"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.

Feel Good Flow-Yoga
Sep
30
6:00 pm18:00

Feel Good Flow-Yoga

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The Yoga Party AZ is all about, fun! Come enjoy some yoga with Ashley, she fuses her knowledge of alignment with a mindful flow, infectious beats by @DJ and a long savasana. We will provide snacks and refreshments to make this an all around awesome start to your Friday night!

This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Donation of your choice
All donations will be given to this months featured charity: MaxLove Project.

Please call 602-264-1414 or email info@practical-art.com to sign up!

 

"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. 

Uptown P.E.N.
Oct
11
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.

 

RECYCLED FLOWER MAKING with Ann Morton
Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

RECYCLED FLOWER MAKING with Ann Morton

Saturday, October 15th, from 2pm-4pm | Cost: FREE | Email lisa@practical-art.com to RSVP

Re-Thanks: a community expression of recycled gratitude!

In association with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Artist’s Residency at the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility, artist Ann Morton is orchestrating a new community project that builds awareness of the city’s generation of recyclable trash through an invitation to participants to make and offer their gratitude to the workers at 27th Ave. – who touch this trash each day, and on whose work we rely to keep order in our daily lives.

Participating makers will craft individual gestures of gratitude in the form of flowers made from their own recyclable trash – plastics, aluminum, cardboard. Once made, these flowers will be assembled as a cascading textile-like display that replicates the seemingly unending flow of recyclables we generate and that these workers sort everyday – but, this flow will be transformed into seemingly endless gratitude, because each flower will carry a note of thanks from its maker. After the installation, selected flowers will be re-assembled into gifts to present to each worker.

Event Details:

1.) Visit www.rethanksaz.com to learn about the project, then go to the “Volunteer!” page to look over the three tutorials.
2.) Print out the tutorial(s) you are interested in making.
3.) Decide what materials you want to work with: Aluminum cans, printed cardboard, or plastic cups/bottles
4.) Gather your supplies: Misc. beads, plastic straws, bottle caps, buttons, pull tabs, junk mail paper + (one of the above flower materials - cleaned and ready to use)
5.) Gather a few tools (if you have them): scissors or garden snippers (that can cut plastic, cardboard or aluminum), an awl or ice pick or corn-on-the-cob picks, needle nose pliers

If you don’t have supplies or tools, Ann will bring some extra + a drill, glue gun, staplers, floral wire and thank you tags for your flowers.

And who knows, you might love making these flowers so much, you’ll sign up for more!

Charity Night Pie Night!
Oct
28
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: Rising Youth Theatre!

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 Rising Youth Theatre!

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!

 


"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!