Flight of Fancy

“Bizarre, sometimes nonsensical, whimsical, and a little dark” is how artist Cindy Schnackel describes her sense of humor as well as her work, which is primarily silly and surreal portraits of birds. While some of her paintings show birds watching TV and others show birds at an art gallery, all of her work displays that odd humor, which is on view at R. Pela Contemporary Art (owned by longtime New Times contributor Robrt Pela) alongside local vintage-inspired artist Scott Wolf.

“You can tell there are two artists in the show since Scott's and my style differ,” Schnackel says of the juxtaposed exhibit. “And yet the common thread of fun and absurdity carries through the whole exhibit.”

Schnackel’s “For The Birds” exhibit and Wolf’s work will be on view at R. Pela Contemporary Art at 335 West McDowell Road through Monday, April 28. The gallery is open starting at 6 p.m. on Third Friday, April 18. To make a special appointment, call 602-320-8445. Visit for more.

Fri., April 4, 6-9 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 6-9 p.m., 2014
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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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