Paint Brushes

Meet & Greet  
3rd Friday
 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  Featured Artists ~ April 2022

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KIRBY PLESSAS

I’m fascinated by color and texture and I continue to experiment and push past limits, including my own. I invite others to join me, especially in my live art sessions, to see how we can explore the edges.”

 A native technologist, Kirby experiments with multiple mediums but is drawn to digital methods of creating artwork. Her technology career has spanned from being a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Linguist in the US Army to becoming a small business owner specializing in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Cyber Investigations, and her artwork has continued alongside all the while. The variety of technologies and personalities that she has encountered inform and infuse her work, and her personal history often breaks through in subject matter. Kirby currently lives in Cave Creek and helps other artists with technology and social media.

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JOANNE GALLERY

Joanne creates artistic images that bring brightness, joy and fun into her world. She enjoys discovering ways to use color, textures and paint. Joanne was born in New York City and was raised in Arizona. The Gallery’s moved from NYC to Tucson when she was three, then to Phoenix when she was eight. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Upon graduation she headed to Auckland, New Zealand on a work exchange program.  After a career as a personal trainer and a realtor she became a mother. Being a mother allowed her to take art classes and she mastered acrylic paint with her unique style. Many consider her an abstract painter. She has shown and sold paintings in New Zealand, Arizona, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Australia. Presently, she lives in Phoenix and paints out of her home studio. Her favorite subjects have to do with nature; Animals, landscapes and flowers. Her biggest influences come from Georgia O’Keefe and her Professor Robert You at Scottsdale Community College. 

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KAREN FRIEND
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“My studio is like a living collage, full of bits and pieces of treasures from thrift shops and yard sales, from birds and critters and of course from the desert. Layers of dried cactus spines, antlers, bones, sticks, gourds, paint, paper, stamps, inks, dyes … all a source of inspiration for my gourd and egg creations, layered and collaged until they are transformed into … something entirely new!”

 

Karen has taken her preferred mediums of Fine Art Gourds and Faberge Eggs to a professional level through her exploration of the techniques of painting, carving, pyrography and embellishing, along with her creative sense of design.

SARAH CURLEY

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Over a number of years, Sarah S. Curley has explored photography, including the hand-printing of images on cyanotype-on-silk, and the printing of digital files on fine art rice paper. She has also found that utilizing other media, such as water color, pastel, or colored pencil, are important in expressing, and learning from, an emotional response to life.

She currently resides in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and is a juried member (alternative photography) of the Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek, AZ, a charter member of the Arizona Photography Alliance, and a member of the Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, AZ, and Medium Photograph, San Diego, CA.