Art meets Arizona

Full Moon by Sandy Tracey

Like Amy Silverman — Valley mom, journalist and creator of “The I Heart Phoenix Project” — I’m still working on working up a deep and abiding passion for the state I call home.

So news of the “Living in Arizona” summer exhibit at the Herberger Theater Center struck a chord.

The exhibit kicks-off with a free opening reception Sat, July 9, from 4:30-6pm at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery, which might be the only place downtown not crawling with folks donning their major league baseball gear.

The Center’s swanky lounge, formally known as the “Bob’s Spot Gallery Lounge,” will have a no-host bar for the opening, and live music will be provided by “String Serenade.”

Those of you sickened by incessant talk of the Casey Anthony jury will be happy to know that an entirely different sort of jury has been at work a bit closer to home — selecting works for the “Living in Arizona” exhibit curated by Jim Covarrubias.

Members of the local arts community juried the “Living in Arizona” show, choosing which of 500 works submitted by 79 qualified artists from across the state would be included. Event organizers note that the exhibit “conjures desert landscapes in many genres.”

Still, I’m told that “many of the interpretations in this exhibit will pleasantly surprise art lovers.” Participating Arizona artists include Sandy Tracey, Leland Beaman, Diana Creighton, Kathleen Escobedo, A.E. Rieff and Beata Wehr.

“Living in Arizona” will be on display through Aug 28 during regular Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery Hours — which are Mon-Fri from 10am-5pm. The gallery is also open during performances at the Center.

Upcoming performances include “With Friends Like These” from Theatre Artists Studio (July 12-21), “Peoplesongs” with Annie Moscow (July 26-Aug 4), “Wacky, Wickedly Wonderful Women” presented by D’Amore Productions and “Hairspray” performed by Valley Youth Theatre.

It’s family, and the fine art found at Arizona venues like the Herberger Theater Center, that make life in Arizona most meaningful.

— Lynn

Note: Save the date! Herberger Theater Center and SRP present the “Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts” Oct 1, 2011. Click here to learn about the diverse arts experiences you can enjoy at this year’s festival.

Coming up: Library musings, Ode to hairspray

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