Featured Artist, April 2017

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Watercolorist and Pastel Artist Marsha Wright

By Ione Lewis and Marsha Wright

This month, I thought I’d introduce you to the award winning watercolorist and pastel artist, Marsha Wright of Mesa. Marsha was president of the Arizona Watercolor Association from 2003-2005, and president of Arizona Pastel Artists Association from 2002-2006. She is also an art teacher throughout various venues in metropolitan Phoenix.

She first moved to Arizona in 1999 when her late husband was transferred.  “I started art seriously in 1991 joining the Lakes Watercolor Association [in the Chicago area],” she says.  “I have taught art at Glendale Parks and Recreation, Beuf Community Center, Washington Senior Center, Gilbert Senior Center and Mesa Community College. I do in home tutoring also.”  Her classes are fun and very inexpensive.

Pastel Workshop Marsha gave for the Arizona Artists Guild last year, with her Demo Poppy for the class.

Here are photos of a pastel demonstration Marsha was invited to do for AAG and Shemer for the Phoenix Arts Festival in 2016:

And here is a pastel demo Marsha did for the Arizona State Fair last fall:

Marsha is a strong believer in studying directly from the masters.  In her Artist Biography, she says that she “has developed her unique style of painting over the years through self tutelage and numerous workshops with many acclaimed painters such as: Catherine Wilson Smith, John Dioszegi, Ratindra Das, Nancy Fortunato, Barbara Nechis, Cheng Khee Chee, Warren Taylor, Christopher Schink, George James, Stephen Quiller, Polly Hammet, Michael Schlichting, Arne Westerman, Terry Ludwig, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Gerald Brommer, Maggie Price and most recently with Alan Garn and Liz Kenyon.”  And it shows:

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Autumn Path

Two pastel paintings, Tranquil Marshland and Rocks in the Stream

She states that in ” Arizona she has exhibited, sold and won numerous prizes for her art work at the Saguaro Ranch Park yearly shows in Glendale, Arizona as well as with the Arizona Art Alliance shows every year.”

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First Prize for Pastel at the Arizona State Fair, Fall 2016

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1st Place Pastel, The Aviator, Arizona Pastel Artists Association, 2007

Marsha says “Ever since I became a full-time artist, my way of seeing the world changes daily.  I hope that my paintings will impart the gift of really seeing the world around us.  I want to share that vision with others.  I think to myself, ‘Wow, what a beautiful world around us!’   The miracles of life, in all its variety in every day things, are an endless supply of inspiration for me.   There are no ordinary moments.”

She has sold commissioned portraits of people and animals, floral paintings and landscapes in the course of the last 23 years to various facilities inclusive of Scenes of Arizona paintings in William M. Mercer’s office at 2325 E. Camelback, Phoenix.

Below are some of her Pastels.  Some of her favorite portrait models are cats, as she is a huge fan and and is committed to nurturing the ill among them.

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Bud’s Prize

Bagged Kiwi and Bubbles

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My Christmas Rose, 10×12

Here are more of her fabulous watercolors:

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Study in Yellow

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Faith and Foam

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Hawaiian Surf  

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Tree Roots

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Water Lilly

Marsha can best be reached at:

Email: wrighthues@aol.com.

Follow her on Facebook, Marsha Wright. 

You can also find Marsha on Fine Art America, where you will find both her paintings and photography.

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My Solo Show: “Healing Waves”

Photograph courtesy of Marcia Droz
By Ione Lewis

I’m about to hang my last Solo Show at Warehouse 1005 before I graduate! I’ve had two previous shows, The Art of Healing at Art Awakenings in 2013, and last year, Embracing the Child, at Warehouse 1005. I graduate in May. I will be hanging this show, Healing Waves, this Friday, in preparation for Third Friday and next weekend’s Art Detour.

Healing Waves Opening Reception, Third Friday, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Warehouse 1005, 1005 North First Street, Phoenix 

Also, Art Detour’s Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closing Reception, First Friday, April 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

I am a new Fine Artist. I graduated The Art Center of Tucson with an Advertising Art degree in 1997, and worked professionally as a graphic artist for newspapers and journals in Tucson and the Washington DC area until I became ill. After becoming disabled, I was fortunate enough to join PSA’s Art Awakenings program, and has studio’s located on First and Second Streets, off Roosevelt. I’ve been there for almost 6 years.

Previous PSA Solo Shows

This piece which many of you know from my Facebook page is the signature piece from the Art of Healing, October 2013.


For my second solo show in May 2016, Embracing the Child, I produced these two acrylic pieces, among many others:

PSA’s Art Awakenings

Currently at the Warehouse 1005, I do a lot of personal art therapy to help in the healing process. As a brittle diabetic, I went into one to many diabetic comas due to low blood-sugars, and those comas caused brain damage.  In 2007, I became eligible for the Behavioral Health system here in Arizona, of which PSA is a part. PSA’s slogan on our mural wall at 1014 North Second Street says, “Art Saves Lives” and that is what my studio is all about:  enabling disabled people within the behavioral health system in Arizona to heal. There are many Art Awakenings studios throughout Arizona, with locations in Phoenix, Northwest Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Yuma, Parker, Bisbee, Casa Grande and Douglas. The Warehouse 1005 is the “graduate program” offered in Maricopa County for Art Awakenings. While Art Awakenings focuses on art therapy to enable the healing process, the Warehouse 1005 focuses on portfolio preparation, developing professional skills, and learning how to market yourself as an artist, in spite of your disabilities. This Central Arts District Blog that I’ve created over the past few months actually came into being as part of my “marketing program” which I developed with Julie Huffman, the Director of Warehouse 1005.

Healing Waves

This show is experimental for me. I’m not an acrylics artist by training. As a graphic artist, I used Prisma Pencil, Marker, Watercolor, and Ink. Professionally, I did most of my illustrations at work on the computer, using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Acrylics are new for me, and so in this show, I’ve done a lot of experimental work, allowing myself to play with this medium. I’m particularly fond of ribbons, curly cues, circles and waves for this show. All of the pieces I’ve done for this show are expressive of healing. Healing, I find, comes in “waves”, hence the title for the show.

Two of the paintings I’ve done over the past year and which are going to be in my show have also made their appearance on the blog:

Some other pieces you may recognize from Facebook and Tumblr, will also be there:

I also have a series of Drip Paintings which I’ve done for this show. You’ll have to come see them, because I won’t show them here. Here is a Volcano Drip I did last spring, which I hope to show sometime this year. I have another drip painting displayed at a wine tasting gallery Scottsdale, and I really should ask David May, our fabulous art rep. and man of all trades, the name of this old town gallery, since he arranged to take it there.

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The ones I’ve created for Healing Waves are a “Ghostbusters” Drip, a Sparkling Turquoise Drip, an Oatmeal Drip, and a Butterscotch Drip. I plan to do more–they’re very healing, because they’re mostly finger paintings, and finger painting is often used in art therapy.

In total, I’ll have close to 30 pieces hanging, of acylics, colored pencils, watercolors, and mixed media collages, and quite a few ceramics, mosaics and painted boxes on display. Plus, I have “refills” so feel free to purchase and walk away with the piece you want right away! I always have more pieces than I can show.

Other Art and Art Shows

I am not yet known as a acrylic painter. I am however known as a Judaica Artist and an Erotic Artist, under the name “Celeste”.  I will have several Judaica pieces in my Healing Waves show.

My Judaica is composed mostly of Chai’s, Hamsa’s, Mogen David’s and Menorahs, some of which you can see on my Facebook page, or may have seen in this blog’s December’s Art Show. Most pieces are done either in Watercolor, Prisma Pencil, or Cut paper Collage and they are all either 8.5 x 11 or smaller. I’m again, not putting pieces you’ll see at my show–you’ll just have to come visit me!

These two 8 x 8 Prisma Pencil pieces are a part of my Chai Series:

One of them I sold at The Nasty Women’s Show in January at The Grand Art Haus:

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Here is a Prisma Pencil and cut paper Hamsa which has sold quite a few prints:

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Here are a couple of my Mogen David’s, also done in Prisma pencil:

Finally, here is a sample Menorah:

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My Erotic Art is well known, as I was the Featured Artist at eroticartists.org in February and March of 2008. I no longer participate in that sight, because it’s gone from erotic to pornographic over the years, and I no longer like it.  Instead, I now show my erotic art at Alwun House’s Exotic Show. This year I am showing these two pieces below, and Alwun House is open during Art Detour weekend (Friday March 17th-Sunday March 19th:

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Purple Dick has SOLD, but the second piece may still be available:

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Red Lady, 12×12, Mixed Media Collage, $95

Here are a few more samples of my Erotic Art:

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Eros was shown in 2012 at Alwun House’s Exotic Show. Almost all of my Erotic Art is in Prisma Pencil, and most pieces are a square 8×8.

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Priapus in the Garden, shown at Alwun House’s 2013 Exotic Show.

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Viva La Difference! was shown at Kinsey Institute’s Juried Art Show in 2011. They no longer have this annual erotic art exhibition.

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This Russian Pussy Lady was shown at Alwun House in 2013. My Pussy Ladies are well liked, and so I’ve done many of them. I am currently working on a couple of new Ladies.

New City Studio Shows

As many of you know, I’ve been in New City Studio’s Peace Show, which got a wonderful write-up in The Arts Beacon. Here’s the piece I entered:

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This piece also appeared in Shelley Whiting’s Arizona Artist a Day blog, Day 1. It’s called No Peace without Green Peace. It is part of my Judaica Collection, my Neo-Pop Art cut-paper, multi-media Hamsa collages.

In this month’s New City’s Odd Not Even show, I have:

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Schizophrenia, 8.5 x 11, Prisma Pencil

And in next month’s New City’s What’s Up World, I have my Save the Bees mixed media collage:


I hope to see you all during Third Friday and Art Detour!

Contact Information

The best way to reach me is to message me on Facebook.

Follow me on Google+.

See Healing Waves on Evensi.

View my portfolio at Behance. By Subject Matter.

Also view my portfolio at Dropr. By Mediums.

Celebrating Roosevelt “RIP” Woods


RIP Woods in his studio as a young man (about 30)

By Ione Lewis

In celebration of Black History Month, we offer a tribute to the late Roosevelt “RIP” Woods, the acclaimed artist and ASU art professor (1933-2001).  During his lifetime, RIP Woods exhibited works in many Black History Month exhibitions, was a very influential artist in Phoenix and globally, and so he was the natural choice for the Central Arts District Blog’s celebratory artist for February.

The RIP Woods Studio Project (RWSP), founded in honor of RIP in 2013 by his daughter, Dee Dee Woods, our Featured Artisan for February/March 2017.  RWSP has had numerous shows celebrating RIP’s work and the works of other African-American artists.  His other daughter, Senina Woods-Harris, also helps with RWSP.  The purpose of RWSP  is to “honor and preserve the life, legacy and art of Rip Woods by offering hands-on learning, creative mentorship and access to educational resources through the Arts.”

Black History Month shows honored RIP at both the Tempe History Museum and ASU in 2014.

Here is the poster for the 2014 ASU show, with one of his most acclaimed paintings, The sweeter the juice:


RIP was born in Oklahoma, but he came to the Phoenix area with his family when he was five.  Most of his higher education he got in Arizona.  Having graduated with an MA in Art Education from ASU in 1958, he taught drawing, painting and print making at ASU from 1965 to 1992, for 27 years. Dee Dee told me that he “also taught at Camelback and Alhambra.  He mentored , taught and influence thousands of artists of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.”  RIP became  Arizona State University Professor Emeritus Artist/Educator in 1992.  He remained a productive artist until his untimely transition in 2001.

Dee Dee told me that her father was “a very prolific and prominent African American artist  that affiliated with many of the Harlem Renaissance artists.  He was very close personal friends with Langston Hughes.  Woods work is part of permanent collections of several personal collectors , museums and galleries as well as exhibited in hundreds of galleries and museums, nationally and internationally.  RIP was the first Negro / Afro-American to have a one man show at the Phoenix Art Museum.  So needless to say Woods as been apart of/exhibited in countless Black History exhibitions through out his career… Someone asked him if he did black art, and he told them, ‘I am a black artists So all of my work is black art, whether or not it has imagery of black people or black things.'”

For Fatimah Halim’s fascinating Focus interview with Dee Dee describing her work, and RIP’s art and contributions to the arts community, go HERE. Dee Dee even talks about how RIP became a “best-seller” for Neiman-Marcus!  For a short video with interviews of fellow artists celebrating his life, go HERE and/or HERE.

Below are Tempe History Museum Black History exhibition photos. This was a duo-show of  RIP and Dee Dee.




Here are photos from the ASU Black History Month exhibition:


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Dee Dee, with the help of Senina, has curated his shows, and inspired other African-American Artists to show their works at RIP Woods Studio Project exhibitions. Over a dozen artists participated in this show:


RIP was both artist and activist, and became one of the original co-founders of  Artists of the Black Community/Arizona.  His high school teacher, mentor, friend and cofounder, Dr. Eugene Grigsby describes how ABC/AZ began and gives a nice history of the development of the Black art community here in Arizona:

…Artists of the Black Community/Arizona, began in the mid 1970’s when Rip Woods and I called a meeting with several other Black artists at Helen Mason’s Black Theatre Troup’s building at 10th Street & Moreland, (A building demolished for the I-10 freeway). We discussed the need for Black artists to organize. We had been exhibiting in the annual Juneteenth event at Eastlake Park. Mrs. Coleman, who was largely responsible for reviving the Juneteenth Celebration asked Dr. Grigsby, then on the Juneteenth board, to put together an exhibit for the Juneteenth Celebration. A number of artists including Rip Woods, Earl Cooke, Clendolyn Corbin, Walter Venerable,  Erno, Larry Wilson, Alan Jones and several other artists responded. Each June a one day exhibit was held at Eastlake Park. Having to put up and take down an exhibit the same day became difficult. In order to extend the duration, we  asked Mike Fox, Director of the Heard Museum for space to exhibit longer than a day. He agreed and gave us two days. In 1980, as a member of the OIC Board, I suggested to Gene Blue that OIC should have an arts component that would enhance its mission to seek and prepare for its jobs component. Out of this came the OIC CEED program. Most of the artists became involved in the OIC CEED program head- ed by Gene Blue, (CEO of the Opportunities Industrialization Center). CEED was the acronym for Cultural, Economic, and Educational Development, concerned with economic development in all of the arts. Still without exhibit space, I went to Don Tostenrud, CEO of Arizona Bank, to request opportunity to exhibit in the Bank Galleria which is well known for the quality exhibits held there. Tostenrud not only offered space in the Galleria, but funded an exemplary catalog for the exhibit. A few years later COBA replaced CEED. COBA, The Consortium of Black Organizations & Others for the Arts was formed as an outgrowth of an Exhibit of African Art at the Heard Museum and a Symposium of African Art at ASU. COBA replaced CEED as both were concerned with similar objectives and with many of the same people. ABC/AZ became an affiliate of COBA and with the help of COBA expanded its exhibit schedule. When OIC opened the Jackson St.Studios, ABC/AZ occupied one of them. The Arizona Commission for the Arts recognized the quality of works by ABC/AZ artists and toured an exhibit  of our works for two years to colleges, museums and art centers in Arizona, Texas and Utah. The group has exhibited at most colleges and universities in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale and Tucson.  Also at the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise  and The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center in Phoenix (planned to be annual exhibits). Many of the original members have moved on but not forgotten… (2006)

In his Artist Statement, RIP says that his paintings “speak in part of being Black in America, and particularly in art, where opportunities for inclusion in the mainstream are limited and somewhat polarized.  I have tried to address these issues with both humor and guilt.  While my images are generally satirical some may find them offensive, by the way I’m having fun.” RIP’s joy is clear from his delightful paintings, lithographs, woodcuts and sculptures.

Dee Dee printed and sells a t-shirt in support of his Studio Project and we’ll leave you with that.


For further information, see the RIP Woods Studio Project on Facebook, or Instagram.

Also check our Featured Artisan Page to learn more about the multi-talented Dee Dee Woods.

Dorota Lagida-Ostling


By Ione Lewis and Dorota Ostling

Dorota Lagida-Ostling’s Interactive is opening at Tixi Gallery this Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 p.m. This is Dorota’s first studio sponsored solo show since moving to Phoenix less than a year ago. Artist, illustrator and teacher, Dorota’s artwork has been seen all over the world.


Again, What You Are Looking For Is Not There,  Acrylic, 24×18

Dorota’s art career is broad indeed. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she received her Master’s degree at the National Academy of Fine Arts, with a major in ceramics.  Most of her career though, has been spent illustrating Children’s Books in Poland, Canada and the United States.  As Dorota has raised three sons, children’s books inspire her.

Since moving to Arizona last year from Australia, Dorota has devoted her time to painting, photography, writing and designing a series of picture books for children in her native Polish language.

Are you curious about those children’s book illustrations?  Well, this post focuses on her current show, and not her expansive art career as a whole.  I will tell you in advance however, that Dorota will be our Featured Artist for May 2017, where you will have an opportunity to see her many wonderful children’s book illustrations.


“The exhibition unfolds in two different areas – the first I call Narratives, and within that I’ll show a number of partly abstract, partly figurative paintings, inspired by intuition and imagination, though the figurative part is just a hint of representation. The interpretation of these paintings is left to the viewer, but they have titles for some guidance.


Are You Still Waiting? Acrylic on Panel, 8×8


A Visit, Acrylic on Panel, 10×10


About the Beach, Mixed Media on Panel, 8×8

The second part illustrates a vision which is very close to my heart and is based on the premise that beauty and art are everywhere, all around us and always in the eye of the beholder. If you relax and then refocus in a certain way, you can capture amazing bits everywhere – from the beautiful, to mysterious, to dark, to dramatic and even scary. I think my background in children’s illustration made me very sensitive to this special kind of approach.

The first stage of my process is what I like to call image hunt.

I start with a large surface, usually very big piece of white or brown paper, where I pour, paste, smudge and smear with my hands different colors of acrylic paint.  This part of the process is random and mechanical, but I relay on my intuition and years of artistic practice and knowledge.  I try to keep my mind out of it though, as I want to uncover treasures regardless circumstances, like right color of composition.  I don’t want to control too much how the paper is painted.

The next step is what is exciting.  I take my viewfinder (two pieces of cardboard shaped like letter L) and look at this big stretch of colorful mess through a little window.  I see amazing things through this window !!  Here are examples:



The pieces I like best, I frame with a pencil and then cut them out and glue to a piece of board.  They are often almost ready paintings.  Sometimes I leave them untouched, other times I add some color, some pastel work or charcoal to better the effect.”

Here are the details for Dorota’s  Interactive: 


Contact Information

For V. Tixi Gallery , go HERE.

To see Dorota’s Website and contact her, go to:  http://dlootherside.wixsite.com/dotsart


Ula Al-Taiee, Middle Eastern Treasures

Ula Mohammad Al-Taiee is currently having her Solo Show, Middle Eastern Treasures, at Warehouse 1005, on the corner of 1st Street and Roosevelt, Phoenix. It is a collection of 26 impressionist paintings, many of which feature scenes from her native Iraq.


Ula fell in love with painting in high school in Baghdad. While attending the University of Baghdad to earn a degree in English Literature, she decided also to study painting with the now famous Iraqi artist, Khalid Al-Jadir, and remained with him for four years (1968-1972) at the Art College program.

Her first solo exhibition in 1971 was at the Al-Alwaya Club. Ula is an impressionist artist and has exhibited worldwide, including Memphis, Kuwait, London, Greece and Iraq.

Here are just a few samples of the splended paintings you will see at her Middle Eastern Treasures show:






Ula’s Middle Eastern Treasures began January 20th and runs through February 10, 2017. Join her for First Friday in February from 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Warehouse is at 1005 North First Street, Phoenix.

You may contact Ula on Facebook or e-mail Ula at ula2941@gamail.com.


Explore Art Classes!

Now I know that you all have some Christmas money you want to put to good use. Skip the fancy dinners, new shoes and video games, and put that money to work for you… Explore something new!


This is the place to go for adult art classes in the Central Arts District.  The center employs some of the most talented and recognized artists in Phoenix. Classes are taught in ceramics, dance, glass, metals and jewelry, mosaics, music, painting and drawing, photography, print-making, writing, and they even teach a class called Art of the Self, which involves numerous expressive art therapies. Because these classes are designed for adults, the Center offers morning, afternoon and evening classes.

I am highlighting only a few of the Center’s acclaimed teachers, who have a superb web presence so you can get an idea of the talent behind the staff.

Now when I tell you Phoenix Center for the Arts has some fabulous teachers, I’m not exaggerating. This Christmas, I was in Scottsdale, and happened upon Ingrid Donaldson’s fabulous Blink Gallery, located at 7077 East Main St. Ingrid teaches fused glass and jewelry making at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. She also offers jewelry classes at her studio in Scottsdale and teaches at Scottsdale Community College.

You can now register right now for her Glass Fusing class, starting on February 10th. There wide range of glass classes starting this spring semester, with a host of talented teachers.

Along with John Tzelepis, another talented Jeweler here in Phoenix , Ingrid will also be teaching Filigree and Granulation this spring. John’s classes begin on January 9th, and he has quite a few offerings.

Anne Rasmussen of West End Galleries, will begin her ceramics workshop on January 11th. Again, she is one of many talented staff members, including Char Applen, Pam Harrison, and of course, Don Ridley, a Center former resident artist.

David Jarvinen, of The Mosaic Guys whom I also met at The Phoenix Arts Festival this Christmas season, is teaching a host of really interesting mosaic classes, beginning January 12th.

Now I’ve introduced you to a just few brilliant artisan teachers this week, and a great way to spend those Christmas visa gifts! In the future, I hope to introduce you to other talented artists teaching at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Two Amazing Jewelry Artisans

This week the focus is on designers, and I’m featuring Janel Garza and Sam Mayo of Ardapony.



Janel has just finished her show at Treeo, Sonoran Shapes, where she got rave reviews from Phoenix New Times. She loves geometric shapes and patterns, and her colors are southwestern. Right now she has some earrings to sell that are very reasonably priced (under and way under $35).

Before I show you her jewelry though, I want you to see two lovely pieces she exhibited at Treeo, so you get an idea of how diverse she is.

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And here’s an Ostrich egg she showed last year at David Wright House in Arcadia, and is now a coffee table book.


In short, Janel Garza works in a variety of media and has  much more to offer than pretty but elegant jewelry. Here are some of the pieces she’s selling now, just in time for the holidays.




Here’s where you can buy her Jewelry:

Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Tel: (602) 264-1414.

Also you can go to her website at: http://www.geniuslocijewelry.com/.

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Sam shows at {9} The Gallery on Grande Avenue where he has a display booth filled with unique jewelry pieces. He also sells over the web. First, the samples of his work, and then addresses where you can go to find him.

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So here’s where to find him and purchase from him.

{9} The Gallery, at 1229 North Grand Avenue. Tel: (602) 349-9557.

You can also find him at Ardapony’s Website:  http://ardapony.bigcartel.com/.

On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ardapony/.

At Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/ardapony/.

And on  Etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ardapony.

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Tania Bolin


Native Yuma  artist Tania Bolin, is inspired by and paints the Arizona desert boldly.  According to her biography, she uses “vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions” Her pieces are dramatic.

Currently Tania is showing at Easy Street Galleria in Carefree. She told me  she would also like to show in Phoenix, and I told her my Central Arts District Blog might be a start!

She is highly regarded as an up and coming artist in Yuma. In October 2015, Tania received the Helios Award. This recognition is given to someone who is new in the arts scene and who illustrates an exceptional aspiration to be an advocate of the Arts in Yuma. Also in 2015, her work “dreamy dragonfly,” representing the City of Yuma, toured the State of Arizona in the Southwest Art show.

She has been busy she says.

I have won awards for my work and the presentation of it during ArtBeat in Yuma, Arizona. I am involved in two Artists groups… Mountain Shadows Artists Association in Yuma and North End Artists Co-Op. I will also be curating my second Annual Art and Poetry Exhibition at the Foothills Library with the help of the Librarian. I teach Art Classes at the Foothills Library.

Carefree Shows

This is a booth from the Thunderbird Artists – 23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival In Carefree, Arizona. It was a juried show.


And this is a wall showing Tania’s works at Easy Street Galleria in Carefree, Arizona

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And here are three photos of artwork she has displayed at Easy Street at the moment.



Vibrant Emergence 


Flora Radiant

Here are a few pieces I found delightful, but there are many more on her sites.


Electric Halo


Gift to Breast Cancer, donated to Bridges Gift of  Yuma


Luna Sphinx


Queen Arizona III

Resilience Series 

As a naturalist, Tania cherishes our endangered environment, and the three pieces below represent her concerns. She created the Resilience Series was to bring attention to the devastation of our oceans. She writes that her tryptych Past, Present, Future, is a

depiction of the devastation occurring in our oceans most bio-diverse ecosystems, the coral reefs.  Coral being the backbone of the ecosystem is idolized in the piece representing the heart of the ecosystem appears in each of three panels.  The coral is symbolic of the human heart and resembles the shape of the human heart.  As the heart is vital to human life so the coral is vital to existence to thousands of species.



Life of Death

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She has made a number of videos showing you how she creates her artwork, and here’s one she’s made about the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf: https://www.facebook.com/taniabolin/videos/vb.579457588822754/838016112966899/?type=2&theater.

Just in time for the Christmas season, visit Tania Bolin’s online shop where you can purchase very reasonably priced Fine Art Prints at: http://www.taniabolin.com/shop. And when I say “reasonable” I mean $12 prints, and matted prints for around $30.

Tania’s gallery, Easy Street Galleria is located in Carefree at Sundial Plaza, 100 Easy Street. Telephone: 1.630.336.1300.  The Galleria’s website is: http://www.easystreetgalleria.com/.

You can also contact Tania via her website, http://www.taniabolin.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taniabolin/?fref=ts.

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Healing the Soul: The Spiritual Art of Jessica Speer

Since December is a spiritual month, I began to search for an artist who expresses the deeper meanings of the soul, and came across Jessica Speer.

When I first saw Jessica’s art it looked inspired by the soul, and reading her Bio, I realized my first impression was right.  Her purpose in creating L.B. Paintings, the name she uses as an artist, is to form a deeper spiritual bond and to help others do the same.  Although she is inspired by The Holy Spirit she says, she hopes to reach across all races and creeds to help others to inspire and heal the spirit.  As you can see below her acrylic paintings speak to the unconscious mind, and the need to delve at it’s deepest levels levels to uncover what lies beneath.


. Cave of Subconsciousness


Spirit Portal


Vital Impetus

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Jessica enjoys doing commissioned work, and says she is very happy to work with your budget. Her paintings are reasonably priced.

You can visit Jessica Speer, L.B. Paintings, at Scottsdale’s Thursday Art Walks (7:00-9:00 p.m.) at her home gallery, V. Tixi Gallery at Marshall Square, 7077 E. Main Street Suite #13, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: 773-829-6231.

You can also find out more about L.B. Paintings and contact Jessica at: