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Mexican culture and art are celebrated at Chandler gallery


The work of two artists born in Mexico is being celebrated at the Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. “Ida y Vuelta: There and Back,” an exhibition featuring prints from Diana Calderon and photographs and paintings created by Oliverio Balcells, will be on display through Oct. 6 at the gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave. A public reception for the artists will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, also at the gallery. National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, brings awareness of the contributions of Hispanic and

Mexican culture and art are celebrated at Chandler gallery2018-09-26T16:49:13-07:00

Photo exhibit captures immigrants learning English


By Colleen Sparks, Staff Learning a second language can be difficult, but doing so can be the key to connecting with other people in a new country. A new exhibition at the gallery at Chandler Center for the arts will shed light on immigrants striving to learn English through a city program. The display, titled, "1,000 Words," is a collaborative project between the Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts and the Chandler Public Library that opened March 2. Image by Josh Loeser ... Read the entire article in the SanTan Sun News

Photo exhibit captures immigrants learning English2018-09-26T17:53:13-07:00

Vision Gallery displays Hollywood glamour


Anyone who has ever wanted to step into the shoes of a glamorous starlet can get a taste of the razzle-dazzle of Hollywood at a new exhibit coming to Vision Gallery in Chandler. “Hollywood in the Desert” will be on exhibit from March 8 to April 6 at the gallery at 10 E. Chicago St., downtown in the City Hall complex. Curated by Robert Black, who owns a vintage-style clothes boutique in Scottsdale, the display will feature clothes designed in the 1940s to the 1980s by designers who dressed Hollywood stars. One dress, designed by Sophie Gimbel, was worn by Dorothy

Vision Gallery displays Hollywood glamour2018-09-26T17:22:25-07:00

Why Safwat Saleem Is “Concerned But Powerless”


By Jason Keil Safwat Saleem isn't sure what he has to do to earn the title of artist. “I call myself a graphic designer without hesitation because I am confident about my work,” he says. “I can get away with being a graphic designer who sometimes makes art as opposed to being an artist.” But the TED Senior Fellow’s feelings on choosing a creative label (he's also an animator and director) are less complicated than his reaction the 2016 presidential election. The Pakistani-American says he felt worried, helpless, and disheartened over what was taking place. He created art to cope. “Art is

Why Safwat Saleem Is “Concerned But Powerless”2018-09-26T17:30:22-07:00

Visual Artist Safwat Saleem Uses Dark Satire In ‘Concerned, But Powerless’ Exhibit


By Lauren Gilger Visual artist Safwat Saleem likes to use satire — sometimes dark satire — in his work. He’s a Pakistani-American who became a U.S. citizen last year. And as he watched the 2016 election unfold, that wit came out in a series of soliloquies that he’s put onto paper in his new exhibition at Chandler’s Vision Gallery, “Concerned, but Powerless.” That’s Saleem reading some of the pieces that are on display in the show. In each piece, those cutting phrases are written above a collage of vintage imagery from 1950s and '60s ads, mixed with Urdu writing and charcoal

Visual Artist Safwat Saleem Uses Dark Satire In ‘Concerned, But Powerless’ Exhibit2018-09-26T17:32:24-07:00

Hiking-trail veteran due at arts venue


By Wrangler News Staff As weather heats up and the warmer days of spring remind residents of West Chandler that they live in the desert, the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery in Downtown Chandler presents Martin Gatrost: Pacific Crest Trail now through Feb. 23, 2018. Photographer, avid hiker and nature lover Martin Gatrost takes viewers on his journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. Visitors to the exhibition will relive his adventure through photographs of the three states, seven national parks and 28 national forests he traversed. “The

Hiking-trail veteran due at arts venue2018-09-26T18:00:06-07:00

Odd creatures inspired artist featured at Vision Gallery


A childhood love of a claymation video game inspired a Chandler artist to create pieces illustrating wild creatures, robots, monsters and aliens on display at Vision Gallery. “Josiah Copley: Creature A Day” is an exhibit of wood pieces based on drawings of various creatures influenced not only by video games but also Japanese Kaiju toys and cartoons. The Baltic birch plywood pieces will be on display at the gallery at 10 E. Chicago St. in downtown Chandler through Friday, Jan. 5. Copley, 27, who moved to Chandler about two years ago from South Carolina, said he has been drawing creatures

Odd creatures inspired artist featured at Vision Gallery2018-09-26T17:36:40-07:00