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- 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- 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.

Read Full Press Release Here: http://prlog.org/12565475

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- 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- 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 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 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-Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015

Shade Projects is proud to present the solo exhibition of Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015, in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition will showcase ten years of work and artistic development in Maker’s career bringing together his unique perspective and extensive background in city planning and architecture. When asked about his work Maker says, “My work is an exploration of people, the environment and the political state, with an interest of literal and figurative signs in cultural phenomenon, architecture and city planning.“ The artist is concerned with the ways these forces shape perceptions, social interactions and daily activities “in addition to working with allegory, philosophical narratives, personal anecdotes, and overarching themes such as man versus the environment to express these relationships,” states Maker. “Maker’s work presents an inimitable grasp of design, medium and subject while bringing together and exploring interesting ideas and concepts, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

Chris Maker was traditionally trained receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Minnesota going on to receive a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Cincinnati and receiving his Masters of Architecture from The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Maker is a former member of the artist collective Eye Lounge and he has extensively exhibited his artwork across the nation most recently exhibiting with ASU Gammage Auditorium, Eye Lounge, Frontal Lobe Gallery and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. His work has been features in publications both online and in print including Arizona Republic, Downtown Devil and Phoenix New Times. 

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015 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 his artwork and creative process. Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015 will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from February 5th until February 28th, 2016.

January 2016- Beyond Place, the Solo Exhibition of Onna Jeanna Voellmer

Shade Projects is proud to present Beyond Place, the solo exhibition of Onna Jeanna Voellmer in Shade Gallery. Beyond Place showcases a selection of Voellmer’s mixed media paintings inspired by her time in nature and her extensive travels around the world. The idea of place is very important to the artist who sees it as both a literal location, as well as the human side of being about the culture and stories it contains. When asked about Beyond Place Voellmer, stated, “Place is something that gets deeply embedded in our consciousness, more like a dream that strings our memories together.“

“Utilizing acrylic paint, graphite, colored pencils, India ink and more, Voellmer creates mesmerizing paintings through a very organic and natural process that truly capture the simple and unique beauty of nature” states, Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. The Sonoran Desert is where Voellmer calls home and where she creates all of her artwork serving as a vital source of inspiration, commenting "There is a flow to nature that you can feel if you let go that It is like dancing, where in that moment you lose yourself and the music takes over", says Voellmer. “This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to experience the Sonoran Desert in a new way, seen through the eyes of the artist who captures the energy, colors, and vibrancy in her dazzling array of oil paintings”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Read full press release here: Read Full Press Release here:  http://prlog.org/12517145

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Beyond Place on First Friday, January 1st from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist’s speak about her amazing artwork and creative process. Beyond Place will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from January 1st until January 31st, 2016.

December 2015- CELEBRITY

Shade Projects is proud to present Celebrity, a group exhibition exploring how celebrities and how they are perceived in society. Artists explore how we associate celebrity with glitz, glamour and the diverse creative worlds of television, film, fashion, and art. This exhibition will showcase a vibrant selection of drawings, paintings and mixed-media works that depict various celebrities and personalities of both past and present while examining what celebrity is to each artist.

We will be showcasing a dynamic group of six local artists including Babe&Butter, DadSocks, Jeanna Delfin, Jesse Perry, Jon Wassom and Larry Willis. Each artist possesses a very distinct style, unique voice and great skill that perfectly lends itself to bringing this fascinating theme to life in Shade Gallery, states Curator, Nicole Royse.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Celebrity on First Friday, December 4th from 6-10pm with the artists in attendance. Also First Friday will future the monOrchid’s monthly local vendor market, live music and much more. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, December 18th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artists with an opportunity to hear the artist’s speak about their amazing artwork. Celebrity will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from December 4th until December 27th, 2015.

 

November 2015- TEN: Modern Abstract

Shade Projects is proud to present Ten: Modern Abstract, a juried group exhibition, centering on the board theme of Abstraction, breaking away from traditional representation and norms. Abstraction is typically defined as “art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.” Showcasing a dynamic selection of local artists that work in a variety of mediums showcasing painting, sculpture, mixed media collage, prints and wood. The featured ten artists include Holly Anderson, Lora Barnhiser, Kevin Caron, Jeff Davis, Denise Fleisch, Thuong Nguyen, Daniel Shepherd, Sam Johnson, Dan Pederson, and Irma Sanchez.

A departure from the realistic the artists focus on shape, form, color and line creating compositions independent for traditional visual references. The exhibition features artists at every phase in their careers that have created beautiful, expressive and diverse work for this exhibition. Mesmerizing colors, textures, and patterns will fill the gallery space creating a truly sensory experience for the viewer”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

The Opening Reception for Ten: Modern Abstract will be held on First Friday, November 6th from 6-10pm with the artists in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Thursday, November 19th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artists, amazing artwork and much more. Ten: Modern Abstract will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from November 6th until November 28th, 2015.

October 2015- Paradigm Shift

Shade Projects is proud to present Paradigm Shift, the solo exhibition of Robert Gentile in Shade Gallery, marking his much anticipated return to the monOrchid after winning the Thermal Phx art competition last summer. A skilled artist who has over the last five years rediscovered his passion for art after taking a long hiatus creating riveting works in a variety of mediums including spray paint, acrylic, markers, and pastels. Paradigm Shift explores his continued growth as an artist and his love of graffiti culture, showcasing a diverse and stunning body of mixed media work that the artist has created exclusively for his solo exhibition, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. His work is a hybrid of classical and urban, with early roots in graffiti he has explored and adapted finding his voice through the years resulting in what he calls “visually stimulating, high contrast imagery that the audience can connect with emotionally on some level.”

Read Full Press Release here: http://www.prlog.org/12489602-experience-robert-gentiles-paradigm-shift.html 

The Opening Reception for Paradigm Shift will be held on First Friday, October 2nd from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, October 16th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork and much more. Paradigm Shift will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from October 2nd until October 31st, 2015.

September 2015- Art In Motion

Shade Projects is proud to present Art In Motion from Gennaro Garcia in Shade Gallery, marking his debut at the monOrchid. Garcia is a talented seasoned artist, advocate, and chef who has brought together all of his passions in this incredible multi-media exhibition.  Art In Motion showcases a diverse body of work that explores various mediums including painting, woodwork, prints, ceramics, and wearables! His artwork is stunning with familiar subjects and imagery that Garcia says, "Are greatly influenced by his catholic upbringing along with being inspired by both Mexican and American identities".

His process is something that one just doesn’t see done today “utilizing a combination of Italian techniques from working with oils, acrylics, wood, plaster blended with a vibrant color palette from his childhood growing up in Mexico” says Garcia. “Garcia has created vibrant paintings and sculptures that are peppered with religious references and his heritage that are showcase the artists distinctive style and love of his countries”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

Read Full Press Release Here: http://www.prlog.org/12482729-be-inspired-by-gennaro-garcias-art-in-motion.html

The Opening Reception for the Art In Motion will be held on First Friday, September 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, September 18th from 6-10pm featuring a catered reception from local chef and intimate evening with the artist.  Art In Motion will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from September 4th until September 27th, 2015.

For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.

August 2015- Palettes of the World

Shade Projects is proud to present Palettes of the World, the solo exhibition of artist Jon Wassom in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of breathtaking mixed media paintings that highlight various places around the world, important cultural influences and important figures. Wassom is excited about this new series of work saying “Palettes of the World, explores how we mix, blend and move with each other, as well as our environments”.

Read Full Press Release Here: http://www.prlog.org/12473103-explore-palettes-of-the-world-from-jon-wassom.html

The Opening Reception for Palettes of the World will be held on First Friday, August 7th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Artist Reception will be held Third Friday, August 21st from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist,  as well as amazing artwork, wine and more. Palettes of the World will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from August 7 until August 30, 2015. 

The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the heart of Phoenix's downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District. The building is open daily and the exhibition may be viewed during business hours. Visit our website for more information at monorchid.com. For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition Please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.

JULY 2015- Order, Chaos and Everything in Between

Shade Projects proudly presents Order, Chaos and Everything in Between, the solo exhibition of emerging young artist Ryan J. Carey in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of breathtaking oil paintings which he says are “a return to the human element in art, utilizing only his breath and thinned oil paint to compose the  work”. Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse says this talented young artist skillfully handles oil paint, presents a complex color palette while creating an engaging composition with engrossing texture. 

Read Full Press Release Here: http://www.prlog.org/12466199-order-chaos-and-everything-in-between-from-ryan-carey-at-the-monorchid.html


The Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, July 3rd from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held Third Friday, July 17th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more.

Order, Chaos and Everything in Between will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from July 3 until July 31, 2015. 

 

 

JUNE 2015 - LAYERS

LAYERS invades Shade Gallery this June at the Monorchid showcasing two local and talented stencil artists: DadSocks and Scott Wolf.

Connected through their love for art and the process of creating, DadSocks and Scott Wolf are both producing colorful, graphic, and bold works centered around the stencil. Stencil art involves a fascinating method of layering different shades of spray paint and acrylic with hand-cut or laser-cut stencils. Each of the artists expresses a unique voice by this method.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

The Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, June 5th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held Third Friday, June 19th from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artists, amazing artwork, wine and more.

LAYERS will be on display in Shade Gallery at the Monorchid from June 5 until June 25, 2015.