By Lynn Trimble It's still Women's History month, so as you're (safely) flocking to Arizona art museums, keep in mind the many ways women are making local art spaces more intriguing and accessible. Here's a rundown of 15 female museum curators around the state to help you get a feel for the interests and experience that inform their work. Jillian Nakornthap curates exhibitions for Chandler Museum and Vision Gallery. She has curated exhibitions on decolonization, boxing, and urban landscapes. She has previously worked at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, D.C., as well as art museums in Bakersfield
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By Lynn Trimble Art rooted in Hispanic, Chicano, and Latinx culture is a fascinating and integral part of life in metro Phoenix. Even so, people don't always make time to explore it. Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, is a great time to educate yourself. You'll find fewer formal Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations around town this year due to COVID-19, but you've still got plenty of great options. ‘Al Son Que Me Toquen’ Vision Gallery Opens Saturday, October 10 Vision Gallery is showing recent paintings by Emily Costello and Frank Ybarra, whose depictions of everyday life celebrate
Thanks to Lynn Trimble for writing about the new cycle of IN FLUX artworks around the city, including Roommates by Nick Rascona here in Chandler! ... It’s been more than three decades since artist Joan Waters moved to Phoenix, where she found landscapes and light that infused her large-scale abstract paintings with fresh perspective. But it was a battle with breast cancer that gave her time to reflect on her art practice, and a community college art class that equipped her with the skills to begin working with metals. Today, Waters is one of several artists whose work is featured in
By Kevin Reagan, Staff Writer, SanTan Sun News "A Phoenix artist's summer-inspired paintings are adorning the walls of the Chandler Vision Gallery as the facility's first new exhibit since it briefly closed for a few weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caroline Estelle's A La Mode collection of colorful works became available to view publicly last month after the city reopened its Vision Gallery again and allowed visitors the chance to soak up some culture while the community still recovers from the public health crisis." Full article available here: https://issuu.com/timespub/docs/0621_stsn
Just in time for summer, Vision Gallery presents À La Mode, featuring paintings by Caroline Estelle. Images and notions of summer can evoke a sense of joy and escapism. With warmer weather, people feel more liberated, but as the articles of clothing become smaller, the societal pressures to have an “acceptable” body grow larger. “Through saccharine colors and hyper-realized forms, Estelle embraces the idealized notions of summery scenes,” says Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator, City of Chandler. “Look closer and you start to notice that the bodies in the images are distorted and uncharacteristic of the idealized female forms found in advertisements and art history.”
By Lynn Trimble Familiar faces from Mario to Ms. Pac-Man are coming to Chandler as part of a new exhibit that blends street art with arcade games. “Two Players, Two Quarters” will feature work by Tempe artists Such and Champ Styles, who also happen to be father and son. They’ve been working on the exhibit since late December, creating portraits of iconic video game characters and other pieces for the show. “We want to ... help people time-travel back to the age of arcade games,” Such says. We found the artists laying out the artworks on Valentine’s Day inside a Tempe school
By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Chandler’s newest downtown mural fuses two artistic styles to present a timeline of the city’s history. Located in the breezeway next to Saba’s Western Wear, the mural takes the abstract, geometric patterns of Joey Salamon and combines them with realistic portraits painted by Cam DeCaussin. Rainbow streaks stretch across the breezeway’s wall and guide the viewer’s eye through a series of pictures meant to be symbolic of Chandler’s first 100 years as an incorporated city. Salamon, a Michigan-based muralist known for his dynamic zig-zag patterns, described the new artwork as a twist on classical and modern
Our new Exhibitions Curator, Jillian Nakornthap, got a shout-out in the February 2020 issue of Chandler Lifestyle! "Jillian Nakornthap recently joined the City of Chandler’s Cultural Development Department as its exhibits curator. In this role, she provides exhibition development and coordination for Chandler Museum, Gallery at the CCA and Vision Gallery, lending to the continued growth of arts and culture in the City of Chandler. “The exhibits curator is an essential part of the team, helping to create in-house exhibitions that tell a story and create conversation. The position also coordinates the traveling exhibits that will be hosted in our
We are so excited to see the new Serrano's mural by Such and Champ Styles featured in the SanTan Sun News! Our staff worked with Serrano's to coordinate the project. Father, son celebrate Serrano’s with colorful mural By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Noe “Such Styles” Baez used to do his art in the dark of night – hidden from public view and guided only by streaks of moonlight. His brand of graffiti art was not socially accepted back when he first started, Styles explained. It was the 1980s and spray-painting buildings was considered delinquent
We've received some press about the new Oregon Street parking garage, featuring art pieces coordinated by Vision Gallery and the Chandler Arts Commission! This new construction features colorful sun slides by CoLAB Studio and playful benches by Jeff Zische. Thanks AZ Family for this helicopter feature!