Foster
3rd – Lynn Anglin
- Dec 2012
- 1st – Jim Wertheimer
2nd – Tim VanDenBerg
3rd – Mary Nation
- Jan 2013 (3-D art)
- 1st – Trisha Bergen
2nd – Mary Helen Pelton
3rd – Bea Pearson
- Feb 2013
- lst – Ray Hecker
2nd – Terry Mills
3rd – Gale Baker
- Mar 2013
- 1st – Lois McDonald
2nd – Kath McAulay
3rd – Bayla Cohen
- The Photography of C. Michael Gibson
- March 1, 2013 - April 15, 2013
The archival pigment prints in this exhibit are straightforward explorations of such “simple” things as the curve of a mountain ridge, the color of poured water, the texture of stone, the play of light and shadow, the softness of rain.
Such ordinary things, while simple, can sometimes be more eloquent, more true, more real, than what we would labor to put into words. The world around us is full of such wordless messages. My photography expresses, however imperfectly, the way I see and “read” them. I invite you to look with me. Stop, breathe, pay attention. Life is short.
- Works by Sue Trepanitis and Jan Wilder
- January 15, 2013 - February 28, 2013
Acrylics & Watercolors
After working in Illinois and raising a family, my husband and I decided to retire in Arizona in 2010 – a return to the land I love.
Until now, I have mostly done occasional paintings as gifts for family and friends. All the while, I have wanted to be able to devote more time to painting. Now I am able to, and I am working in watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. Birds and animals are favorite subjects, followed closely by the great Arizona scenery.
The surrounding beauty of the desert and its unique inhabitants inspires me and leads my artistic work.
My love of drawing and painting started as a child as soon as I could hold a crayon.
I grew up in the foothills of the Chugiak Mountains of Alaska and was surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. Today my paintings are often inspired by the wilderness & animals.
There came a time when my career and family obligations moved me to the Southwest and “"Life got in the way" of my painting.
Eventually I retired and resumed my painting, concentrating on the medium of watercolor.
I am a self-taught artist and have exhibited and won awards and recognition for my work. I take workshops and watercolor classes through The Drawing Studio’s OATS program (Outreach Art Tutoring for Seniors).