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More flux at Flux Gallery

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Flux Gallery is once again in flux. Painter C. J. Shane and fiber artist Mary Vaneecke are leaving the gallery collective to focus on other prospects. Lee Roy Beach will be stepping back from the gallery as well, although we will continue to exhibit some of his work, along with work by original Flux member Steven Derks.

In addition, we are cutting back our hours. Effective immediately, we will be open only Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To see the gallery by appointment at another time, please feel free to contact any one of us, via email or at the phone numbers below.

  • Peter Eisner, 520-465-6600
  • Sheryl Holland, 520-749-3829
  • Dragana Skrepnik, 520-404-9888
  • Lynne Yamaguchi, 520-760-8938

The gallery will be in a little disarray for the next few weeks because of the turnover, so please bear with us during the transition. We deeply appreciate the continuing support of all of you as we persist in our collective venture and adventure at Flux Gallery.

Open Studio Tour at Flux Gallery, Nov. 12 & 13

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Three Flux Gallery artists will move their studios to the gallery for the Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and meet painters Lee Roy Beach and Sheryl Holland, and mixed-media textile artist Mary Vaneecke. See how they work and check out the gallery while you’re there.

Mary will have her gorgeous 'Shibori Chic' scarves for sale at the Open Studio Tour.

Flux artists C. J. Shane, Dragana Skrepnik, Lynne Yamaguchi, and Peter Eisner will be receiving visitors at their studios that same weekend. Please consult the Open Studio Tour information at the Tucson Pima Arts Council web site for their individual locations.

Artists’ talks

Monday, October 10th, 2011
"Beginning of Time" by Lee Roy Beach

"Beginning of Time" by Lee Roy Beach

The artists of Flux Gallery will be presenting a series of talks about the artmaking process. First up is Lee Roy Beach, who will be talking on Saturday, October 15, from 2 to 3 p.m., about “Painting as Problem Solving: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat.”

Lee says, “I always begin a painting with a fairly firm idea about how the final work should look—but it seldom turns out that way. In fact, when it goes as planned, the painting usually isn’t very good. For years, this caused me great distress, but I finally learned to accept that I’ve not really begun a painting until I reach an impasse. It is the effort to resolve the impasse, to solve the problem and save the failing painting, that breathes life into it. My talk will examine how this happens and what I think it says about the creative process.”

We hope you will join us this Saturday for Lee’s talk. No need to register or reserve a spot; just come. Next up will be C.J. Shane, who will speak on “Monotype Mystery” on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to noon. Mary Vaneecke will speak Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. on “Confessions of a Subversive Stitcher.”

Flux Gallery’s 2nd anniversary celebration

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Flux Gallery will celebrate its second year of operation on Friday, October 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and brilliant new work by the Flux artists: Lee Roy Beach, Peter Eisner, Sheryl Holland, C. J. Shane, Mary Vaneecke, Lynne Yamaguchi, and our newest member, Dragana Skrepnik. Flux Gallery is located at Plaza Palomino, at the southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell Roads in Tucson.

Save the dates

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Flux will be hopping this fall with a variety of fun events. Watch for your invitation to our Second Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. And mark your calendars for the following events—artist lectures, the Open Studio Tour, and our small works show—now through December. Hope to see you soon at Flux Gallery.

  • Saturday, Oct. 15, 2–3 p.m.: Painting as Problem-Solving: Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat, lecture with artist Lee Roy Beach
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.–noon: Monotype Mystery, lecture with artist C.J. Shane
  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 12 &13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.: Open Studio Tour with Lee Roy Beach, Sheryl Holland, and Mary Vaneecke at Flux Gallery
  • Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19: Guest artist Lisa Mishler
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2–3 p.m.: Confessions of a Subversive Stitcher, lecture with artist Mary Vaneecke
  • Friday & Saturday, Dec. 10 & 11: Small works show (hours to be announced)

Mary Vaneecke featured in the Tucson Weekly TQ&A

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Mari Herreras of the Tucson Weekly interviewed our own Mary Vaneecke for the TQ&A column. To read more about Mary’s mixed-media textile work, click here. You can hear her artist talk, “Confessions of a Subversive Stitcher,” at Flux on December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. You can meet Mary and see her work at the gallery this Saturday. Stop by and say hello.

Why I Work in Fabric

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

As a new member of Flux Gallery, and its only mixed-media textile artist, I thought I would blog a bit about how and why I work in fabric. I came to the art world as a quilter, and my art has roots in the quilting tradition. My work is usually layered and stitched together. That meets the technical definition of quilting, but we are talking form, not function, here. Most people would not want to sleep under my work!

First, I start with a specific design in mind. Then, I go to the fabric, altering its surface to complement the design. I might dye and/or bleach the silk, cotton or rayon. Next comes layers of paint, foil, decorative stitching, transfer images and/or embellishments. I am always referring back to the original design. Many artists would frame the piece and stop there.

But I find that layering and stitching the fabric adds texture and dimension to the work that I can’t get any other way. A picture is worth a thousand words, so to see what I mean, click here to see a one-and-a-half minute video about this effect on a piece I call “Sahuaro Blooms.”

I hope you will stop by the gallery to see the work of all the artists “up close and personal.” See you soon!

Small treasures

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Flux Gallery presents small treasures by C J Shane, Lee Roy Beach, Lynne Yamaguchi, Mary Vaneecke, and Sheryl Holland, July 8 and 9.

Next Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, Flux Gallery will feature small treasures by artists C J Shane, Lee Roy Beach, Lynne Yamaguchi, Mary Vaneecke, and Sheryl Holland. Our show will coincide with the summer Zuni fetish show at Grey Dog Trading Company, our neighbor at Plaza Palomino. Special for the show, we will offer a 10% discount on small works at Flux with a same-day receipt from Grey Dog; Grey Dog will reciprocate by offering 10% off of its Zuni fetishes with a same-day receipt from Flux. Flux will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Grey Dog, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out and celebrate small with us!

Flux in flux

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Flux Gallery is living up to its name this summer. Three more members are moving on—two to larger markets, one to another country. Carol Ann and Shirley Wagner will be refocusing their efforts on larger art markets outside of Tucson. Katherine Minott will be heading south to Mexico for a few months.

Although we will miss our sister artists, Flux’s future looks fine. We have three new artists to fill our space and your homes. Sheryl Holland, who was a guest artist at Flux in February, joined us as of June 1. Her colorful acrylic abstracts are already gracing the gallery.

"Wings of Desire" by Sheryl Holland

"Wings of Desire" by Sheryl Holland

On July 1, CJ Shane and Mary Vaneecke will officially join us. Shane, as she likes to be known, paints abstract landscapes and makes prints and artists’ books. Mary is a fiber artist who uses surface design techniques such as paint and pencil on fabric, discharge dyeing, decorative stitching, and machine quilting to create fabric wall pieces.

"Kayenta" by CJ Shane

"Kayenta" by CJ Shane

Each has her own web site, so click on their names in the previous paragraphs to link to their individual web sites and learn more about each of them.

"Wilderness Trails I" by Mary Vaneecke

"Wilderness Trails I" by Mary Vaneecke