Monthly Archives: April 2010

Paul Ecke, Painter, Las Angeles

Paul Ecke is a mid-career painter of contemporary non-figurative and figurative works on canvas and panel.  His works are an amalgam of color, texture and movement achieved through application of oil, acrylic and metallic paints to canvas, all applied by brush, hand and even trowel.  The results are magnificent, colorful, thought and emotion-provoking images that convey the inner strength, conviction and complexity of the artist.

In his series “Fractals,” Ecke explores the complexities of human inter-relationships in the form of the line, pattern and color.

For more on Paul’s work visit


Katherine Kadish, Painter, New York

Katherine’s paintings and monotypes represent the transitory nature of material things, and the value of each moment we fully experience. Color is the lifeblood of her work, followed by light and shadow … all elements that are impermanent and subject to context, time, weather, and memory.

By crossing cultures, geography and time, she means to suggest the inescapable connection between ourselves and a larger world. In some of the most recent paintings, she uses an invented vocabulary of shapes and colors to evoke the luxuriant, sensual quality of gardens. Layerings and traces indicate the passage of time and process of thought in paint and arise from memories of things seen and experienced over time and place. These pieces are a dance between color and shape, including the shape of the canvases, and they reflect on the inevitable role that transformation plays in nature and our existence.

For more on Katherine’s work visit

Sayaka Ganz: Sculptor, Fort Wayne, IN

Sayaka’s working process is reminiscent of her experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place she was born. She finds discarded objects from peoples’ houses and gives them a second life, a new home. For her sculptures she uses plastic utensils, toys and metal pieces among other things. She only selects objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in her eyes.

Her goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberates Sayaka, as an artist.

For more on Sayaka’s work visit



1. Balance large with small, grouping small frames together to offset the heaviness of a single large piece.

2. The spacing between objects creates rhythm and affects the way each item relates to the next. For an airier effect that lets each piece be appreciated on its own, leave more space between frames; for a dramatic look that highlights the relationship between each piece, leave less. But whichever approach you choose, leave equal spacing between each piece for an overall harmonious look.

3. Experiment with symmetry and repetition, playing with different combinations of both until you find the combination most pleasing to your eye. For example, line up three same-size frames side by side, or place two smaller frames on either side of a large one.

4. Choose a theme, such as nature or travel, to link each piece to the others. Or, group the artwork by color. An eclectic series of photos in multiple sizes, for example, can still look unified if they’re all in black and white.

5. Grouping artwork by era or style is another way to connect the items in a display.

6. When mixing old and new, use matching frames in one or two neutral colors. This helps link the different pieces together in a smooth, cohesive way.

7. Odd numbers of frames (3,5,7) create the most pleasing effect in a display. Place central pieces at eye level or slightly above on the wall, then expand your display outward from there.

8. To add interest and character to a collection of similar art pieces, use frames in a variety of colors, textures and shapes. Interspersing the display with mirrors helps break up repetition, and creates the illusion of amplified natural light.

9. Hang several shelves to create a gallery of artwork and objects. Place framed or un-framed artwork on the shelves to lean against the wall, and then add eye-pleasing items (found river rocks, sculptural vases, or vintage children’s toys, for example) that play off the shapes, colors and textures of the artwork.

10. Use wall ledges as a framework for an ever-evolving mix framed artwork. Aside from protecting your walls from misplaced holes, ledges also provide the freedom to layer artwork so that one frame slightly overlaps the other. This technique puts the focus on the display as a whole, rather than on any individual piece.


Hop on your bike and get an up close, personal look at Scottsdale’s public art and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) at the 5th Annual Cycle the Arts event.

Its free and fun for the entire family.

• 10 mile route, with 21-mile extended route option
• Self guided tour with Ride Leaders available upon request
• Speakers at several new pieces of artwork
• FREE admission to SMoCA after you ride

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. outside of SMoCA
Small groups to depart between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

7374 East 2nd Street
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
2nd Street west of Drinkwater


John Hall: Photographer, Phoenix

John Hall is a Commercial Photographer with over 25 years experience. Self taught, he started his photographic career after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he bought his first camera. He is known for his beautiful lighting and artistic images. His work is a blending of fine art photography and Photo Illustration.

The blending of these two worlds can be seen on his