December 2016- A Show of Hands

Shade Projects is proud to present the solo exhibition of Constance McBride with her latest work A Show of Hands in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. Constance McBride creates figures to punctuate the complexity of the human drama. McBride’s clay and mixed-media sculptures examine important subjects including the aging process and its affects on the human body. Her work is inspired by landscape and the natural world, most recently being characterized by her use of dry surface treatments and her sculpting method to create contorted forms rather than images of perfection. McBride has found a true connection with sculpture, celebrating the human body through clay highlighting its imperfections creating work that immediately exudes a feeling of tranquility blended with a sense unsettlement, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

The artist skillfully renders the human form in an intriguing variety of work, commenting on the human form and its affects. When asked about her work McBride said, “The effects time has on our bodies and my evolving emotions concerning them are what drive the direction of my work” and gives her the ability to connect with her audience. Her artwork is a brilliant examination of the human body, the nude form, and aging by highlighting the beauty of our imperfections while reminding us that we are all connected, Royse states. 

ead full Press Release Here: https://www.prlog.org/12600038.html

 

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, December 16th, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Constance McBride and Curator, Nicole Royse. A Show of Hands will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from December 2nd until December 26th, 2016. 

 

 

December 2016-Life & Death Portraits

Shade Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of Marilyn Szabo's Life & Death Portraitsin Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. The exhibition will showcase technically exquisite portraits taken over a 25 year period of various individuals both personally important and of prominent members in the community. The photographs featured include Allen Ginsberg, Mohammed Ali, musician Ray Manzarek, poet Ntozake Shange, sculptor Klaus Ihlenfeld, and studio assistant to Harry Bertoia, as well as memoir photographs of Szabo's mother and friends. Her imagery captures her subject’s distinct personalities, as well as their defining characteristics. Through Szabo's own power and artistry she is able to get her subjects to reveal something of themselves resulting in photographs that are striking and powerful, due to a strong collaboration between the photographer and sitter. Szabo has created a distinct style of portraiture that is nothing short of iconic that is showcased in this exhibition. 

Full Press Release here: https://prlog.org/12598848

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, December 16th, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Marilyn Szabo and Curator, Nicole Royse. Life & Death Portraits will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from December 2nd until December 26th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

November 2016- CALACA's "Beyond the Script"

The MonOrchid and Shade Projects are proud to collaborate with CALACA to present Beyond the Script. The Beyond the Script exhibition was curated by Marco Albarran and this exhibition opportunity was graciously given to us by the MonOrchid and Shade Projects Curatior, Nicole Royse. Sometimes we are bound to strict rules and norms in creating a piece or a series of pieces, and in many times we choose to move away from those expected norms when creating. This exhibition will bring a group of artists that have chosen to get away from the rules and bring unexpected realities, and in-depth strengths for symbolic meanings. With no doubt, the artists represented here, will leave a mark on dimensional thinking. The artists featured in Beyond the Script are Jose Benavides, Ashley Macias, and Marco Albarran.

CALACA promotes mutual cultural experiences that are developed from layers of tradition, history and social norms. Founded in 2003 for the encouragement of community participation in developing art initiatives for preservation and promotion of Latino(a) and Indigenous Cultural Arts. CALACA embraces community involvement, partnerships and collaborations among small and large cultural organizations and institutions. CALACA’s mission is to “Preserve and promote Latino and Indigenous cultural arts with the purpose of promoting the cultural arts through community arts Initiatives.

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception for Beyond the Script on First Friday, November 4th, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, November 18th, 2016 from 6-9pm. Beyond the Script will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid until November 26th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

For additional information about this exhibition or other events at MonOrchid contact Nicole Royse, Curator of Shade Projects @themonoOrchid email: nicoleroyse@gmail.com phone: (602) 810-3449. For information about CALACA you can contact us at info@calaca.org or visit www.calaca.org.

October 2016- Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona

Shade Projects is proud to present the Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizonathe solo exhibition of J.W. Fike in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases striking photography of various local botanicals that gracefully float in a black expanse that reference traditional photograms and contact prints, as well as what he calls visions from the collective unconscious. When asked about his work Fike said, “I strive to create images that function as conduits in a uniquely charged space connecting art, science and spirituality.” The artist takes a place-based approach to his photography examining his medium in relation to subject, audience and site. “The artist effortlessly blends art and science resulting in an engaging and truly beautiful collection of work while presenting everyday local botanicals in a new and refreshing new light”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Read full press release here: http://prlog.org/12585244

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception for Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona on First Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, October 21st, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, J. W. Fike and Curator, Nicole Royse. Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from October 7th until October 30th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

October 2016- Cact-Us: A Show About Growing Together

Shade Projects is proud to present Cact-Us: A Show About Growing Togetherthe solo exhibition of Jesse Perry in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. Marking his return and first solo exhibition Perry states, “This is a show about the beauty and humor of living in the Southwest, specifically Phoenix.” He creates captivating work in all mediums with a style all his own, utilizing bold lines, vibrant color palette, and pop infused style with a brand new body of work. Perry went on to say, “I felt the powerful and persistent image of the cactus would serve as perfect plain of exploration to further convey this concept and represent the people that make up this city, prickly but beautiful.” “His artwork speaks to ideas of unity and community laced with settle messages often saturated with humor and amusing characters of the Southwest that blend his love of the valley, pop culture and his infectious personality”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Read Full Press Release here: http://prlog.org/12583714.

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception for Cact-Us: A Show About Growing Together on First Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, October 21st, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Jesse Perry and Curator, Nicole Royse. Cact-Us: A Show About Growing Together will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from October 7th until October 30th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

 

September 2016- New Myths

Shade Projects is proud to present New Mythsthe solo photography exhibition of Rembrandt Quiballo in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. New Myths, features the debut of his latest body of work featuring mass produced images are saturating television, film and the Internet, greatly influencing our perception of the world and our values. This current work was created by appropriating images from mass media, which he then manipulates digitally, printing digital composites onto transparency paper then utilizing an image transfer technique collaging and layering several of these transparent prints onto acrylic glass or archival paper. The artist’s method transforms endlessly replicated images from mass media into unique objects. 

“Quiballo’s work explores mass media and its effects on social and political history and lives utilizing imagery to create evocative works of art”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. “My work attempts to subvert this prevailing apparatus by using components from mass media to critique and construct new myths”, says Quiballo. He goes on to say, “Furthermore, I use instances of compression artifacts found in digital media as a point of intervention, where the immaculate façade of high definition media disintegrates and exposes instability in the seemingly constant stream. “ 

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September 2016- What Happens In Between

Shade Gallery is excited to welcome Kris Manzanares "What Happens In Between" to the MonOrchid! What Happens in Between, the solo exhibition of Kris Manzanares in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. Manzanares makes her monOrchid debut showcasing her latest body of work What Happens in Between highlighting both paintings and sculpture.This exhibition emphasizes, "what happens in the wild moments glinting between the familiar framework of our daily routine", which the artist goes on to say "it's the moments where fantasies rise unbidden from the depths, where ideas and solutions can suddenly appear, belched forth from some lively hidden inner working".

Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/2bhWCfa 

August 2016-Delineation

Shade Projects is proud to present Delineation, the solo exhibition of Texas artist, Angel Cabrales. We are thrilled to showcase a large-scale sculptural installation titled Juegos Fronteras, which is a Playground that aims to show the metaphorical restrictions placed upon our future and youth by the placement of borders in an area dependent on the free flow of Cultures. In restricting the flow for safety and security the Playground is rendered useless for those outside and cripples the ability of those inside to truly experience the freedom and joys the grounds encourage. Cabrales said, “This installation was conceptualized by the current issues on immigration in Southwest, as well as the rest of the nation.”

Cabrales is a multi-media sculptor who is creating dynamic sculptures and interactive installations that he says, “Is inspired by a great love for science, math and engineering, as well as science fiction and pop culture along with a passion for machinery and gadgets which translates into my work.“ His artwork utilizes industrial design and commercialism approaching tough topics through a satirical lens, resulting in artwork that blends social and political concerns of today while beginning an important dialogue started with viewers and participants, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

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July 2016- Cleansing the Soul in India

Shade Projects is proud to present Cleansing the Soul in India, the solo photography exhibition of Nick Oza in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. Oza marks his debut at the monOrchid with Cleansing the Soul in India, presenting a new body of work “Kumbh Mela” that is sure to mesmerize and delight audiences with his striking images of India, its people and their beautiful traditions. This exhibition showcases the artist’s travels and exploration through India with a behind the scenes look at the wandering monks known Sadhus, as well as Maha Kumbh Mela which is the largest religious gathering in the world in Allahabad India. “His photography allows his viewers to better understand the people and their culture resulting in powerful yet truly beautiful imagery”, states Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. 

Oza visits his family yearly in India, but this year the timing worked perfectly allowing him to venture to this amazing Hindu festival, as well as connecting with the Sadhus resulting in unique and captivating behind the scenes photographs. This trip and images truly marked a milestone in Oza life that he reaffirmed, “It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life and helped me to understand this culture and religion.” Read full press release here: http://prlog.org/12564103

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, July 1st, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Nick Oza and Curator, Nicole Royse. Oza will give a special talk about his work, travels, and creative process at 7:15pm. Cleansing the Soul in India will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from July 1st until July 24th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

July 2016-Gray Area

Shade Projects is proud to present Gray Area, a small group exhibition of that will showcase the work of three artists AJ Nafziger, Jessica Palomo, and Travis Rice in Shade Gallery. Gray Area features the work of three artists who reveal drawing as an advanced and complex practice and an artistic channel for discovery. According to the artists “Drawing is something we all do throughout childhood, scribbling on paper as we learned to express and explore our visual experience and remains at the core of most artistic practice, so much so that it is can be underrated as an advanced practice in its own right.”  

The artwork of Travis Rice, Jessica Palomo, and AJ Nafziger vary greatly in aesthetic, using a wide range of alternative processes, demonstrating the tremendous depth of the pool of techniques, mediums, and styles artists use to draw. All of the artists work demonstrates a different balance somewhere between strict representation and nonrepresentation and explores the roles of uncertainty and the conflict of chance and planning. Together our work provides a strong demonstration of these themes and an interesting set of examples of unexpected diversity and techniques of drawing as an art form. Read Full Press Release Here: http://prlog.org/12563480.

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, July 1st, 2016 from 6-10pm with the artists in attendance. The closing reception will be held on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 from 6-9pm. Gray Area will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from July 1st until July 24th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

June 2016- Intaglio

Shade Projects is proud to present Intaglio, the solo photography of Christopher OShana in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases OShana’s desire to learn more about Arizona’s rich history since he is originally from the New England Area.  “OShana debuts a new body of work, highlighting the beauty of Arizona and its history while pushing himself artistically as a photographer”, states Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. This body of work was captured just outside of Flagstaff at Wupatki Indian Ruins where OShana explored the petroglyphs and beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Intaglio showcases incredible images from Wupatki that highlight the majestic beauty of the ancient petroglyphs with brilliant textures and rich colors. OShana’s interests were peaked in school about “Intaglio” referring to the printmaking technique of incising an image into a surface and the incised area holds the ink. Upon seeing the petroglyphs first hand, OShana discovered that this ancient rock art was created in a similar way by removing part of a rock surface through incising or carving out the image revealing different layers and colors of sediment.

Read Full Press Release here: https://www.prlog.org/12552553-look-at-arizona-history-with-oshanas-intaglio.html

Direct all gallery inquiries to our Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse at Art@monorchid.com

 

June 2016- Desert River/City River

Shade Projects is proud to present Desert River/City River, the solo exhibition of New York artist Tony Winters. Desert River/City River features visions of the magical landscape, part natural, part man-made that makes up the Phoenix watershed. From parched apocalypse to oasis garden city, debates over the future of America's west get louder each year, increasingly focused on the one subject that can't be ignored-water. Winters invites the viewer to marvel at the beautiful, yet fragile, Phoenix watershed, from its origins high in the Mogollon Rim to its destination in the Valley of the Sun. Winters says, "I believe people feel love and protectiveness for things they understand and find beautiful. This project intends to evoke that feeling toward the Phoenix watershed." "Winters is able to capture nature and the joy experienced, giving his viewers a real sense of this through his paintings", states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

Read Full Press Release Here: https://www.prlog.org/12546293-shade-gallery-welcomes-tony-winters-desert-rivercity-river.html

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Desert River/City River on First Friday, June 3rd from 6-10pm with the artist Tony Wintersin attendance, he will give a talk on his recent work, and Shade Gallery will host innovators in the field of water resources, conservation and development, focusing on the future of Phoenix and its water landscapes. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, June 17th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the art and curator. Desert River/City River will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from June 3rd until June 26th, 2016.

May 2016- Metrofitted

Shade Projects is proud to present Metrofitted, a small group exhibition of talented students from Metropolitan Art Institute to debut in Bokeh Gallery. The students selected to participate in this exciting exhibition are Brittany Christianson, Katie Menard, Alyssa Anton, and Ann Venezia, under the guidance of Visual Arts Director, Koryn Woodward Wasson. Metrofitted will showcase and eclectic and diverse selection of artwork created throughout the year by these artists.  Read Full Press Release Here: https://www.prlog.org/12550457-metropolitan-arts-institute-student-showcase-comes-to-bokeh-gallery.html

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 6-10pm featuring live music from special guests. The closing reception will be on Friday, May 20th, 2016 from 6-9pm. Metrofitted will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from May 6th until May 29th, 2016. Please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

May 2016- Bilá Ashdlá' (Five Fingered People)

Shade Projects is proud to present Bilá Ashdlá' (Five Fingered People), the solo exhibition of local artist, Jeff Slim. This exhibition will showcase the continuation of his two series "Pollen Boy" and "Beyond the Reed Series" both series depict the artist's personal interpretations of his culture. His good friend and musician Ryan Dennison inspired the "Pollen Boy Series" Slim says, "It is so inspiring that he has created his own path and voice incorporating his life growing up on the reservation along with life today". Slim will also be exhibiting new work from his "Beyond the Reed" that explores the Diné creation story while incorporating and depicting people of today and what he calls "Navajo now”.

 

Read Full Press Release here: https://www.prlog.org/12550160-bil-ashdl-five-fingered-people-opens-in-shade-gallery.html

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance and live music from Ryan Dennison. The closing reception will be held on Third Friday, May 20th, 2016 from 6-9pm. Bilá Ashdlá' (Five Fingered People) will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from May 6th until May 29th, 2016. Please all exhibition inquiries should be directed to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

April 2016- The Accidental Tourist

Shade Projects is proud to present The Accidental Tourist, a juried group photography exhibition on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. “The Accidental Tourist” is a juried group photography exhibition that will showcase cell phone photography of Arizona taken within the last two years. Rediscover the beauty of Arizona through the lens of a cell phone as you explore the unique photographs of some wonderful local photographers.

Read the full press release here: https://www.prlog.org/12539803-the-accidental-tourist-arrives-at-bokeh-gallery.html. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

April 2016-The Naturalness of Strange Things

April welcomes two incredible new exhibitions to the monOrchid: Shade Gallery features The Naturalness of Strange Things: Abbey Messmer and Bill Dambrova, showcasing a fascinating joint exhibition in Shade Gallery. Both artists have been “Inspired by "strange things" over the years which is probably why we like each others work and want to show together.” Read the full press release here: https://www.prlog.org/12539423-discover-the-naturalness-of-strange-things-abbey-messmer-and-bill-dambrova.html

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, April 1st, 2016 from 6-10pm. The closing reception for will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 2016. The exhibition will be on display at the monOrchid from April 1st until April 24th, 2016. 

Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

March 2016- The Passenger

Shade Projects is proud to present The Passenger, the solo photography exhibition of Wayne Rainey in Bokeh Gallery. This exhibition showcases Rainey’s latest body of work exploring the idea of myth and retelling the oldest stories.  Rainey takes on the role of the silent watcher, illustrating his own stories set in modern times in an exciting urban landscape. Reinventing the base stories of original fairytales through captivating vignettes, Rainey hopes that the viewer will create their own stories when viewing his work.

Rainey has an understanding and appreciation for observing people and places, which he brilliantly translates into purely stunning imagery. Rainey is a seasoned artist who has traveled the world capturing incredible imagery through both photography and film. His experiences have greatly impacted and shaped his artwork, giving him a profound perspective and unique vision that is apparent throughout his imagery. 

Read Full Press Release here:  https://www.prlog.org/12529560.html  

Please join us for the Opening Reception of The Passenger on First Friday, March 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance, live music, vendors and much more! The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, March 17th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his artwork and creative process. Art Detour 28 will be held the weekend of March 19 & 20 from 11-4pm. The Passenger will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from March 4th until March 27th, 2016.

March 2016- The real Nitty Gritty

Shade Projects is proud to present The real Nitty Gritty, a group exhibition in Shade Gallery featuring a dynamic mix of local and national artists including El Mac, Mando Rascon, Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota and Thomas Breeze Marcus, just to name a few. This exhibition originated in Phoenix back in 1997 with Pablo Luna spearheading the show and bringing together a talented and diverse group of graffiti artists that were held throughout the years and we are excited to bring back The real Nitty Gritty.

These are some of the most talented graffiti artists in the nation coming together for this show, which will highlight their diverse styles, artistic revolution and eclectic subject matter representative of each artist. Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse says, “This group of artists has grown and changed throughout the years since the initial real Nitty Gritty, expanding and growing with their art and this exhibition promises to be a phenomenal exhibition giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy an incredible collection of artwork and so many great artists packed into one exhibition. Read Full Press Release here:  http://prlog.org/12527943

Please join us for the Opening Reception of The Passenger on First Friday, March 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance, live music, vendors and much more! The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, March 17th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his artwork and creative process. Art Detour 28 will be held the weekend of March 19 & 20 from 11-4pm. The Passenger will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from March 4th until March 27th, 2016.

February 2016-Conjuring the Consecrated

Shade Projects is proud to present Conjuring the Consecrated, the solo photography exhibition of Cherie Buck-Hutchison in Bokeh Gallery. Conjuring the Consecrated is an exhibition of the artist’s latest work of digitally composited photos manipulated to create meaning relevant to contemporary issues. She is revisiting her personal history “to divine a feminine narrative within patriarchal religious practices while juxtaposing dual imagery with the intent to create a space for female religious leadership where currently there may be none”. Buck-Hutchison composites decades uniting relatives from the 50s, 60s and 70s, creating a magical southwest of the future where women enjoy the same religious privileges and responsibilities as men. Buck-Hutchison goes on to say, “In an era when women’s rights are being promoted on an international level, it is difficult, yet critical to compare the issues of women in extreme situations to those of women enjoying the relative freedom within a democracy”. “Buck-Hutchison’s work is striking and truly recreates a nostalgia of a time past while raising important questions creating a tension within the works”, says Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. 

Cherie Buck-Hutchison a talented multimedia artist who is creating amazing work, most recently focusing on digitally manipulated photography, ceramics, painting and poetry. Traditionally trained she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Currently Buck-Hutchison is a member and co-president of Eye Lounge Artist Collective in Downtown Phoenix. She has exhibited his artwork in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Arizona at various galleries including Eye Lounge, the Frontal Lobe Space and Gallery, Vision Gallery, ASU Night Gallery, ASU Step Gallery, Shade Gallery at the monOrchid, the Shemer Art Center and Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Conjuring the Consecrated on First Friday, February 5th from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will be held on Friday, February 19th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about her artwork and creative process. Conjuring the Consecrated will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from February 5th until February 28th, 2016.