#ArtLitPhx: The Storyline Slam: Luck












Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it. – Hunter S. Thompson

Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme LUCK.

Sign up on TheStoryline.org May 18th through July 7th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn posted July 8th on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn live at the beginning of the show on July 13th.

The line-up for this coming Friday, July 13th Storyline Luck SLAM:

  1. Danae Barnes
  2. Dortrecia Adelis
  3. Lenys Andrade
  4. Seth Goodman
  5. Dixie Walljasper
  6. Jessica Lamartiniere
  7. John Chakravarty
  8. Mike Savarese

At least two storytelling spots are open for a live drawing at 7:00pm on the night of the show.

Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize.

#ArtLitPhx: District 4 Presents: Jonathan Oak & Poetry Open Mic

#ArtLitPhxDate: July 19

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Event Description:

Join us for an open mic and our July feature, Jonathan Oak!

Boy golly, it’s hot outside. We know that. You’d think the constant calefaction we experience every day is enough of a reminder. But no. You have to talk about it!

Well, bring your mid-summer fever dreams, your hot-takes, your barely-humid literary spit, your scalding burns, and your thoroughly baked-and-heated-to-an-internal-temperature-of-165-degrees-for-at-least-three-minutes-poetry.

We like cool places. We like cool people, we like to hear new voices. Come join us in July for our Third Thursday poetry reading — open mic! Bring your poetry and spoken word pieces that you’ve been working on to read for a fantastic group of people. We’ll see you there!

#ArtLitPhx: Barbara Kemp Cowlin Debuts New Work “Upstairs & Around the Corner” in Scottsdale


(Acrylic painting on panel 10×10)

Date: July 12

Event Description:

The Balcony Gallery at London Gold presents the solo exhibition of Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Upstairs & Around the Corner. Kemp Cowlin’s new exhibition showcases a vibrant and dynamic selection of acrylic paintings of stunning original imagery from her “Askew Series”. Her current work offers viewers a quirky interpretation of architectural details from a skewed perspective. The “Askew series” features abstract paintings inspired by architectural details reduced down to essential shapes from emphasizing ambiguous perspective, pattern and simultaneous contrast in colors.

“In these paintings I explore the relationship between abstraction and representation, creating tensions between the pictorial and actual space,” states Kemp Cowlin. Who goes on to say “I manipulate the colors until they spark off each other and become luminous.” Evident throughout each series of work the artist seeks to capture the light, shadows, reflections, movement, as well as all things ephemeral. Her paintings showcase rich surfaces of texture and layers that create depth and complexity within each work. Kemp Cowlin’s works on multiple paintings at a time, allowing her to keep her work fluid and energetic as she moves back and forth among paintings an the artist relishes the “happy accident” which she says is an integral to her art making process.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin was born in Georgia and has lived around the United States as well as abroad in Germany and Australia. She has spent most of her adult life in the southwestern United States. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art in Printmaking and a Masters of Art degree in Community College Education with a minor in Printmaking from Northern Arizona University. She completed her post-graduate work at Arizona State University in Letterpress Printing and Bookmaking and she is a certified Golden Artist Educator. She currently resides and works in Oracle, Arizona painting in her studio and teaching workshops around the Southwest.

She has exhibited her work both locally & internationally in solo exhibitions at such prestigious venues as Powell Museum in Page; Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle; Yuma Art Center in Yuma; Agua Caliente Ranch Park Gallery in Tucson; Willo North Gallery in Phoenix; and the @ Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix and the Blue Dome Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico. From 2015-2017 her paintings were shown at Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami, in the Projects Gallery Square Foot Exhibition and “The Art in Embassies Program” exhibited her work at the Bolivian Embassy.

Kemp Cowlin’s work can be found in art collections throughout the United States and Canada, including the City of Phoenix Arts Collection; the University of Arizona Special Collections; Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; First Bancorp Headquarters in Troy, North Carolina; Baylor University Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Edison & Sprinkles Architecture & Design, Vancouver, British Columbia; Grafix, Maple Heights, Ohio.

Join the artist for a special reception being held Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm with an artist talk by Barbara Kemp Cowlin at 5:15pm. Kemp Cowlin’s solo exhibition Upstairs & Around the Corner will be on display through August 27th at the Balcony at London Gold (the newly renovated London Gold Showroom) located on the second level. The Balcony at London Gold is located at 10441 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85253. The exhibition may be viewed at London Gold during regular business hours: Monday 10:00am to 7:00pmTuesday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10:30 to 5:00pm, Closed Sunday. For more information about the exhibition or artist visitbarbarakempcowlin.com or contact the artist by email at barbara@barbaracowlin.com.

Contributor Update, John S. Martinson: Featured on the cover of Green Living Magazine

Contributor Update


We are happy to announce that past intern John S. Martinson has been featured on the cover of Green Living Magazine! He also wrote an article published in Green Living Magazine’s  website called “A Father-Son Road Trip Goes Green: Tesla sparks idea for a new tour.” Congratulations John!

Contributor Update, Donald Morrill: Debut Novel “BEAUT”


Contributor Update
Contributor Update

We are happy to announce that past contributor Donald Morrill from Issue 3 has released his debut novel “BEAUT,” a winner of the Lee Smith Fiction Prize. The book is available for purchase. Congratulations Donald! 

Check out a sample of the opening pages of the book at 83 Degrees-Tampa Bay

Please visit his website at  https://www.donaldmorrill.com

#ArtLitPhx: Explore “Elements of Style” at Royse Contemporary: Opening July 12

Explore “Elements of Style” at Royse Contemporary: Opening July 12

Event Description:

Royse Contemporary is excited to present a vibrant multi-media group exhibition entitled Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture. Curator and owner Nicole Royse has selected artists based on their distinguished styles, accomplished work, and distinctive voice, each creating and embodying elements style. This exhibition showcases the work of eight noteworthy artists based in both Arizona and Texas including Angel Cabrales, Charmagne Coe, ColorOrgy, David Allan Paul, Dan Pederson, James Anthony Peters, Daniel Shepherd, and Marilyn Szabo. Their work is original, captivating while pushing boundaries and redefining their mediums in contemporary art today.

Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture offers an eclectic selection of work that includes collage, drawing, mixed media, painting, and photography. These artists are connected through their striking imagery, originality, vibrant color palettes and engaging styles. “I am honored to showcase this talented group of artists, as I have a deep respect for each artist and their work and feel the combination of work and energy that each artists brings will be a spectacular summer exhibition at Royse Contemporary, states Royse.”

The opening reception for Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture hosted by Curator/Owner Nicole Royse will take place Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6-9pm, coinciding with the special “Summer Spectacular” Scottsdale ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the featured artists, lively art discussion, as well as light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Patrons can also partake in the fun “Summer Spectacular” artwalk along Main Street, where visitors can enjoy Caribbean and island music, Hawaiian shaved ice with adult flavors, infused ice water, teas and lots of entertainment and festivities outside.

Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture will be on view through Saturday, August 25, 2018. Royse Contemporary is located in the Marshall Square complex at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (located on the south side of Main Street just west of Marshall Way). Royse Contemporary’s new summer hours are Thursday 6-9pm, Saturday 12-4pm, or by Appointment. For more information about Royse Contemporary or formentioned artists please visit roysecontemporary.com. Please direct all media inquiries to owner, Nicole Royse Nicole@nicoleroyse.com or (602) 810-3449.

Authors Talk: Jenny Day

Authors TalkToday we are pleased to feature artist Jenny Day as our Authors Talk series contributor. In this short interview, Day talks about her five art pieces from her “Nearly Somewhere” series and “Forgotten Topographies” series featured in Issue 19. Day expands on her own artistic background, influences, goals, and the places and memories that inspired her art pieces.

Jenny Day’s five art pieces appear in Issue 19 of Superstition Review.