Best of Phoenix

Artist Janet de Berge Lange Contemplates Tempe Town Lake Fishermen

Best of Phoenix is on newsstands now. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Janet de Berge Lange.

A third-generation Phoenician, mixed media artist Janet de Berge Lange lays claim to not just one spacious studio in the heart of downtown Phoenix, which is located right next to a lot her grandfather owned back in the day when he operated a large electrical company. The artist, who works with vintage, found and discarded objects, also has set down roots in an impressive open loft/studio she's created in an old, renovated historic building in Miami, Arizona, which is near Globe, a mere hour and a half's drive east of the Valley. And, with the way she collects things to incorporate into her work, de Berge Lange can easily justify two working spaces.

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Kathleen Vanesian