Vision Gallery and the Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts kick off their seasons in September with two outstanding shows that spotlight the work of five local artists and the creativity of visual arts coordinator Peter Bugg, who started with the City early this year. This season will be the first coordinated completely by Bugg, who came to Chandler from SMOCA. Gallery fans have a lot to look forward to in the next year with exhibits that feature ink-drawn creatures to photos of the Pacific Crest Trail to original artworks inspired by the items in the Chandler Museum collection. 

At Chandler Center for the Arts, September 1 through October 6, visitors can see the work of two artists who put a modern twist on traditional oil painting. Laura Best and Cam DeCaussin express their perception of the world they see When You Weren’t Looking. Best takes her inspiration from the desert southwest and contrasts it with the modern world where “the raw beauty of the desert is abruptly met with concrete.”  The artist paints on found objects to “emphasize and celebrate the strained overlap of the romantic southwestern desert and its modern support system.”

DeCaussin’s photorealistic works are inspired by “quiet living spaces and their ability to express themes of solace, sadness, separation and contemplation.” Low light and seemingly private moments that weren’t meant to be captured make his work unique. 

“Both of the artists in this exhibit are incredible at creating bold images with subtle touches of light so that the viewer feels like they are looking at an intimate moment that has happened while we were busy living our own lives,” says Bugg.

Join the Chandler Center for the Arts for an opening reception with the artists on Friday, September 8, 2017, 5 – 7 p.m.

Vision Gallery hosts Shape Shifters, September 8 through November 3, featuring the work of Rachel Goodwin, Lisa Von Hoffner and Mike Jacobs. From mass advertising to trending cultural fads, memorable icons are made from bold color choices combined with repeat patterns to attract consumers. This exhibit questions perceptions of contemporary painting practices, commercial art, consumerism, memories, and womanhood. 

“These three artists have works that complement one another well with bold colors and shapes that speak out loud,” says Bugg. “I am excited to see how they showcase their art in this exhibit. Each of them speaks strongly on their own, but together they will create a unique experience for visitors.”

Join Vision Gallery for an opening reception with the artists on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Both exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. 

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery is located at 250 N. Arizona Avenue in Downtown Chandler and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on the Chandler Center for the Arts, click here. 

Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St. in Chandler City Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit here for more information on the Vision Gallery