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New exhibitions opening in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum courtyard during an opening reception. (Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center)

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCAM) will celebrate the opening of five exhibitions at a free reception on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-10 p.m. Spring exhibitions include Halfway Between the Earth and Stars, by Kathryn Maxwell (opening Dec. 10); As Above, by Mary Shindell (opening Jan. 20); Docents Select: Kitchen Sink, featuring works from the Permanent Collection (opening Jan. 20); 39th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, juried by Bruce Hoffman, director of Gravers Lane Gallery in historic Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia; and Memories of an Idyllic Landscape, by Tiffany C. Bailey. The reception will feature musical entertainment by Keith Johnson, light refreshments, cash bar and an opportunity to meet and visit with the artists whose work is on view.

Halfway Between the Earth and Stars
Kathryn Maxwell
Dec. 10, 2017 – March 25, 2018

South Gallery
In her latest body of work, Arizona artist Kathryn Maxwell combines images of constellations, the moon, and the molecular structure of DNA. Originally inspired by Carl Sagan’s statement “we are made of stardust,” Maxwell explores the connection of the micro and macro, the terrestrial and celestial. Maxwell is a 2017 proposal winner.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at dusk. (Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center)

As Above

Mary Shindell
Jan. 20 – April 8, 2018
North Gallery

Arizona artist Mary Shindell’s mixed media installation explore the relationship between environments found on our planet and others in the solar system, specifically focusing on the Arizona terrain and our state’s impact on space exploration. Shindell incorporates botanical elements from research and observatory sites in Arizona as well as geological and topographical elements found on Earth, Mars and Pluto. The artist invites the viewer to experience the installation as planetary researcher and have a sense of physical place where scientific research originates and becomes part of the physical world. Shindell is a 2017 North Gallery proposal winner.

Docents Select: Kitchen Sink
Works from the Permanent Collection
Jan. 20 – April 8, 2018
SRP Gallery

As with most museums, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Docents are central to the functionality of the museum. Through their volunteer efforts and assistance, tours are conducted, artwork is researched, special talks are prepared and opening receptions succeed. This exhibition is entirely curated by the MCA Museum Docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on pieces from the permanent collection that center around the kitchen.

39th Annual Contemporary Crafts
Feb. 9 – April 15, 2018
Main Gallery

Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become “a benchmark for innovation and quality,” says Curator Patty Haberman. Representative of traditional craft mediums, the exhibition includes ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts. Guest Juror for the 39th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition is Bruce Hoffman, director of Gravers Lane Gallery in historic Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia

Memories of an Idyllic Landscape
Tiffany C. Bailey
Feb. 9 – April 22, 2018
Project Room

Tiffany C. Bailey’s ceramic work reflects the topography of her childhood home in Southwestern Wisconsin. Inspired by the landscape and agricultural architecture, her porcelain work reimagines an idyllic place and time that is both contemporary and iconic. Detailed renderings, subtle textures and a marriage of representational and abstract forms create a visual vocabulary of place that is intimate yet expansive. Bailey is the 38th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition Juror’s Choice winner.

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