Art

The 10 Best Things We've Seen in Metro Phoenix in 2017 — So Far

Steve Yazzie's 2000 mural for the Heard Museum, which was shown during his recent exhibition there.
Steve Yazzie's 2000 mural for the Heard Museum, which was shown during his recent exhibition there. Steve Yazzie/Photo by Lynn Trimble

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click to enlarge Part of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area where the Museum of Walking held The Walk in March. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Part of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area where the Museum of Walking held The Walk in March.
Lynn Trimble
The Walk
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

The Museum of Walking, founded in 2013 by Angela Ellsworth and Steve Yazzie, presented its first large-scale, contemplative walk on March 18 at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. The Walk brought people together for a three-mile journey through a former landfill that’s now home to desert plants and creatures. It also informed everyday activities such as walking and listening with new meaning.

click to enlarge Opening reception for Elliott Kayser's exhibition at Step Gallery. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Opening reception for Elliott Kayser's exhibition at Step Gallery.
Lynn Trimble
“Here Where the World Was Made”
Step Gallery
For his “Here Where the World Was Made” exhibition at Step Gallery, Elliott Kayser explored identity, vulnerability, economics, and religion through sculptural cows. Then, he took his reflections on community and agriculture a step further, inviting local farmers and small businesses to be part of the show’s opening reception, which helped viewers make the connection between his work and local community.

click to enlarge Bandanas featured at the launch for Carrie Marill's PunkWasp line at Shortcut Gallery. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Bandanas featured at the launch for Carrie Marill's PunkWasp line at Shortcut Gallery.
Lynn Trimble
PunkWasp Launch
Shortcut Gallery

Carrie Marill, a Phoenix artist represented by Lisa Sette Gallery, is best known for her fine art and murals dotting downtown. But she also curates an online idea lab called PunkWasp, which shares a name with her line of accessories that debuted on May 5 at Shortcut Gallery, an art space shared by Phoenix General and Framed Ewe. Marill started her line with bandanas and necklaces and plans to incorporate more items moving forward.

click to enlarge Gallerist Laura Dragon during the opening reception for "The Heart of the Dragon." - LYNN TRIMBLE
Gallerist Laura Dragon during the opening reception for "The Heart of the Dragon."
Lynn Trimble
“Heart of the Dragon”
{9} The Gallery

After Phoenix gallerist Laura Dragon announced her diagnosis with stage-four lung cancer earlier this year, local artists joined Dragon’s friends and family in rallying around her. One result was an art exhibition and art auction called “Heart of the Dragon" held at {9} The Gallery. It featured dozens of pieces by some of Phoenix’s most beloved artists, and brought people together at the gallery for an evening filled with community spirit.


click to enlarge Part of Patricia Sannit's solo "Rise Fall Rise" exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Part of Patricia Sannit's solo "Rise Fall Rise" exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum.
Lynn Trimble
Contemporary Forum 2016 Winners Exhibitions
Phoenix Art Museum

Rather than tucking works by local artists into hallways or other small spaces, Gilbert Vicario, chief curator for Phoenix Art Museum, has brought them into the museum’s main galleries. Most notable are exhibitions of works recognized in 2016 by a museum support organization called Contemporary Forum. “Rise Fall Rise” is a solo exhibition by Patricia Sannit, recipient of last year’s Scult Award. There’s also a group show with works by David Emitt Adams, Christine Cassano, Bryan David Griffith, Constance McBride, and Mary Meyer. Both continue through September 17.
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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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