Category Archives: Arts and Culture

First Friday Opening Reception, July 7, 6-10 p.m., Save the Wurth House!

Chartreuse Contemporary Art Space on historic Grand Avenue announces its July 2017 show, “The Great Escape,” with artist Rick Naimark.

Summer in Phoenix reminds us all that we all need to escape every once in awhile. Come escape to Chartreuse at 1301 Grand Avenue for the “The Great Escape,” which will run July 7-22, with an opening reception from 6-10 p.m. on First Friday, July 7.

“The Great Escape” features the artwork of Rick Naimark, downtown resident and emerging artist. Naimark’s colorful contemporary paintings are full of motion, texture, and shape, and are escapes in and of themselves. Naimark takes and deconstructs simple themes and shapes into abstractions to delight the eye and challenge the mind. Come enjoy his abstract landscapes and sometimes subtly ironic creations that are based on the natural environment, the urban landscape, and current events.

Using mostly acrylics, Naimark almost never sits down or touches a paintbrush, instead uses spatulas and other non-traditional methods of applying paint and other media. The goal: create complex character and illuminant blends of color embodying the intensity and complexity of Arizona, urban life in Phoenix, and our increasingly complex world.

Rick Naimark grew up in Oregon and has lived in Phoenix since 1986. He worked for the City of Phoenix for 29 years and served as Deputy City Manager until 2015. When not painting, he serves as an Associate Vice President at Arizona State University and volunteers on several nonprofit boards, including ArtLink, the Friends of Phoenix Public Art, and the Arizona Science Center. He and his wife, Dana, live in the Roosevelt Neighborhood and have two adult children, Jared and Nathan.

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The Holiness Project comes to the Ice House

The Holiness Project at the Ice House 05-03-14

Multimedia performance event The Holiness arrives at The Ice House on May 3, 2014.

The Holiness Project will be presented at The Icehouse Phoenix located at 429 W Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003 on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:00 to 9:30pm with reception immediately following. Featuring performances from local artists Taran Emmert, Patrick Michael Finn, Jake Friedman and Four Chambers Press, Heather Lee Harper, Keith Kelly, Jeanette LeBlanc, Akiva Yael, Ashley Oakley, John Elliott Oyzon, Erin Schaad, Chris Danowski, Melissa Tramuta, Jane Ysadora, and Cassandra Wallick; with visual art from Joshua T. Ruth, Jillian Sinclair, Chanelle Sinclair, and Indiana Nelson. Cuisine by 24 Carrots.

The Holiness Project is a multimedia performance event and art show exploring the intersection of the sacred and the mundane. What does holiness mean on the most personal level? What happens when the ordinary objects of our bodies, lives, minds and hearts cross paths with something greater? The Holiness Project explores these questions in an immersive/interactive evening of film, dance, performance art, poetry, music, and kirtan.

Doors at 6:30. Performance promptly at 7:00pm. Admission is $11, no one turned away. For more information, contact Jane Ysadora at jane.ysadora@gmail.com.

You can follow the Project’s event and even Join on Facebook. And yes, there’s even an informative website!

An evening of “Urban Is” with Vital Voices

Vital Voices Urban eventConsider coming to support Vital Voices as we explore “Urban is” with Bboy House at the Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, Thursday, August 15.  The Herberger Institute’s Socially Engaged Practice is teaming up with Project Humanities this year to help design these participatory, thought-provoking evenings of community dialogue.

Events are free and refreshments are provided.

The Nash on Roosevelt issues call for artists, due Nov. 19

the nash call for artist submissionsThe Nash invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for a juried group show titled “Echoes of Art.” How do you visualize a musical journey? As you listen to your favorite piece, your mind sees…

Accepted artwork includes 2-dimensional works and may not exceed 36” in width. The artwork will meet the guidelines and compliment the mission of The Nash. This is an educational place and we ask for no nudity/controversial material.

Submission details are available here.

Roosevelt Row Street Design & Public Art Meeting, Sept. 20

Grand Avenue Festival, Oct. 20, adds more activities, amenities

Help plan Phoenix’s Art Detour 25; attend Sept. 15 community meeting

Among your First Friday options, consider The Great Paint Escape (Part Two), Sept. 7

Harder Development and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona are proud to present an exhibition and silent auction to benefit Free Arts on Friday, September 7, at 335 W. McDowell Rd. Silent auction bidding will begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 9:30 p.m. Participating artists include: (Curator) Hugo Medina, Sebastien Millon, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Amanda Adkins, Colton Brock, Pablo Luna, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Gennaro Garcia, Lauren Lee, Isaac Nicholas Caruso, Kyllan Maney, and Aaron Johnson.

Background: Ashley Harder, President of Harder Development, hosted a community mural and painting project with a dozen local Phoenix artists and Free Arts youth on August 11, 2012. Kids worked side by side with artists to create a community mural on the building, as well as painted with artists on canvasses.

“Not a Plastic Bag: Artist-Made Tote Bags” exhibit, Sept. 21 to Nov. 3

[Source: MADE Art Boutique] – Why should we be concerned with single-use non-biodegradable disposal plastic bags? A 1,000-mile wide collection of discarded plastics, mostly blown from land, currently floats in the ocean in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. This island of discarded plastics is estimately to weigh over 18 million tons.

Thirteen local artists are recycling used plastic bags and creating tote bags in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. None will end up in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

  • Date: Opening Reception, Third Friday, September 21, 2012; exhibit to run through November 3
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Place: MADE, 922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix AZ

Artist Janet Echelman named 2012 Architectural Digest Innovator

Janet Echelman in her Brookline, MA studio. (Photo: Bob O’Connor)

[Source: Architectural Digest] – Architectural Digest has announced their 2012 AD Innovators. “Whether experimenting with digital technology, transforming well-worn terrain, or rethinking ancient crafts, these eight cutting-edge talents are challenging received wisdom and conjuring a bold new world.”

Among the eight is Janet Echelman, designer of the public art piece, “Her Secret is Patience,” in downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park. “With her billowing public artworks, an ambitious artist is changing the very essence of urban spaces.”

Read the Architectural Digest article here.