If you create art you’ve probably been asked where you get your ideas. That’s a question with many answers.
This necklace, my latest piece of beadwork, was inspired by recent hikes on the desert — there’s an amazing array of colors and shapes to choose from and part of the fun is working them into the design.
The next show at the Cafeteria Gallery will include work on the theme of intimacy. Morgana Wallace-Cooper is the featured artist. Her body of work titled The Intimacy Shift is a series of two- and three-dimensional work that addresses the role of sex in the institution of marriage.
This series was created as an outcome of her graduate school work and is comprised of ceramic tableaus, sculptures and mixed media drawings.
“The concept originated from ideas and theories explored with my practicum supervisor Suzie Klotz and grew out of personal experiences from my life in Arizona as an independent woman newly married. It was also inspired by my desire to return to the studio in order to be more informed in my work as a community-based artist,” says Wallace-Cooper.
In addition to Wallace-Cooper’s work, all gallery members are invited to exhibit and submit pieces on the theme of intimacy. Those who are not yet members of the gallery are encouraged to join for a $25 per year member fee. Up to three pieces will be accepted on Monday July 2nd.
The show will open on Friday July 6th with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The opening will include a fashion show hosted by Repeat Performance, a gently used clothing business by owner Jovita Wallace. Wallace will be showing intimate clothing and casual sleepwear on volunteer models from the community. Models will also be donning jewelry made by local artists. All modeled clothing and jewelry will be available for sale at extremely reasonable prices once they leave the runway.
Muffet Rowe will be the MC for the event and all are invited. “We want to keep the arts alive over the summer and get people interested in what is happening in the gallery. We hope people will come out to view the fashion show as well as the artwork of our talented local artists,” says Wallace-Cooper.
The Cafeteria Gallery is located at 401 W. Esperanza Ave, Ajo, AZ. For more information contact the gallery at (520)387-6858 between 1pm and 5pm Monday through Friday or Morgana Wallace-Cooper at (520) 419-9183.