“Figuratively Speaking” works by Denise Yaghmourian

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Celebrations have been had, champagne has been toasted, resolutions have been made– 2016 has officially begun. Practical Art is thrilled to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ringing in the New Year often marks a period of reflection—a time to evaluate the successes or challenges of the past in order to adapt and prepare for an even brighter future. As Practical Art reflects upon 2015, and looks with excited anticipation to 2016, we are overcome with sincere gratitude for all of our loyal supporters– THANK YOU!denise2

Visit this month’s exhibition and be inspired in your own personal reflection. The stunning figures of Denise Yaghmourian, are sure to stimulate thoughtful meditation. Join us this Friday night, January 8, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm as we celebrate her beautiful, thought-provoking show, “Figuratively Speaking.”


Yaghmourian’s sculptures represent the intimate moments of individuals, capturing the interactions they hold with themselves and others around them. Moments of…

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Soggy notes from First Friday, June 5, 2015

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Featured photo: “Goodnight Sweetheart,” by Scott Wolf.

It rained. In June. My notebook got soggy, and I had to stuff my camera under my shirt. OK, just had to get that out of the way, because we longtime Phoenicians get excited about rain. In June.

On to the art: There is a show inside Bokeh Gallery at monOrchid that I wish everyone could see in this post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan age of acknowledging our veterans, but perhaps not fully acknowledging their pain. “Stories of Their Sacrifices: PTSD” features the photography of Christopher “Boats” Oshana and Scott Johnson — Oshana with close-up color portraits of veterans bearing mental and emotional — if not physical — scars, and Johnson with heartwarming black-and-white portraits of veterans bonding with service dogs from the “Soldier’s Best Friend” project.

Curator Nicole Royse posted on Instagram that Mayor Greg Stanton attended the First Friday opening, which is a laudable…

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feminism today in shade gallery @ the monorchid

Monica Aissa Martinez

This weekend is Art Detour.


Nicole Royse organized an exhibition titled Feminism Today. It holds to be a powerful exhibit of 13 women artists. And You’re invited!
The exhibition will be displayed in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. Focusing on the loose theme “Feminism Today,” looking at the many roles woman play including artist, mother, wife, friend , etc. How do these topics affect, play a role, or reflect within artists work?

Kristin Bauer
Christine Cassano
Cherie Buck Hutchinson
Mimi Jardine
Melissa Martinez
Monica Aissa Martinez
Lara Plecas
Mary Shindell
Constance McBride
Irma Sanchez
Beth Ames Swartz
Marilyn Szabo
Denise Yaghmourian

image12 My work in the background and Christine Cassano’s work in the foreground @ MonOrchid (Photo by Nicole Royse)

Feminism Today
Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from March 6th until March 29th, 2015.
Opens: First Friday, March 6th, 6-10pm
Closing: Third Friday, March 20th, 6-10pm.

Art Detour 27:…

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