YabYum Seven: Andrea Zakrzewski

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Andrea Zakrzewski poses with her piece, “Overwhelming Love”
Who are you and what do you do?

Andrea Zakrzewski: Fine artist who specializes in impressionist floral paintings, I design clothing that features my artwork and I am a freelance Journalist.

How did you get your start?

I have been painting since I was a child with my mother Andrea de Kerpely-Zak. My first teacher was Ted Degrazia who gave me private instruction.

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“African Daisies Blowing in the Wind”
What inspires you?

My mother Andrea de Kerpely-Zak is well known floral artist and most of my inspiration stems from her. I also love all the impressionists like Monet and Van Gogh. I also like to spread joy with my art and spread positive healing vibes to others.

What do you like about AZ?

My favorite things about Arizona are the amazing views of nature, the sky, mountains, and flowers. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. Arizona is a great place to live because there is such an amazing arts community and we do have culture.

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“Life is a Gift”
Where can we see you(r) work?

My work is featured at Gallery Andrea located at 7019 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251 and open Monday -Saturday 11 – 5 PM or online at artandrea.com.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I am happy with everything that God has blessed me with. I will continue to use my skills as an artist and freelance journalist to support the arts. If I could have the opportunity to get our works in some museums and have a segment like Samantha Brown on the Travel channel that would be some extra icing to the cake!

What is your mantra?

Everyday is a Blessing and Celebration of Life…


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“Beautiful Journey”

NXOEED Offers PHX Fans One-Night Glimpse of New Collection

All photos courtesy of James B. Hunt

Phoenix’s favorite hide-and-seek artist, James B. Hunt aka NXOEED, is packing up his latest collection and shipping it East.

Westfield State University in Massachusetts will be hosting his latest exhibition, Tetradiagon, so unless all you local NXOEED fans are planning on cross-country travel, you’ll only have one brief opportunity to catch a glimpse of the paintings before they ship for their Fall exhibition.


Yes, Grand Arthaus in Downtown Phoenix is offering a NXOEED Solo Preview showing for one night only on June 16th (Third Friday).

The exhibition will be showing at WSU this coming September, but this one night is the one chance you’ll have this year to see NXOEED’s Tetradiagon before it heads “Back East”.

In keeping with the artist’s tradition, Hunt worked with on-campus collaborators to help connect the clues embedded in the paintings to sites on the WSU campus. For the NXOEED newbies in Massachusetts, James Hunt paints more than images; there are secrets and hidden mysteries and not just in the artist-as-unknowable type of art riddle.

NXOEED 04According to Hunt, “The clues are embedded in many of the same ways they’ve been embedded in paintings from art hunts over the past ten years or so. Some take on different meaning when viewed at different angles or upside down, like most of my work since ’97. Some have only very minor clues. There are a few where the entire painting is the clue.” Even the name of the exhibit itself contains a clue.

And, did I mention that it’s the night before James Hunt’s birthday on this particular evening? So, come out and celebrate. Or, at least, eat some birthday cake and see some artwork and join the artist in trying to ignore the air of merriment that overtakes Grand Arthaus this coming Friday.


For more info, check out the Tetradiagon website, Facebook page, and Nxoeed: Solo Preview, One Night Only. event page.


YabYum Seven: Yuko Yabuki

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“Transition.” All photos courtesy of Yuko Yabuki
Who are you and what do you do?

Yuko Yabuki. An artist, I paint and cook.

How did you get your start?

When I was a child I would draw anything that came to my mind whenever I could find any spare time.

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“White Dragon”
What inspires you?

Something beautiful that we can not see with our eyes, but we know is there in our mind.

What do you like about AZ?

Dryness. Heat. Nature. Indigenous culture.

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Where can we see you(r) work?


Mostly online (Facebook, Instagram)

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Some annual shows (Hell City Tattoo Convention in August, Chaos show in October).

My art studio.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Travel the world. I want my parents to be happy about what I do (art). I want to show them that what I do can make people happy, so they can die happy.

I want to publish my art book, and of course, I want to paint the masterpiece that I could feel I am ready to die.

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“Destroy And Resurrect”
What is your mantra?

Don’t complain.

Beauty is not something only we can see or touch, it is something we feel with our heart.


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YabYum Seven: Randy Zucker

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All photos courtesy of Randy Zucker

Who are you and what do you do?

Randy Zucker: I am many people… an artist, a trouble-maker, a nasty woman, an old hippie, a young-at-heart activist, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a smarty-pants, and a beach bum to name just a few of me. What do I do? I paint. There is nothing I don’t love about painting:

First, the Challenges: The challenge of expressing and conveying an emotion or a sense of place or time; the challenge of creating a pleasing composition with just the right colors and textures; the challenge of “capturing” light or wind or other intangible physical and emotional realities that can’t be held, but can only be experienced; and, most challenging of all, the challenge of applying the paint to the canvas or paper so that it matches what is in my head.

Second, the Opportunities: the opportunity to make a social or political statement if I choose; the opportunity to affect and influence my physical or social environment or the environment of others; the opportunity for non-verbal expression when words will not suffice.

Third, the Physical Act itself: an activity that transports me to a “magical place,” one that does not recognize, and is not bound by, form or physical or emotional limitations, While there, I am blissfully unaware of time, space, physical pain, or little nuisances like hunger and tiredness.

Creating an image that speaks wordlessly but powerfully (whether seriously or humorously) to the emotions and intangible realities of the day is always a rewarding experience.

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“Drag Me Away”

How did you get your start?

Photography. Actually, mediocre photography! In an effort to improve my photographs and my ability to be creative with them, I started doing digital art, manipulating my original photographs to create images in which familiar scenes or objects are altered or detached from their natural function, inviting the viewer to form new personal connections. This practice developed my eye and sense of composition, but I found myself feeling limited by the original photograph. Something was pushing me to pick up a paintbrush and work from a blank canvas to really be able to express my innermost thoughts and emotions. It was highly risky for me because I have no formal training, but it was something I always felt I was supposed to do.

What inspires you?

Everything! Nature, strong emotions, other artists, a beautifully written sentence, textures and patterns, small details detached from their larger setting, new experiences… Or old and familiar things or experience being seen in a different way or from a different angle for the first time. I especially love to capture my first response to something. Even as a photographer, I never waited for the perfect light or moment… I just wanted to capture that initial response, that first “Wow!”

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“The Golden Hour”

What do you like about AZ?

Diversity. Diversity of people and cultures, Diversity of environments and habitats. The diverse and thriving arts and culture scene. The diverse culinary opportunities. The weather (most of the time). The many entertainment attractions and venues. The opportunities to be outdoors most of the time enjoying hiking and other activities. The sunsets. The rich history and the fact that much of it (not enough of course) is being preserved. The “Old West” charm that still exists in certain areas. Oh, and did I mention the sunsets?

Where can we see you(r) work?

My work is and has been included in many gallery shows throughout the valley (and beyond). I also show work in my home and studio by appointment.

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“Head Honcho Concho”

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Although I have traveled extensively, my bucket list continues to grow. But seeing the world is only a small part of what I hope to accomplish. Besides the deep-seated need I have to keep growing and improving in my art, my life is heavily centered on family… specifically creating memories! Sharing experiences with my grandchildren and passing on family traditions are very high on my list!

What is your mantra?

“The journey is the reward.” – Taoist Proverb


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“On The Lanai”
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“Windy Day On Oahu”

YabYum Seven: David Dauncey

david dauncey 03Who are you and what do you do?

David Dauncey: I am an Englishman, I studied ceramics at University, as well as fine art. Eventually I moved into panting full-time and held positions at a couple of Art companies before starting my own business.

I paint de-constructed portraits, full of imperfections, surface quality, doubt, mistakes and love. I know more of myself through the people I paint and each day before I paint with nothing in my pocket, no wedding ring on my hand, no watch in my waistcoat. I enjoy painting to music each day. New gray hairs appear and if only one then that qualifies as change and growth. I try not to look too deeply into the eyes of my influences, but by no means do I exclude them from my lexicon of marks.

Artists are very often Magpie’s stealing glittery little bits from others to line their own burgeoning mindscapes. I love to paint, and at times I love to ignore it and refresh to get my hands dirty in the cactus beds.

How did you get your start?

I was studying to be a mechanic of sorts, but two good friends of mine encouraged me to apply to art school. Obviously they had little faith in my mechanical ways.

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The walls of foreign countries, music, my peers, those that have come before. I think there is a crop of female artists based in Arizona at this time who can give any state a run for its money. So many inspirations: Kathe Kollwitz, Larry Rivers, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Bonnard Soutine, Diego Velasquez, Antonio Tapies, as well as many current artists such as Daniel Segrove, Paul Christina and Razvan Boar.

What do you like about AZ?

I love that my wife is from here, that my children were born here, the cacti (exotic looking, to a kid from middle England), orange blossoms, my friends, the stubborn landscape, adults that ride children’s bikes, the strong Hispanic flavor and food, the mountains of the North.

david dauncey 01Where can we see you(r) work?

I am represented by Costello-Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale, as well as several art consultants, mainly in the Western U.S. You can come ‘round for a visit to my studio and have coffee and discuss what you would like to buy ☺

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

To see my kids do better things then I. To watch them become even more amazing would be priceless, uncountable. To buy a small farm in France, to visit many of the great grounds of European soccer that I have not visited. To master an instrument, to fully speak French and Italian, to still be regarded with a loving eye by my wife, to walk in more fog and more woods, to own a keen axe for wood-chopping.

What is your mantra?

“Everything in moderation” and “Adopt, Adapt, Improve”


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YabYum Seven: Laura Cohen-Hogan

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Laura Cohen-Hogan, artist and creative thinker.

How did you get your start?

I started coloring and painting when I was a little girl growing up in Phoenix, AZ. My mom taught me to see. I learned white was not really white, and brown was really red, yellow and blue. In high school, I began art class drawing contour and gesture drawings from peer models each day. While working on my BFA in Hawaii and ASU, I continued to develop my life drawing, painting and print making. I received my Masters in Education to fulfill my goal to teach. I published my thesis: Behavior Modification Model in Art Education at the Junior High School Level and subsequently created a positive environment in which the greatest creative potential of a student could emerge. After developing my creativity and the inclusion of the visual arts as a teacher, administrator and professor, I became an artist and advocate of the arts.

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All photos courtesy of Laura Cohen-Hogan

What inspires you?

Just put an art tool in my hand and I become inspired to create a piece of art.

What do you like about AZ?

I grew up in Arizona(all but 2 years). Arizona has provided memories, opportunities, challenges, and home.

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Currently, I am the “featured artist” at Herberger AZ Center. I have a studio at the Artery that is open on first Fridays. I also have work displayed at the Collective Gallery at the Artery. I will have my work at a booth for Fine Art In the Garden at Shemer Art Center on March 11.

Laura Cohen-Hogan 02What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Being a cancer survivor, I was faced with the big C eight years ago. When that happens your life flashes before your eyes. I have been blessed with a wonderful family, many incredible and unique experiences, opportunities to travel, and surrounded by special friends. My life now, is the cherry on the hot fudge sundae. I wake up everyday glad to be alive. I am fortunate to infuse art into my life.

What is your mantra?

My mantra: the sound of the wind blowing through the palm frond.


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YabYum Seven: Frank Ybarra


Who are you and what do you do?

Frank Ibarra: I am a painter and printmaker, although painting is my main medium.

How did you get your start?

I started out my career as a graphic designer. But I have always spent my spare time painting. In the early ’90’s, I was a member of MARS (Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado). Being a part of this organization taught me a lot about how to exhibit my art and market it.

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Roxxie Loves Frida

What inspires you?

My family. My Mexican Heritage. I am a native of Phoenix, so local landmarks and AZ landscapes inspire me.

What do you like about AZ?

The scenery. Our desert way of life. Unique to other parts of the U.S.

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Cathedrals of Nature

Where can we see you(r) work?

I have a studio at my home. I am represented at Casa de Artistas in Old Town Scottsdale. Plus I get involved in showing my work in Downtown Phoenix venues. I will be showing with my friends, Joe Ray and Gennaro Garcia at the Found:Re Hotel during Art Detour in March of 2017.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Good question. I just hope that my art leaves a special memory in the viewers heart. Perhaps one of my paintings reminds them of a fond memory in their lives. When I hear people share this with me, I am humbled and honored that they get the message.

What is your mantra?

I always tell young artists to “Keep on Painting” and don’t give up. It is very important to be passionate about their work and get involved.


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West of Camelback Mountain
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For more paintings and also examples of Frank’s prints, head to his website.

YabYum Seven: Abe Zucca

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All photos courtesy of Abe Zucca

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Abe Zucca;  I use everything I am capable of using to create paintings of people, places, and things. Sometime to form a narrative, sometimes to suspend an object in its simplicity.

How did you get your start?

I never got a start, although I have had my hand outstretched for a long time hoping for someone to pull me up on stage.  So I flipped the script and admired those creative people around me and created my own stage. Abe Zucca Galley 1301 Grand.

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What inspires me, is youthful individual wonderment.

What do you like about AZ?

What I love about AZ is that when someone talks a big game of status connections, opportunity to make some major cash – 99% of the time they are full of it. Why this makes me love AZ is that I know no one is going to black list me cause they got no list.

Where can we see you(r) work?

You can see my work at 1301 Grand Ave, and Red Thai Asian Bistro in consistent rotation throughout the year.

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I just want to accomplish something so consuming that this death thing is forgotten about.

What is your mantra?

My mantra is: I might have cancer.


Check out Abe Zucca’s latest show Perspectival 4.5 this upcoming First Friday Nov. 4 from 6-11 PM at his Gallery. You can also peep his Instagram.


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YabYum Seven: William Barnhart

william barnahrt 01Who are you and what do you do?

My name is William Barnhart and I am an artist. The Human figure is the thread of continuity that weaves its way through my paintings, hand pulled prints, and sculptures that have been flowing from my studio for over 30 years here in Arizona.

How did you get your start?

After a dismal start to grad school at ASU, I blew out the program, and moved into a warehouse, where I traded art for rent for years. Starting an art career is not the hard part, sticking to it is. I often tell people that the first 20 years are going to be the hardest.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by beauty,
william barnahrt 03the drama, and the emotional complexity of this ride we are on called the human experience. It is the basis for my artist explorations and its relevance as a subject matter is universal and timeless.

What do you like about AZ?

Arizona has been good to me. It has been a wonderful place to raise a family, and I have found there to be a constant supply of affluent clients with large homes that need artwork to help sustain my art career. Mesa has been an idyllic place to build my world-class studio, complete with painting, printmaking, and sculpture studio, as well as a sculpture garden, gallery, and residency.

Where can we see you(r) work?

My work can be seen by visiting the gallery, or at the upcoming solo exhibition for two weeks in early October at {9} The Gallery located in the Grand Avenue Arts District in Downtown Phoenix. Also you can visit my website.

william barnahrt 07What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I have found great pleasures in this life by setting goals for myself, and working to achieve those goals. I have many goals yet to achieve, and many more which have yet to even come to the forefront of my imagination. As an avid sailor, one of the big goals I have yet to achieve is sail across an ocean single-handed.

What is your mantra?

If I were to set a mantra for myself, it would be to love deeply, passionately and unconditionally; live kindly, give generously, laugh frequently and work feverishly.


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