By Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery staff Well-known in the community as “The Co-op,” Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery has been in business on Whiskey Row since 1994. Serving the needs of the local art community, Arts Prescott was formed as a platform to showcase their work, present demonstrations, and feature guest artists. As a cooperative, Arts Prescott is owned and operated by its members. In addition to providing a meet-and-greet guest artist reception every month on Prescott’s 4th Friday Art walk, gallery members decided to reach out to local artists within the community by inviting them to be guest consignment artists. In this way, Arts Prescott showcases more artists every month while customers of Arts Prescott enjoy a broader range of art to choose from. New homeowners and visitors alike continually stop in Arts Prescott, “because we love coming here.” Now, there’s more to explore at Arts Prescott! Please come by and support our new arrivals! Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ***** Visit Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery at 134 S. Montezuma St., “in the heart of Whiskey Row,” 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com, ArtsPrescott@Gmail.Com, Facebook.Com/ArtsPrescott.
By Robert Blood Two shows featuring two artists swapping places in the middle of the month on the middle, mezzanine floor in the middle of downtown Prescott. It’s two too much, I tells ya, two too much! The first show is “Faces & Figures” and features clay works by Saveria Judge and paintings by Maryhelen Ewing. The show runs from the time you read this through Aug. 14. The second show is “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” and features mixed media by Judy Kaufman and welded steel by Darrell Woods. The show runs from Aug. 15-Sept. 14. Both shows are in the mezzanine at ‘Tis Arts Center & Gallery. The opening reception for “Faces & Figures” already happened — thus is the curse of a printing schedule — but, thankfully, you can probably make the reception for “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” — as well as for another show, “Highlands Center for Natural History and ‘Tis Fine art Photography” during this month’s 4th Friday Art Walk. It’s time to double down on art. ***** Visit “Faces & Figures” through Aug. 14 and “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Opening reception for the latter is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 during the monthly 4th Friday Art Walk Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer
By Robert Blood Art for art’s sake is all well and good, but isn’t it even better when it benefits nonprofits and e’er-do-wells? For the third year in a row, Prescott’s Les Femmes des Montage have used their annual show — incidentally, in its 14th iteration — to raise money for the Highlands Center for Natural History. The artists span the gamut and include women who exhibit locally, nationally, and internationally. Here’s a brief list to stoke your interest: Cindi Shaffer (kiln-formed glass, photos, and printmaking), Patricia Tyser Carberry (handmade glass beads and jeweler), Jo Manginelli (weaving, wearable art, and other textiles), Carolyn Dunn (photographic art), and Barb Wills (wearables and accessories). New artists in this year’s Les Femmes des Montage show include Diane Brand (oils and acrylics), Deanne Brewster (pottery), Jody L. Miller (photography), Pam Dunmire (acrylics), and Leslee Oaks (metal and clay). Here’s your mid-year chance to stock up on holiday gifts and give back to the community at the same time. The show and sale run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 in the Marina Room of the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St. That’s fairly early in the month, so mark your calendars after you finish reading this sentence. ***** The 14th annual Les Femmes des Montage show and sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St
By Robert Blood Bugs were always fun, but it was the chandelier in our dining room that really got me. The repetition of brass and lights in geometric designs was … well, for lack of a more incisive description, really, really cool. Well that’s my short story; do you remember any of your childhood kaleidoscopes? Though often proffered to children, they’re quite remarkable optical implements. The physics behind them is straightforward, but can get much more advanced when you look at deluxe models. Speaking of deluxe models, you’ve just got to see the “Moon Dog Kaledioscopes” at Arts Prescott Cooperative this month. With skillfully crafted stained glass, these pieces by Linda Bellacicco can literally change the way you see the world. Looks like the artist’s reception was during the May 4th Friday Art Walk — whoops, my bad — but the show runs through June 20 . There’s plenty of time to catch this one. Upon further reflection (and, depending on the individual design, some refraction), it looks like you’re all set. Enjoy! ***** Visit Moon-Dog.Com to find out more about Linda Bellacicco and Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes. Visit “Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes” through June 20 at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBoby5@Gmail.Com
By Robert Blood Bringing together artists from the Acoma, Apache, Choctaw, Dine’, Hopi, Yaqui, Yavapai, and Zuni cultures, “Journeys in Spirit 2018” is coming to ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery. The exhibit, which features native art in an array of mediums, runs May 17-June 19 and is co-presented with the Smoki Museum. But you can (and probably already did or should) read that in a press release. The exhibit, now in its ninth year, is great, but the real treat is a string of three days later in the month. First, 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 25 is the artists’ reception, where you can mingle with the men and women who created the pieces on display. Want to know about the interplay of traditional and contemporary influences? Come and ask the artists yourself. Then, beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, there’s hoop dancing and native flute music by Tony Duncan and his family at the ‘Tis Third Floor Banquet Hall. Admission’s free, but seating is limited, so pick up tickets at the ‘Tis main floor gallery after finishing reading this sentence. (I’ll wait … .) OK. Looks like you’re all set to enjoy this show in one of its many iterations. Enjoy! ***** Visit “Journeys in Spirit 2018” May 17-June 19 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Opening reception
By Robert Blood Regardless of your political and philosophical views, it’s hard to be against recycling (or, at least, unpopular; just ask Slavoj Žižek). Still, it’s easier to support such efforts than to actively take part in them. Enter Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery. Launching March 23 with an artists’ reception during the 4th Friday Art Walk, “The 3 Rs Show: Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!” features works by local artists who chose to use at least 50 percent recycled materials in their artistic creations. The exhibition showcases reusable materials and/or methods and includes co-op members and more than seven additional local Arizona artists. So, come see the fruits of these artists’ labors in their attempt to “take on a whole different mission than just using the blue bins each week.” The show runs through April 25, just past Earth Day, April 22. ***** Visit “The 3 Rs Show: Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!” at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com. The artists’ reception and opening is 5-7 p.m. March 23 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com
By Robert Blood When you were in school, you probably learned the primary colors as blue, red, and yellow. That’s all well and good for kiddos, but it’s flat wrong when it comes to how printing, let alone light, works. If you’re starting with white (which is all colors), you subtract colors convergent on cyan, magenta, and yellow. If you’re starting with black (which is no colors), you add blue, red, and green. (Incidentally, there’s much more to this and, not coincidentally, cyan, magenta, and yellow are the opposites of blue, red, and green.) Why am I rambling on about colors like this? Well, it’s an apology because the amazing images on this page for the upcoming “Feeling the Effects: Photo Impressionism Explored” — which runs Feb. 15- March 13 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com — have been neutered by the printing process, which reduces colors to mixtures of cyan, magenta, and yellow (plus black) thus muting the more evocative end of the color spectrum. So, with apologies to the talented Susan Walshe — who’ll be on-site 5-7 p.m. for the Feb. 23 4th Friday Art Walk artist’s reception — here are some amazing impressionistic photos that pair 19th-century French artistic sensibilities with contemporary photo-shopping. ***** Visit “Feeling the Effects: Photo Impressionism Explored” at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St.,
By Robert Blood You know who really gets art? Kids. Without the intellectual baggage of pre- and post- -isms and -ologies, they’re able to approach just about any medium with a fresh eye and creativity void of affectation or pretense. But, like anyone learning a new skill, some direction is helpful if not outright necessary. You can argue about raw talent all you want, but who couldn’t use more tools in their tool box, right? Enter the STEPS Art Education Program via ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery. Launched in 2011, the program has grown and now caters free art lessons to 5- to 16-year-olds. Class sizes are limited to maximize teacher-student interaction, and the program often draws a waiting list. Instruction varies from class to class, and many art educators use a variety of methods and approaches to encourage exploratory learning. Curious to see more? Well, you can see art by the fall 2017 coterie on display at ‘Tis in the Mezzanine Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St. You can even meet some of the budding artists noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 during an artists’ reception. If you think these artists are just kidding around, you’re in for quite a surprise. ***** Visit the “STEPS Art Education Program Student Exhibit” Jan. 5-16 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. The artists’ reception is noon-2 p.m. Saturday,