Les Femmes des Montage, a group of local women artists, presents their 14th annual Fine Art show Saturday, July 14 from 10AM to 4PM in the Marina Room at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E Gurley Street.
The Les Femmes show features artists who exhibit locally, nationally and internationally, with jewelry, metal, glass, ceramics, 2D artwork, silk and woven wearables and accessories, photography and 3D sculpture. Returning artists will offer new work and items not seen before at this show. All items displayed at the show will be offered for sale. The show is free of charge and open to the public.
The local organization selected this year to receive a portion of the proceeds is the Highlands Center for Natural History in support of the work they do to help educate the public about nature and the environment. A Raffle will be held including an item from each artist with all proceeds being donated to the Highlands Center. Representatives of the Highland Center will be in attendance to answer questions, distribute information and sell raffle tickets.
Diane Brand’s journey to pursue her creative interest began in grade school. One of her greatest life experiences was attending and completing the BFA program at Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in painting and textiles. Her work has been exhibited at the Cleveland Museum, independent galleries in Ohio, California and Arizona. After doing large textile wall features for years,she has returned to exclusively painting and drawing. Working with oils and acrylics are now her main interest. Her subject matter revolves around her love of nature and personal expressions of my life experiences.
Deanne Brewster is a potter who creates functional and decorative pieces to enhance the lives of people who use and display her work. Her interest and passion is driven by the many variables in working with clay. Exploring the firing techniques of Raku and Saggar for decorative work are a challenge and always a surprise.
Jody Miller describes her love of photgraphing horses as: “Photographing horses is a joy I cannot describe. I could spend every waking hour just clicking away whilst they are oblivious to my enthusiasm for their seemingly mundane excursions...but every now and then I believe they know that they are being admired and they grant me a glimpse of something really special. Jody goes out on roundups, horse drives and visits various ranches for photo shoots at least once a year in scenic locations like Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico and of course Arizona.
Before Pam Dunmire became a full-time artist, she was a social worker and family counselor for many years and saw that people who had broken spirits rarely picked themselves up. She found that if she was able to help a person move into a positive-energy direction they would look at life differently and change their lives for the better. Pam paints art in acrylics that is full of movement, positive-energy, and color to uplift the spirits of others. What better reason to paint than to bring joy and happiness to others.
Cindi Shaffer, a glass artist, will feature kiln-formed functional glass pieces, glass sculpture and 2D Wall pieces, as well as jewelry. Glass to Cindi is light, translucent color and texture. Cindi is also a printmaker and includes her own photography within many of her pieces. She makes her own glass sheets embellished with enamels, silver and gold leaf and glass powders and frits, prefires them and then includes them in her artistic compilations."
Patricia Tyser Carberry creates handmade glass beads and jewelry. Her work is inspired by the ever changing rainbow of color and light while working with glass. Her work features one of a kind, jewelry.
Jo Manginelli, a textile artist has had a lifelong fascination with textiles. Her primary source of joy is weaving. She enjoys exploring and creating her woven work by applying a multitude of structures, fibers, patterns and colors. Jo exhibits her versatility with textiles by combining her weaving, quilting, felting and dyeing skills. She creates wearable art as well as other functional art for the home.
Carolyn Dunn works with both traditional and non-traditional photographic processes to create what she refers to as Photographic Art. Her work covers a wide range of subjects which include antique vehicles, abandoned buildings, windmills and Prescott street scenes. Whether working with a single image or blending many images into a montage, she strives to intrigue the viewer and draw them in for a closer look and new discoveries.
Leslee Oaks has primarily been a metal artist using found objects in her sculptures. She's branched out, wanting to incorporate clay into her metal pieces as well as using just clay for creating her own version of a cactus. These cactus are what she sees as "Desert Orbs". She's enjoyed learning a new medium but finds her welding skills much better and more advanced than her clay skills (so far). This is called "breaking out of her comfort zone".
Barb Wills is an award-winning artist who exhibits internationally and incorporates ancient Japanese techniques into wearables and accessories. She will exhibit silk scarves, new snow dyed scarves as well as Nature dyed scarves using materials from the Prescott area. Her wearables are from her original designs using designer fabrics not found anywhere in the Prescott area.
The Highland Center for Natural History is thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Les Femmes de Montage art show and sale on July 14. The Highlands Center, a non profit nature based education organization, was developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the Central Highlands of Arizona and helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. www.highlandscenter.org for more information.