You say Picasso, we say Misty Mulleneaux

Four Blooms

Four Blooms

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

Twin Cities 2

Adobe Desierto

Desierto

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.

Weiner Dog

Weiner Dog

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

Game On (from the Griffiti Series

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

Tuscan Table Setting

Tuscan Table Setting

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.

Ann Osgood or Vermeer?….you decide

Dog With A Pearl Earring

Dog With A Pearl Earring

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.

Vanessa

Vanessa

2014 Garden Art Show Invitation!

Artichoke Blossoms by Velma Barder

Artichoke Blossoms by Velma Barder

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:
Velma Barder
Barbara Burton
Laura Cohen-Hogan
Marilyn Cohn
John Erwin
Jean Harney
Kim Harris
Gill Harry
Sue Hunter
Larron Lerdall
Darleen Lodge
Joan Milman
Misty Mulleneaux
Wahid Nahle
Karen Onken
Ann Osgood
Donna Read
John Read
Christine Sandifur
Linda Taylor
For more information: (602) 262-4727

Four Artists Hiding in the Hills….look for their art!

Four artists from our garden art group are participating in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour 2012 sponsored by the Sonoran Art League.  The studio tour is centered around the Cave Creek area north of Phoenix/Scottsdale; beautiful scenery, fantastic artwork. 

Sue Hunter, Joan Milman, Misty Mulleneaux and Wahid Nahle are all taking part in this long running event this year.  To accommodate as many visitors as possible, the studios will be open two weekends in a row, November 16-18 and November 23-25.  This is an opportunity to visit an artist’s studio, see them at work, and chat with them a bit about the work they are doing.

This is the 16th year running for the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour.  This year includes 49 studios and a total of 164 participating artists.  Check out their site, find an artist, see new work:  http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/hidden.php.

Christine Sandifur – Chasing Patterns

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!

www.thetown.com

October 20 – January 15, 2013

BMO Harris Bank

34525 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

November 17-December 1

Art Intersection 2012 – Silent Auction

Arizona Republic Article, March 2011

A spring tradition in the Arcadia neighborhood continues Saturday with the 47th annual Fine Art in the Garden.

The art festival will feature 20 local artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics and other mediums.

Throughout the years, this art show has found its venue at several Arcadia-area locations. But for nearly 20 years, it has found a more permanent home at the Shemer Art Center and Museum, a family-oriented, art-education center, museum and an official Phoenix Point of that offers classes, a walk-through sculpture garden, and exhibits.

Artist Jean Harney said the festival gets its name from the early years, when it was held at private residences with “beautiful” gardens.

She said the festival originally was a sale for artists to clear out their studios, and later it garnered a reputation.

Harney, an exhibitor at the festival and longtime artist, said art competition in the Valley has grown since local gardens served as the backdrop for this event. She first got involved with the festival in 1985.

“We’ve found Shemer to be a good place for it,” she said. “It’s on a main street, it’s a public place and a good venue. People know about Shemer.”