October 18 - 31, 2014
Vision’s ‘Explorations’ explores artistic visions A new “exploration” of ﬁber, fabric, texture and art is set to open Friday, Nov. 7, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, and will run through Saturday, Jan. 17. The show, “Explorations,” gathered submissions from Arizona artists with the Surface Design Association and aims to highlight varied approaches, media and pieces through the different techniques used by the artists as they study and grow in their craft. Nancy Nakamoto, SDA state representative and organizer of the exhibit, says innovation and taking risks as an artist are central components to the exhibit. SDA artist Miriam Otte agrees. “It’s important for artists to take risks. ‘Explorations’ celebrates moving toward unexplored territories of new techniques, new media and new compositions,” she says. Carol Eckert of Tempe, a well-known ﬁber artist recognized for her compositions of animal symbols and myths from cultures around the world, will curate the exhibit. Eckert’s ﬁber sculptures have become noteworthy additions to many private and public collections including Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Museum. The Surface Design Association is a national nonproﬁt organization of artists dedicated to supporting and improving
ART OF EXPLORATION: “And a Wolf Shall Devour the Sun” and “In the Garden of Evil,” works by Tempe artist Carol Eckert, who will curate the “Explorations” exhibit. Submitted photo
the practice of surface design—the coloring, patterning and structuring of ﬁber and fabric—by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities. The nearly 4,000 members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join at www.surfacedesign.org. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the Vision Gallery, call (480) 782-2695 or visit www. visiongallery.org.
ON STAGE “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” through Sat., Oct. 25, S55. In this American dark-comedy play, postnuclear meltdown, there’s no electricity, no TV, and the survivors are living in small groups when a few people around a campﬁre start to piece together their memories of an episode of “The Simpsons.” This imaginative story explores how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. “Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” through Sun., Oct. 26, VYT. Watch as this musical, based on the ﬁrst story in C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” comes to life on stage. Larry the Cable Guy, Sat. Oct. 18, CCA. Daniel Lawrence “Larry” Whitney, best known as Larry the Cable Guy, brings his unique brand of humor to the stage. Ali Jackson Trio, Sat., Oct. 18, MAC. The talented jazz drummer hits the stage with his group. Under the Streetlamp with Gentleman’s Rule, Sat., Oct. 18, and Sun., Oct. 19, MAC. One of America’s hottest vocal groups returns to the Mesa Arts Center to perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook.
“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” Sun., Oct. 19, through Mon., Nov. 16, TCA. Childsplay brings back last year’s breakout hit, based on Newberywinner Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book. Centered on an exceptional toy that becomes lost, the play tells a fantastical story of ﬁnding friendship, ﬁnding yourself and eventually ﬁnding your way home. “Freedom Rock Experience,” Mon., Oct. 20, CCA. Award-winning C.T.S. rock band and the Chandler High School Orchestra perform a beneﬁt concert honoring the life and memory of Wendi VanBriesen, a friend to many in the community. Proceeds go to VanBriesen’s family and the Chandler High Orchestra. “Frankenstein,” Wed., Oct. 22, through Sat., Nov. 1, TT. Discover new chills in an old tale as Actor’s Youth Theatre brings Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to the stage just in time for Halloween. Penn and Teller, Fri, Oct. 24, MAC. Winning awards, winning over audiences and redeﬁning their genre with their unique performances, the iconic duo hits the stage with their singular blend of magic and comedy. BLEND: Phoenix Meets Houston, Fri., Oct. 24, and Sat., Oct. 25, CCA. Enjoy an evening of modern and contemporary dance works in this shared concert event between the Phoenix-based