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


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: 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:

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.

Dwell Awhile at Shemer this Spring

Popular Microdwelling Exhibit Returns to Shemer Art Center & Museum!
Once again, MicroDwell will fill the beautiful 3-acre grounds of the Shemer Art Center with microdwellings of 600 square feet or less, often utilizing recycled materials or found objects, and reflecting a more sustainable form of architecture. 
At least 14 dwellings are planned to be constructed on-site in advance of the February 15th opening.   The event will run through March 23rd, and will include several special events, lectures, and demonstrations on sustainability and living small. 
Also coming up at Shemer…..
Winetastings in the Microdwellings
Please be our guest on the opening day of MicroDwell 2014 and enjoy wine tastings presented by Cellar 433 of distinctive handmade wines from AZ Angel, Dribble Creek, Fiddleender, and Jerome Winery.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$5 Admission

Microdwellings & Microbrews
On Sunday, beer tastings will begin at noon with the following breweries: Four Peaks, Sleepy Dog, Mud Shark, Mother Road and Prescott Brewing Co.  Food trucks, Dog & Tacos, will also be on-site.
Sunday, February 16th
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$5 admission
Micro Urban Gardening
The weekend of March 1st & 2nd, the Shemer will feature micro urban gardening in the microdwellings!  Come and see local vendors, nurseries, and artists who create garden art! Lectures & demonstrations throughout the day.
$5 Admission
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fine Art In The Garden
Now in its 49th year, this spring tradition features 20 artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, quilting and sculpture.

Artwork will be for sale. Plus, there will be live music, and light refreshments A raffle of 20 special works will be held to benefit the Shemer Art Center’s education programs.

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, and Linda Taylor

The event is family friendly and open to the public.

Admission is Free!
Parking also available
Family & Pet Days
The closing weekend of March 22nd & 23rd will be our Family & Pet Days. Activities will include interactive art activities made with repurposed materials as take-home projects.  Learn to design a pet dwelling, too!
Admission: $5
Parking available

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.



Jean Harney pictures Cuba….


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.


Christine Sandifur – still chasing patterns and more!

Mysterious Communique Monotype and Block Print Techniques

Mysterious Communique
Monotype and Block Print Techniques

Christine Sandifur continues Chasing Patterns and has been selected to participate in a Contemporary exhibit juried by
Peter Jones.  The opening reception is January 25, 2014 at the Foothills Library in Cave Creek,AZ
She also has an upcoming Solo exhibition at the Herberger Theater Center Gallery in December 2014…..more information and pictures later in the year. 

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!

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.”