"The Big Robot Show" works by Jordan-Alexander Thomas
Dec
1
Dec 31

"The Big Robot Show" works by Jordan-Alexander Thomas

Artist Reception:
First Friday, December 2nd, from 6-10
Exhibition:
December 1-31

In “The Big Robot Show” local mixed-media artist, Jordan-Alexander Thomas exhibits his inventive and sometimes curiously odd robots and sci-fi creations on a grand scale. Using wood and up-cycled found objects, Thomas transforms these findings into whimsical and entertaining creations that are constructed to excite the imagination. Thomas began creating robot sculptures when his passion for indie handmade objects collided with his love of all things science fiction. Please come and explore this unique and offbeat world of robots by Practical Art artisan, Jordan-Alexander Thomas.
 

 
Uptown P.E.N.
Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown P.E.N.

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Hosted by Four Chambers Press & Jake Friedman

Open Mic from 7 to 8 pm. Feature at 8.

The Uptown PEN is an open mic and reading series that aims to showcase the work of local authors in a warm, intimate setting. Bring along poetry, flash fiction, or any other pieces that respect typical time allowances for group readings. We expect about an hour of open mic to start (first come, first serve) with a half hour for the feature. If you are interested in featuring, please e-mail fourchamberspress@gmail.com.

 

Charity Night Pie Night!
Dec
16
7:00 pm19:00

Charity Night Pie Night!

Every fourth Friday of the month Practical Art hosts a Charity Pie Night. During this event we feature a local nonprofit organization working to better our community! 

This months featured charity: The Art Resource Center!

A $5 donation gets you a slice of a Vonceil's Pies creation! A $10 donation gets you as many in-house tastings as you'd like! All donations, and 10% of all sales that day, will be donated to The Art Resource Center!

The delectables (made by our favorite sister/helper Karen Olson) have previously included Banana Peanut Butter Cream, and Strawberry Jalapeno. Bring your own plate or pick up a handmade one on the spot to keep things eco-conscious!

 


Practical Art's Holiday Extravaganza!
Dec
2
6:00 pm18:00

Practical Art's Holiday Extravaganza!

Camelback and Central is the place to be on First Friday December 2nd! Pull out your "best" festive sweater and come celebrate the season with us here at Practical Art! 

What you can expect:
Live Holiday music by Sarah Vanell
Holiday cookies & refreshments
Polariod camera photo ops
Ornament making with Christy Puetz
AND the opening reception for "The Big Robot Show" by Jordan Alexander Thomas!

PS: Don't forget to check out Crafeteria happening around the corner at Frances!!!

"Children's Drawings From The United Federation of Planets" works by Daniel Funkhouser
Nov
1
Nov 30

"Children's Drawings From The United Federation of Planets" works by Daniel Funkhouser

Artist Reception:
First Friday, November 4th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
November 1-30

Inspired by Hey I Made This For You (also on view at Practical Art), "Children's Drawings From The United Federation of Planets" explores the intersection and immersive possibilities of laser-cut material and light.

Daniel Funkhouser was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. While he studied painting at Arizona State University, his art practice has expanded into a variety of forms and media unified by a love of garishly saturated color schemes, super synthetic materials, and the power of play. Merging traditional methods with emerging technologies, he explores the alchemy of process, inviting us to experience his hyper-reality.

 

"La vida, la muerte, el amor" works by Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia, and Joe Ray
Oct
1
Oct 31

"La vida, la muerte, el amor" works by Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia, and Joe Ray

Artist Reception:
First Friday, October 7th, from 6-8
Exhibition:
October 1-31

In October, Practical Art is pleased to host, "La vida, la muerte, el amor," a collaborative exhibition featuring pieces by Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia, and Joe Ray. Though utilizing a variety of mediums, these artists share a vibrant color palette that culminates in a shared spirit of work. Together, their imagery explores the cycle of life and the triumph of the human spirit. 

"People, Places + Pop" a Polaroid exhibit by Steve Hanson
Sep
1
Sep 30

"People, Places + Pop" a Polaroid exhibit by Steve Hanson

Artist Reception:
Third Friday, September 16th, from 6-9
Exhibition:
September 1-30

People, Places + Pop is a celebration of real photographs. In the new era of digital photos, it has been estimated that more photographs are taken each year than the entire history of analogue photography. Tangible photos that you can have and hold have become uncommon.

In many ways the Polaroid format offers us the best of both the old and the new, the nostalgia of having printed photographs and the instant gratification of getting a result right away. Polaroids allow us to capture that magical moment on the spot and get a touchable photo. Each Polaroid becomes a unique, one-of-a-kind physical photograph.   

People, Places + Pop presents contemporary surroundings. People who are social influencers, Places of architectural significance and locations where people seek solace, and Pop the branded, commercial landscape we live in day after day.

The exhibit will feature Polaroids from Steve's "Polaroid of the Day" series on Facebook along with new and experimental images. Everyone will also have the opportunity to shoot a Polaroid for display at Practical Art.

To learn more about Steve's Polaroid work, visit www.filmisback.com.

"Hare" works by Christy Puetz
Aug
1
Aug 31

"Hare" works by Christy Puetz

Artist Reception:
First Friday, August 5th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
August 1-31

Our August show “Hare” features works by Phoenix artist Christy Puetz.  Christy creates intricately beaded creatures from the fantastical environments of myths and historical events.  The rabbits in her exhibition, “Hare," were inspired by the novel Watership Down, emphasizing loss and youth.  Each rabbit is a tactile story made of tiny glass beads. Come to Practical Art and be inspired by this unique and creative exploration of sight and feelings.

"Support: something that holds up structure" works by Molly Koehn
Jul
1
Jul 31

"Support: something that holds up structure" works by Molly Koehn

Artist Reception:
First Friday, July 1st, from 7-9
Exhibition:
July 1-31

Our July Artist, Molly Koehn, melds sculpture, drawing, and fibers into works depicting the relationship between humans and nature.  She explores how each leans on the other for support. By showcasing their interconnectedness, these lines of support begin to blur and the question becomes: What (or who) is supporting what? Are we supporting nature or is it the other way around? Koehn explores these questions with each piece, not only through her designs, but through her methods for supporting the works on the wall. Her ingenuity and creativity will leave the viewer with a heightened awareness of these reciprocal relationships. 

"Pride" a Photography Group Show
Jun
1
Jun 30

"Pride" a Photography Group Show

Opening Reception:
Wednesday June 1st, from 6-8
Exhibition:
June 1-30

For our June show, Practical Art is proud to host Pride, a student-led photography show.  Pride is sponsored in partnership with one•n•ten, an organization empowering LGBTQ youth throughout the Valley, and Valley Leadership Class 37. For the past 3 months, students from One-n-Ten have explored photography with the support of local professional photographers.  They have used their cameras as lenses to investigate, dissect, and ultimately construct a raw and insightful interpretation of Pride. Practical Art invites you to witness their work, on display throughout the month of June. Attend a special Artist’s reception from 6-8pm, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, to meet these young artists and learn first-hand about the true meaning of Pride. 

"Hey, I Made This For You" installation by Daniel Funkhouser
May
14
6:00 pm18:00

"Hey, I Made This For You" installation by Daniel Funkhouser

In partnership with Practical Art and IN FLUX Cycle 6, Daniel Funkhouser celebrates the opening of Hey, I Made This For You, an interactive lighting installation. Funkhouser’s career was shaped through experiments with a variety of mediums and formats, constantly trying to discover unusual properties in familiar objects. Created specifically for Practical Art’s workshop room, Hey, I Made This For You is Funkhouser’s most ambitious installation to date. Since 2012 the artist has focused on combining his material experiments with color changing LED lights, creating dreamlike and immersive environments. This Saturday, meet the artist, his team and see this fun and vibrant piece.

 

"The Apple & The Tree" a Family Group Show
May
1
May 31

"The Apple & The Tree" a Family Group Show


Reception for the artists:
First Friday May 6th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
May 1-31

This month’s show features a collaboration of works from a few of our favorite local artists and their children. Representing a wide variety of mediums and modalities, the work represented is thoughtful, inspiring, playful, and endearing. Come by throughout the month of May and determine for yourself, does the apple fall far from the tree?

Featured Artists:

Andrew Seiferth & Lucy Seiferth

Denise Yaghmourian & Grace & Vylet Bertoncino

Gennaro Garcia & Frida Garcia

Kristin Bauer, Emmett Potter, Bella & Lilly Pearson

Lara Plecas & Olivia Plecas

Linda Pullinsi & Alexa

Lori Fenn & Sydney Fenn

Troy Moody & Emmerson Moody

 

"We can all be free..." works by Lara Plecas
Apr
1
Apr 30

"We can all be free..." works by Lara Plecas

Reception for the artist:
First Friday April 1st, from 7-9
Exhibition:
April 1-30

This series of paintings were inspired by the suburban painted homes of post-war Hungary. The Hungarian "cube" homes were built by the government, they were single story square homes that were built as a cheap housing solution and monotonously replicated through almost every village. The people rebelled against the communist regime in the 1950's by painting the exterior of the homes in playful folk patterns and bold colors. Each home evokes true freedom of expression and individuality during a time of repression.

"Entangled." works by Andrew King
Mar
1
Mar 31

"Entangled." works by Andrew King

Reception for the artist:
First Friday March 4th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
March 1-31

In our March show, “Entangled," Andrew King uses his art to manifest the fear, anger and anxiety caused by failing to live a truly creative life. King’s work depicts the darkness created by trapping oneself in a place of true unhappiness and using art to claw out.

The works in “Entangled” raise questions that are not new for a generation that was raised to “follow their dreams,” was told to “be whatever they want to be” and was encouraged that they can “do anything they set their minds to.” This art asks, when we’ve been taught such freedom, why do we go to a job where we feel like we’re stitched to a desk chair, unable to move? Why do we put on a mask, like a strange wireframe version of ourselves, to cover up who we really are?

King’s art makes real his belief that, no matter the medium, art is a materialization of feelings, thoughts and emotions. A painting, sculpture, photograph or poem can move people in profound ways because its essence is not created from paint or clay or the click of a shutter. Instead, it is created by layering feelings, thoughts and emotions into a physical form, using an artist’s material only as a conduit.

"Under One Roof"
Feb
1
Feb 29

"Under One Roof"

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Works by Jennifer Gross

Reception for the artist:
First Friday February 5th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
February 1-29

Jennifer Gross brings lightness and fun with her colorful characters and fanciful figures. Her work is unrestricted and playful, exuding life and inspiring joy.

"Figuratively Speaking"
Jan
2
Jan 31

"Figuratively Speaking"

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Works by Denise Yaghmourian

Reception for the artist:
Friday January 8th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
January 2-31

Our January artist, Denise Yaghmourian, creates works that are a glimpse into private moments shared between human beings. Her works show men and women in the midst of interactions that lead to contemplation, conversation, isolation, connection, and many other feelings and emotions. Denise's sculptures offer each of us a peek at the essence of our own relationships.

Bringing Street Art Home for the Holidays
Dec
1
Dec 31

Bringing Street Art Home for the Holidays

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Works by Jesse Perry

Reception for the artist:
First Friday December 4th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
December 1-31

Jesse Perry lives, and operates as a professional public artist, in metro Phoenix. His work features a variety of scales and uses an array of mediums. You will find it in public spaces around the city. “Bringing Street Art Home for the Holidays” is a reflection of influences from journeys abroad combined with personal excursions through the streets and back alleys of Downtown Phoenix. The show includes a healthy dose of pop culture as well as many southwestern references. Some of the images may be familiar if you know Jesse’s work, particularly the recent downtown project "31 Days of Street Art.” In this show Jesse seeks to convey a greater sense of the people of all walks of life who use Phoenix’s public spaces, but then brings the communication, inspiration, and ideas to the indoors.

"Los Vivos y Muertos- Espiritus, Esperanzas, y Sueños”
Nov
1
Nov 30

"Los Vivos y Muertos- Espiritus, Esperanzas, y Sueños”

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Works by Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia, and Joe Ray

Reception for the artists:
First Friday November 6th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
November 1-30

Practical Art’s November exhibition is “Los Vivos y Muertos- Espiritus, Esperanzas, y Sueños” Curated with the help of Marion Donaldson, the show brings together 4 artists, Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia, and Joe Ray. They work across many different mediums but share a vibrant color palette. Together, they explore the cycle of life and the triumph of the human spirit. We will also have an ofrenda (a collection placed on a ritual altar during the annual and traditionally Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration) to honor Practical Art founder Jane Reddin. Please come join us to celebrate Jane and the victories presented by these special artists! Salud!