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.
Twin Cities 2
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
Game On (from the Griffiti Series
Also, check out “Griffiti” on Misty’s website – a tribute that all pet lovers will appreciate.
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.
Christine Sandifur has been a member of the Fine Art in the Garden Group since 2008. She met Jean Harney when they were both exhibiting at Sunday at Shemer. Christine has been a printmaker for over 20 years. Her initial love for the artform started when she attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. She recieved a BFA in printmaking and sculpture.
Her most recent series about pattern is an ongoing exploration that has kept her intrigued for the past four years. With each new set of prints she delves deeper into patterns, making patterns, and their meaning.
Christine’s artist statement:
One of the greatest attributes of human intelligence and survival is the ability to recognize patterns and abstract symbolic representations, even when they occur in contexts different from that in which we originally learned them. Practically all ancient civilizations had a good understanding of the recurrent patterns, and subtle changes of their environment. Pattern recognition is a cognitive process much like intuition. My pattern monoprints are a celebration of the patterns that inhabit my mind and make up our modern lives.
If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area over the next couple months, please stop by one of the following locations to view her prints on exhibit. And, don’t forget our sfine art show and sale in the garden at the Shemer Art Center in March 2013!