First Room: Embrace!

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Artists were given free rein in choosing what to embrace

Embrace (the Weird)

Or, as one of our artists observed thoughtfully: “Right now, it’s all weird.” In the Zoom discussion, silence ensued while the artists considered whether or not any further themes were even warranted. In their art, a number of artists chose to embrace the weirdness of the times, thus making sure we remain awake to it.

Embrace (Nature)

Some shared with us their gratitude for the beauty of Nature, and for the time to explore it, whether in Arizona or on the road.

Embrace (in Love)

Some reminded us of the importance of love, in a time when hugs are mostly virtual.

Suzy Webber

Suzy writes, “I painted this in March and April 2020 as I was working on processing this new reality. It is an abstract intuitive exercise, starting late one night with the lights off, making random marks on a new canvas, choosing paints randomly.   As I worked on it over several weeks, images emerged and I began to make more intentional choices. I shared the process on Facebook and friends would comment that they saw stories related to the times we’re living in.”

Title: The Village

Virtual Room: Embrace (the Weird)

Size: 36 x 48 inches

Medium: Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Price: $3000

SOLD!

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Wendolyn Abbott

Wendy writes, “Inspired by the beautiful Arizona Sunsets and being in quarantine due to the pandemic, I wanted to create something beautiful in these trying times.”

Title: Quarantined

Virtual Room: Embrace (Nature)

Medium: Acrylic on canvas 

Size: 18 x 24 inches

Price: $300

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Jaime Glasser

With her interpretation of “embrace,” Jaime chooses to remind us to love one another.

Title: Take It 1&2 (sold as a pair only)

Virtual Room: Embrace

Medium: monoprints on canvas mixed media with resin ready to hang 

original 1/1

Size: 10 x 10 inches each

Price: Both together $300

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Anshu Priya

Title: Embracing the Outdoors:  Bell Rock, Sedona Arizona

Virtual Room: Embrace (Nature)

Medium: Watercolor and Ink on Hot Pressed Paper

Size: 8 x 10 inches

Price: $120

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Jackson Kloog

Needing no explanation as to why it embraces the weird, this work was inspired, Jackson tells us, by a song from a favorite band, Awolnation.

Title: Kookseverywhere

Virtual Room: Embrace the Weird

Size: 10 x 20 inches

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Price: $230 

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Irene Limon

Irene writes, “My spin on the third eye was how painful a spiritual awakening can be. I then drew light from the experience, allowing others some insight through their dark journey and ’embracing the weird’ in the process.”

Title: Field of Flowers (vision)

Virtual Room: Embrace the Weird

Medium: UV Glow Acrylic Paint with Oil Paint Markers on Canvas

Size: 2’x4’

Price: $400 

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Dan Pederson

What do you miss most? What did you miss in March? Is it different from what you miss today? Dan Pederson’s heartfelt cry for the normality of a hamburger speaks to the losses of familiar things that we all experienced.

Of this piece, Dan writes: “This piece is my personal response to the goings on in the recent months. It’s my attempt / study if you will of how I went from my personal conversation to in some ways making fun of myself and situations by going to simpler ideas and basics. I will say the process with this piece was a journey, be it euphoric and physical; it took me places that I never conceived of going, even if was just next door and saying hi to my neighbors.”

Title: familiar things (hamburger)

Virtual Room:  Embrace the Weird

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas

Size: 48 x 48 inches

Price: $950

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Nicole Powell

Nicole focuses on the beauty of the everyday and the very small. She writes, “I love realizing beauty in the unnoticed things. I am inspired by nature, old dusty buildings, and even the swirling patterns in rocks.” “Herald” holds a message of hope.

Title: Herald

Artist: Nicole Powell

Virtual Room: Embrace (Nature)

Size: 8 x 8 inches

Medium: Mixed Media and Oil on Canvas

Price: $120

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Andrea Rogers

In this delightful image, Andrea compares us to the frog, leaping into the unknown but leaping nonetheless.

Andrea writes, Like the frog we must steady ourselves, be strong, take the leap into the future and have faith in our human destiny.

Title: Leap

Virtual Room: Embracing the Weird

Medium: Drawing (Prismacolor) on Paper. Unframed.

Size: 12 x 16 inches

Price: $100

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Vanessa Ortiz Zapata

Title: Blue Midnight Love

Virtual Room: Embrace

Medium: Alcohol Ink on Yupo; framed 

 Size: 9 x 12 inches

Price: $275.00

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Arti Jain

Arti write, “About this work: Arizona is not famous for just some sky but fierce ones. Be fierce, be you! 

During the Pandemic, the silver lining for me was being able to work from home and spend time learning and growing my skills with watercolors while embracing very diverse Arizona as my home.

Title: Be Fierce! 

Virtual Room: Embrace (Arizona)

Medium: Watercolor (original)

Size: 4 x 6 inches painting on 5.5 x 8 inch paper

Price: $150

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Liz Archuleta

In a tender image, a majestic Saguaro embraces the sun. But this image holds far more. The sun is the color of the Arizona sun during the devastating wildfires on the West Coast: smoke gradually moved East, obscuring the sun and affecting the air quality in Arizona. More, the blackened heaps behind our Saguaro testify to devastating fires earlier in 2020, when Saguaros hundreds of years old were destroyed. During the quarantine period, Liz traveled with her young son to document the National Parks and National Forests of the Southwest, and to document the effects of Covid on the Diné reservation. Her passion comes through in all her work.

Title: Saguaro and Sunset

Virtual Room: Embrace

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 7 x 8 inches

Price: $50 

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Lucille “Rae” Getz

Heart-shaped cherries: another way to hug. Love is still an option.

Title: Sweet Fall Cherries

Virtual Room: Embrace!

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 12 x 12 inches

Price: $75

SOLD!

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Brie Bartz

With a year like it has been we must all now more than ever remember we are all connected with words, love, actions, reactions, life in general. Lips are so sensual and yet so powerful. They can cause harm or they can raise someone up! The thing we all have to remember is that there is a butterfly effect to everything we say or do. With every word spoken or action taken we are all connected.” 

Title: The Butterfly Effect

Virtual Room: Embrace!

Medium: Mixed Media with Oil

Size: 20 x 20 inches

Price: $650

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