Holiday Pop Up Art Galleries—2019


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The annual tradition returns with guest artists Judith Amiel-Bendheim, Sandra Luehrsen, and Troy Moody. Plus, creative bites by Love, Mindy.

Celebrate  our community’s creative spirit with me and guest artists Judith Amiel-Bendheim, Sandra Luehrsen, and Troy Moody as I open my Tempe studio again this year to host festive pop-up galleries mounted by these local art makers—Friday, Nov. 15th through Sunday, Nov. 17th. Join us for a toast at the fun (and busy!) Preview Party  Friday evening, from 5 to 9 pm, with creative bites by culinary artist Love, Mindy.

We look forward to informally meeting people and sharing our newly created one-of-a-kind artworks. Discover exciting original and unique hand-made functional ceramics and jewelry, ceramic sculpture, art glass assemblage, welded steel sculpture and gifts. Works by these artists can be found in homes and notable corporate and museum collections around Arizona and the United States. Magazines, creative journals, television, and online videos have featured their art. Love, Mindy will also bring her stylish upcycled vintage fabric aprons and bags, perfect for gift giving. Find lots of free parking and wheelchair accessibility at the studio. We are located just one-half mile from the Light Rail. Follow us on Instagram @AzOpenStudio

Judith Amiel-Bendheim

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© 2019 Judith Amiel-Bendheim

Judith Amiel-Bendheim was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel where she worked as a clinical pharmacist over 25 years. After moving to Arizona about 10 years ago she changed her direction to working full time in ceramics and jewelry. She specializes in “carving bowls,” suitable for daily dining use due to their smooth, sealed interiors, but which also display a deftly textured exterior, carved with the signature 3D patterns making the pieces pop. Judith was recently selected as “Best Ceramics 2019” by Phoenix Magazine, Editor’s Choice. Her work can be found in stores including Phoenix Art Museum Store, Objects, Practical Arts, Phoenix-General, Noons and more. See Judith’s art at or or @ceramicsbyjudith

Sandra Luehrsen

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“Forest of Leaves”  © 2019 Sandra Luehrsen

Sandra Luehrsen left the green Midwest to live in the wild khaki colored desert. She says, “I wanted a new beginning. The exotic desert flora fascinated me from the start. Inspired by desert plants, the colors of the land and sky, and a greener past, I use clay sculpture and mixed media prints to create my art. I build trees of life, gardens, skies, and purely sculptural vessels. Some sprout flowers, cacti, planets, and stars.” The Auckland Institute and Museum in New Zealand, the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, the West Valley Art Museum, the Cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler and Prescott Valley, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and many notable private and corporate collections hold Luehrsen’s work. See more of Sandra’s art at or or @sandyluehrsen


Troy Moody

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Art Glass Assemblage © 2019 Troy Moody

Troy Moody has been creating innovative art glass for more than two decades. His Public Art portfolio includes more than 85,000 square feet of award-winning Terrazzo designs for the Phoenix Convention Center and the Maricopa County Superior Court Tower. Other notable projects include work for Scottsdale Public Art, the City of Glendale, Ascension Lutheran of Paradise Valley, the Phoenix Church of the Beatitudes, the Salvation Army’s Southwest Headquarters and countless luxury homes. In addition to his site-specific work, Troy produces mixed-media and kiln-formed art glass on an intimate scale exhibited and collected nationwide. See more of Troy’s art at or or @troymoody


Joan Waters

“Leaf Skeleton at Dusk” © 2019 Joan Waters

Joan Waters, recently honored as one of the Phoenix New Times’ 100 Creatives, is widely known for her energetic contemporary sculptures. Waters says, “I love the dynamic, reflective qualities of metal and the challenge of turning flat, hard, industrial material into organic forms that seem to shift and move as the reflect light.” In addition to her sculpture, beautiful color rich small-scale drawings, paintings, and steel framed wall tile will fill her pop-up gallery. She will also show handmade ceramic tile tables and sculpture perfect for outdoor living spaces. She believes, “Living with art around us reminds us of the spirit and joy of life. Art can be an inspiration to us as we go about our daily routines.” Born in England, Waters studied the core disciplines of drawing and painting at MICA—Maryland Institute, College of Art. Childhood travels helped her cultivate the habit of looking at the world from different perspectives. See more of Waters’ art at or or @joanwatersart

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A special thank you to Sandra Luehrsen for writing, compiling and editing this copy about each of the artists.

“FOUND OBJECTS of the mind” Solo Show at Chartreuse – October


Preview reception Friday, Sept. 29, 6-10 pm
First Friday reception Friday, Oct. 6, 6-10 pm
Third Friday reception Friday, Oct. 20, 6-10 pm
Special Saturdays letterpress printing.
Exhibition open for viewing during the week, please call 480-544-2162 to confirm hours.

Nature is not only more complex than we think.
It is more complex than we can think.
—Frank Egler
I’m continually intrigued by nature’s infinite variety and complexity of form and color, and the possibility that many of her secrets have not yet been ‘discovered’ by humans. In a spirit of exploration, I work with welded steel, glazed ceramic, and burned and salvaged wood, in an open-ended process that is rooted in painting, drawing and observation. Not “found objects” in the usual sense—castoffs with a past life—these studio-made objects are results of this creative inquiry and look to the future. As these elements accumulate around my studio, I look to my imagination and subconscious to ‘find’ them and make them into finished sculptural objects. —Joan Waters
A limited edition letterpress and linocut poster, a collaboration of the artist and Hazel & Violet, will be available to celebrate this exhibition.

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ISC Conference in Phoenix—Big Clay Day

The International Sculpture Center is having its 25th Conference here in Phoenix this week. On Wednesday I participated in a special opportunity to work at Mission Clay. It was a small group of us. Bryan Vansell gave a tour, which I missed because I got there late. Then we drew numbers, and each of us was given a huge section of leather hard clay pipe to work on. There was an array of tools to carve, mark, drill, saw, and a wide selection of underglazes. We worked in the factory, next to all the noisy equipment, each of us immersed in our own little world.

Break for lunch and BBQ, generously hosted by Mission Clay. We sat outside on long tables, surrounded by all sizes of pipe—stacked high—and shared the meal with the people who work there; it was totally great.  Then we were back to work, trying to finish up before the whistle blew. Many thanks to Bryan Vansell, Pat Siler, John Toki and others for their generous support and guidance. Thanks to Ree Kaneko for the photos. The pipe next to mine is the work of Anne Chase Martin of St. Louis.ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_2 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_1 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_7 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_8 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_12 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_11 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_10 ISC2015_MissionClay_ree_9