Black Friday & Charity Pie Night!
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Black Friday & Charity Pie Night!

Give back and shopping local on Black Friday!

Looking for an alternative way to do some holiday shopping this Black Friday? Skip the lines and the big box stores. Instead, head to Practical Art, where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list, eat delicious pie, and give back to the community-- all at the same time! A $10 donation gets you a sampling of as many slices of Karen Olson’s scrumptious homemade pie. Feel good about your pie consumption, knowing that all pie sales will be donated to the charity of the month, Foundation for Blind Children. While you eat, shop the locally crafted work of more than 150 Arizona artists.

ALL DONATIONS AND 10% OF SALES WILL BE DONATED TO: Foundation for Blind Children
*delicious traditional, vegan, gluten free options available

Eat good, Feel good, Shop local this Black Friday at Practical Art.

BLACK FRIDAY STORE HOURS:
10am-9pm
CHARITY PIE NIGHT:
7pm-9pm

 

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Small Business Saturday

Well, friends, here's your chance to overwhelm your favorite local businesses with waves of love and support! We know we'll be here all day long, doing what we do every single day— helping you find those right pieces of unique and skillful locally-handmade art for your special someones.

There'll also be plenty of varied beverages and snacks on hand to assist with your shopping stamina (and your partner's patience), so come by and recharge! We'll also have a slew of new work in specially for this weekend!

ADDED BONUS.......We have a Make & Take art class happening from 2pm-4pm!!!
We will be drawing with Sebastien Millon,  REGISTER HERE

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Drawing with Sebastien Millon
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Drawing with Sebastien Millon

Saturday November 25th, from 2pm-4pm | Cost: $25

Sebastien Millon is an artist/cartoonist/illustrator living in Phoenix, AZ. He draws a lot of animals doing silly things. Sometimes he draws rabbits, sometimes ducks, sometimes bears. He is an extremely versatile artist (all his animals look the same). Join us for a fun afternoon where he will teach you  how to draw some cartoon animals and help you create your own!

All supplies provided by instructor. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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Practical Art's Holiday Extravaganza!
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Practical Art's Holiday Extravaganza!

Camelback and Central is the place to be on First Friday December 1st! Pull out your "best" festive sweater and come celebrate the season with us here at Practical Art! 

What you can expect:
MAKE YOUR OWN UGLY SWEATERS with Jordan Thomas
Photo booth
Holiday cookies & refreshments
AND the opening reception for "The Print Show" by Jake Early!

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

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The Art of Tea Making with Wisdom Nectar
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Art of Tea Making with Wisdom Nectar

Saturday, December 2nd, from 2pm-4pm | Cost: $25

Create your own tea with Caitlyn and Alison from Wisdom Nectar.

High Tea British Pop Style With Lavender Gray, sweet and savory goodies (Fruit and cheese.) After tea we will have a watercolor painting party using the flowers and the tea paraphernalia as subject for small whimsical paintings to take home. Paints, brushes and watercolor paper provided.

Caitlyn and Alison have been creating tea and tisane blends for a decade now. It is their wish to encourage the mindful preparation and sipping of delicious, healthful and completely organic beverages for our community near and far. Wisdom Nectar Tea, by it’s name, implies something very beneficial for the mind and body. 

Share Tea Be Happy!

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Pottery Paining with Tom Budzak
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Pottery Paining with Tom Budzak

Saturday, December 16th from 2pm-4pm | Cost: $18

Love Tom Budzak's work?  Want to see how he dots his pots and does other designs.  Learn some tips and tricks with a wide variety of colors.  Join Tom Budzak for an afternoon of creating one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces for holiday gifts (or to keep for yourself)! Blank ring holders, spoon rests, and heart dishes will be available for you to decorate using slip trailers or brushes. Your $18 class fee includes one piece, additional pieces can be purchased for $14 each. All items decorated will be ready for pick up on December 21st. 

REGISTER HERE

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Charity Pie Night benefiting one-n-ten
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Charity Pie Night benefiting one-n-ten

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

Join us on Friday November 24, from 7-9. This month all donations, and 10% of all sales during the event, will be donated to: one-n-ten

$10
Donation gets you as many in-house tastings as you'd like.

ALL DONATIONS AND 10% OF SALES WILL BE DONATED TO: one-n-ten

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!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CHRITY NIGHTS

 

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Group Show "Six and the Exquisite Corpse"
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Group Show "Six and the Exquisite Corpse"

Artist Reception:
First Friday, October 6th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
October 1-31

Six local artists came together to reassemble and reinterpret unfamiliar and everyday objects.  As pieces were passed from person to person, this collaboration twisted and turned their perceptions of how they approach and create art.

Participating artists:
Christy Puetz
Dave Saker
Élise Eizer
Karolina Sussland
Carol Saker
Joe Willie Smith

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“Random/Refined” works by Tom Budzak
Sep
1
to Sep 30

“Random/Refined” works by Tom Budzak

Artist Reception:
First Friday, September 1st, from 7-9
Exhibition:
September 1-30

Everywhere you look in nature you can see multiples… the hundreds of leaves on a tree branch, the thousands of tiny spikes on a cactus, the millions of pores in your skin.  This obsession with tiny multiplying dots has been evident in Tom Budzak’s work for years.  This new work in Random/Refined, explores adding these dots to new shapes that seem to form and grow and multiply indefinitely.  

About the artist:

Tom earned a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from New Mexico State University both with an emphasis in Ceramics. He is currently an adjunct professor at South Mountain Community College, a Master Instructor Teacher at the Mesa Art Center, and maintains a studio practice.  Tom lives in Tempe, AZ with his wife Melissa and son Ezekiel.

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“Caliente” works by Emily Costello, Gennaro Garcia, Joe Ray, and Frank Ybarra
Aug
1
to Aug 31

“Caliente” works by Emily Costello, Gennaro Garcia, Joe Ray, and Frank Ybarra

Artist Reception:
First Friday, August 4th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
August 1-31

Practical Art is pleased to host, "Caliente" 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. 

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"Found Feathers" works by Alexandra Bowers
Jul
1
to Jul 31

"Found Feathers" works by Alexandra Bowers

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

Found Feathers, are 45 feathers found on different days, at different times. Some feathers were found individually, some collectively. They act as personal reminders for me to stop, look, and appreciate the little things that make up the “in between” spaces that construct our days. In my case, it’s usually running errands, walking to and from my car, and getting the mail.

What are we thinking about during the moments between moments? Where do we need to be next? What do we need to check off on our “to do” list? Our lives are so easily filled, its often hard for me to remember what I did a day or two ago.

Each moment of everyday can so easily be filled, when do we give ourselves pause to think of nothing? To appreciate what’s naturally around us.

Found feathers also asks some simple questions; what kind of bird did this feather come from? Where was it heading when it lost this feather? It also perpetuates us to ask some larger questions as humans: where are we going? What is next on our journey through this life? And finally, what mechanisms are we using to propel us forward to get to those destinations?

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"The Evidence of Hope" works by Beth Shook
Jun
1
to Jun 30

"The Evidence of Hope" works by Beth Shook

Reception for the artists:
First Friday June 2nd, from 7-9
Exhibition:
June 1-30

The work for this show is actually one large piece, The Evidence of Hope  - a field 'painting' made up of 33 individual compositions. The work is a flock of sparrows with a few outlying observers on a field of lilies. That the sparrows continue to sing despite the brokenness of men is a testament to hope.

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

"The Apple & The Tree" a Family Group Show

Reception for the artists:
First Friday May 5th, 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:

Carrie Marill, Vance & Townes Marill-Moore

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

Mark Christopher & Rosemarie Christopher

Shannon Youso & Amelie

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"Paper + Plates" works by Christopher Jagmin
Apr
1
to Apr 30

"Paper + Plates" works by Christopher Jagmin

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

Drawing is what calms Christopher Jagmin, it makes him smile, and energizes his soul. He can’t imagine not drawing every day. Usually beginning without a preconceived idea, these loopy and off-kilter works on paper and plates are just a few that have inspired many of his larger ideas.

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“Pursuit of Happiness” works by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel
Feb
1
to Feb 28

“Pursuit of Happiness” works by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel

Artist Reception:
First Friday, February 3rd, from 7-9
Exhibition:
February 1-28

The mixed media assemblages Becky and Jane create together combine the art and craft of the doll maker, puppeteer, model maker and folk artist with that of traditional fine art painters and sculptors. Their work is exuberant and playful yet poignant in its exploration of contemporary themes. Pursuit of Happiness grew out of a year’s worth of consternation and dismay about world affairs and the political events of 2016. The artists’ collaborative, studio practice resulted in this work that affirms their confidence in creative expression to affect the pursuit of happiness—not only in visual art, but also with gratitude for music, dance, and theater.

Becky and Jane have been friends since art school days together at Arizona State University.  Although Becky lives in Tacoma, Washington and Jane lives in Phoenix, Arizona, they have followed parallel career paths since leaving graduate school; balancing commitments to meaningful, studio practice with teaching and raising a family. Their collaboration is based on mutual respect for the other’s artwork and their enduring willingness to trust each other’s aesthetic judgment.

See more of their work together at www.reconfiguredart.com.   

 

About the Artists:

Becky Frehse is a painter and mixed-media artist whose eclectic approach to the use of materials is inspired by her many travels and studies in foreign lands. She holds a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. from Central Washington University. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches at the University of Puget Sound and at her Tacoma studio. 
www.beckyfrehse.com

Jane Kelsey-Mapel creates narrative ceramic figure sculpture. She holds a B.A. degree in Art from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches ceramics and sculpture at Glendale Community College and the Mesa Art Center.
www.janekelseymapel.com

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"Mend" works by Andrew King
Jan
2
to Jan 31

"Mend" works by Andrew King

Artist Reception:
Thursday, January 5th, from 7-9
Exhibition:
January 2-31

Mend (A sculptural study)
A step beyond introspection is a place where our lives are in a constant flux of being torn apart, mended together and rebuilt. If refraction is how a path is changed, then this “place beyond” is where these shifts are permanently altering our physical existence. The act of being built up, torn down, pulled apart and sewn back together is a very real and beautifully chaotic part of living; a process that defines us not by the scars of what we endure but how we use those scars to remind us of what we have become and how much we can grow, thrive and continue to achieve.

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

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

 

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

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

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"Hare" works by Christy Puetz
Aug
1
to 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.

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

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"Pride" a Photography Group Show
Jun
1
to 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. 

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"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.

 

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

 

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

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

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"Under One Roof"
Feb
1
to Feb 29

"Under One Roof"

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.

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"Figuratively Speaking"
Jan
2
to Jan 31

"Figuratively Speaking"

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.

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Bringing Street Art Home for the Holidays
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Bringing Street Art Home for the Holidays

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.

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

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

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!

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