Local artist Kaori Takamura has something to say and she’s using attention-grabbing, colorful design to do it. Using textiles and fabric patterning mixed with embroidery and meticulous digital art, “express[es] women's tangled and intricate everyday feelings,” she writes in her artist’s statement. An award-winning graphic designer and mixed media artist, Takamura has produced both unique gallery shows as well as corporate collections and collaborations. Her most recent is the aptly titled “Patched” series.
Check out Takamura’s work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in the North Gallery of the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street. The exhibition remains on display through Sunday, August 16. Museum admission is free. Call 480-644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com for more. Janessa Hilliard
Summer Salon Series
If lazily flipping through Vogue has ceased to amuse you, you’re thirsting for style knowledge beyond Tom and Lorenzo critiques, and you would much prefer to be in Italy right now, then you’ll be in good company at the Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Department’s Summer Salon Series.
Led by fashion curator Dennita Sewell, the July talks dig into Italian fashion history, starting with designers in the post-WWII era on July 8. The free Wednesday talk starts at 6 p.m. in Phoenix Art Museum’s Singer Hall, 1625 North Central Avenue. For more information on the event and the series, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski
Poetry for the Himalayas
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal earlier this year on April 25 was a 7.8 on the Richter/moment magnitude scale and killed nearly 9,000 people. While the eyes and ears of the world have seemingly moved on, Nepalese poet Samyak Shertok and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos are working to bring about awareness and healing by reading their work at Poetry for the Himalyas starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10.
Through the Poesía del Sol program (led by Ríos), Shertok works with seriously ill Mayo Clinic patients, creating poetry for them based off or their conversations. Giving voice to those in the process of healing will be part of a new project that well take the poet to Nepal and this evening supports those efforts.
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Poetry for the Himalayas: A Benefit Reading for Nepal is at Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 West Camelback Road. This event has a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit www.changinghands.com or call 602-274-0067. Jose Gonzalez
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