Four years ago, Downtown arts champion Jane Reddin opened the doors of Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Avenue, after retiring from her legal career to support the blooming arts scene in Central Phoenix.
At the time, she said she was on a mission to give Phoenix artisans a space to display their craftwork and to help generate a culture of eco-friendly practices and locally-minded consumers while proving it all can be easy and affordable.
It was no small mission, and after she passed away last February, her friends and local artists Kara Roschi and Lisa Olson decided to carry on Reddin's vision.
Four years after it first opened, Practical Art remains a strong support for more than 100 local artists with plenty of reasons to celebrate. And on April 20, 21, and 22, Roschi and Olson are inviting the community to do just that.
The Practical Art anniversary weekend
will include a pie social that Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m., a low-key brunch and ceramic demo that Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., and lunch that Sunday with Short Leash Hotdogs and live music from Amen Cowboy, Samson Says, and Bogan Via from 3 to 6 p.m..
Admission is free and a wide selection of locally made, practical goods will be for sale (per usual).
Later this summer, Roschi and Olson will also host Practical Art's first HEAT
exhibition that will feature work from local artists during July. (Yes, the hottest month of the year.)
They're currently looking for work that relates to heat in any interpretation.
Mountable works less than 32 inches (horizontally) submitted by April 30 will be judged by a panel of local community members including Kimber Lanning of Local First, Kathryn Blake of Phoenix Art Museum, Heather Lineberry of ASU Art Museum, and artists Gregory Sale and Christine Cassano (to name a few).
To submit, email up to five images in JPG format (Note: Images should be sized at 1000 pixels on the longest side with a resolution of 72 ppi. Number your files following the format: "01_lastname.jpg, and include title, medium, retail price, and dimensions of framed submission) as well as an artist statement, bio or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted entries will be displayed in a gallery exhibition at Practical Art from July 1 to July 31.