Mezcla: Mixed Media Artworks by Emily Costello
May 8 – July 3, 2015
Meet the Artist Reception - Friday, May 22, 2015 6-8 PM
Below left: “Bat an Eye”; Below right: “El Rey”
Mezcla, a Latino word meaning to make something by mixing other substances together, a combination of different qualities, things, or emotions in which the component elements are individually distinct. Mezcla: The Mixed Media Artworks of Emily Costello brings stories that give place and meaning to our existence but also on the allegorical and universal experiences that we all share; issues of identity, humor, life, love, death, spirituality, dreams and memories.
Emily Costello was born and raised in a small Arizona copper mining town, and Mezcla is a personal reflection of her diversity (she is half Mexican/half Czech). The artist’s work represents a mélange of cultural references, images and events that have shaped her life, including stories that were passed onto her by her grandparents.
Inspired by Mexican folk artists who make art from the heart and with whatever materials they have at hand, Emily’s mixed media pieces are created with found objects that are reassembled and reimagined, creating new life and new meaning.
Having left her corporate job 5 years ago, Emily now paints full-time. Since then, she has exhibited in local and out-of-state group shows in Arizona, California and New Mexico. Her art has been featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine, Visual Source, The New Times and Latino Perspectives Magazine. She was featured on New Times» culture blog, Jackalope Ranch, as one of the 100 Creatives of 2014. In 2012, BIC released special edition lighters featuring her art images. The lighter collection received a Silver Pentaward in Paris for the creative development of Hispanic Culture Series Package Design. Emily’s commission work includes Chicanos Por La Causa, XICO Inc. and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix. Her paintings are included in the corporate collections of W.P. Carey School of Business/A.S.U. and Wells-Fargo. She is a member of the Phoenix Fridas art collective, serves on the board of Cultural Coalition, is a volunteer at Arizona School for the Arts, and teaches art classes at Vision Kidz at Vision Gallery.
Hand Built, Five on Tile: Ceramic Arts
July 11 - August 30, 2015
Gallery Artist Talk: Saturday July 25, from 3 to 4 PM
This event will give the public an opportunity to discuss the artist’s inspiration, technique and individual style.
Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015 7 – 9 PM
Hand Built: Artworks by Five on Tile is an exhibition that showcases the talents of five ceramic artists with a joined collective of over 60 years of ceramics experience. Each artist brings with them uniqueness in composition and a wide variety of clay techniques. Five on Tile artists have created two dimensional ceramic designs in addition to new tile artworks, fusing past artworks and new trends to demonstrate their range of clay expertise.
Five on Tile is comprised of artists, Sue Berzelius, Kathleen Escobedo, Steven Fitch, Alvin Pace and Ted Wolter. These five were chosen to bring an artistic approach to the City of Chandler’s, Arizona Avenue redevelopment project. Five on Tile created over 8,000 handmade tiles for the ten benches, six tables, and seven art pedestals that line the one mile stretch of Arizona Avenue that runs through downtown Chandler. Five on Tile was commissioned to create ten additional tile benches for the entrance patio of the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Sue Berzelius, an Arizona resident, has been part of a ceramics program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for over 15 years. Sue curated “Atomica Ceramica” held at the Chandler Center of the Arts in 2012 and “Atomica Ceramica Redo” the following year. She was one of two 5 on Tile artists who created 3 tile pieces for Saba’s exterior walls viewed from the Chandler City Hall building. Her work has been displayed in Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona and is part of the permanent collection at Chandler Gilbert Community College.
Kathleen Escobedo, an Arizona artist, began studying ceramics 13 years ago through Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She has participated in several shows, notably, “Go Figure” at Herberger Theater, and “Things That Go Bump in the Night” at Vision Gallery in 2012, “Atomica Ceramica” in 2013, and “Full Bloom” at Vision Gallery in 2014. Her watercolors can be seen at Mesa Art Center where she is a member of the MAC Artists Cooperative. Her ceramic work is at Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain and Clay Hands Gallery in Tubac, Arizona.
Steven Fitch, an Arizona resident for over 45 years, has over 20 years experience as a graphic designer and has been part of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College ceramics program for over 10 years. He has also worked as a bronze sculptor/fabricator with Buffalo Bronze Works in Sedona, Arizona. Steven’s work has also been displayed at Vision Gallery, Chandler’s downtown area and Chandler Center for the Arts.
Alvin Pace, an Arizona native, has an MFA from Arizona State University. He was the Head of the Art Department at Chandler High School for over 30 years, and is currently a Ceramics Instructor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. His work can be found in the City of Chandler Public Art Collection, City of Scottsdale Art Collection, the Arizona State University Ceramic Collection and the Eddie Basha Art Collection.
Ted Wolter, an Arizona resident, has an MFA from the University of Illinois. He is the founder of the Art Department at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and is active in both fine arts and graphic arts and is proficient in computer graphics. His work is represented in several permanent collections and he frequently serves as an art juror and guest lecturer. He has an extensive exhibition record of over 90 exhibits, including 10 one-man shows.
BLOW UP - Inflatable Contemporary Art
September 4 –
October 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5, 2015 • 2–4pm
BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.
Organized for the Lesher Center for the Arts by the Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer, BLOW UP features several large-scale artworks by a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists. “Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic,” says Lederer.
BLOW UP Artists include: Claire Ashley (Chicago, IL), Lee Boroson (Brooklyn, NY), Lewis deSoto (Napa, CA and New York, NY), Patrick Flibotte (Brooklyn, NY), Billie G. Lynn (Miami, FL), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco, CA), Momoyo Torimitsu (New York, NY), BLOW UP will also include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo (New York, NY) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) and Joshua Allen Harris (New York, NY).