Opening next month, "All-Hands-On-Deck" will feature the work of the collective's relatively-unknown-to-Phoenix artists (save for Randy Zucker's digital-centric creations), including Estevan Bladeras' graf art inspired by his upbringing in the Chicago ghettos and Michael Carson's figurative oils.
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Other members of the cooperative include painter Nikki Aiello, ceramicist Bob Metelits, tattoo artist Christine Vallieres, mixed-media-ist Sandra Whyman, painter/sculptor Loren Yagoda, and Vangela Geiss.
According to the Los Angeles Times, monOrchid, located in a rehabbed warehouse at 214 East Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix, "launched the [downtown art] scene" last decade. The circa 1937 Del Webb art space has changed it's M.O. over time - it used to host the offices of the now defunct magazine Shade; now it contains an award-winning photography space called Bokeh Gallery - but the flashy 14,000-square-foot space, with its high ceilings and corrugated metal walls, remains.
The opening reception is scheduled to take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, December 2. There will also be a free First Friday reception on Friday, December 3. Admission is free. Go to www.monorchidartistcollective.com.