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Arts July 5 – 18, 2014 63 ‘Tango’ inspires at Gangplank BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON The community is being asked to assist with an art project at Gangplank in Chandler honoring survivors of serious illness. “Resiliency Roses” will provide the base for public art installation called “Push Down and Tango,” which also pays homage to those with chronic conditions. “This idea evolved from my own experience with tango,” says Crystal Daigle, artist. “I always wanted to take lessons but thought it was beyond my reach due to my chronic pain.” She is a cancer survivor who has also lived with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for many years. “I decided to follow my heart and began lessons last summer. It’s been great for my health. I want viewers to think about dance as a healing activity, too,” she says. Prospective participants are invited to make roses are Daigle’s “maker parties” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, during “Craft Hack.” Both parties will take place at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., north of Frye Road. “I need a lot of people...20 people on each one of those nights,” notes Daigle. “Push Down and Tango” will be on display at the Mill Avenue Post Office in Tempe from Aug. 14 to Dec. 10 along with artwork from Joan Baron, Ann Morton and Peter Bugg. The collection of four installations is entitled “Minimum Daily Requirements.” Daigle’s sculptural, site-specific portion of the art installation was designed to fit the space of a particular window at the post office. “I thought about who’s going to be looking at it and who is going to be walking by there and what kind of impact the piece could have on the community. Part of that is that the audience down there is a lot of ASU students and their families and also Tempe families. I took some photographs intentionally of ASU students who dance tango because I wanted there to be a directed tie-in between ASU and the piece,” states Daigle. “Craft Hack” is the second Monday of each month. “We’ve been meeting for at least three years now at Gangplank,” says Eileen Kane, who together with Anne Watson Barber and Stephanie Liebold coordinate the event. “Crystal was attracted to something that we have at Gangplank called ‘Creative Mondays.’” On that night, Gangplank is open late to accommodate various artists and Daigle met up with the “Craft Hack” group and it turned out that it was a CREATIVE: Crystal Daigle is creating “Resiliency Roses” that together, with many other roses, will become a part of her “Push Down and Tango” art project that will be on display at the Mill Avenue Post Office in Tempe from Aug. 14 to Dec. 10. Submitted photo good time to invite the community to come assist with the “Push Down and Tango” project and the construction of roses. To learn more about the artist, visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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