Tuesday 4.3.2012

At last Art Detour is over and I can get to work on other things – like our long ignored blog!

The last two art walk / craft shows are on the horizon!… then a long quiet summer.  This year we will be totally focused on our commercial letterpress business during the summer…. but until then – we have some serious letterpress shows …

1. First Friday of course!  We will be at gallery Hazel from 6:00pm  to at least 10:00 Friday night on Roosevelt Row. Come use our vintage printing press ‘Beatrix’ and see some art!

2. CCC6 – That’s right – Coffee, Cookies and CRAFTS at Bragg’s pie factory on Grand – Saturday afternoon.

and 3. Sunnyslope Art Walk – next Saturday evening!

Wednesday 11.30.2011

Please join us for a great night at Crafeteria!  (behind Frances at Central and Camelback) this Friday night from 6 – 10.  This event is always a blast and this year will be even better.  We have some great new products – come experience some letterpress love! There will be 40 first class vendors available to make your Holiday shopping a breeze.


Saturday 9.17.2011

Well, Third Friday has come and gone. It was definitely the best one we have had!  Chris Dobbs sold some jewelry, I sold some letterpress cards and lots of folks stopped by to see Wayne Rainey’s photos.  Wayne toured Southern Africa in 2001 and took some amazing pinhole camera photos.  The black and white images are gentle yet arresting and a brief view into another world.

Sorry about the photos – challenging environment.


Sunday 9.11.2011

I have temporary custody of a friend’s wonderful collage – so much hand-made love…

In Catherine Slye’s words:

Each piece started as a photograph that I took. Then I took tracing paper over the photos that I printed at 8 x 11. Using pencil I traced what I thought needed tracing. Then I took the tracings and put them into my copier and reduced them down to less than 40 % and printed them onto quilting paper. From there each small rendition of the photo was then placed with others that made visual sense. Creating new vistas that do not exist in reality. Then I stitched them using my sewing machine onto fabric that I had hand colored using monotype ink. Then I colored them using a selected color palette that I used for all of them. I made a series of ten on phoenix. I had them framed by a husband and wife shop in tucson. We came up with the frame design together.[slideshow]

Friday 6.03.2011

Another First Friday – Tonight our featured artist Christina Scherer  (www.Schererart.com).

Christina says:

I enjoy the rich color and textures you can create with oils. Songbirds are common subjects of mine, but I also enjoy painting nature and wildlife scenes. Much of my inspiration comes from the Impressionism. Cezanne, Degas, Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors are some of my favorite painters.

Her new oil is “Splashing the Party” – there is a little red bird that you will want to take home….

Wednesday 5.4.2011

This First Friday we will be featuring Phoenix artist Kristine Brambilla. From 7-9 we will have an artist reception with beverage and snacks. Drop by to meet the artist and view her dynamic work,

Artist’s Statement:

Some of the ideas I work with in my art are layers, contained chaos, simplicity, the abstract, landscape, color usage, and working with opposites.

I work with the medium that best suits the idea I have. This has included mixed media, oil on canvas, photography, sculpture, and public participation pieces. I am known to work with hand-collected pigments/sands, found objects, and different paints, and/or drawing processes.

I graduated from ASU Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting, but I find that the more time passes the more I see that it didn’t matter where I studied, but just that I continued to make art.