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Studio VII artists to show their work at ASU Gammage


June 15, 2009

Five women artists from the Phoenix area, who call themselves Studio VII (they invite two guest artists to join them for selected exhibitions), will exhibit a variety of artwork at ASU Gammage June 24-July 27.

The exhibit, titled “Abstraction to Realism,” will feature the work of Betsy Aguirre, Diane Juris Bykowski, Sheila Eastman, Sue Hunter and Judy Lawson, plus two guest artists -- Muriel Friend and Anne Alleman.

The artists say their work is a “poetic process.”

“From abstract to traditional, our goal is to seduce the viewer’s eye into interacting with our art. Once seduced, the viewer then negotiates a more complex interaction with the pieces that may evoke memories of days gone by, a physical experience, or even a spiritual awakening.”

Aguirre focuses her skills on architecture, highlighted by a natural setting. She is an avid photographer and journeys to romantic, scenic locations to capture her images.

Bykowksi describes her work as “a reflection of me – from the whimsical side of my personality to the sedate side where reality and dreams merge and come alive.”

Eastman, founder of the group, is a diversified artist who has had a mural, metal art and specialty painting business in Phoenix since 1999. She works in oils for plein air landscapes and acrylics for murals.

Hunter is multi-talented, painting in watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic. She is noted for her delightful use of color in an impressionistic style.
Lawson, recently retired as a high school guidance counselor, works mainly in watercolors. She is a member of several art associations and the National League of American Pen Women.

Viewing hours at Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, or by appointment at (480) 965-6912.

Due to rehearsals, event setup, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 the day of attendance to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice. Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of Gammage. Entrance is through the East Lobby Doors.

For more information, call Brad Myers, (480) 965-6912.