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
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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!
McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has completed construction on the new $20 million, five-level, 293,000-square-foot Oregon Street parking garage for the City of Chandler, which is now the largest garage in Downtown Chandler providing 932 parking spaces. The structure is located to the west of City Hall across Arizona Avenue on the northwest corner of Chicago and Oregon streets. Completed a month early, it adds much needed parking options for those accessing City Hall, restaurants and other venues in the bustling area. “The Downtown is the heart and urban core of our City,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “With New Square opening later this year, along
Metro Phoenix is home to an assortment of art galleries exhibiting works by local, national, and international artists. Most show works in a wide variety of mediums, and many show works by both emerging and established artists. They've all got a different feel, so whatever your interests and tastes, you'll find something that catches your fancy. But 10 metro Phoenix galleries stand above the rest. One sits inside an arts center, and two are located in former warehouses. Another is subterranean, and one sits on the second story of a quaint retail complex. One is owned by a city, and a
By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Jose Andres Giron has been making artwork for nearly 50 years and he’s not planning to stop any time soon. The 73-year-old Phoenix native has about 40 pieces of his artwork on display at the Chandler Center for the Arts in an exhibit that will run through Oct. 10. Titled “Escenas de Mexico,” or “Scenes of Mexico,” the exhibit embraces various aspects of Hispanic culture — a common subject of Giron’s work. He’s created paintings of mariachi bands, portraits of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and prints of Cesar Chavez,