Rub elbows with painters, potters and photographers at the Valley’s various artist-in-residence programs and workshops.
Artists have always been surrounded by hangers-on, from popes and the mighty Medicis patronizing Michelangelo in the Italian Renaissance to Liza Minnelli and Bianca Jagger slinking around Andy Warhol at The Factory. In the Valley, a new crop of artist-in-residence programs is allowing us to get up close and personal with local creatives – and even learn an art technique or two.
Mimosas & Monet
Artist: Carrie Curran
The Hermosa Inn’s artist in residence Carrie Curran hosts one of her Mimosas & Monet art classes (started in 2013) on March 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and April 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as part of a six-part painting series. Curran, an accomplished Scottsdale-based artist of many mediums, teaches guests how to create their very own masterpieces using acrylic on canvas while sipping mimosas and enjoying pastries on Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn’s bucolic patio. A $75 class fee includes supplies, mimosas, coffee and pastries.
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa Artist in Residence
Artist: Rosa Kilgore
Sanctuary’s artist-in-residence program exhibits the artwork of one artist each month. In March, in-house guests and community members will have the chance to meet Flagstaff-based jewelry artist Rosa Kilgore. She will host workshops open to all from 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 10 and 17 to teach participants the intricate techniques for creating their own jewelry. Sanctuary’s artist workshops cost $125 per person and are limited to seven guests, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley
Interactions through Art: Scottsdale Artists-in-Residence
Artists: David Emitt Adams, Ron Carlos and Christopher Jagmin
Local artists David Emitt Adams, Ron Carlos and Christopher Jagmin will exhibit their 2- and 3-D artworks through the Scottsdale Creates Residency Program, a Scottsdale Public Art Program, through March 30. Photography, pottery-making and vintage printmaking are just some of the mediums that will be on display at the Gallery @ The Library at Scottsdale Civic Center. Adams, Carlos and Jagmin will engage the public in their creative processes through open studio hours, artist talks and art-making workshops. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Inquire for workshop and open studio hour information.
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
FIAT LUX Pop-Up
FIAT LUX crosses a traditional gallery with a rotating pop-up show by partnering with established and up-and-coming artists to create an ever-changing art space. This month’s featured artist is John Wagner, a noted photographer who plays with spatial relationships in his shots of landscapes, architecture and close-ups. He has shot for Arizona State University, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and SRP. His exhibit is open Thursdays through March 22. For a more intimate experience, make a private gallery appointment or schedule a tour given by the current artist in residence. The gallery is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.
6919 E. First Ave., Scottsdale
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