Small-works show at Flux

Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Flux Gallery will present small works (less than 12 inches square or cubed) by Carol Ann, Karen Dombrowski-Sobel, Lee Roy Beach, Maurice Sevigny, Shirley Wagner, and me.

We have timed this show to coincide with the annual summer show of Zuni fetishes at our Plaza Palomino neighbor, Grey Dog Trading Company. As a special promotion, we will be offering 10% off of our small works to anyone who can show a receipt from Grey Dog from the same day; Grey Dog will reciprocate, offering 10% off their fetishes if you present a same-day receipt from Flux.

Some come check out both shows, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. I will be there, along with some of my fellow artists, and I do have some new work to share!

Small-works show at Flux Gallery July 9 and 10

Wine tasting at Luna Bella

Luna Bella and Flux Gallery present wine tasting with tasteful art, Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.

Flux Gallery is teaming with Luna Bella to present “wine tasting with tasteful art” on Tuesday evenings. Each Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., while Luna Bella hosts a wine tasting, a Flux artist will present work at the restaurant, which is located down the plaza from the gallery at Plaza Palomino, in Suite 145. The artist will be on hand to chat about his or her work.

I will be showing my work on May 25. In addition to my vessels, I have turned some bottle stoppers for the occasion, a new product for me. I’ve been having fun with it. You know, even with such a simple item, form matters! I will be using a newly learned technique with some of the stoppers as soon as my supplies arrive—I hope in time for me to put them to show them off on May 25! Is your interest piqued? It’s something entirely new for me!

Karen Dombrowski-Sobel will be at Luna Bella tomorrow night, May 18. Lee Roy Beach will present his work on June 1.

Hope you can join us one of these evenings!

Flux benefit for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

On Friday, April 2, Flux Gallery will host a special reception to benefit the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) beginning at 6:00 p.m. The reception will feature a performance by TSO principal flutist, Alexander “Sasha” Lipay. The reception and performance are free and open to the public. The artists of Flux will donate 30% of all sales that evening to the TSO (tax deductible to the buyer!). An open bar and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Flux Gallery presents an evening of art and music to benefit the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, April 2, 2010

End of my show season

Last week, I finished the last of my shows for this year, and, boy, was I exhausted. It has been a good season: my inventory is the smallest I think it has ever been, a good problem to have. Thanks to all of you who helped to make it a good season. I’m encouraged to think that the economy may be turning around with regard to art.

I would refer would-be customers to my website, but I am woefully behind in photographing my newest work, so my work-for-sale pages are seriously outdated. In the downtime between customers when I work at Flux Gallery, I have at least started updating my (also long-neglected) photo galleries of past work. In the next couple of weeks, while I take a break from turning to finish the house remodels I have been putting off for much too long, I will set about photographing what remains of my newest work and updating my work-for-sale pages. And by January, I will be back in the studio, creating.

In the meantime, I’ve added a few pieces to the work displayed at Flux Gallery. In fact, all of us have just added or replaced work, so even if you’ve visited recently, it’s worth stopping in again.

Two more events

I am busy getting ready for my next two events. First up is the Tucson Open Studio Tour, this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, 167 artists all over Tucson will open their studios to the public. You can download a combination calendar and map guide showing the locations of all the studios at the Tucson Pima Arts Council site or pick one up at various locations around town, such as libraries and galleries. I am taking a short stack to Flux Gallery tomorrow (actually later today), when I staff the gallery. Five of the Flux artists will be opening their studios: me, Maurice Sevigny, and, at the same shared studio, Bryan Crow, Steven Derks, and Peter Eisner.

If you want more info, the Arizona Daily Star had an article about the tour in its Sunday paper. If you forgot to get the paper or already recycled it, and you’re willing to register and login, you can read it online at azstarnet.com.

The studio tour gives you a chance to see how (or at least, where) your favorite artists work. My studio will, of course, be a lot cleaner than it usually is (although I can never entirely get rid of the sawdust), but you can see my equipment and my wood and learn about my process. You can also see my work, of course, including some in progress, especially pieces I am trying to finish before the following weekend, when . . .

. . . the Tucson Museum of Art holds its annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at the museum (140 N. Main Ave.). The show is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can find me in my usual spot, Booth 105, on the east side of the museum, catercorner from Old Town Artisans. This will be my last show of 2009, so after Thanksgiving I will finally get to finish laying the new floors in my house.

The Flux opening

Whoa. Our opening at Flux Gallery on Friday night was overwhelming. We had hundreds of people come out, a constant crowd from 5 o’clock on. The crowd didn’t begin to thin until around 8:30, after the lovely string quartet had packed up and the food was down to crumbs. (Did people not realize we still had wine left?) No doubt the article that ran in the Arizona Daily Star Friday morning helped draw folks beyond our combined mailing lists.

People seemed enthusiastic about the artwork. We were certainly proud. If I can brag a little, the space looked great. Steven did a great job of hanging and displaying the work in a way that let each work both be its best self and complement the pieces surrounding it.

I didn’t take photographs, but you can see some of Karen’s shots here [no longer available].

Changing hours at Flux

Figuring out the nuts-and-bolts of operating the gallery is a process, for sure. After a couple of weeks of being open a few evenings per week, to try to catch dinner customers from the two restaurants at Plaza Palomino (Luna Bella and La Placita), we have decided to shift to days, in conformance with the majority of the other businesses in the plaza. We are having to adjust our individual schedules to accommodate the change, so we may be a bit irregular for a little while, but we are trying to have the gallery open now Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Saturday there is a farmers’ market at the plaza (with an increasing emphasis on art), so we want to be open then, as well as during special events, such as the upcoming Southwest Flair A-Fair, a three-day art and crafts festival sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. That will be October 30 through November 1. More on that as we get closer to it.