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Photography, acrylic artworks open Gammage art season

August 18, 2006

Two “drop-outs” from the white-collar world will exhibit their artwork at ASU Gammage Aug. 21-Oct. 1.

Rhet Lee Andrews, who was a stockbroker for 20 years, will show photography, and James Angel, who notes that he had a “brief stint” as a white-collar worker, will exhibit acrylic on canvas and board.

Andrews, of Phoenix, began taking photographs in high school for the Alliance (Ohio) High School Chronicle. He notes that most of his early works have been lost, since his “mother threw them out.”

After graduating from Ohio's Miami University, Andrews spent three months photographing in Europe. He has been working out of the Phoenix Center Darkroom since 1999, and won the “Best in Show” award during the Phoenix First Friday Art Show in November 2004.

Angel, a Scottsdale resident, was born in the Midwest and raised in Phoenix. After graduating from college and enjoying a brief business career, he turned full time to art.

“Through the development and implementation of Angel Studios' vibrant commissioned-art business, I have been a full-time artist for nearly two decades,” he says.

Angel's paintings are inspired by imagery from various areas of urban transformation, and he says they “celebrate the urban decay that has fostered the bohemian art scene in metropolitan Phoenix.”

Gallery hours at Gammage are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and by appointment. Because of rehearsals, event setups, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of Gammage, and entrance into the building is through the east lobby doors, at the box office.

For more information, contact Lesley Davis, (480) 965-6912.