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"Delicate Beasts" at Modified Arts

After enjoying works by Christy Puetz in exhibitions galleries from Tempe Center for the Arts to Scottsdale Civic Center Library, we're eager to see new works by Puetz and fellow artist Ingrid Restemayer, who studied fiber arts together at the University of North Dakota during the 1990s, at Modified Arts. Boith use materials "traditionally associated with craft" to "explore the boundaries and reconceive how craft materials are seen in the fine art world." "Delicate Balance first opened in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, and will travel this year to Lunchburg, Virginia. Learning that some of Peutz's work includes silk cocoons and other found objects reminded us additional exhibitions that beautifully channel the natural world are also on view now at Lisa Sette Gallery and Five15 Arts. The opening reception for "Delicate Beasts" takes place Friday, January 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through February 14. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.

"Collected Echos" at Halt Gallery

Having experienced Patricia Sannit's work in an ArtFarm Collective exhibit inside a cavernous exhibition space at Oasis on Grand last year, we're keen on seeing how her work fares inside a far smaller venue. Works by Sannit and Rossitza Todorova are featured in "Collective Echoes" opening this Friday, January 16, at the Halt Gallery shipping container in the Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market. Exhibition organizers note that Sannit's ceramic installation of cast, carved, and incised pieces reflects the artist's "experience among archaeological sites," and says Todorova's "works of subtle texture and color hint at a pause in time." We're eager to see the juxtaposition of two very different types of work exhibited together in one modestly-sized space. Third Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and those who attend can meet the artists. Find more information on the Halt Gallery website.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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