YabYum Seven: Debashish Samaddar

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All photos courtesy of Debashish Samaddar
Who are you and what do you do?

I’m terribly tempted to launch into a deep philosophical essay, but I’ll keep it matter of fact instead: I am Debashish Samaddar: friend to many, son to two, father to two and husband to one. I go by Dev because people mispronounce my name a lot (all the time).

I was born and grew up in India. Trained to be an engineer and management analyst but now trying to reignite my creative side through art and photography, mostly photography. It might even meet the clinical definition of obsession. I think about photography. I talk about photography. I actually even dream about photography. I take pictures. That’s what I do.

How did you get your start?

There isn’t really a well defined start to my photography. My father used to be a very serious photographer. I say used to be because he made a clean and complete cut away from photography 30 years ago. But I digress. When I was quite young I spent a lot of time with my father around his photography. I went with him on his photo outings, I hung out with him in his dark room. My rite of passage was falling into a tray of fixer when I was six.

Naturally, I started using his cameras here and there and learned the basics from him. I was also enrolled in art school from a very young age, around six, which I pursued with a lot of enthusiasm. (And vocal music too, with slightly less enthusiasm). However, once I finished school and went to college, all of my artistic, right brained creative activities ceased instantly. This is perhaps not the place for those details but college was such an intense and immersive experience that by the time I graduated as an engineer I had forgotten that I had once been very close to art and photography (and music).

Debashish Samaddar 06This is not hyperbole. I did not draw or paint or take a photo for perhaps ten years. I did exciting things during that period no doubt: rocket engines, super computers, but to quote John Keating (Robin Williams) from the movie Dead Poets Society:

“[…] medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

Anyway, long story short I moved to Arizona, met my wife, and she inspired me to draw and paint again. And from that I found my way back into photography. It’s been several years now, almost another decade and my pursuit of photography hasn’t slowed down. It has picked up. I find that I really truly like this, more than I have ever liked doing anything. It gives purpose to my day. (PS: that’s why the photo magazine I started is called Purpose).

Debashish Samaddar 02What inspires you?

A lot of things, so many things! Where do I start? It’s everywhere! The first ray of light that comes in through the crack in the curtains in the morning and falls on the dresser. The beads of condensation on a window. The puff of smoke as a truck starts up. The lights of a gas station by the highway at night. Inspiration is pouring from the sky. Inspiration is driving down the road. Inspiration is singing out of the radio, playing in the theaters, jumping out of pages of a book.

I cannot explain this in words. That’s why I have to take pictures to show what I see. I always have a camera with me and I am constantly taking photos. At first when my wife would ask me what are you taking photos of and I would have to show her later. Now everyone in the family is used to my camera. It’s part of my daily attire.

Debashish Samaddar 05What do you like about AZ?

I did not like Arizona at first. I didn’t want to like Arizona. And it goes back to Question No. 2 above. I was looking from the left brain, analytical, utilitarian point of view. I liked Boston, I liked Silicon Valley. But picking up that camera has changed my perspective. Now I see what I missed before: the great open spaces, the contrasts between landscapes as you drive through the state, the smallness of humans compared to the world they inhabit.

Especially that last one. I grew up in a crowded city where this scale of grandeur isn’t apparent. You can’t see too far, there are people, buildings, lights. There is traffic. And that has its charm, I like that too. But here you can look far into the horizon and realize your own insignificance.

I do believe that Phoenix should be abandoned though and Flagstaff made the capital of the state. :)) Or perhaps Phoenix can become a monument to the folly of humans who thought 120ºF is survivable :)))

Debashish Samaddar 01Where can we see you(r) work?

There isn’t a physical venue where my work can be seen. It can be seen on my website and social media. I have also started a photography magazine, although that contains not just my photos but of several other people as well. I also have a couple photo books in the making. But they haven’t been published yet. And I can be found wandering about in urban areas: downtown Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Flagstaff, observing people, camera in hand. And sometimes in less urban areas, off road on hiking trails in Flagstaff, Prescott, Yarnell, Wickenburg, camera in hand.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

From the point of view of photography/art: to make something, at least one single piece of art that outlives me for hundreds of years, it could be a single photo, it could be a photo book. Heck, it could be a poem or a story. From a philosophical point of view… well that’s a question for another time. 🙂

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Funny you should ask. I actually have one, it’s in Sanskrit but translated it means:

Do your best without expectation or attachment. If you succeed, splendid. If you fail, just as well.

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YabYum Seven: Hannah Manuelito

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All photos courtesy of Hannah Manuelito
Who are you and what do you do?

Yá’át’ééh (Hello), my name is Hannah Manuelito, I am Black Streak Wood Clan born for Many Goats Clan. I am a Navajo photographer currently based out of Chandler, AZ. My main focus in photography is fine art portraiture but for the past year I have been doing a lot of fashion photography for the company I work for. I am getting back into my fine art practices this summer with an artist residency I recently was selected for, yay!

How did you get your start?

When I was in high school I would go to a lot of local metal shows and noticed that the photographers would get in for free sometimes and I wanted part of that deal. After photographing a couple of shows I didn’t like missing out on the actual performances so I just stuck to being a little emo fan girl in the crowd.

It wasn’t until I saw a couple of photos from Richard Avedon’s In the American West during my sophomore year in high school I was truly moved by fine art photography. Ever since that moment I saw the guy covered in bees, I knew I wanted to pursue fine art portraiture.

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My family, they are my life, my breath, my guidance. As a Navajo I was brought up with strong cultural teachings, which I have put into my work. I was born on the Navajo Reservation but my parents brought my sisters and I to Phoenix when I was six years old. There was a disconnect from my culture but my mom did an amazing job at teaching my sisters and I about our culture. With my artwork I explore those teachings to better understand them and I still have many teachings to explore.

What do you like about AZ?

I like Arizona because my home is here, I’ve been fortunate to travel several places but I always look forward to coming home. Other things I like about Arizona is the art scene, I feel like there’s a lot of artists coming together to make a difference in the scene. I am not sure if it is just me but I feel the art friends I have made in Arizona are pretty badass and I am amazed they talk to me haha. Having just stepped into the art scene here and having a job that lets me connect with incredible artists allows me to actually talk and receive guidance from local artists that I look up to.

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You can see my work on my website or you can follow my on Instagram and follow my daily shenanigans. I am pretty active on Instagram and I will doing an artist residency this summer so you’ll be able to see if I crash and burn haha.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

There are so many things I would love to do! Some more serious things would be, create a traveling workshop for Indigenous youth that shows them its okay to pursue the arts, another would be to have my own solo show in galleries around the country, I guess another one would be to have a studio of my own where I can provide classes on different areas of photography.

Hannah Manuelito 06What is your mantra?

“She laughs without fear of the future”, I love this Bible verse so much I actually have it tattooed on my arm. This verse perfectly describes every woman in my family; they are strong, powerful and overall badass women. When faced with challenges they rise up and face them straight on without hesitation. Although we have moments where we fall they remind us to smile, they bring back that laughter into our lives even at the darkest times.

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The 41st Annual Spring Festival of the Arts Returns to Tempe

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All images courtesy of Tempe Festival of the Arts

by Nicole Royse

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a spectacular 3-day event taking place Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25, showcasing exceptional visual artists from around the country. Returning for its 41st season, this festival focuses on amazing art, edibles, and entertainment situated in the heart of beautiful Downtown Tempe!

Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and offering visitors the opportunity to explore wonderful Mill Avenue from Third Street to University,  the Tempe Festival of the Arts has consistently been ranked in the Top 200 Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals in the nation and they are expecting nearly 225,000 visitors this year!

spring festival 05Receiving around 700 applicants, that are then juried by members of the local art community, the top artisans are ranked in each category and the highest-ranking artists receive invitations to participate.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will highlight a diverse and eclectic array of artists working in 16 different visual arts categories including ceramics, jewelry, photography, wearable art, and wood to name just a few. Selected by jury, 350 artist booths will line Mill Avenue filled with unique and hand-made artwork that offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and shop an eclectic collection of works.

spring festival 02During the Festival, a new jury selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category receives cash honoraria awards. Adam Homan, an Arizona native who has been creating metal art for the past 21 years is this year’s featured artist, whose work utilizes a “unique blend of steel, re-purposed objects and fiber optics.”

The Festival will present well-known local and regional music with more than a dozen street performers as well as the new edition “Unplugged Lounge” courtesy of the Graduate Tempe. They will also offer a wonderful variety of food options from local vendors that can be found throughout the festival at the food court, “Food Truck Alley”, snack vendors, and the featured Beer and Wine gardens.

spring festival 03The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, located at the Brickyard on Mill, features an interesting gallery space and open storage combination handled by the Ceramics Research Center with a diverse collection of 3,500 ceramic pieces at any one time.

Festival goers can experiment with chalk at the Chalk-A-Lot Street featuring a special curated chalk art section located on 4th Street and Mill with amazing professional chalk artists competing for awards.

For complete Tempe Festival of the Arts details, artist line up and entertainment schedules visit them online. Be sure also to follow them online on Twitter and Facebook. Admission to the festival is free!

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YabYum Seven: Cody Rex Chamberlain

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All photos courtesy of Cody Rex Chamberlain
Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Cody Rex Chamberlain. I’m a visual artist. I identify as a painter, first and foremost.

How did you get your start?

Some of my earliest memories of are of my parents painting and drawing. They were both creative people, though they didn’t consider it their vocation to be so. I started creating art myself very young. My mother made sure I had the tools to.

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Bull
What inspires you?

My inspiration is, in large part, the desert. Being there is a sort of beautiful reality check. The natural process of life and death are starkly exposed to the desert explorer. You’ll see a weathered skull nestled up against a living tree, or the new bloom of a yucca next to a withered juniper.

What do you like about AZ?

Arizona has been a favorite retreat of artists I admire. I remember seeing photographs of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning hamming it up in Sedona. Ernst said Paris and Sedona were the only places he wanted to live. Arizona lends itself well to surrealism, and I consider myself a surrealist.

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Bird Of Prey
Where can we see you(r) work?

The quickest fix is my Instagram.  There you can see a visual chronicle of the various shows, collections, and articles I’m featured in at a given time.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to have created a body of work that bears witness to the beauty of the western landscape as I’ve experienced it. What I hope to accomplish is what I’m actively working towards accomplishing.

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Inside The Mesa
What is your mantra?

The earth is forever.

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Rush Valley
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YabYum Seven: Joe Willie Smith

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All photos courtesy of Joe Willie Smith
Who are you and what do you do?

Joe Willie Smith, multimedia artist. I work in whatever medium is necessary to realize an idea. Presently I build ‘Sonic Sculptures’, basically sculpture that are amplified using piezo microphones, some are passive others require performance interaction. I recently completed a large scale, 32 ft, concrete and steel public art sculpture. The sculpture, commissioned by Harrison Properties, is located on the SW corner of Buckeye and 5th St.

How did you get your start?

I’ve been making art continuously since I was a child. My mother got me started weaving pot holders by the hundreds, painted plates, and toilet paper Carnation flowers. She would sell my creations and give me some of the money.

joe willie smith 05What inspires you?

I’m inspired by my surroundings. My work is usually created from the context of place.

What do you like about AZ?

I moved to Arizona in December 1987, from Youngstown, Ohio. Leaving Ohio during a major snow storm, I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, 87 degrees. I was sold, no one mentioned the summers. I still love the southwest and Arizona for the fantastic skies, amazing landscapes and the amazing wealth of creative, talented friends. Arizona and the southwest never cease to inspire me.

joe willie smith 06Where can we see you(r) work? 

My public art can be seen at Matthew Henson Community Gardens, 7th Ave. and Buckeye Rd. and the SW corner of 5th St. and Buckeye Rd. I also perform on my Sonic Sculptures with Datura Ensemble, a improvisational Performance group.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would like to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

What is your mantra?

My mantra is ‘Where am I’.

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49th Annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

tempe festival -1by Nicole Royse

December 1st through December 3rd the Tempe Festival of the Arts brings amazing art, edibles and entertainment to beautiful downtown Tempe in a FREE family friendly event! Highlighting a diverse array of artists working in 16 different visual arts categories including ceramics, jewelry, photography, wearable art, and wood. Since its inception, the Tempe Festival of the Arts has consistently been ranked in the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation and they are expecting nearly 225,000 visitors this year!

Those heading to Tempe this weekend can explore the festival on Mill Avenue (from 3rd Street to University) daily from 10am to 5:30pm. The street will be lined with about 350 artist booths selected by jury, filled with unique, hand-made artwork. The festival also gives folks the opportunity to meet the artists while shopping an eclectic collection of works.

This year’s featured artist is local mixed-media artist Erin Curry, who was selected by a jurying committee. “Curry’s one-of-a-kind artwork incorporates Nanoliner ink pen drawings on watercolor paper and wood panels, while she is admittedly afraid of needles, they play an imperative role in creating her 3-D shadowbox artwork.”

tempe festival 02Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the event from captivating street performers and entertainment booths set up along the streets to live music. Three different stages will highlight a variety of live music including bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz and rock featuring such artists Bossa Brazil, The Blaise Lantana Band, Walt Richardson, The Hourglass Cats, Desert Dixie, The Brothers Too and other local and regional talent.

Foodies be sure to check out the “Cottage Edibles” section, which includes hand-made gourmet foods, seasonings, cottage crafts and remedies, and festival favorite food. An assortment of fair food and street eats will be on hand including Blue Banjo BBQ, The Crepe Club, Hot Bamboo, Island Noodles — plus food trucks like Hibachibot, The Maine Lobster Lady, Rockabelly, Yellowman Fry Bread, and more.

This year the festival also features two beer and wine gardens where visitors (21 & older) can enjoy beverages on site from local vendors. Visit the Arizona Wine Tasting in Centerpoint Plaza for sampling and purchase of featured Arizona wines, including local award-winning wineries like Burning Tree Cellars, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company & Vineyard and others. Or raise a glass and toast with beers and brews from Tempe’s own Pedal Haus, and Four Peaks Brewing Company. Tickets are available on-site for the beer and wine gardens, as well as online in advance.

tempe festival 03The festival offers something for everyone in the family with kid-oriented programming and interactive sponsored exhibits such as Boots in the House, Build-A-Racecar Party, Creative Reuse Arizona, Girls Rock! (a musical petting zoo), Phoenix Youth Circus, Practical Art, and more. Did we mention that Kids Block, a hands-on exhibit will be featuring artwork from over 400 students throughout the valley, Chalk-a-Lot Street where kids and professionals use chalk to create original murals. Visitors can also stop by the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery (located at the Brickyard on Mill) that includes an intriguing gallery space and open storage combination handled by the Ceramics Research Center with a diverse collection of 3,500 ceramic pieces at any one time.

Get out and explore the 49th Annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts this weekend enjoy art, music, and get your holiday shopping done early! For complete details about this weekend’s Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts visit them online here and don’t forget to share your photos throughout the festival!

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All images courtesy and copyright of Tempe Festival of the Arts.

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6th Street Market Returns to Downtown Tempe

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All images are courtesy and copyright of Downtown Tempe Authority and 6th Street Market.

by Nicole Royse

TEMPE, AZ — The 6th Street Market, a seasonal Sunday marketplace featuring locally produced, handmade goods, takes place every Sunday through April 22, 2018.

This wonderful, local, and multifaceted marketplace is situated in the heart of downtown Tempe at the beautiful 6th Street Park, running from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM each week.

Featuring an eclectic mix of 30+ makers, food booths, live music, interactive art projects and much more, some local brands featured include indie darlings Iconic Cocktail, Hardcore Handmade, and All the Tiny Pieces, as well as numerous area designers, studios and makers of all kinds.

6th street market 01“We’re beyond excited to re-launch the 6th Street Market this season with such a powerhouse of strong, talented and accomplished creatives,” said the Downtown Tempe Authority’s Director of Placemaking and market coordinator Julie Kent. She went on to say, “The market offers the opportunity for the community to celebrate, embrace, and support local creativity while creating a true sense of place in our Downtown.”

The Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA) are an “award-winning, private non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of Tempe to increase the value of Downtown Tempe through enhanced management, safety, marketing and promotional services on behalf of DTA members and other downtown stakeholders.”

6th street market 02The DTA has created a fantastic event for the community with 6th Street Market.  They support the budding arts community, providing artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their work, while encouraging a thriving and diverse community of artists and makers in Downtown Tempe and the surrounding areas.

6th Street Market also plans to host special events throughout the season. Recently showcasing a fantastic event coordinated by Local Lily partnering with Stella the Airstream, a mobile photo booth outfitted inside a vintage Airstream trailer was raising money for a worthy cause: Tempe-based pet rescue Lost Our Home.

Get out this Sunday and explore downtown Tempe while checking out the 6th Street Market. Great local vendors to meet, unique local goods to buy, and engagement with the community!

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For more info, visit the 6th Street Market online. For more info about the DTA visit their website.

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YabYum Seven: Joey Morgan

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Joey Morgan pictured with “Bolt of Blue”
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Joey Morgan and I am a digital mixed media artist born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. (Actually a fourth generation Phoenician — quite rare!)

How did you get your start?

I started creating mixed media pieces with patina metal and metallic paper about five years ago. While on vacation in Mexico, I started photographing patterns in the sand and have been fascinated with texture I discover in nature ever since. For the last four years I have been digitally combining photos of patina color and nature’s texture into intriguing abstracts. The final composite image is printed on metal.

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“Stone Maze”
What inspires you?

Chemistry inspires me. I love creating patina color! When sheets of copper and brass are ‘stewed’ overnight in chemical solutions or pre-made patina dyes, it’s very exciting to wake up to random patterns of vivid, saturated colors. Nature inspires me. Looking at plants, petrified wood, canyon walls, sand and tree bark stimulates my creativity. I see the intricacies and immediately start thinking of how I can use the texture or pattern in a new piece of art.

What do you like about AZ?

What I like about Arizona is its diverse landscape. From the open, vast deserts, to lush forests, amazing canyons, beautiful lakes, rivers and creeks, not to mention the plethora of hiking trails. Always something to do outdoors!

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“Whispering Rainbow”
Where can we see you(r) work?

You can see my work at Art Mixed Up; at The Ted Denton Gallery in Carefree, AZ, the Iluminate Apartments in downtown Phoenix, and The Edgewater Condos on Tempe Town Lake and Circle Spotlight Oct. 2017; page 75.

What would you like o accomplish before you die?

Before I die, I would like travel to as many natural places as possible to photograph texture for my artwork. I would also like to see my work in hotels, commercial buildings / businesses, in more private homes here in the US and in other countries.

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Tie Dye Crevice
What is your mantra?

My mantra is to be in the moment. Enjoy the now.

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Botanical
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Lava Flow

YabYum Seven: Holly Anderson

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Photo by Angela Adams. Images below courtesy of Holly Anderson.
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Holly Anderson. I have been creating my entire life but it wasn’t until seven years ago that I became a full time, world-collected artist creating large scale, heavily textured mixed media paintings. Painting with acrylics, watercolor, ink, and prefering to use nontraditional tools, I have been fortunate to work with architects, designers, hotels and resorts on large projects as well as creating art for movie sets via Paramount Pictures.

I run my business Anderson Modern online and through my studio in downtown Phoenix. I am a collaborator and have a few side projects, one being Halcyon Fine Art which involves spirit, science & energy. All of the art revolves around water, the universe, and electro-magnetic media with co-creator Jessica Speer.

I also have a side project called Green Girls Life which is a line of eco-art created with all recycled materials or items that would have ended up in a landfill. Each eco piece carries an important message and is my way of educating others through art how to better take care of our environment and how our waste affects domestic and marine life.

When I am not creating art I focus on eco-activism, animal rescue and volunteer with multiple organizations that work with the homeless. You can find me in the most random places picking up trash, beautifying neighborhoods, distributing water and goods to those who live on the streets or bottle feeding kittens in the ICU at the Arizona Humane Society.

I also enjoy playing hand drums, the ukulele, didgeridoo and singing. I love the outdoors, traveling, and archery.

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Autumn Sky
How did you get your start?

I could not work because I was on narcotics and I kept making too many mistakes. For the last 17 years I’ve battled a very debilitating muscular skeletal disease and just had back to back surgeries including a spinal fusion. I did not know what to do, I’d always had a desk job and I could no longer sit at a desk anymore.

Everyone told me I would have to be on narcotics the rest of my life but one day I decided to stop taking them because they don’t fix anything, they changed my personality so much I didn’t even know who I was anymore so I quit cold turkey and wasn’t sure how to deal with the pain.

I had inherited a bunch of art supplies from my grandmother who was a professional artist and art teacher. Plus, I didn’t have any capital to start a business and wasn’t reliable or stable enough to get a “real job” so I started experimenting with paint. Painting helped me get through the pain and was a great distraction. I had no idea what art rules were, what I was doing, what complimentary colors were but I painted and I loved what I had created.

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Eon
What inspires you?

Water, nature & the opportunity to educate others about environmental issues through my art.

What do you like about AZ?

I moved to Arizona from Portland, Oregon hoping for a better life with more mobility and less humidity and I love waking up to a beautiful blue sky and seeing the tops of palm trees. I’ve really enjoy all the places I’ve hiked, I never imagined Arizona could be so beautiful.

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By appointment at my studio, 701 N 15th Ave in downtown Phoenix or my work can be seen at the Vali Homes in Central Phoenix which is a modern eco villa. It is one of the most sustainable homes in North America.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Oh gosh, there are so many things I would like to do. I honestly don’t have an answer as each day I focus on the present, the right here, right now. I strive to be the best human I can be every day and no matter what, always practice compassion.

What is your mantra?

I have two: JUST BE and PUSH THROUGH

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Tidewater Glaciers
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Tango
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Water and Light

YabYum Seven: Kris Kollasch

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All photos courtesy of Kris Kollasch
Who are you and what do you do?

I am Kristine Kollasch, a full time artist making a living creating for over 20 years. I have a business, Fine Art & Creative Environments, LLC established in 1997 after leaving an 11 year career at Habitat, Inc., a Tempe based design firm. There I built architectural and topographical scale models, and managed a department creating all things 3D, primarily for marketing centers for new housing developments. Since then, my business has focused on fine art, murals & themed environments, as well as public art.

My fine art ranges from playful and whimsical to highly finessed abstracts. I work in acrylics, mixed media, ceramic and steel. I don’t like to limit my possibilities. Not only am I a full time artist, but I am also involved in the Phoenix community through Valley Leadership and other non profits I believe in.

I also actively participate in the art scene through curating First Studio’s Gallery in the historic first TV Studio in Phoenix. I work directly with youth through Free Arts of Arizona, helping kids in shelters and group homes heal through artistic expression. I also support GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network on a variety of levels.

A long time Phoenix resident, I was born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Colorado, settling in the Valley of the Sun over 30 years ago. I live with my life partner and quite a menagerie of critters in our home in Central Phoenix where my art studio also exists. In my spare time…hmmm, what’s that? I do like to hang out with friends, enjoy live music, sing & dance and play when ever possible.

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“From the Fire Grows”, 48″ x 36″
How did you get your start?

I got my start through my 11 years working at Habitat, Inc. I have a degree in Art Education, but got involved in a very creative design firm fresh out of college. There I was given the experience and guidance to learn the skills needed to start my own business. But before that I had parents who believed in me and my art, and teachers who did too…and the talents I have from somewhere deeper than my own doing. That’s really where I got my start.

What inspires you?

What inspires me? Everything! Nature, love, war, color, the sky, the wind, the rain and sun.

What do you like about AZ?

I do love Arizona! I love the potential it holds and what it has given me and I think there is a lot of opportunity in this state that is constantly growing. Politically AZ’s always (since I’ve been here) been a bit crazy, which stirs opposition and expression. It’s still the wild west, where a person can carry a gun and once you’re out of the city, heck even sometimes in the city, horses are a common creature. I like the diversity of climates within the state. And I like the heat. Paint dries real fast most of the time, and I like that.

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“Love and Other Things”, 24″ x 24″
Where can we see you(r) work?

You can see my public art all around town with projects in Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria. Much of my public work is ceramic/ tile based, often with accents of steel. You will also find my work in any Adelante Healthcare, from pediatric interactive works to fine art throughout the lobby spaces.

The majority of my fine art you will find at First Studio in Central Phoenix on 631 N 1st Ave. Usually my work fills the upper gallery space, with other shows rotating through the first level space. You can also see current work on my business FB page or my website.

What would like to accomplish before you die?

Before I die…that’s a tough one. Not planning on it any time soon. I like to make the most of every opportunity, so it’s hard to tell what that might be in this lifetime.

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What is your mantra?

I have a couple mantra’s… “if it’s not moving, I can paint it”… “there’s not too much we can’t fix”… and “until further notice, celebrate everything!”

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“Complicated Conversations”, 37″ x 24″
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“Love Grows 2″, 24″ x 24”
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“From the Fire Grows 2″, 30″ x 30”
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Pinkspiration process
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“Wild” (detail)