Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will host Southwest Flair A-Fair, its 23rd annual arts and crafts show, this coming weekend, October 30th to November 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. More than 150 of the region’s finest artisans (including me, natch) will showcase their arts and crafts at Plaza Palomino (at the southeast corner of Swan and Ft. Lowell Roads). Come enjoy a weekend of beautiful fall Tucson weather and art! A portion of the proceeds from every piece sold will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. I will be in Booth 86, in the east parking lot.
br>The last weekend of this month, October 24, 25, and 26 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will host its Southwest Flair A-Fair at Plaza Palomino. This fine-art-and-craft fair, which benefits BBBS, will feature the work of more than 150 artisans—including me. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with free parking nearby and free shuttle service to and from the fair—just look for the signs. Plaza Palomino is located in Tucson at the southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell Roads. I will be in Booth 86, in the east parking lot, near La Placita Cafe.
Add some creativity to your holidays while you help improve some children’s lives!
Flux Gallery is closed for the summer, while Plaza Palomino continues its extensive renovations. Come September, we will be moving back to our original location, Suite 136, across from Dark Star Leather. In the meantime, you can still see my work anytime by appointment. Just give me a call at 520-760-8938 or email me.
Flux Gallery has moved from its original space to another suite in Plaza Palomino. We are now located at the southwest corner of the plaza, in Suite 114, on Swan Road, down from Luna Bella (now the new Red Sky and Luna Bar). Our official address is 2920 North Swan Road, Suite 114. The new space used to be a coffee shop, so we have some renovations to make before we reopen for visitors, but please feel free in the meantime to contact me (or any of the member artists) individually for a private showing of work. Stay tuned to my site or to fluxartists.com for notice of our reopening.
Flux Gallery is hosting two benefits in January 2011. The first, on Friday, January 21, will benefit the Primavera Foundation. The second, on Saturday, January 22, will benefit the Ben’s Bells Project. Featured at both will be the art of Peter Eisner, Carol Ann, Katherine Minott, Lee Roy Beach, Maurice Sevigny, and Shirley Wagner, as well as, of course, my work, with 30 percent of sales of the artwork going to the organizations.
The mission of the Primavera Foundation is to provide pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. It addresses the systemic causes of homelessness by providing a continuum of services designed to move people out of poverty and into a self-sustaining life. These services include: street-level outreach, drop-in services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent affordable housing, workforce development, financial education, homeownership opportunities, and neighborhood revitalization.
Join us at Flux on Friday, January 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to support this important and necessary organization. Add beauty to your home and help someone else find a home at the same time.
The Ben’s Bells Project, begun by Ben’s family to commemorate Ben’s sudden death at age two, has as its mission is “to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby changing our world.”
Ben’s Bells are beautiful ceramic wind chimes, crafted and assembled by hand by people all over Tucson and beyond. By the time a Ben’s Bell is assembled, at least ten people have worked on it, making it a true community effort. Ben’s Bells are not for sale. Twice a year, hundreds of Ben’s Bells are hung randomly in public places around Tucson and beyond, with a written message to simply take one home and pass on the kindness. The only way to get a Ben’s Bell is to find one or to be “Belled.” To date, more than 17,510 Ben’s Bells have been released.
The point? To remind people how much power they have each day to make the world a better place simply by being kind.
Help support this organization by joining us at Flux on Saturday, January 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., for “Connecting through Kindness: An Evening of Art.” Learn more about Ben’s Bells and how to get involved at their web site, bensbells.org.
Flux Gallery is located at Plaza Palomino in Tucson, at the southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell Roads, in Suite 136, across from Dark Star Leather and next to Abstrax Salon and Day Spa. Its normal business hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flux Gallery will feature small works for sale on Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in conjunction with Grey Dog Trading Company’s annual winter Zuni fetish show. (Grey Dog is just a few doors away from Flux at Plaza Palomino.) Customers who present a same-day receipt from Grey Dog will receive a 10% discount on the small works at Flux, or Flux customers can present a same-day receipt from Flux at Grey Dog to receive a 10% discount on their fetishes.
In addition to the small works by member artists Carol Ann, Lee Roy Beach, Peter Eisner, Maurice Sevigny, Shirley Wagner, and me, we will also have work by incoming Flux member Katherine Minott, a photographer with a love of color and texture. Katherine won’t officially be joining Flux until January, but this show will give visitors a preview of what is to come.
Join us next weekend at Plaza Palomino, and give your loved ones the gift of beauty this season. For further information, please contact Flux (520-299-5983) or Grey Dog (520-881-6888) directly.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwest Flair A-Fair is coming up soon, November 5 to 7 (Friday–Sunday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Plaza Palomino. It’s an excellent chance to get started on your holiday shopping while supporting a terrific cause. I will be in my usual location, booth 88, in the east parking lot, close to La Placita Cafe. I will also have work up in Flux Gallery in the plaza.
Come for our reception and stay at Plaza Palomino for a concert by It’s a Beautiful Day, of “White Bird” fame. You can find ticket and other information about the concert at the Rhythm and Roots website.
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.