Friday, September 16, 2011

Call to Artists

Be Creative on Mill Avenue

Montage is bringing valley artists together to create, show, and sell their work in Downtown Tempe. This shared studio space allows artists to reach new audiences, collaborate with likeminded creators, and be a part of the vibe of Mill Avenue.

Artists, We Want You!

We are looking for emerging and established artists to share our space at 740 S. Mill Avenue including:
  • Painters
  • Assemblage artists
  • Digital Photographers
  • Jewelers
  • Artists working with any other medium that can be accommodated in the studio
Studio space will become available Fall 2011

Take your art to the next level.

Benefits of being a member artist include:
  • Exposure to a combined 500,000 art buyers on hand twice each year for the Tempe Festival of the Arts
  • Over 4 million annual visitors to the Mill Avenue District
  • 24 hour keyed access to studio space
  • Downtown Tempe Community marketing efforts of Montage, its artists, and all studio events
  • You retain 100% of all earnings from any original work or retail items sold through Montage
  • Opportunity to build relationships with other artists
  • Liability insurance coverage provided at no cost by DTC
Click here for application information
Click here for general information, lease rates and space layout
For more information call Kate Foreman at 480-355-6060

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Watercolor Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 20

Valerie will teach you how to:
  • Paint a bearded iris with flower petals that show curves
  • Create dew drops on petals
  • Make your painting look fresh with new techniques
  • Build a dramatic painting with three basic steps
  • Create contrast that gives depth to your work
  • Apply color to gain instant impact
  • Remove paint without destroying the paper
Beginners will learn basic painting techniques .
and intermediate and advanced painters
will learn how to stop overworking their paintings
Do not have supplies? You can rent them from Valerie for $5.
COST: $85
includes a free watercolor class to be used at a later date! ($35 value)
Saturday, 8/20/2011 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register, call 480-775-6787

Coming to Our Classroom September 17

Michael Maersch: Lightroom Demo
Saturday September 17, 1:00-2:00pm

In a 45 minute presentation see how the 5 component 'modules' of Lightroom allow for digital photographers to:
-Transform their digital camera captures into remarkable images, 
-Organize potentially thousands of digital photo files so they can be found in an instant and 
-Build web galleries that can be uploaded to a website directly from within Lightroom or exported as slideshows where music or audio files are included to enhance the presentation.
Question & Answer time included after this overview presentation.
Adobe's Lightroom application is a software solution developed specifically for photographers
Michael Maersch has been using Adobe Lightroom since its release in 2007

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Call to Artists

Looking for some art shows to enter!  Here are a couple of National exhibitions that look pretty cool. Most of the deadlines are at the end of this month!!

head Show

Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. All visions of the The Head, including partial and multiple heads, will be reviewed and considered.   Deadline August 31, 2011

A juried exhibition open to artists working in all mediums. The theme for this exhibit is environmental art.  
· Artwork made from non-recyclable or "up-cycled" materials, or works created reusing
materials in an unintended way.
· Any work that informs and interprets nature and its processes, or educates us
about environmental problems
· Artworks created with sustainable materials/ methods
· Artworks that reflect the human relationship to the natural world.   
Must enter by August 27, 2011.

In Town This Week - Elvis Presley

'Elvis Presley: Three Decades of the King'
When: Opens Aug. 6. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.
Admission: Free with regular museum admission, $10-$15. Age 5 and younger admitted free.
Details: 480-478-6001,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Masterpiece Created in 30 Minutes by 5 and 6-year-olds

Don't ever think that you can't do art.  Look what a tour of the store for local Tempe Christian Preschool turned into!  We walked the store, shopped for our "ingredients" and then made our masterpiece.  All it took was 30 minutes, 15 happy kids and the tiniest bit of guidance. We even managed to keep paint off our clothes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In the Community this Week - "Art A Gogh Gogh"

Art A Gogh Gogh.  A Gala of Live Art & Music Presented by Media Tempe! Families Welcome with Activities for Kids & Raffles for Prizes!

With Resident Artists:
- Charles Wilkins
- Matt Crux
- JonDo Fett
- Steve Caballero
- Since Day One
- James B. Hunt
- Jules Demetrius
- Kyle Nash
Special Appearance By Salty!
Graffiti Art feat. Dwayno Insano & Crew!
Birthday Bash for Our Very Own

Matt "Supa" Vaiza of Clan/Destine!
With Hip-Hop on the inside stage Featuring:
- Foundation Beats (Of The Insects & Drunken Immortals, Beats for Murs & Afro Classics)
- The S.H.i.T.
- The Showguns
- Plot Lines

Performances by:
- Jamie Alimorad
- Belly Dancing by Ava's Opal Collective
- Fire Spinning & Graffiti Artists

Friday July 29th at the Sail Inn
26 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ

Door @ 7pm. $8 gets you in the Door.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Visited the MAC today!

There are a few exibits worth seeing at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum at the Mesa Art Center museum right now...and they are FREE.  Donations are appreciated, of course.
"Chicanitas" is a collection that belongs to the actor, Cheech Marin.  All the canvases are small, but they are huge in talent.  Also featured is a video interview with the actor, which, at 11 minutes, tells so much.
Get over there and check it out!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sandra Wilderman Demonstration

Sandra Wilderman demonstrated her "poured watercolor" techniques today, to a very decent turnout, I might add.  She encouraged her audience to participate in dipping the sheets in to tubs of water.

You should get involved, too, by signing up for one of her upcoming classes!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Until August 15th, come in and bid on the following six items:

Sanyi Easel--valued at $2097.38--opening bid: $450

Sanyi Taboret--valued at $1049.99--opening bid: $300

Oil Painter's Collection--valued at $457--opening bid: $140

Acrylic Painter's Collection--valued at $330--opening bid: $100

Air Brush Collection--valued at $522--opening bid: $150

Pastel Artist's Collection--valued at $535--opening bid: $150

Oil, Acrylic, Air Brush and Pastel Collection values are based on current sale prices, so retail value is much higher!!   And plan to visit often to update your bid!
We have been meaning to get this blog started for years...
...Well, here we are.  And here we go!  If you were hoping for more, then please stay tuned.  It will beef up before you know it.