The “Got Arts, Maricopa” expo moves into spring with three new gallery options to see and the second two-day Studio Crawl.
* Megan Perry’s one-person show in Maricopa Public Library’s Gallery. Perry’s work marries abstraction with surrealism and is highly sought-after. Several of her pieces have previously been seen in other city spaces (including City Hall, Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship and Zoyo Yogurt). She is creating works especially designed for the Library’s unusual gallery space – high above the computer area, with generous proportions both in length and width.
* Installation of works by Brad Kammeyer at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship on April 5. Kammeyer’s landscapes offer a cooler counterpoint to the warm weather usually visiting the city in springtime. He only began to paint about one year ago, but MCE’s two-plus years of monthly galleries has always offered its spotlight to a wide variety of Maricopa artists and Artisans.
* Mixed-Media Artisans Gallery group show installed in the Art Corridor at City Hall (outside the City Council chamber). A group of works by 10 creators in shallow three-dimensions, this exhibition centers on anything but painting: works in curled and carved paper, fused glass, embossed on tin sheets, formed from molded chalks, scratched on scratch-board, weavings, rugs and quilts. The artisans are Beth Soucie, Cynthia Portrey, Crystal Dennis, Deb Jay, Malies Belksma, Nelda Mullins, Pam Sutton, Rocky Dunne, Susan Adams and Tiffany Yazzie.
* Studio Crawl No. 2 is Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and April 9, 1-4:30 p.m. Following the success of February’s first Studio Crawl, MAC decided to host a second Crawl within this same season (in advance of a planned pre-Christmas Crawl). Studio Crawls are drive-yourself tours around the city to the artists’ studios to experience the artists and artisans in their own creative environment, see finished pieces and works in progress, chat with them about their approach to creation, and examine the tools they use. Light refreshments will be served. The April Crawl includes specialists in pencil art, sculpture, fused glass, weaving, inlaid wood artistry, and both professional and student painters. Each creator is sponsored by various supporters: NTO Glass, Art & Sip, Wood and Weaving, MCE, Thru Windows of Time and a local “Art Angel.” Artists in this Crawl are Herman Zelig Neuberger, Susan Cameron, Kaui Wilson, Cynthia Portrey, Steven Portrey, Rocky Dunne, Brad Kammeyer and the Maricopa High School Student Art Club.
This article appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.