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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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Councilmember Peggy Chapados speaks at the Open Mic event at Maricopa Public Library. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

September has been a busy month for the arts as the three-season expo “Got Arts, Maricopa” launched. Here were some highlights.

Megan Perry's "Overwhelming Excitement" is among the pieces in the first art gallery at Maricopa Public Library. Submitted

Two art exhibits are opening this month with the same theme: “Vivid Color.”

The Maricopa Artists Gallery at City Hall will be the third in a series that started in December 2015. It displays across a narrow corridor next to council chambers. The show opens with a reception Sept. 6 at 5:45 p.m. and closes Dec. 19.

The opening coincides with a city council work session, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., followed by a regular session at 7 p.m.

Dan Beach, executive director of Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, which co-hosts the galleries with the Maricopa Art Council, said he expects works from 12-15 local artists to be on display.

That is just the beginning of Maricopa art for the month.

For the first time, Maricopa Public Library is hosting a gallery. Though the art is going up now, the official opening reception is Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Because the art is displayed high on the walls above the conference rooms, the selected pieces are few and large.

The opening will also be an open-mic evening of poetry by adults.
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The events are part of “Got Arts, Maricopa,” an expo to promote local artists and performers through a series of events. It was launched with a Poetry Slam at Honeycutt Coffee Aug. 25 and continues through the spring.

GOT ARTS, MARICOPA Fall/Winter Schedule
Sept. 4        Maricopa Artists Gallery at City Hall
Sept. 9        Inaugural Gallery and Adult Open Mic Poetry Evening at Maricopa Public Library
Sept. 22-24    Maricopa Community Theatre teen production of “An Ideal Husband”
Oct. 13-15    Maricopa Community Theatre Mainstage world premier of “Passing Strange”
Oct. 22        Performing Arts Gala at MHS Performing Arts Center with orchestra, chorus and dancers
Nov. 4        Kids’ Poetry Slam at Maricopa Public Library
Nov. 5        Art on the Veranda at The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
        Maricopa High School Theatre production
Nov. 18        World Music Showcase at Copper Sky with Taiko ensemble and Ak-Chin band and dancers
Dec. 3        DSPA Dance Company’s annual Sugar Plum Tea
Dec. 6        Maricopa High School end-of-term concert
Dec. 9        Maricopa Chorus Holiday Concert
Dec. 16        Maricopa Music Circle Chamber Orchestra Winter Serenade
January (TBA)    Studio Crawl 1: Drive-yourself tour of artist studios
Jan. 14        Maricopa Community Theatre Mainstage production of “Little Women”
Jan. 28        Adult Poetry Slam
Dates are tentative


This story appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship opens its June exhibit of local art tonight with an artist’s reception for Samantha Hawksworth.

A stay-at-home mom, Hawksworth took private art lessons in high school, eventually shifting from colored pencils to painting. She now calls herself a self-taught abstract painter.

“My artwork is inspired from within,” said Hawksworth, whose husband works for the City of Maricopa. “Each piece flows from the ideas that the Spirit of God gives me. Some have specific stories; others create their own story as they come to life on the canvas. I find that the best pieces of art are created when my heart takes over and my thoughts are silenced.”

Tonight’s reception starts at 6 p.m. at MCE, 20800 John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108. Hawksworth’s art will be on display all month. For more information, call 520-510-5535

 

Art filled the meeting rooms at the district offices during the MUSD Art Walk. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa Unified School District hosted the fourth annual district-wide Art Walk at the district office May 5.

It was the biggest show to date, with hundreds of pieces from all schools and all ages on display. There was also art from teachers and other staff members. First through third place ribbons were awarded in the different school levels.

High school and middle school bands and choirs performed in the courtyard behind the building.

Jennifer Hawkins is the featured artist at MCE for January. Submitted

Maricopa artist Jennifer Hawkins is the January exhibitor for Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship’s monthly Art & Entrepreneur series.

An artist’s reception is planned for Jan. 6 at 6 p.m.

Hawkins says she has been an artist all her life. She has lived in Maricopa for over 10years. Her favorite things in life are traveling, photography, art and color.

She paints a lot of the photographs she takes. She is mainly an acrylic artist on canvas but has worked with almost every painting and pencil media. She loves impressionist art, but usually has an abstract painting that she is painting on the side at the same time. She seems to love both forms equally and that makes her paintings are all very different. And that is how she has always worked.

MCE is at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108. Visit www.MaricopaInnovates.com.

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Karma Crossland is a Puma Butte student. Submitted photo

The next artist showcase for Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship’s Art & Entrepreneurship series features 10-year-old Karma Crossland.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at MCE, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108.

Karma is in fourth grade at Pima Butte Elementary School. She has been painting for four years.  She loves cats and her first painting was of a cat. She loves to paint all kinds of things. She loves to hike and enjoys being outdoors.

She is a Junior Ranger and encourages people to take care of the environment.  Her hobbies are painting, hiking, and hanging out with family and friends. She loves the Arizona Cardinals.

An artist's reception for Deborah Jay is Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship will be displaying the quilling masterpieces of Deborah Jay for the month of September.

The works of art are actually thousands of tiny pieces of paper that are rolled up and put together to create an image or sculpture.

“I call myself a paper artist,” Jay said. “I first went into quilling when I saw an article in Workbasket Magazine in 1992. The very first thing I did was a heart, and after that I was hooked and I just started rolling paper. After I left my position back in Chicago, I came out here and started doing it on a daily basis.”

MCE will host a reception for Deborah Jay at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Jay’s art ranges from animals such as eagles and wolves to cowboy boots and figurines. She said the most unique thing she’s made was a pair of cobras. The owner wanted a portrait of his snakes, so she had to make sure the markings on each were exact so he could tell them apart.

“I always wanted to have my own art show, so this is a dream come true,” Jay said. “This is just amazing. I thank MCE for all the help and encouragement they have given me.”

For the MCE, the choice to use Jay’s art as the monthly exhibit was simple. As long as the art meets the criteria of being local and catching the eye of the MCE staff, the organization is proud to display in their offices, Executive Director Dan Beach stated

“We found it fascinating that [Deborah Jay] rolls up tiny pieces of paper and makes these pictures,” Beach said. “You’d never believe how these tiny pieces of paper can become something so beautiful. Part of art is the magic of making something ordinary become phenomenal. DJ’s art is unique and we wanted to share it.”