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2022 - 2023 Season

 

September 2022

 

Feminine Mystique Art Gallery

Reopen September 1, 2022.
Our Hours for September will be 11 am to 4 pm. Closed on Wednesdays

Friends and Patrons,

The new 2022-2023 season is beginning. The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery sends best wishes and hopes you had a great summer.

The monsoons made all our hills and valleys turn green. Not bad for the desert. Poppies everywhere and animals finding plenty of food and water. 

The Feminine Mystique has several new artists and lots of new work from our in house artists.

The village will have great events this season. Starting in November, there are 3 weekends to come down for fun and adventure.

November 4-5 Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos) Our Chamber of Commerce has paired with the Nogales Chamber. They will have parades, altar offerings and more. Very traditional.

November 11-13 Fall Art Walk. Scores of participating galleries and businesses. The whole town will be involved.

November 25-27 Thanksgiving Weekend. The gallery invites you all to come down and join us in the celebration of thanks.

Hope to see you all this season and celebrate life. Pat

Our September hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays

 

We welcome our new artists!

Diane West

Diane has experimented with numerous art forms over the years but gourds have become her main focus due to the challenge they offer. Starting with a dried hard-shelled gourd you must envision your goal for the finished piece—then comes the process of determining the best way to get there using a variety of products and techniques.

The challenge and the reward of using “Nature’s Gift—the gourd” to create a mask, figure, bowl, or other piece of art keeps the artist engrossed in her passion for gourd art. She also teaches fundamental gourd art classes for beginners. “I love to see my students’ enthusiasm as they develop their techniques and love for gourds.”

   

Sue Helle

I reside in the small, rural, farming community of Paulding, located in NW Ohio where I was born and raised. I earned my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a master in classroom technology from Waldon University. I taught Family & Consumer Sciences (formally known as Home Economics) in several area schools, the majority of my career being with Paulding High School, retiring in 2010. I have two children and 4 grandchildren. While teaching and raising my family, I was very involved in our Methodist Church and the local VFW Aux. Post 587.  I also had a home-based cake business for many years. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, including all needle and yarn arts, felting, kumihimo, sewing, quilting, and general "crafting". I spent several years selling things at various local craft shows. I love to travel, experiencing and exploring our magnificent countryside. Since retiring, I spend the winter months in Green Valley, AZ where I discovered working with clay in 2013. This has now become a passion for me.   
I continue to enjoy teaching and teach a variety of classes through GVR and the Clay Studio.  With clay, I do both sculpture and hand-building and enjoy creating totems and whimsical pieces, especially fairy houses. These playful structures add character to flower beds and landscapes and make for one-of-a-kind gift giving. I have built dozens and dozens, both selling and giving them to friends many being unique and specific to the recipient. These fun and creative houses can be found at the Feminine Mystic Art Gallery.

Donna Stover

I have been painting and drawing all my life. After receiving my degree in the Arts from the University of Redlands, I moved to Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and now Arizona. My experience is in watercolors, charcoal, oil pastels, and acrylics. I loved doing figure drawing and cartooning. After moving to Tucson, I seriously began taking Oil Painting classes. With this move to Tucson, my faithful pet, Dukie our Westie, was always my companion and I began painting him. I loved the creative process and found that there was more to the painting. As I have reflected on each animal I paint, I have realized how deep the connection is between people and their animals. I started acknowledging how important the bond is between people and their pets. I longed to show that love and devotion to as many people as possible. Animals show a well-lived life. Style and fashion as well as the bond of faithfulness are shared among devoted animal lovers. It is my desire to show in a portrait the uniqueness of each special pet and its owner.



Tina Levy

Artistic affinity is hereditary in our family of welders, quilters, and painters. Throughout my childhood in snowbound Maine of the 60’s, I embraced sewing, knitting, crocheting, rug braiding, crewelwork and needlepoint. Transplanting to a warmer climate in 2000, I started my journey as a bead artist in Florida making funky beaded earrings, Cellini reverse spiral pendants, and bracelets of bead crochet, kumihimo, and peyote.

Eventually gravitating from humid Florida to the arid, mountainous Mojave Desert of Southern Utah in 2019 I quickly became enamored with textures of earthy, richly colored rock formations streaming from one precipice to the next. Suddenly, I began wire wrapping raw stones from nearby rivers and sculpting “beaded embellishments” using river rock. Since my husband and I have relocated to our “forever home” of Tucson, the Sonoran Desert has taken over now, inspiring me with blooming cactus and majestic vistas that run for miles. I enjoy “interrupting” symmetry whenever possible so– as I create artistic beaded jewelry– I have also begun to dabble with beadscapes of my organic surroundings.


Vickey Johnson

Working with art soothes my soul and brings me a lot of pleasure. I hope my work brings joy to others. Being creative and exploring all kinds of art forms is what most interests me. The mediums I enjoy working with are: paint, woodburning, solder sculpting, scratch art, and glass fusion. My art focuses primarily on my love for animals. I think our human family has a lot to learn from these beautiful creatures.

I am self taught. I learn and experiment as I go. I refer to books, magazines and YouTube for guidance. I have also attended several local art classes. I’m most thankful for the ability I have and want to continue to share this with others. Should you have a specific
subject of interest please enquire within.

 


Darla Jane Hill

Darla Jane Hill grew up in the heart of Los Angeles, California. In 1967 Darla married and moved from the big city to the small and up and coming town of Agoura Hills, California. There she would begin raising her family of three girls. She enjoyed creating and making clothes for her daughters such as knitted sweaters and dresses. She would design and hand make her own quilts. Darla loved music (especially Elvis Presley), sport cars (owned a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes) and sports. Darla had a very active lifestyle. She would spend many of her summers with family going to Lake Elsinore California to water ski, play beach volleyball and sit around the campfire.

In the beginning of the 1990’s Darla and her husband settled in a home in San Carlos that was located on a jetty overlooking the Sea of Cortez known as the Caracol Peninsula. This is where she would take up the art of beading. After developing her skills for beading, she began to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and wall hangings. In the late 1990’s she established a business for marketing her beaded artwork called “Darla Jane Collections”. Darla was very well known in the small town of San Carlos as she also had a love for animals especially cats. Darla continued to create her works of art in Sahuarita Arizona up until her passing in 2020.

Darla Jane Hill grew up in the heart of Los Angeles, California. In 1967 Darla married and moved from the big city to the small and up and coming town of Agoura Hills, California. There she would begin raising her family of three girls. She enjoyed creating and making clothes for her daughters such as knitted sweaters and dresses. She would design and hand make her own quilts. Darla loved music (especially Elvis Presley), sport cars (owned a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes) and sports. Darla had a very active lifestyle. She would spend many of her summers with family going to Lake Elsinore California to water ski, play beach volleyball and sit around the campfire.

In the beginning of the 1990’s Darla and her husband settled in a home in San Carlos that was located on a jetty overlooking the Sea of Cortez known as the Caracol Peninsula. This is where she would take up the art of beading. After developing her skills for beading, she began to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and wall hangings. In the late 1990’s she established a business for marketing her beaded artwork called “Darla Jane Collections”. Darla was very well known in the small town of San Carlos as she also had a love for animals especially cats. Darla continued to create her works of art in Sahuarita Arizona up until her passing in 2020.


Mary Modaff and Beth Oldfield

An artistic collaboration between sisters, Beth
Oldfield and Mary Modaff of Tucson.

Using the repurposed local mesquite scraps as
“canvas”, Beth creates drawings of Sonoran
desert birds and images – a fitting combination!
Beth begins by imagining which Sonoran desert
fauna or flora would best occupy the space
defined by the wood grain patterns, burls, and
irregular edges of the mesquite “canvases."

Mary takes her sister’s art and handcrafts
repurposed, local mesquite easels and frames.
She uses exotic wenge wood for the frame
splines. Rusted metal scrap takes on a new role as matting for the earthy
components of the compositions. Turquoise from local mines adds the final
Arizona touch.


Barb Livdahl

In response to a spiritual encounter with a wolf and an intrinsic interest in the strength, culture and spirit of the Plains Indians, Barb creates her “Spirit Dolls”. Each doll is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation. Specific to each large, standing doll, the leather clothing and moccasins are all buckstitched by hand according to old customs. Beadwork, fetishes, pipes, etc., are also hand made using authentic materials. Her smaller, hanging dolls reflect the same instinctual knowledge while presented in a more contemporary realm.
Constantly called to honor, nurture and share her understanding of ancient wisdoms and the sacred mysteries of all living things, Barb continues to create. She has exhibited in art shows, either by invitation or jury throughout the West. Many Best of Show awards have come her way. Barb resides in the beautiful southwest desert of Arizona. She invites you to experience the energies. In response to a spiritual encounter with a wolf and an intrinsic interest in the strength, culture and spirit of the Plains Indians, Barb creates her “Spirit Dolls”. Each doll is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation. Specific to each large, standing doll, the leather clothing and moccasins are all buckstitched by hand according to old customs. Beadwork, fetishes, pipes, etc., are also hand made using authentic materials. Her smaller, hanging dolls reflect the same instinctual knowledge while presented in a more contemporary realm.
Constantly called to honor, nurture and share her understanding of ancient wisdoms and the sacred mysteries of all living things, Barb continues to create. She has exhibited in art shows, either by invitation or jury throughout the West. Many Best of Show awards have come her way. Barb resides in the beautiful southwest desert of Arizona. She invites you to experience the energies.

Marietta Loehrlein

About two years into retirement she re-discovered mosaic, having been inspired by a mosaic mirror during her travels, and recalling the technique she had learned in a high school art class. Friends contributed leftover stained glass from their projects, she made her first mosaic (a birdbath), and has never looked back!

Mari’s range of mosaic technique includes the use of broken pottery known as picasiette; cutting both precise and random shapes from stained glass; cutting ceramic tile, Italian smalti, marble floor tiles; making ceramic elements; and designing and making fused glass elements for use in mos


Joyce Chaney

Tucson based artist using mixed media to create exciting works based on the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Over her lifetime the artist has been honing her craft, never knowing a time without a paint brush or pencil in her hand. Her preferred 'tools of the trade' are many and varied to include colored pencil, pen, acrylic, ink, fabric art and assemblage with found objects. As part of a growing art community in Arizona she has served on the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, has been instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the Art Under the Arches Gallery located in Ajo, Arizona. Joyce taught art through the Gila Bend School K-12 in Gila Bend, Arizona for 28 years. The artist has also shared her love of art while teaching for Arizona Western College, Summer Arts Program Director for the town of Gila Bend, a children's book illustrator as well as serving on the Committee for Park Sculpture "Art in Public Places" and a member of the Desert Artist Guild of Ajo. Joyce was invited to participated in the October 2019 opening of "Superheroes, Capes of Strength and Beauty" exhibit fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month co-sponsored by Oro Valley Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA). Her hope is that you the viewer will receive as much enjoyment in viewing her work as she has in creating it.


Anette Lowery

After moving to Arizona in 2018, Anette now lives in Marana with her husband and 2 cats describing herself as an artist who is in love with the ‘endless blue skies of the desert’. Her life experiences have included 25 years of traveling with her Navy husband, two children and numerous pets. This artist, with a few lessons here and there is primarily self-taught, has been involved with the creative process since childhood and felt that she never had enough paper, tape, crayons or paint. Currently her interests are in watercolors and soft sculpture characters she calls her Little Friends. The beauty and colors of the desert world around her as well as the architecture of the Sonoran Desert and customs of its people are a source of constant stimulation. Her desire is to continue to grow as an artist as she immerses herself in the creation of new and exciting pieces.


Jacqueline Andes

Moving to New York City barely 20 years old…was the first best move I ever made! The next best move was to Arizona, but that is skipping forward too fast.

Getting settled in NYC was quite an experience considering I came from a coal mining town in Wilkes-Barre, PA. But never mind, I found a job as a secretary and joined the Art Students League eight years later. THAT art school was more than fantastic as it opened my eyes to not only “big city” art, but worldwide art information. And, art was everywhere in NYC: museums, art galleries, street art, Little Italy, China Town 42nd Street, and Carnegie Hall was across 57th Street from the League – I was in heaven.

Then I met some street portrait artists at the League, who worked in Provincetown, MA in the summer doing portraits of tourists. Did I hesitate! You bet NOT! My first summer doing portraits was in Draw Me a Circle, in the early ‘70s and lasted for nine years. One year portrait artists came up from New Orleans to work in the street which meant there were about 50 artists. Talk about learning! Groups of artists would watch other portrait artist’s work. And the medium? Pastel.

During those years I met and married a jewelry designer who worked in brass and bronze. He taught me all he knew…and then I got a grant to go to the Jewelry Institute in Providence, RI. Then I changed my living from painting, to jewelry design. Mostly lost wax casting into silver. That carried me through most of the 80s until the economy took a big hit which put many craft galleries out of business – and hurt my business.

On to college. I got a 1-1/2 year for my portfolio and started as a second semester student working toward my Bachelor’s degree at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. In addition, I also got a teaching degree. Lots in between, mostly dancing around art.

In the late 1990’s I visited a NYC friend who moved to Tucson, AZ. That did it! I flew back to Philadelphia, PA sold my house and moved to Tucson. After six months of substitute teaching I applied for, and got a position as an art teacher and moved to Ajo, AZ. Seven and a half years of teaching I retired.


Elaine Elliott

After pursuing and achieving my childhood dream of being a successful artist, I have retired but still paint and create every day in my large studio in Mexico.
Over the years, I have traveled extensively and painted in many locations. We went to France and Italy, also Tahiti, for several long painting excursions, and were some of the highlights of my life.
Every year, I would use the time also to collect tidbits of paper, stamps, and ephemera to use in my work, which has made my work more interesting and personal.
Recently, I have found a new creative journey in sculpture. I have always loved layers of paper, and sometimes my paintings extended off the canvas.
This has led to an incorporation of my varied collection of materials in my new work, still involving my love of paper. Papier-Mache and air dry clay are some of my new interests and include the use of unexpected found materials

   
 

Visit this page often for updates on events at the gallery and in Tubac.

 

October 2022

 

The gallery will return to our "in season" hours.
10 am to 5 pm 7 days a week.

The popular Feminine Mystique Art Gallery Calendar for 2023 will be available in the gallery starting in October, while supplies last.

Click Here for a preview of the calendar.

 

November 2022

 
  • November 4 & 5 Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) Our Chamber of Commerce has paired with the Nogales Chamber. They will have parades, altar offerings and more. Very traditional.

  • November 11-13 Fall Art Walk. Scores of participating galleries and businesses. The whole town will be involved.

  • November 25-27 Thanksgiving Weekend. The gallery invites you all to come down and join us in the celebration of thanks.

 

December 2022

 
  • December 2 & 3 Luminary Nights. The whole village will be lit up with luminaries around buildings and many will have cookies and libation. The Feminine Mystique Art Galley is famous for our tequila. 

  • December 10 Santa Day. Bring the kids to see santa. Maybe you want to sit on his lap too.

  • December 27 - 30; La Entrada Music & Art

 

January 2023

 

January 7, 14, 21, 28 Workshop Saturdays. Each Saturday there will be classes in different art techniques. We will meet on the patio for space and comfort.

Visit the Workshop Page for further information.

  • January 7 - Sue Helle -- Needle Felting

  • January 14 - Arlene Zaloznik -- Gourd Art

  • January 21 - Gretchen LimaWood -- Doll Art, Little Woman

  • January 28 - Pat Aguilar -- Beading on Clay

 

February 2023

 
  • February 8-12 Tubac Festival of the Arts. This 5 day event will feature booths in the streets. Artists from all over set up tents to show wonderful art or food or information.

  • The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery will host several visiting artists for you to meet and see their work.

 

March 2023

 
  • March 10-12 Studio Tours. The Tubac Center of the Arts honors art studios and galleries from Nogales to Amado. 

  • March 24-26 Spring Art Walk. This 3 day event is just for the businesses in Tubac. You may pick up a walking map of all the participating businesses.

 

April 2023

 

April 21-22 Bananza Days or as I call it, "Starving Artist Sale." Everything in the gallery is 20% off. Come find some deals.

 

May 2023

   
 

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