Best of Phoenix

Artist Melissa McGurgan on Being Slapped by Arizona Heat

Best of Phoenix hits newsstands Sept. 26. 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: Melissa McGurgan.

Melissa McGurgan might have the cleanest home office we have ever seen. Opposite a modern shelving unit stacked with art books is a wall with an assortment of art pieces and prints displayed salon-style above the desk where McGurgan does most of her freelance design work. She shares the space and the phenomenal book/art collection with her husband Peter Bugg, who is a fellow staple of the Phoenix art scene. And after visiting their office, we can tell you one of these two creatives definitely has a thing for pink.

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Katrina Montgomery