#ArtLitPhx: Artist Lecture with Patti Warashina and Transitory Conversations Exhibition

Join us for an Artist lecture with Patti Warashina on Saturday, May 12th from 6:30- 7:30 pm in the Dobson lecture hall at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201).  Warashina’s Transitory Conversations exhibition opening reception will be May 11 from 7:00-10:00 pm. The exhibition will be at Mesa Arts Center from April 13th through August 5th.

With a career spanning over 55 years, Washington State artist Patti Warashina has established herself as an artistic icon, especially in the media of ceramics. She uses the human figure as a vehicle to portray what she draws from her own daily life experiences, as well as the absurdities and foibles from the civilization in which we live. Her characters become the actors in her introspective narratives and the viewer becomes the voyeur. In most of her current work, the abstract quality of the surfaces erases and denies the identification of time and place, speaking to the universal quirks of all human nature. However, recently the absurdity of the current world has been a fascinating source of ideas for her to explore.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Hello Lamp Post at Mesa Arts Center

 

Hello Lamp Post, a playful work of interactive digital art that invites people to strike up conversations with familiar street fixtures, will be installed in downtown Mesa and on Mesa Arts Center’s campus March 17 through April 16, 2018, marking the second installation of this work in the United States. The public art project by PAN Studios in London will encourage people to pause in their tracks and interact via text message with everyday street objects like lamp posts, benches, buildings, and drains. The objects will ‘wake up,’ prompting a set of carefully crafted questions about what people are doing and how they feel about where they live, work and play.

In the Mesa project, 32 objects including Mesa Arts Center itself will come to life via anonymous text messages. All that is needed to engage the objects is a basic mobile phone. As conversations grow, the objects will develop personalities and engage visitors around what they’ve heard from others. Visitors will be invited to tell the designated Hello Lamp Post objects their stories, give opinions and share observations.

Cindy Ornstein, Executive Director of Mesa Arts Center and Director of Arts & Culture for City of Mesa said of the project, “We love the way Hello Lamp Post encourages visitors to Mesa Arts Center and downtown Mesa to notice and look differently at objects in the environment. We know the installation will surprise and delight, but also hope it helps expose public dreams, and understanding about values, public spaces and community.”

An object map will be available at Mesa Arts Center’s box office and throughout downtown Mesa. Visitors are encouraged to explore and converse with as many of the objects as they like. The project map (and anonymous answers given by visitors) will also be available to view on the project website at https://mesa.hlp.city.

Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in downtown Mesa, AZ. More information can be found at MesaArtsCenter.com.

View a short video about Hello Lamp Post here.

#ArtLitPhx: spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

This year’s Festival of Creativity will feature an exhibition of 16 art cars and motorcycles, multiple hot rods, lowriders, and interactive arts experiences for people of all ages.

Spark! celebrates the imaginative spark in all of us, by showcasing Arizona artists and performers and inviting visitors to explore and enjoy live music, aerial dance performances, hands-on experiences, live art-making, installations, demonstrations, a variety of foods, a beer, wine and cocktail area, and more. Spark! Will take place on March 17 from 12 pm – 11 pm and March 18 from 10 am-5 pm at the Mesa Arts Center (1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201). Admission and parking are free!

 

#ArtLitPhx: spark! After Dark: Collective Kaleidoscope

Fade the lights and turn up the music. Every third Saturday from October to June Mesa Art Center’s campus will be taken over by a new artist with a unique, crazy-fun theme–complete with live art, live music, great eats, and much more.

This month, create art with these amazing artists:

Melissa Waddell, Sierra Joy, Matt Dickson and Claire Worden

Projection art with Sylvia Frost and Bryn Corbett

Live painting with Tara Sharpe

Mural zone by Ciara Bernal and Kyllan Maney

Interactive large scale window coloring

DJs The Ladies of Wax (Victoria Aguilar and Karen Hartman)

 

This month’s spark! After Dark: Collective Kaleidoscope will be on Saturday, February 17 from 8pm to 11pm at the Mesa Arts Center (1 E Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201).

 

#ArtLitPhx: Superstition Review Issue 20 Launch Party (with Directions)

Issue 20 Launch Party

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you will join us for our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 7! The party will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center. We are so thrilled to celebrate our tenth year and our twentieth issue.

Since the magazine’s founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, Superstition Review has published engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. We have featured over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are excited to announce the expansion of our family of contributors with our upcoming issue.

All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of ten years and twenty issues at the Mesa Arts Center.

Mesa Arts Center MapDIRECTIONS: The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is part of the Mesa Arts Center campus and is located across from the store at the Northwest point of campus. The museum is the closest building to Center and Main Street. The address is One East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201. You can see the museum in the top left of the map.

If you are driving, check out specific directions here. To reach the South parking lot from Main Street (traveling east from Country Club), turn right onto Center Street and quickly make a left onto 1st Avenue. The parking lot is immediately on your left.

If you are taking public transportation, the Metro Light Rail makes a stop at Center & Main Street directly across from Mesa Arts Center. The Valley Metro also provides public bus transportation services to stops in downtown Mesa near the Mesa Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will be serving cake and exploring the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum, including “Slang Aesthetics!” by Robert Williams in the Dobson Main Gallery, “After Party” by Julie Heffernan in the SRP Gallery, and “The Dusk Parade” by Joe Sorren in the North Gallery.

The agenda will also include a brief talk from the issue’s editors.

Please check out the Facebook event page for updates. We hope to see you there!

#ArtLitPhx: Superstition Review Issue 20 Launch Party (with Agenda Updates)

Issue 20 Launch Party

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you will join us for our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 7! The party will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center. We are so thrilled to celebrate our tenth year and our twentieth issue.

Since the magazine’s founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, Superstition Review has published engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. We have featured over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are excited to announce the expansion of our family of contributors with our upcoming issue.

All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of ten years and twenty issues at the Mesa Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will be serving cake and exploring the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum, including “Slang Aesthetics!” by Robert Williams in the Dobson Main Gallery, “After Party” by Julie Heffernan in the SRP Gallery, and “The Dusk Parade” by Joe Sorren in the North Gallery.

The agenda will include a brief talk from the issue’s editors, and we are excited to announce that contributor Bojan Louis will also be joining us for a reading! He will be featured in one of the interviews in Issue 20. In his first collection of poems, Currents, Louis discusses the kinetic dissonance of the contemporary struggle to coexist with self-inflicted eroding environments.

Please check out the Facebook event page for updates. We hope to see you there!

#ArtLitPhx: Superstition Review Issue 20 Launch Party

Issue 20 Launch Party

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you will join us for our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 7! The party will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center. We are so thrilled to celebrate our tenth year and our twentieth issue.

Since the magazine’s founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, Superstition Review has published engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. We have featured over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are excited to announce the expansion of our family of contributors with our upcoming issue.

All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of ten years and twenty issues at the Mesa Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will be serving cake and exploring the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum, including “Slang Aesthetics!” by Robert Williams in the Dobson Main Gallery, “After Party” by Julie Heffernan in the SRP Gallery, and “The Dusk Parade” by Joe Sorren in the North Gallery.

The agenda will also include a brief talk from the issue’s editors.

Please check out the Facebook event page for updates. We hope to see you there!