Last week the Tempe Center for the Arts opened “WATER: Life, Art, Science,” including a public reception on Friday. Jones Studio Associate Maria Salenger has two pieces in the exhibition, Colorado River, 726’ below Hoover Dam, and Gila River Valley, between South Mountain Wonder Rift and Sierra Estrella. “WATER” takes a wide ranging look at the Valley’s most vital resource interpreted through the eyes of artists, and includes interactive activities, live artist demonstrations, and workshops for all ages.
Colorado River and Gila River Valley show natural history collapsed in view, depicting the motion of water and rock continually changing the landscape over time. The initial drawings were completed in the field, before being brought back to the studio for refinement.
Maria will also be hosting the kid-centric booth at the Saturday, June 22 Draw-A-Thon from 10am-2pm, drawing with participants a twenty-eight foot long panoramic timeline of what we see connected to the Rio Salado from the TCA. The Draw-A-Thon will also feature activities for teen and adults later in the afternoon and evening. Other Arts & Sciences workshops covering Arizona river ecosystems, water history, and resources, will be held Saturdays from June to July, 11am-2pm.
“WATER” will run from May 24 to August 31, Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. Check out all upcoming events at TCA, and be sure to take a look at Maria’s other work with the public art collaborative coLAB studio.