Local Art News | January 2022

If you’re curious about what’s going on in the local arts community, we run a monthly list of what’s new and noteworthy, from new exhibitions to upcoming shows.

Photographic exhibition candidly captures artists and their cats
A new series of photos will be on display Jan. 7-14 at the Abe Zucca Gallery in Phoenix, showcasing photographs from local designers with their beloved feline companions. Aptly named Artists and cats, the concept features portraits of over 20 artists at home with their cats, plus a dog, bird and some surprise animals. The exhibition was designed and created by art curator, cat lover and outspoken portrait photographer Philip Talarico and participating artists include Eric Cox, Abe Zucca, Tato Caraveo and Erica Clark. The images will be available for sale during the show. An opening reception with refreshments and artist appearances will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 7.

Tango Argentina turns into Madison Center for the Arts
A new animated production brings together eight of Argentina’s best tango dancers and musicians at the Madison Center for the Arts in Phoenix on January 13-14. The one-of-a-kind show combines traditional tango dance with a contemporary narrative to show how the art form has evolved. The dancers will perform alongside a quartet of live musicians trained in the art of tango.

The Chandler Center for the Arts kicks off the year with positive programming
The CCA Gallery presents Radical happiness, a collection of multimedia works created by Tucson-based artist Lex Gjurasic during the pandemic. The exhibition is unique in that the artist used unexpected materials she already had at home, including polystyrene, home paint samples and mortar. Gjurasic developed the series as a way to ease the anxieties and uncertainties of quarantine and the coronavirus. She says the show’s creation was “like a visual Prozac” and has maintained her sanity throughout the pandemic. Radical Happiness will premiere from January 15 to April 9. An opening reception in person will be held on January 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Theater Works presents new and reinvented programs for 2022
Theater Works at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is expanding its creative team and launching exciting new offerings this year. Theater Alive Kids and Theater Alive Teen teach aspiring young actors a wide variety of disciplines including acting, voice coaching, movement and stage presence. The new staff includes director Meija Eller, musical director Kathleen Berger and choreographer Paul Pedersen. The company, now in its 37th season, is also back in live theater, launching new and reinvented programs and series. “We are coming back and looking forward to showcasing live theater and our revitalized educational programming,” said Theater Works Executive Director Cate Hinkle.

Art and science intersect at the museum of ideas
Imagine, design, build! focuses on the art and science of architecture. present 40 works of art by 15 artists from four different states and six different countries in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, fiber works, videos, LED lights and photographs. In addition to the exhibition, many interactive activities will be available in the gallery so that guests can imagine, design and build their own creations through various materials and techniques. The exhibition runs from January 21 to August 6.

Performance artists explore important questions at contemporary dance and film festival
Choreographers, filmmakers and dancers will join forces on January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts to explore important topics ranging from fake news to gender identity through a festival called Breaking Ground. Each performance uses the medium of movement to examine each problem and will take place “in the round” to create a fully immersive experience for the audience. The carefully curated programming includes dance performances and the screening of two fascinating dance films.

The event celebrates the artistic contributions of women to the Western way of life
Art of the Cowgirl is the first event for western women artists to hone and showcase their skills. The five-day family event begins January 19 and runs through January 23 at Horseshoe Park & ​​Equestrian Center in Queen Creek. Its mission is to help emerging artists celebrate cowgirls and their contribution to the western genre. A scholarship program is used to provide education in the traditional trades of cowgirls. A live art auction will take place on January 22 at 5:30 p.m. featuring fine art, silverware, hardware and other artwork. Workshops include goldsmithing, writing, rawhide braiding, photography, moccasin making and more.

Juried art show opening at Lemon Street Gallery | Local News

Juried art show opening at Lemon Street Gallery | Local News

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