Gary Zaimont explains his photographs to interested Maricopans during one of his exhibits at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship.

Painter, photographer and musician Gary Zaimont is one of a select group of artists from all over Arizona with a work chosen for the new exhibit at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 Gallery, “Arizona Weather: From Duststorms to Snowstorms.”

There were 292 works submitted following a statewide call by the airport earlier this year. Of these, fewer than 10 percent were selected for the exhibit, which now features 29 artists and runs from Sept. 17 to March 20.

Zaimont is the only Maricopa artist in this exhibit, which has the potential to be seen by hundreds of thousands of travelers during the busy holiday season.

Zaimont’s 2012 photograph, “After the Monsoon,” is a poetic, early-evening Maricopa scene featuring Maricopa’s iconic Water Tower in the center of the frame.

“After the Monsoon” is also featured on the front cover of the exhibit’s official press piece.  This photo is one of many dozen by Gary over a three-year period as studies of the water tower from different perspectives, taken at various times of day and in varied atmospheres and lighting.

A Maricopa resident since late 2005, Zaimont lives and works in the city. His media include drawing, painting, art photography, woodcuts, and sculpture maquettes, plus set design for opera productions and a number of original covers for commercial CDs.  His art has been adapted for four movements of an art-music video suite, and earned a prize from the Long Island Art League.

"After the Monsoon," by Gary Zaimont
“After the Monsoon,” by Gary Zaimont

In April 2012, the Arizona Dance Coalition selected a Zaimont drawing as the award to be presented to a long-time supporter at its 2012 Spring Festival Gala Recital at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Zaimont’s art has been exhibited at the American Center in Paris and in New York.  It is also in permanent business and private collections in Connecticut,  New York City and Minnesota, and in several Maricopa business offices and private homes.  In Maricopa his works have been selected for solo exhibits at MCE, and group shows presented by Maricopa Arts Council at local coffee houses, at City Hall and at Maricopa Public Library.

Other Arizona artists included in the six-month Arizona Weather gallery hail from Sedona, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Phoenix,  Tucson, Tempe, Black Canyon City, Glendale, Prescott, Sun City, Surprise, Eloy, Goodyear, Cottonwood and Cortaro.

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