For over 20 years the Visual Arts Program of the Foothills Community Foundation has invited qualified speakers to present talks on a variety of subjects of interest to the art world. The 2017 Visual Arts Exploration series continues that tradition with an exciting line-up of seven amazing presenters and topics.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Scottsdale Public Art: North Scottsdale & Beyond
Donna Isaac, Director of Scottsdale Public Art, will present an overview of Scottsdale Public Art, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. She will highlight the permanent public art in the City’s collection, placing special emphasis on those projects in North Scottsdale. Donna will also discuss Scottsdale Public Art’s focus on temporary public art installations, our expanding events and exhibitions, and how we engage community and build place making throughout the City.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Murals for Social Change
Hugo Media, mural artist and Phoenix College Adjunct Faculty, will touch on the history of mural art, its influences through history, and how it impacts us. The world is becoming a mecca for murals and community projects where non artists and artistic citizens have worked tirelessly to create a destination that tell stories and changes lives. The art scene tells a diverse multi-cultural story of not only present day inhabitants, but also the rich heritage that is a narrative in color. These stories also provide material for a vibrant visual art scene and assist artists in setting trends that are shaping the identity of our great city. His presentation will end with examples of some of my murals.
Monday, January 23, 2017
A Life of Art & Travel
Roberta Kritzia, a classically trained artist and art instructor who works in oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed media, will present a lively discussion on nurturing creativity throughout your life. She will weave her personal life experiences of Sketching on Location in Europe, each Summer, for the past 31 years while visiting the most renown Art Museums around the world and standing in front of the paintings and original sketches of art history’s most noted artists from the Renaissance to the late 1800’s. Roberta will be doing a live sketching demo utilizing the ‘state of the art’ materials along with traditional art supplies that she takes with her on her yearly art tours. Coinciding with Roberta's lecture she is having a one-woman show of her work in the FCF-Holland Center Alley Gallery.
2017 VISUAL ARTS EXPLORATION SERIES
Monday, January 30, 2017
Original Selfies: The Extraordinary Self Portraits of the World’s Great Artists
Suzie Wilson, an artist, teacher, tour leader, and former volunteer 8-year director of the Visual Arts Lecture series at FCF, will present the portraits of SELF, as seen through the painter’s own eye. A self-portrait, the image of one’s self, often reveals interesting, unexpected points of view and personal insights into details and facts otherwise unknown. Some are masterful and beautifully painted. Others are less conventional, curious, or even disturbing. All present will experience a personal, fascinating point of view of SELF.
Monday, February 6, 2017
David Hockney: The Bigger Picture
Maureen Chestnut, art educator and Phoenix Art Museum Docent, will present on David Hockney, the most celebrated British artist of the 20th century. Within the presentation she will follow his career as an extraordinary draftsman, portrait painter, stage set designer, and his embracement of technology throughout his long career.
Monday, February 13, 2017
The Theater of Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
Peggy Strubel, a Phoenix Art Museum Docent, will present a look at some of Salvador Dali’s famous works. She will discuss who and what influenced his art and where he drew his ideas and inspiration.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Moving Wright On
Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West, critic, curator and author of texts about architecture and design, will present Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in the context of his legacy in buildings and thought, and in particular of his work at Taliesin and Taliesin West. Frank Lloyd Wright left us with a legacy of some of the most beautiful and experimental buildings in America. His emphasis on breaking boxes, building with the land, organic architecture, framing the rituals of everyday life, and creating spaces for democracy that also allowed for individual shelter continue to shape our world. Living and working at Taliesin and Taliesin West provides all of us in this community with daily reminders on how to make a more beautiful, sustainable, and open architecture. Today, new generations of architects, designers, artists, and activists are using this legacy and that of other innovators to develop tactical responses to urban sprawl. Focusing on reuse, re-imagination, and reoccupation, they are not just breaking, but shattering the boxes that try to contain us.