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Local artists to display mixed media, photos at ASU Gammage


painting, "Greenhouse Glass #12," by Rebecca Ross
December 11, 2014

Five talented Arizona artists – two mixed media artists, two photographers and a painter – will show their artwork at ASU Gammage, Dec. 12 through Jan. 21, 2015.

The artists are inspired by the natural world and its intersections with our human existence. In their works, blossoms, branches and leaves, desert earth and Arizona sky coexist with glimpses of human forms. They bring together complementary, but parallel, views of the world.

Pat Scheurich melds colors, textures, finishes and objects to create both familiar and unfamiliar special effects. She achieves a kaleidoscopic effect in which paints run into other mediums, pooling, blending and making a subtle liquid transition. Her technique uses faux finishes and lusters to showcase the ways in which light can play with color.

“I draw vision every day from the world around me with all its natural treasures, and from the art of other cultures,” says Scheurich. “Often, I pull images from ancient ruins, botanical drawings, illuminated manuscripts or any visual antiquity.”

Allison Dunn, a painter whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Italy, uses a synthesis of techniques, taking her cue stylistically from divergent art historical sources. She received a visiting artist fellowship at Trinity University and a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from Phoenix Art Museum.

Emily Matyas began her career as a photojournalist and later traveled to Sonora, Mexico, to work for Save the Children, a nonprofit community development program. There, she photographed extensively in several rural Mexican villages. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are held in several permanent collections.

Rebecca Ross’s photos have been widely exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, and are represented in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Her 2010 book, “When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina,” features documentary work and lyrical portraits.

Kate Timmerman is a mixed media artist whose work explores the physicality of materials such as wax, pigment and wood as they support themes of solitude, memory, environment and relationships. She has lived and studied art in Italy, New York and Phoenix, and has received an Artist Career Development Grant from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays, or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

The street address is 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage. Entrance is through east lobby doors at the box office.

Media contact:
Brad Myers, (480) 965-6912
art exhibit coordinator