I hope you are having a fantastic Saturday and are ready for the weekend. Last night was the opening of the Conception Art Show, down at The Duce. I had so much fun getting to see all of the amazing artists again. They all worked so hard and were such nice people to talk to. I am so glad I was able to go again and get to see some new faces and some old ones!
You may have seen my post last Saturday talking more about the Conception Arts. You can read about the event and how it works here. This is a curated event for an up and coming artist in the area to share their art and get exposure. This allows the artists to meet investors who are interested in purchasing the art they have made.
I think my favorite part was getting to see all the family and friends of the artists that came to support their loved ones. I always have loved any type of celebrations as a kid to now being an adult. Seeing people’s faces light up with excitement and joy knowing that someone who they care about attended the event they have worked so hard at is a treat to watch.
Mandy // Heather
The first people I got to see at the event was Many and Heather. It was such a pleasure to interview these two ladies for last weeks post! I really enjoyed learning more about them and their artwork and what inspires them to paint. My favorite piece from Mandy was her pinks and blues and orange sky with the palm trees. I think it captures Arizona perfectly whether the sun is setting or rising. Heather has 2 pieces that I love 1 isn’t pictured but it looks like a canyon with a starry sky and it looks like you’re looking up into the sky. I also love the horse with feathers and its colorful mane draw me in every time I see it. Congratulations Heather!
I loved getting to hear from these ladies that not only is this a great way to meet people interested in their work but it’s a great community to build friendships from and connections. Many told me, “For my first event I was nervous and wasn’t sure what I was doing but one of the other artists here helped me set up and gave me pointers and it was incredibly helpful.” I loved hearing that this isn’t just an event but a way for people to come together to connect and share their love for art. Congratulations Mandy!
You can find Alisha and her sunshiny personality on her website Motley Eye. She told me this was her first show! Alisha said that she focuses on modern abstract painting. “I don’t like to put my work’s interpretation in a box. I want everyone who views it to come up with their own interpretation.”
Most importantly she had glitter in her art *insert all the heart eye emoji’s* and one of my favorite pieces by her was Paint The Sky Gold. It really reminds me of that Aroura Borealis you see in the sky that a neon color but instead of the neon colors its gold texture. Congratulations Alisha!
This was Mo’s first art show but she said she has been an artist her whole life! She did such an amazing job and she was such a pleasure to speak with. I could really tell she was very passionate not just about her artwork but also about the message she tries to convey through her pieces.
When I asked her about her work she told me she uses acrylic and her painting focuses on women & their beauty, afro culture, feminism, and revisioning famous women in pop culture as African American. “I think women are very powerful. I definitely am a feminist and I include elements that might make someone turn away or uncomfortable. But this is what makes women beautiful and powerful.” Congratulations Mo!
The Duce //
I feel like it is not a surprise when I say how much I love the venue The Duce. It is so colorful and rustic once you step inside. I think it is perfect for an art show to choose a place like this because of its scheme and it is rather large to hold so many people at a time. As soon as I stepped in I loved the atmosphere with the lights, old rustic furniture and signs, the bar areas, plants/flowers, music selection, and much more.
You might know that Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives visited The Duce back in the day and signature item is the mac n cheese muffin bites. I got them last time and I had to get them again to make my friend try them. I actually went over to their terist area and that was so beautiful with the shrubbery and rustic feature they had all around. When they call your name for the food they ask for funny distinctive names and some people were super clever I heard Beuller, Shaggy & Scooby, and we chose Queen Elizabeth.
I also ordered one of their famous limeade’s and it was so yummy. Overall I think there was a great turnout and it was the perfect time to have all of the doors open to let the nice breeze into the whole building.
Finally, I really did enjoy getting to go back to this Conception Art Show. I can’t wait to go to the next one and meet some more artists! If you are in the valley you have to make sure you go and check it out next time!