Recent reflections on the state of the arts in Arizona have called to mind both areas needing improvement and what's working. Lisa Sette Gallery, which moved to midtown Phoenix after 28 years spent in Scottsdale, is clearly in the "getting it right" column -- as evidenced by the quality of works featured in its "30 Years" exhibition currently on view.
Lisa Sette Gallery opened in the new space during mid-June last year with "Hello Midtown!", featuring works by about half the artists Sette represents. "30 Years" has a similar feel, in part because they have a dozen or so artists in common -- but also because the physical space remains consistent for each show. Unlike some other galleries, which shift temporary walls to reconfigure exhibition spaces, Sette has one open space with a central nook that typically holds one large-scale piece or installation.