Grotto Gallery to host reception for latest gallery

Things to do | 7 Jul |

Grotto Gallery will be hosting a Reception to celebrate its summer exhibit called “Walking on Sunshine” on Friday, July 13th.   

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the event will end at 8:00p.m. This exhibit, which features 10 local Arizona artists, will open on July 10th and runs through September 27th. The gallery is located at 132 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ in the new FABRiC building on the ASU campus near the popular Mill Avenue district. 

Miriam Carlson-Maier, founder and CEO of Arizona Artisans Collective (AAC) which owns and runs Grotto Gallery says that, “We are so excited to share this exhibit with everyone in Tempe because we have a vibrant and inspiring group of artists participating who are all local. Our goal is to showcase a wide variety of work and mediums while bringing forth the value of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces. We hope you’ll find this exhibit joyful and a peaceful respite from the desert heat this summer.” 

“Walking on Sunshine” features 10 emerging local artists: Andie Olson, Dori Jung, John Mainieri, Marie Provine, Marlena Robbins, Paige Reesor, Rebecca Murphy Keith, Sabrina Hernandez, Savannah Atencio, and finally Sylvia Mousseux.  The artwork includes oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings; mixed media pieces; sculpture; along with a variety of handmade items from other local artisans as well. There is a wide range of price points.   

Artists bios can be found online here. 

Susan Rice, the current Resident Artist at Grotto Gallery shared that, “In addition to the fabulous artwork, the opening reception is sponsored by RA Sushi of Tempe and we will have some amazing sushi on offer along with our trademark handcrafted Sangria and light-as-air cookies. We will be announcing a special event later in the summer with RA Sushi – and you won’t want to miss hearing about that!” 

Developed as a new exhibition venue in the fall of 2017 for the members of the Arizona Artisans Collective, Grotto Gallery plans to exhibit four themed shows throughout the year featuring local Arizona artists working in a broad range of mediums. 

AAC is a small, woman-owned local business dedicated to helping emerging Arizona artisans and creatives grow and tackle the business of being an artist. Through various tools and resources, AAC assists its members in fine tuning their business model or moving their existing business to the next level. AAC provides a forum for its members to meet other artists and business experts and provides extensive collaboration and networking opportunities that allow members to create and sustain viable art businesses. 

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