Monthly Archives: September 2009

Carrie Bloomston: Painter, Phoenix

Artist Statement: I paint worlds because they don’t exist and I want to go to them – each with a logic and a weather, an emotional temperature, a quality of light. Landscapes of the interior. These spaces become for me enduring visual mantras. The landscape is always present in my work – how things grow and live in context of each other, forms in space, living side by side. One mark can become mountain, tree, mist, unknown, figure or ground. The mark is objectified- sometimes alone, sometimes not. In a way, the mark becomes the emptiness – a place where we might put things or qualities, a place where we might go.

You can view a selection of Carrie’s paintings at G2Gallery in Scottsdale.


Sep 28, 2009 – Oct 26, 2009

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Gallery of Design @ ASU
Cost: Free

CHAIRity: For ten years, the Interior Design program has partnered with the city of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center for a “CHAIRity” event—a fundraiser for the work of the Family Advocacy Center, which provides support for victims of abuse. Receiving only $100 each for materials, teams of students design and build chairs inspired both by stories of abuse victims and artists or artistic movements. This exhibit will display the chairs and the stories behind these creative works.

The Frame a Dream exhibition will join the CHAIRity exhibition on October 15.

For more on this event visit


Grand has long been an Avenue of broken dreams, a story marred by two steps backwards after only one step forward.

But if there’s ever been a time for critical mass to turn the stretch of road between Van Buren and the I-10 overpass into something cool, urban, and approachable, it’s now. Why do we think so? Evidence.

Groovy offices like the one pictured above, bars and cafes, a record store, and fashion boutiques have all opened. There’s even quality art – not the stuff you purchase out of pity from somebody who sucks.

All of the businesses on Grand are banning together for a Grand Avenue Festival Saturday, September 26, starting really early and going into the wee-hours. Throughout the day, there will be fashion shows, live bands, and lots of open galleries. If you’re dedicated to hearing the stories behind the building rehabs from the people who actually did them, sign up for a $10 guided walking tour at 8, 9:30, or 11 am. Get tour tickets at Sapna Café (1301 Grand Avenue).

And stay up to date by following the Festival on Twitter at@GrandAveFest. Over 2,000 people already are.

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Resa Blatman: Painter, Boston

Resa’s work attempts to show nature at odds with itself by playing with the contradictions of emptiness versus fullness, lush versus barren, and rapture versus displeasure. Her compositions are inspired by Baroque, Romanticism, and Victorian decorative art, as well as botanical imagery, to create a visual feast of fruit, flora, wildlife, and pattern. Resa takes those elements out of their context and gives them a surreal landscape or contemporary stage.

For more on Resa’s work visit

Rex Ray: Fine Artist and Graphic Designer, San Francisco

Rex Ray is a San Francisco based fine artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. He is also a celebrated graphic designer. He has created work for Apple, Dreamworks, Sony Music, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. His package designs for David Bowie gained him international recognition for his innovation in type with photographs, drawings and collage. He has also designed over 100 historic Bill Graham Presents rock and roll tour posters, including ones for The Rolling Stones, REM, Bjork, U2 and Radiohead.

For more on Rex Ray check out his post-pop-art sensibility in Rex Ray: Art + Design or visit