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Arizona Fine Art Expo

Arizona Fine Art Expo

If you are in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area any time between now and April 3, 2016, be sure to visit the Arizona Fine Art Expo.

In North Scottsdale on the west side of Scottsdale Road just south of Jomax, set up near MacDonalds Ranch are 44,000 square feet of tents sheltering exhibits of the work of 120 artists. Passes for the duration of the show are $10 ($8 for military and ages 55+). The Expo is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Plan to go back for multiple visits. I began to get museum overload after three hours. You can’t see everything in one trip.


And if you are in the market for one or more large statement pieces for your home or business, this is the place you’ll find it.

Mind you, this is not a craft show; this is juried fine art (translation: prices range well into the thousands of dollars). The work is by established artists, many of whom have decades of experience. Most come from Arizona and surrounding states; others from as far away as Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota. Some of the artists are actually producing work at the Expo, and most are happy to talk about their creative process. Many make custom artwork.


Sculptor Richard Tucker with a horse-in-progress


More by Carol Schinkel

What is noteworthy about this show is its diversity. From painting, photography, and sculpture to ceramics, furniture, and less-easily categorized pieces. Lots of Western art, as you would expect from the origins of the artists, but also every style—realistic, abstract, impressionist, folk, cartoonish, and uniquely original.

In an outdoor space surrounded by the tents, there is a garden where some of the larger sculptures are located, along with seating and tables for lunch or a quick snack. There is even a cafe.


by Richard Tucker


by Richard Tucker


Abstract Bird by Tendai Gwaravaza (cobalt)

Here is a lovely writing table by John Montoya:


Note the stone inlay:


This credenza is a joint project between John and his wife Betsy Montoya, who painted the colorful buffalo panel.


And this console table is covered in cow hide


and has inlay on the top.


The photographic images below are by Lee Hendrickson. Watch ARHtistic License for an article about him on March 22, 2016.


The map below is by Janelle Lindley. Come back to ARHtistic License on April 19, 2016 for an article about her process.


Some of Ed Caldie‘s artwork hints at another of his passions.


A pianist, he said, “I wish I could make a visual representation of what I hear when I listen to music.” I think he did a pretty good job with Rhapsody. Musicians would understand this:


And one more, Arpeggio:


David Garrison spends part of his year painting in France. Is it just me, or do you see a little Degas influence in his work:

And more:



Honestly, you can almost feel the spray off the waterfall.


Scott Woodward works in sculpture and mixed media. He loves intense color.


Scott L. Wallis paints lush landscapes and florals.


Paula Yates does life-like bronze sculpture:DSC00964DSC00965

Bob Coonts‘ love of animals and color shows in his work:


It is said that after Beethoven lost his hearing, he took the legs off his piano, the better to feel the vibrations through the floor. Here is sculptor Phillip Payne‘s rendering of Beethoven: Feeling the Music:


I hope to go back to the Arizona Fine Art Expo at least once more before it closes, and take some more photographs to share. In the meantime, though, go, if you can. It’s a feast for the eyes. And maybe you can even buy something to enjoy in your own home.



The Art of the Scottsdale Civic Center

The Art of the Scottsdale Civic Center

In the twenty-seven years that I’ve lived in the greater Phoenix area, I’d never seen the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)–until last week. It wasn’t for lack of trying.

The first time I tried to go, I couldn’t get near the museum because of some event that snarled traffic and filled all the parking spaces.

The second time I tried, I hit a curb at the intersection of Hayden and Indian School Road, and blew out a tire.

But the third time was the charm.DSC00599

SMoCA is located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, a complex that also includes city offices, a public library, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, restaurants, and a park. The park boasts some lovely sculptures, the most famous of which is Robert Indiana’s LOVE. (By the way, to enlarge any photo below, just click on it.)

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is a wonderful venue. I’ve been blessed to attend some concerts there. It also contains lovely artwork.

Several installations were on exhibit at the SMoCA. Some of them were unphotographable (you had to be there). Almost all involved flashing lights. Taking up one room, Ferryman’s Crossing by Bruce Munro is made up largely of recycled compact discs, reflecting light to the sound of water lapping against a dock. In another room, Kelly Richardson’s Mariner 9 is projected against a wall by multiple projectors, giving almost a 3-D image. It is a depiction of what the surface of Mars could look like after a visit from astronauts. A mist drifts across it, and parts of discarded space vehicles turn and sway in the wind. It was very difficult to photograph with my simple Sony Cybershot; please pardon the poor quality. A museum visit would not be complete without checking out the shop. This one does not disappoint.

One wing of the SMoCA is actually located within the Center for the Performing Arts. Called young@art, it is a gallery of student work. The current exhibit is by high school students at the New School for the Arts and Academics, and it is called Archilumen. Also featuring flashing lights. I sense it is the theme for the season.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area, it is worth an hour to check out the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a small museum, but Scottsdale is a charming town with lots of shops and art galleries and restaurants, so make an afternoon of it. You could even have a picnic in the park.

All photographs in this article by Andrea R Huelsenbeck.