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Scottsdale Artists’ School Scholarship

ScottsdaleArtistsSchoolLogoI am thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded a scholarship to attend a five-day workshop at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. As many of you know, Scottsdale is one of the top-notch areas in the country for art galleries, and the Scottsdale Artists’ School has a prominent place in supporting the area’s art scene and training artists.

From time to time, the school grants scholarships to help promote the artistic growth of artists by covering much, if not all, of the costs associated with their workshops. My scholarship will be applied to the Wildlife Painting workshop taught by nationally recognized artist Gregory Beecham this December (http://www.gbeecham.com/).

For more information on courses, workshops and instructors, please visit the Scottsdale Artists’ School website: http://scottsdaleartschool.org/.

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Gallery Showing, New Painting, and Springtime in the Desert

It’s been a very busy fall and winter since my last posting, but I’ll hopefully make up for it with this longer post. 2015 is starting out with wonderful news.

Beginning in December, 2014 three of my paintings were selected to be exhibited at a new gallery that opened in Carefree – The Gallery at el Pedregal. The gallery is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, and draws on a carefully curated set of works from that organization’s nearly 500 members. New works are continually available, and an entirely new exhibit is assembled every two months. The newest exhibit recently went on display early in March, and another three of my paintings were selected…I couldn’t be happier. Below, are the paintings that were selected for the two exhibits. Click on any of the paintings to show larger versions.

New Painting

I’ve just finished painting a beautiful Alaskan Lynx (see below). The painting has many, many fine pine needles that surround the Lynx, and I used my slanted brush and a script brush to provide the details. The painting is 16” x 20” and is on Museum Series Aquabord™, a textured, acid-free surface that retains vibrant colors with much more purity than traditional watercolor papers. A wonderful wildlife photographer named Geoff Newhouse kindly allowed me to use one of his photographs as a reference for the painting.

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Springtime in the Desert

Last month I went to the World Wildlife Zoo which is located west of Phoenix. It is a wonderful setting that allows their animals room to roam. They have both a zoo and an aquarium, and it is a must-see if you’re interested in wildlife, but can’t afford to visit some of the more remote locations for wildlife in the world (http://www.wildlifeworld.com/). The main reason for my visit was to see their Cheetahs, and they didn’t disappoint. My husband, Tom, took many photographs while we were there, so look for some new Cheetah paintings in the near future! Click on any of the photos to show larger versions.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier postings, I live in a wonderful area of northeast Scottsdale, Arizona that is bordered by a lot of open desert. It’s a beautiful location for local wildlife, and every spring new flora and fauna are in abundance. So far this spring, I’ve seen gorgeous cactus flowers beginning to bloom, new doves fledging and perhaps the cutest of all is a new baby javelina just outside my studio window. Click on any of the photos to show larger versions.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks to see what’s new from the Mangelsdorf Studio, and I hope you enjoy your spring as much as I do mine.

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Hidden in the Hills – 2014…and More

My 8th year of participating in the annual Sonoran Arts League “Hidden in the Hills” art show will get underway on November 21. The show runs on two consecutive weekends; November 21 thru November 23 and again on November 28 thru November 30. Hours on all days are from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. My studio number again this year is #21, so be sure to drop by and enjoy some wonderful art and refreshments.

I’ll be showing many new paintings including my latest shown below titled “Sara ‘n Satin”.

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I also will have available several new sets of note cards and 2015 calendars featuring my new work. These make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. Also, who wouldn’t appreciate Santa bringing them a new painting for that special place in your home!

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This year I’m proud to be sharing my studio with three other talented artists: Jan Griggs who features contemporary abstract paintings, Jackie Kahn will be showing her amazing glass paintings and jewelry, and Marie McCallum who will be exhibiting her abstract automotive paintings. Below are representative illustrations of each artist’s work.

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For more information about the show, map of studios and full listing of all artists, be sure to visit: http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/hidden_in_the_hills_-_2014.php

Desert Foothills Library Show

HUMMINGBIRD 1-GrebeFinal-600The Sonoran Arts League recently opened a new exhibition at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek. The exhibit features a select group of juried artists from among those who will be showing during the Hidden in the Hills show (mentioned above). The opening was held on Saturday, November 1, and will run through the end of November.

I was honored to have one of my new paintings, “Summer Sipping,” selected for the exhibition.

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Giving Back

One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is the opportunity to support the arts. Sometimes this involves donating money to worthwhile organizations, and sometimes it consists of donating my time or one of my paintings. I was recently invited to create and submit one of my paintings to be included in an auction to raise money for the Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT) International Invitational 2014 exhibit. It is an international project of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas based in Fayetteville, Texas. Over 100 pieces of artwork will be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Artists from across the country and Canada have sent in original works for the auction.  American artists from 15 states have also contributed. Works include traditional media such as oils, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography. ACT is the inspiration of internationally known Texas artist, Karen Vernon. She contributes much of her success in life to her early childhood experiences in art education. “In the face of ever-shrinking funds allotted to the arts in schools and communities, I decided artists of today must act to support programs which nurture the environment needed for future generations.  If we do not give, who will?”

BurrowingOwl-DonationMs. Vernon is ecstatic about the artists’ responses to her request for original art for the auction.  “In 2013, I invited Pamela Mangelsdorf and over 100 other known professional artists from around the country and abroad to create and donate an 11” x 14” original art piece. These are well established, highly recognized, professional artists who exhibit and sell their work in galleries to collectors and the public. The response and support from artists has been incredible. We are thrilled that Pamela’s beautiful watercolor ‘Burrowing Owl’ will be included in the exhibition.”

ACT, founded in 2010, has raised over $100,000 in its previous exhibits. All of these funds have been used directly for furthering educational and cultural experiences in communities that would not have these opportunities. Art develops creative thinking, improves communication skills, improves learning skills, creates leadership traits, and, in general, elevates the human experience.

The exhibition preview, information on the artists and their artwork and bidding information are available at: www.act4art.com.

Related Local Note:

For those of you in the greater Phoenix, AZ area, I’ll be participating in the local Whole Food Market’s “5% Community Support Day” as described below. This is a very generous benefit for the Sonoran Arts League and well worth your time to drop by. I’ll be there from Noon – 3 p.m., but other artists from the Sonoran Arts League will be there from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

What: Shoppers can take advantage of Whole Food Market’s “5% Community Support Day” to benefit the Sonoran Arts League. Shop for wholesome foods on that day, and 5% of the store’s sales will be contributed to the League. Shoppers can also enter a drawing to win original works of art or may purchase “mini masterpieces” created by local talented artists. Each one-of-a-kind “mini masterpiece” is a 2” x 2” signed original; it could be in oil, acrylic, glass, metal, or other medium of the artist’s choice and comes with its own mini easel for display. Artists will also be on-site to offer demonstrations of their special talents, and to answer questions.

When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where:  Whole Foods Market located at 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, 85054 (from the 101, take exit 34 Scottsdale Road; turn right onto N. Scottsdale Road; turn right at the first light onto Mayo Blvd.)

Why:  Whole Foods Market holds community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The Sonoran Arts League was selected to benefit from the 5% Days which will give a boost in furthering its mission to give to the community by promoting art, artists, and art education through leadership and service in the belief that an artistic awareness is essential to the well-being of life.

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New Year – New Exhibit

Last year proved to be one of my most successful in terms of sales and gallery exhibits. And, it looks like my good fortune is off to another great start in 2014!

Three of my paintings were accepted into the juried “Animals, Animals, Animals” exhibit sponsored by the West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) in Surprise, Arizona. The exhibit showcases the love that many artists have for animals—all animals great and small. My “Along Oak Creek Canyon,” “Burrowing Owl,” and “San Juan River Big Horn” watercolors will be on display until the exhibit closes on February 14. The show features 2-D and 3-D artwork from select artists throughout the greater Phoenix area. Just click on the first photo to open a larger view of each of the photographs.

Corinne McAuley (WVAC member) and me sharing a light-hearted conversation during the show openingMy Entries (left to right): Along Oak Creek Canyon, Burrowing Owl, and San Juan River Big HornMe and one of my paintings during the show's opening reception

WVAC enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community, and is recognized as a “high quality of life” for West Valley residents. It is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley. Originally founded in 1969, WVAC offers a broad range of art activities each year, and is headed by Executive Director Bernadette Mills (formerly Executive Director of the Scottsdale Artist School). To learn more about WVAC, information about the show and directions, go to their web site: www.WestValleyArts.org.

Hidden in the Hills—Wrap-Up

The good always outweighs the bad!

The Good…On the second weekend of the Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills free, self-guided tour of local artist studios this year, the weather was beautiful and art lovers were out in droves. The Bad…On the first weekend of the event, the weather was atrocious (rain, wind and cold), and the visitors were few and far between.

Despite the 50-50 nature of the weather over the two weekends, this year’s show was a wonderful success. Each of the artists sharing my studio endured the bad and enjoyed the good. So, many thanks to each of them for joining me this year: Janet Blumenthal (MoodIndigoArt.com), Suzanne Brown (SuzanneBrownJewelry.com), Jan Griggs (JanGriggsFineArt.com), Jackie Kahn (jmkahn@cox.net) and Lynnette Moody (LynnetteMoody.com).

Thanks also to all those visitors who stopped by to talk about art, share a little wine and cheese, and buy some of the stunning art on display. I’m now looking forward to next year’s event and hoping that Mother Nature treats us a little more graciously.

Below are some photographs of my studio and the artists who shared it during the event. Just click on the first photo to open a larger view of each of the photographs.

Mangelsdorf Studio EntranceVisitors ArrivingGreeting AreaSome of Jan Griggs' ArtworkJan Griggs & Suzanne BrownLynette MoodyLynette Moody's SculpturesSuzanne Brown Showing Her Jewelry To CustomerJanet Blumenthal and Her ArtJackie Kahn and Her Glass CreationsMy Art - Main EntryMy Art - StudioMy Art - Main EntryMy StudioMy Prints & GicléesMy StudioA couple of patrons discuss my art

Hidden in the Hills

Mark Your Calendars

HITHLogoFall is here, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time once again for the Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills free, self-guided tour of local artist studios. This year’s seventeenth edition promises even more with over 160 artists displaying art in every medium. This year also marks my seventh year of participating in this great event.

Hidden in the Hills features artists in their studios who are located in northeast Scottsdale, Phoenix, Carefree, Cave Creek. In addition, many of the individual studios have partnered with other artists from all over the Valley of the Sun to share studio space during this event.

For example, I’ll be sharing my studio (#21) with five other talented artists including: Janet Blumenthal (MoodIndigoArt.com), Suzanne Brown (SuzanneBrownJewelry.com), Jan Griggs (JanGriggsFineArt.com), Jackie Kahn (jmkahn@cox.net) and Lynnette Moody (LynnetteMoody.com).

HITHAd2013-600pxAlso this year, my neighbor and talented sculptor Peter Skidd is opening his new studio (#20). Along with Peter’s steel sculptures, he’s joined by Guadalupe Apodaca featuring her native American oil paintings, Dav3 Kurz and his photorealistic pastels, and Sandi Ciaramitaro showing her transparent watercolors and oil en plein air paintings.

That’s10 artists within easy walking distance. You won’t find that much talent centrally located anywhere else on the tour!

So, mark your calendar now to attend Hidden in the Hills. It’s a wonderful time to get out, enjoy our fall weather, and to treat your out of town visitors to something unique to the Valley art scene.

For more information, or to plan your own tour online visit HiddenInTheHills.org. Dates are: November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & December 1, 2013 with hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. My studio address is 26650 North 70th Place, Scottsdale, AZ. I hope to see you there.

Grand Opening of the 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism

As noted in a couple of earlier posts, this exhibit officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 5 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. However on Thursday, October 3,the exhibiting artists were treated to a tour of the nearby Scottsdale Artist School. The school also provided a delicious gourmet reception. This was followed by a leisurely art-walk tour of some of the most prestigious galleries in downtown Scottsdale. It was a wonderful evening, and I enjoyed meeting many fellow artists and the gallery owners.

Friday, dawned with what proved to be the busiest day of the event starting with a five hour series of seminars and guest speakers. The topics covered a wide range of topics from marketing your work to what galleries look for when evaluating an artist’s work.

Then, with just enough time to change clothes, everyone gathered in front of the TempeCenter for the Arts main gallery entrance to cross over a red carpet for the VIP Private Reception. In attendance were not only the exhibiting artists but a host of art collectors, art magazine executives and other dignitaries. The champagne flowed, and the wonderful hors d’oeuvres never ran out. Several of the art works were sold during the private 3-hour event. In addition, ribbons were awarded to several of the paintings to recognize superior achievement in a number of categories.

Following that hectic but wonderful day, at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, the exhibit officially opened to the public. Hundreds of people strolled through the gallery, talked with the artists and generally enjoyed a wonderful night viewing some of the most beautiful realism art available. As on the night before, several pieces were purchased during the public opening.

Below is a slide show of photographs of the event. Just click on the first photo to open a larger view of each of the photographs. Also, there’s a link to a video of photographs of the event that the Guild put together for YouTube.

Tempe Center for the Arts - Main EntranceTempe Center for the Arts Interior - Art Gallery at far endArtists just before Red Carpet ReceptionMe walking across the red carpetDon Clapper (right) - Founding Charter Member of International Guild of RealismArtists before Red Carpet ReceptionMingling before Red Carpet ReceptionWaiting for the official openingAlmost Open!First group to see the 107 paintings by 93 different artistsEntertainment by Emma Smith accompanied by guitarist and artist James Van FossanWinner of "Best of Show" Award Mary Jane Q. Cross presented by Don ClapperKaren Budan and her entry "Have You Lost Your Marbles" which sold on opening nightAwards CeremonyMe with my entry "San Juan River Big Horn"Me with Josh Tiessen and his entry "Shipwrecked Treasure". Josh was the youngest artist at age 18.Vala Ola and me with my paintingMe and Ardith Starostka and her painting "Reverie of Suspended Thought"View of Tempe Center for the Arts from the suspension bridge across Tempe Town Lake.

 

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International Guild of Realism Video

 Next year’s event is scheduled to be held in Charleston, South Carolina at the beautiful and spacious Robert Lange Studios. Although this year’s exhibit will remain on display through November 30, I can hardly wait to enter a new painting in next year’s exhibit. Wish me luck!

8th Annual Juried Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism

I’d like to invite everyone to attend the public opening reception for the 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism. As I’ve written before, I’m very honored to have been chosen to show one of my paintings in this international show of nearly 100 of the finest realism artists from throughout the world. I hope to see you at either the free opening reception on Saturday, October 5 or at the special VIP Opening on Friday, October 4. If you can’t make either of the receptions described below, be sure to visit the gallery during the exhibit dates.

Here are the details:

  • What—Public Opening Reception of the 8th Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • When—Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Where—Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
  • Exhibition Dates—October 5 – November 30, 2013 (Free Admission)

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My painting—San Juan River Bighorn—will be on display during the exhibition. The full list of juried artists and small representations of their entries is available by clicking here.

Special Note: For those of you who would like to attend a special VIP opening reception prior to the public opening on October 5, and have a chance to personally meet  many of the artists, here are a few details for that event:

  • VIP Opening Reception on October 4th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets for this catered event are $100 per person and include: Gourmet heavy hor d’oeuvres provided by Santa Barbara Catering and drinks at the full bar, a red carpet opening unveiling of the masterpieces of 93 realist artists, a special artist’s awards presentation, and finally, Ganem Jewelry and Vala Ola Studios will each give away silver jewelry to luck winners.
  • To purchase VIP Tickets: email the Guild at info@realismguild.com or all the Tempe Center for the Arts box office at 480-350-2822.

The Tempe Center for the Arts is an architectural marvel and some have called it the “Guggenheim” of Arizona. It’s truly a magnificent and beautiful facility and it provides an amazing venue for the Guild’s exhibition. The Tempe Center for the Arts is located on the shore of the Tempe Town Lake in the heart of the city of Tempe.

The International Guild of Realism has been an exclusive artist organization for over ten years and has over 300 juried professional artist members from over 35 countries.  The Guild typically holds one major art exhibition per year in the best galleries or museums across the country. Past exhibitions have been in such venues as Santa Fe, Carmel, Scottsdale, Palm Desert, Cape Cod and Dallas.

 

Hidden in the Hills – 2013

HITHLogoFor the past sixteen years, on the two weekends around Thanksgiving, the Sonoran Arts League has presented a free, self-guided tour of local artist studios called Hidden in the Hills. This year’s seventeenth edition promises even more with 164 artists displaying art in every medium. This year also marks my seventh year of participating in this great event, and I was fortunate enough to be featured in the weekly artist spotlight posting on the Hidden in the Hills Blog.

Hidden in the Hills features artists in their studios who are located in northeast Scottsdale, Phoenix, Carefree, Cave Creek. In addition, many of the individual studios have partnered with other artists from all over the Valley of the Sun to share studio space during this event. For example, I’ll be sharing my studio with five other talented artists including: Janet Blumenthal (MoodIndigoArt.com), Suzanne Brown (SuzanneBrownJewelry.com), Jan Griggs (JanGriggsFineArt.com), Jackie Kahn (jmkahn@cox.net) and Lynnette Moody (LynnetteMoody.com).

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Start making plans now to attend Hidden in the Hills. It’s a wonderful time to get out and enjoy our fall weather, and to treat out of town visitors to something unique to the Valley art scene. For more information or to plan your own tour online visit HiddenInTheHills.org. Dates are: November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & December 1, 2013 with hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. I’ll be posting much more information here as well, so be sure to check back regularly.