There’s a new crop of art to behold at Mesa Contemporary Arts, the sleek museum on the campus of Mesa Arts Center.
Five winter exhibitions showcasing contemporary work by emerging and internationally recognized artists will be celebrated at a free reception on Feb. 14. Well-known local musician Walt Richardson will supply live entertainment. You’ll also find light refreshments and more than a few of the artists whose work you’ll be admiring.
Here’s a preview of what there is to see:
First Impressions: Print Calendar 5-Year Retrospective
For the past five years, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has released a limited-edition calendar full of original prints hand produced on acid-free paper and made for easy removal for framing — making an easy entry into art collecting. No two calendars are alike. “First Impressions” showcases prints that have been part of this calendar over the years.
M8K Marks: Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Mesa Arts Center
What started in 1985 with an old Griffin lithographic press that local artist and instructor David Manje converted into an intaglio press has become a catalyst for artistic careers. “M8K Marks” showcases artwork by current and former faculty and resident artists who have contributed to the exceptional drawing, painting, and printmaking traditions at MAC over the last 30 years, including Lisa Albinger, Michael Healy, Helen Norsigian Rowles, Augie Tantalo, Agustin Vargas and Jeremy Yocum.
35th annual Contemporary Crafts
Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, MCA’s annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. Representative of traditional craft mediums like ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts, this exhibition showcases 46 artworks by 35 artists from 14 states.
Hammered: Metal Art by Steve Shelby
Steve Shelby received the 34th annual Contemporary Crafts Juror’s Choice Award in spring 2013 and was awarded a solo exhibition in conjunction with this year’s show. Shelby uses hammers and stakes to create three-dimensional shapes from flat sheets of metal. His elegant, simple forms often convey a playful or humorous tone.
“Accomplice” showcases the personal works and fine art publishing of Brent Bond and Santo Press. With collaboration at the core, the show includes art in a variety of mediums and formats.
IF YOU GO
What: See five exhibitions at a free reception with musical entertainment by Walt Richardson and light refreshments.
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14
Where: Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Cost: Free admission
Information: (480) 644-6567 or MesaArtsCenter.com