ASU Gammage art gallery presents new artists


Bay Tripper by Shain LaBarge

Bay Tripper by Shain LaBarge

The ASU Gammage Art Gallery will showcase three new artists from Oct. 6 to Nov. 2. 

Two artists from the S.N.A.P. art group, Shain LaBarge and Diane A. Bond, will be featured. Additionally, independent artist Barbara Colby will have her watercolor paintings on display. 

Shain LaBarge, an acrylic and oil painter, left college 20 years ago to cement his colorful style traveling across the country where he was introduced to a new, different world of being an artist. His exhibits in cafes led to restaurants, as well as galleries. He's sold many works along the way and developed new techniques and style.

While traveling opened his eyes to culture, his aspiration drove him to find something more secure, so he began a career at the Phoenix Art Museum to supplement his income. Despite his art exhibits, experiences with wide displays, and the articles in Santa Fe and France on his art, LaBarge said that still will never give him the exposure needed for a sale. He believes sales come when a work makes a person feel good.

Bond attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She majored in commercial photography from 1983-1987 and moved to Phoenix in 1998. She’s had 18 years of documentation photography work experience including: City on Detroit Media Department, Arizona Historical Society, City of Phoenix Historical Preservation, Arizona Humanities Council, and Glendale Historical Preservation Annual Bus Tour. Bond typically works with watercolors and pencils to create her art. 

Watercolor paintings by Barbara Colby

Lastly, Barbara Colby was born and raised in New England and came to Arizona in 1965. She started painting and drawing when she retired from ASU in 2013 where she was assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and faculty associate in philosophy. Her husband was on English faculty at ASU, but has retired.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.

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