Category Archives: Visual Arts

Muse on the move

A few of the nifty buttons in the collections that grows each time I hit a museum gift shop

A few nifty buttons from the collection that grows each time I hit a museum gift shop

After years of daily blogging in “Stage Mom” mode, I’ve decided it’s time to pack up and move to a new writing home — a bigger house, if you will, filled with all things theater but also something more.

Think musings on film, dance, music, visual arts and assorted creative adventures in museum and library lands. Plus more guest posts, photos and news of other projects.

Just a few days ago, I made the move to ArtMusings.com.

Like physically packing up possessions and carting them off to a new home, moving from one bit of cyberspace to another rarely goes as planned.

My tech team consists of hubby James, who was game last year when I suggested that a website would make a lovely birthday gift, and a cat who naps through most of her duties.

Armed with only “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress,” James went to work. It’s a learn by doing enterprise, and so far he’s not only built my new cyberhome, but also flipped the switch on a new blog.

Like the last boxes to get unpacked after a move, new social media components have yet to be put in their proper place. But consider this your invitation to a housewarming party in progess.

You’ll find blogs and/or photos posted each day at www.artmusings.com.

Maybe once the cat gets more involved, we’ll master the finer points of adding buttons for liking Art Musings on Facebook and following Art Musings on Twitter. Seems I’m better at buying buttons than installing them.

Thanks for visiting my new home. I’ll save a seat on the cybercouch for you.

— Lynn

Lynn in library land

Entrance to the Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center branch

Entrance to the Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center branch

I’m vowing to hit my local library more regularly after spending a few hours there with my son yesterday afternoon. We’d gone to share a table for some study and computer time, which is a whole lot lovelier when enjoyed next to giant windows overlooking spacious desert landscapes.

Library gift shop filled with books, magazines, gift items and much more

Library gift shop filled with books, magazines, gift items and much more

“Just let me grab some books I have on hold,” I told him. “Then,” I said, “I’ll settle in to work.” I figured it’d take five minutes tops to find copies of Oliver Sacks’ “Hallucinations” and Andrew Solomen’s “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.” But Christopher knew better.

Small sampling of DVDs spotted during my last trip to the library

Small sampling of DVDs spotted during my last trip to the library

Turning me loose in a library is like giving kids a free pass in lollipop land. I’m still wowed by everything from collections of new titles to displays of diverse CDs and movies. After finding my books, and snagging a copy of the film “Nora’s Will,” I headed back to our table with every intention of sitting tight. For a while, I succeeded.

Exhibit of Scott Baxter photography that runs through Sunday at Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Exhibit of Scott Baxter photography that runs through Sunday at Scottsdale Civic Center Library

But then, I felt the call of an art exhibit located right behind us. I vowed to just pop in briefly, still believing after all these years of being mesmerized by walls filled with paintings and other works, that I could ever spend only a minute or two surrounded by such things. Christopher was onto me, but felt pulled in another direction.

Nowadays libraries are filled with books, art and a whole lot more

Nowadays libraries are filled with books, art and a whole lot more

Once I returned, he took off towards the nifty library cafe where five bucks buys not one drink but two. I got reacquainted with my laptop, inserting photos into posts pending publication. But I had one more space to explore — a gift shop run by friends of the library, where I marveled at finding everything from sheet music to library logo gear.

Kids can find items for as little as 25 cents at this library gift shop

Kids can find items for as little as 25 cents at this library gift shop

Before we left, I snagged all sorts of flyers sharing news of upcoming library fare — including a series of four foreign films being screened at a different Scottsdale Public Library location. Seems I’ve got the perfect excuse for branching out — enjoying even more adventures in library land.

— Lynn

Note: Click here for details about the “Ultimate Play Date” coming to Civic Center Mall (site of my local library) in April

Coming up: Once upon a passport, Beyond baking powder

Arizona honors arts & culture volunteerism

Step Raptis and fellow dancers integrate vintage luggage into movement art. Photo: Lynn Trimble

Step Raptis (front/center) and fellow dancers playfully integrated vintage luggage into movement art for last year’s festivities. Photo: Lynn Trimble

Since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards in Arizona. The list will grow again come March, as this year’s winners are recognized by peers, patrons and arts professionals attending the 2013 awards ceremony.

Sixty-two nominations from 18 Arizona communities were submitted in six categories for the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards for individuals and businesses who’ve made “substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.”

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges and will be announced on Wednesday, March 6 at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

Balcony view of folks enjoying last year's pre-ceremony auction. Photo: Lynn Trimble

Balcony view of folks enjoying last year’s pre-ceremony auction. Photo: Lynn Trimble

Nominees are noted below by category and hometown…

Artist: Lee Berger, Phoenix; Charles Bruffy, Phoenix; Daniel Buckely, Tucson; Michael Christie, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Phoenix; Barbara Dahlstedt, Glendale;  Maria Isabel Delgado, Chandler; Shawn Franks, Phoenix; Deb Gessner, Mayer; Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix; Bruce Marion, Chandler; Fredric Myers, Apache Junction; Monica Saldana, Goodyear; Mike Vax, Dewey; Jim Waid, Tucson.

Arts in Education – Individual: Annica Benning, Scottsdale; Kathryn Blake, Phoenix; Dennis Bourret, Tucson; Simon Donovan, Tucson; Patti Hannon, Phoenix; Marion Kirk Jones, Phoenix; Sherry Koopot, Paradise Valley; Barbara Nueske Perez, Gilbert; Charles St. Clair, Glendale; Joshua Thye, Phoenix.

Arts In Education – Organization: Arizona Dance Education Organization, Phoenix; Copperstar Repertory Company, Chandler; The Glendale Arts Council, Glendale; Lovena Ohl Foundation, Scottsdale; Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Flagstaff; OpendanceAZ, Phoenix; Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix; The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix; Sonoran Glass School, Tucson; UAPresents, Tucson; West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Surprise.

Business: BMO Harris Bank, Phoenix; LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler; Southwest Ambulance, Mesa.

Community: Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix; Contemporary Forum, Phoenix; Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff; James E. Garcia, Phoenix; KXCI Community Radio, Tucson; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Release the Fear, Phoenix; Scottsdale International Film Festival, Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, Phoenix; Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson; Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix.

Individual: Marco Albaran, Tempe; James K. Ballinger, Phoenix; Richard A. Bowers, Phoenix; Ted G. Decker, Phoenix; Faith Hibbs-Clark, Phoenix; Kaitlyn Mackay, Glendale; Constance W. McMillin, Sun City; Nichole Newman-Colter, Litchfield; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Rebecca Taylor, Yuma.

Artists and art lovers gathered during last year's awards ceremony. Photo: Lynn Trimble

Artists and art lovers gathered during last year’s awards ceremony. Photo: Lynn Trimble

In addition, the eighth annual Shelley Award will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona. The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Last year’s shindig was a glorious affair — featuring pre-show performance amidst John Waddell sculptures gracing the Herberger Theater Center outdoor pavilion, and a lovely assortment of on-stage performances during the official ceremony. I’m eager to enjoy another creative take on volunteer recognition and celebrating the arts.

Ticket prices are $135 for members of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and $150 for non-members. Sponsorships are available. Click here for event and reservation details.

— Lynn

Note: Americans for the Arts is accepting applications through Feb. 15 for its “BCA 10” awards honoring businesses what support the arts. Click here for details.

Coming up: Unplugged, Foreign fim four-pack

“The Buzzz”

Arizona artist and musician Fred Tieken

Arizona artist and musician Fred Tieken

I’m doing my happy dance for Arizona artist Fred Tieken, whose acrylic work titled “The Artist” was recently selected as the official face of “Art Detour 25,” an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of “Phoenix First Fridays” art walk.

Tieken and his wife Gail have a long history of supporting “Art Detour,” which is presented by a Phoenix non-profit called Artlink that put out the call last fall for submissions of work capturing the spirit of the city’s dynamic art walk experience.

"The Artist" by Fred Tieken

“The Artist” by Fred Tieken

“Gail and I have always been fans of the vibrant art scene in downtown Phoenix and have attended many First Fridays and Art Detours over the years.” He’s lived in the Valley since 1986, and recently created a painting capturing the spirit of folks who rock the art walk vibe.

It’s called “The Buzzz,” and you’ll find the magnificent mural version gracing an exterior wall of Vermillion Photo on McDowell Rd. just east of Third Ave. in Phoenix. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find when you head out to explore it…

Detail of "The Buzzz" by Arizona artist and musician Fred Tieken

Detail of “The Buzzz” by Arizona artist, designer and musician Fred Tieken

Detail of "The Buzzz" by Fred Tieken, a mural located at Vermillion Studio in Phoenix

Detail of “The Buzzz” by Fred Tieken, a mural located at Vermillion Photo in Phoenix

Detail of "The Buzzz" mural by animal lover and artist Fred Tieken

Detail of “The Buzzz” mural by animal lover and artist Fred Tieken

Detail of Fred Tieken's "The Buzzz" at McDowell Rd. and 3rd Ave. in Phoenix

Detail of Fred Tieken’s “The Buzzz” at McDowell Rd. east of 3rd Ave. in Phoenix

Detail of Fred Tieken's "The Buzzz" mural capturing the spirit of Phoenix art walks

Detail of Fred Tieken’s “The Buzzz” mural capturing the spirit of Phoenix art walks

Detail of "The Buzzz" created for Dan Vermillion's studio by Phoenix artist Fred Tieken

Detail of “The Buzzz” created for Dan Vermillion’s studio by Phoenix artist Fred Tieken

Look for Fred Tieken's "The Buzzz" east of Jack and the Box at McDowell Rd. and 3rd Ave. in Phoenix

Look for Fred Tieken’s “The Buzzz” at McDowell Rd. east of 3rd Ave. in Phoenix

Take the kids along so they too can experience Tieken’s whimsy. Encourage them to hunt for intriguing details, and to try their own hand at drawing fun scenes of everyday life.

Plenty of nearby parks, museums and galleries have spaces perfect for a bit of down time with sketch pad and pastels, colored pencils and such.

Click here to learn more about Fred Tieken’s work, here for information on Dan Vermillion’s photography and here for details about “Art Detour 25.”

— Lynn

Coming up: A new home (with humble beginnings) for more art musings

Calendar meets creativity

Terrazzo floor featured in the 2013 Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture calendar (Photo: City of Phoenix)

A terrazzo floor at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that’s featured in the 2013 Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture calendar (Photo: City of Phoenix)

I’m feeling vindicated at last thanks to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. For years I’ve passed lovely bits of flooring at my local airport, tempted to take photos for my burgeoning art snapshot collection.

For those who’ve never tried it, I offer this caution. Taking pictures of floors in public spaces is typically frowned on. Stangers glare at those who dare. Better to savor such things in calendars that sport them without apology.

Turns out one of the floors I favor at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a cover model of sorts. Its image graces the front of this year’s public art calendar from the City of Phoenix.

"In a Big Country" at the 27th Ave. & Baseline Rd. Park and Ride (Photo: City of Phoenix)

“In a Big Country” at the 27th Ave. & Baseline Rd. Park and Ride (Photo: City of Phoenix)

The calendar, described by its creators as a celebration of more than 25 years of excellence in public art, features 12 “exemplary” pieces from the city’s collection of site-specific projects.

Think Waterworks at Arcadia Falls, Ponderosa Stables, Ed Pastor Pedestrian Bridge and public art at Little Canyon Trail. Also Social Invertebrates, an especially kid-friendly piece at the Phoenix Convention Center — plus terrazzo floors at Black Mountain Police Station and Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3.

"Social Invertebrates" at the Phoenix Convention Center (5th & Washington Sts.). Photo: City of Phoenix

“Social Invertebrates” at the Phoenix Convention Center/5th & Washington Sts. (Photo: City of Phoenix)

Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the public art maintenance fund. You can get your hands on these babies by contacting Scott Steventon at 602-534-8334 or scott.steventon@phoenix.gov. They’re $10 each (with checks made payable to City of Phoenix).

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985 to “advance the growth and development of the city’s arts and cultural community.” It manages the city’s public art program, administers a grant program, supports arts education and oversees the cultural facilities bond program.

The Gallery @ City Hall in Phoenix showcases works from the city’s public art collection. The current exhibit — “Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks” — features photographs, by Patrick Madigan and Michael Lundgren, of more than 30 historic Phoenix landmarks.

Look for this fountain, which makes a nifty landmark for Phoenix City Hall (Photo: Lynn Trimble)

You’ll find this lovely fountain just outside Phoenix City Hall (Photo: Lynn Trimble)

Share the calendar with your kids and take them along to explore the city’s art gallery (located near the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix) — then enjoy more time together seeing how many of the icons you can spot on city streets during everyday outings or special adventures.

— Lynn

Note: While you’re in the area, check out the Phoenix Police Museum, open weekdays (except holidays) from 9am-3pm

Coming up: Music inspires return to history

Nominate an arts volunteer

Governor Brewer (center) will recipients of the 11th annual service and volunteerism awards (Photo: Office of the Arizona Governor)

Governor Brewer (left of center) with recipients of the 11th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards (Photo: Office of the Arizona Governor)

Nominations are being accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 15 for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which are designed to promote an ethic of service and volunteerism — plus recognize volunteer efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life for Arizonans.

Nominating your favorite arts and culture volunteer and/or organization is a nifty way to remind folks of the tremendous contributions arts and culture make to vibrant communities and thriving economies, and to show volunteers their work is genuinely valued and appreciated.

Nominations are invited in eight categories — four individual (adult, lifetime achievement, national service and youth) and four group (large, nonprofit, small organization and youth group).

A statewide panel of judges will recommend the award recipients, and nominators can give the panel permission to share their nomination with the Hon Kachina council, which also honors Arizona volunteers.

The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism will host a reception to honor the 12th Annual Award recipients in April.

Click here for all the lovely fine print — and please consider making time in your busy day to nominate a worthy individual and/or group.

A bit of time spent on paperwork is a small sacrifice compared to countless hours contributed by Arizona’s amazing community of arts and culture volunteers.

— Lynn

Coming up: Fun with fabric art

“The Power of Exchange”

Artwork by Scottsdale high school students currently exhibited at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Artwork by Scottsdale high school students currently exhibited at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Flight of Origins by Shelby Lieu (Desert Mountain High School)

The Flight of Origins by Shelby Lieu (Desert Mountain High School)

Individuality by Marissa Mayne (Chaparral High School)

Individuality by Marissa Mayne (Chaparral High School)

Pass It On by Rebekah Shindal and Exchange of Ideas by Julia Liang (Chaparral High School)

Pass It On (top) by Rebekah Shindel and Exchange of Ideas by Julia Liang (Chaparral High School)

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Untitled by Lily Strider (top) and Passing Food by Emily Kaplan (Chaparral High School)

Culturalis Adunationem by Brookelynn Kravetz (Desert Mountain High School)

Culturalis Adunationem by Brookelynn Kravetz (Desert Mountain High School)

Three Hundred Sixty Five by Desert Mountain High School

Three Hundred Sixty Five by Alexandria Buvalic (Desert Mountain High School)

Untitled by Taryn Pierstorff (Desert Mountain High School)

Untitled by Taryn Pierstorff (Desert Mountain High School)

Click here to explore other Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offerings.

— Lynn

Coming up: Once upon a quartet

In case of emergency

Franklin Willis, In Case of Emergency Dial "T" for Tonka

Franklin Willis, In Case of Emergency Dial “T” for Tonka

Nap. Whip out the chocolate. Put the cats in charge. You name it. Nine artists exhibiting their works at the Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery in Phoenix were inspired by an “In Case of Emergency” theme.

Their works are on display and available for purchase through March 5, with a portion of the proceeds from each work sold benefiting the venue’s art education and community outreach programs.

I toured the works Saturday evening and discovered all sorts of materials in the mix — found objects, rubber washers, clay, acrylic paint, beads, nails, fish vertebrae, porcelain, cardboard, satin and more.

Edie Dillon, Hero's Journey: The Things We Carry

Edie Dillon, Hero’s Journey: The Things We Carry

Valerie Hunt, Hair Club for Men

Valerie Hunt, Hair Club for Men

Lynette Schultze, Save Me on Cape Cod

Lynette Schultze, Save Me on Cape Cod

Daniel Leivick, Salt Flat

Daniel Leivick, Salt Flat

Valerie Hunt, Spare Six Pack

Valerie Hunt, Spare Six Pack

Anne Allemann, What Now?

Anne Allemann, What Now?

Edie Dillon, Angelus

Edie Dillon, Angelus

AE Reiff . Corn, Rice, Bean Jar (detail)

AE Reiff . Corn, Rice, Bean Jar (detail)

Daniel Leivick, Fossil Water

Daniel Leivick, Fossil Water

Lynnette Schultze. Fire Escape, Milwaukee.

Lynnette Schultze. Fire Escape, Milwaukee.

Edie Dillon, Root/Flower

Edie Dillon, Root/Flower

Daniel Langhans, I Samuel 16:7

Daniel Langhans, I Samuel 16:7

Valerie Hunt, Safety Lamps

Valerie Hunt, Safety Lamps

“In Case of Emergency” is open weekdays 9am-5pm, during Herberger Theater Center performances and by appointment. Click here for details about exhibited works.

— Lynn

Note: The Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery has issued a call to artists for two 2013 exhibits featuring Peter Bugg as guest curator — “Show and Tell” (to run July/August) and “Nocturne” (to run October/November). Click here for details.

Coming up: Teaching kids to love ballet

Art meets mania

Work by Shelley Whiting, whose paintings reflect her experiences with bipolar disorder

Work by Shelley Whiting, whose paintings reflect her experiences with bipolar disorder

Artist Shelley Whiting, whose autobiographical paintings portray both “positive and negative aspects of bipolar disorder,” are part of a show called “Manic” that opens during this month’s “First Friday” in Phoenix.

Whiting “grew up in a household of writers and artists,” holds a B.F.A. in painting from Arizona State University and participated for two years in the PSA “Art Awakenings” program. Seems she was inspired to take up drawing at 13 after watching her brother “drawing things around the house.”

Over time, Whiting “became obsessed with the distortion and abstraction of caricature” — which couples humor with honesty. As a teen, Whiting was especially fond of caricature work spied in “Entertainment Weekly” magazine.

Painting by Shelley Whiting

Painting by Shelley Whiting

Folks who visit Whiting’s website can explore additional influences on her art, including muralism, feminism and the Minerva Teichert paintings her mother, a devout Mormon, hung throughout the house.

“Nowadays,” reads her online artist statement, “I paint about myself and my life experiences.” It’s a way, she says, to learn new things about herself while sharing her inner world with others.

Whiting will attend the opening reception for “Manic” taking place Friday, Jan. 4 from 6-9pm at Skyline Lofts, located at 600 N. 4th St. in Phoenix. “Manic” works will be exhibited at Skyline Lofts throughout January.

Click here to read more of Whiting’s reflections on her work.

— Lynn

Coming up: Once upon a habit

Art your vegetables

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Entrance to Philip Haas “The Four Seasons” exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

"Summer" from "Four Seasons" by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

“Summer” from “The Four Seasons” by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

"Autumn" from Philip Haas' "Four Seasons," exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of “Autumn” from Philip Haas’ “The Four Seasons,” exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of "Winter" by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of “Winter” by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

"Spring" from "Four Seasons" by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

“Spring” from “The Four Seasons” by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of "Spring" by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of “Spring” by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of "Spring" by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Detail of “Spring” by Philip Haas, exhibited at Desert Botanical Garden

Philip Haas artist statement for "The Four Seasons"

Philip Haas artist statement for “The Four Seasons”

Click here to learn more about American artist, screenwriter and filmmaker Philip Haas. Click here for information on “The Four Seasons” exhibit and here to explore additional Desert Botanical Garden offerings.

— Lynn

Note: “The Four Seasons” exhibit at DBG is currently scheduled to run through April 28

Coming up: Art meets mania