Barbara is working on a series of rabbit paintings in gouache exploring the idea of masks in everyday life.
Misty Mulleneaux came to the Phoenix area over twenty years ago from Ohio. She received her formal training in art from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, but has never stopped learning and growing. Upon moving to the southwest, she immediately found her work influenced by the bright light and color of the desert. This palette is reflected in her paintings of interior scenes, adobe buildings, and animals. There is a cubist influence running through much of Misty’s work in both paintings and sculpture. Her paintings have brightly colored fractured depths, and her sculptures also take on cubist shapes and leaning elements.
Her southwest paintings marry her love of architecture and the desert. While the composition is filled with cacti, trees, buildings and even hills leaning near the edge of collapse, the “whole” is completely balanced and brought together by her use of color. She excels at orchestrating many pieces in motion to produce a completed artwork that will forever keep the interest of the eye.
Animals, pets in particular, are near and dear to her heart. Misty is a long-time volunteer for the Arizona Humane Society and donates works of art and her time on a regular basis. In pets, Misty finds much sculptural inspiration which has provided the foundation for the Humane Society’s successful Petcasso Collection, available exclusively at the Compassion with Fashion annual fundraiser (link: http://www.azhumane.org/cwf/). Each year Misty provides the design for the pet sculptures for Petcasso. Her cubist-influenced design is then replicated and shared with 24 local artists. The artists paint and adorn the sculptures in their own unique style. The finished sculptures are then auctioned off to raise money for the Humane Society
Also, check out “Griffiti” on Misty’s website – a tribute that all pet lovers will appreciate.
Misty is a member of the Sonoran Art League and you can view more of her work on her website at: http://mulleneaux.com/index.html
She will be at the Art in the Garden Show and Sale at Shemer on March 15th with both her paintings and her sculptures. Her paintings range in size from 6”x6” to 30”x40”. The sculptures range from roughly 8” square up to 36” square.
This 16×20″ acrylic “Dog With a Pearl Earring” received an Award of Excellence in the Arizona Artists Guild Juried Members Show that is up until mid February. I was inspired by Vermeer to paint my dog Kelli who is a rather serious dog. Vanessa was painted at a life drawing session and is also in the AAG (Arizona Artist Guild) show. I enjoy using acrylics when I paint because they are fast drying and love the water clean up. I have a studio in the Artery Building at 7th Street and Indian School that is open on First Fridays. Come down and say hi if you are downtown Phoenix.
Fine Art in the Garden
49th Annual Exhibition & Sale at Shemer Art Center
Saturday, March 15, 2014 9AM– 4 PM
Join us for this spring tradition featuring 20 artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking,
jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, quilting and metal sculpture.
Plus – live music, light refreshments and an artwork raffle to benefit the Shemer Art Center’s education
programs. You do not need to be present to win. Free Admission.
Participating artists include:
For more information: (602) 262-4727
Jean Harney visited Cuba last year and these are some of the whimsical watercolor paintings she did when she came back.
Jean says “Women weren’t really smoking cigars, but one hotel gave each of us a cigar and we had fun trying to smoke them. Actually the fortune teller WAS smoking her cigar.
Jean has been leading the Garden Arts group for many years now and always has a wonderful variety of paintings at the Shemer show.