Contact: Steven Derks, Gallery 801
Contact: Carolyn Anne Anderson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2009
Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective
Upcoming Show January 31- February 28, 2009
January 31st Gallery 801 launches an exclusive exhibition showcasing nine of Tucson's top artists. The independent downtown gallery has selected more than 30 pieces representing the best of Tucson's diverse art scene and calling itself and the show the "Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective".
The collective has come together in an effort to breathe new life into the Tucson arts scene. When sculptor Steven Derks put out a call to fellow artists to brain storm ideas to creatively market art in a failing economy, what resulted was the Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective. TRAC is group of nine united by three core ideas: supporting fellow artists, reviving the Tucson arts scene, and using art to benefit local organizations that work to foster arts revival.
As part of their commitment to serving the community, they are making the show a benefit for a locally-based charity, Beads of Courage. Artists have committed artworks to a silent auction for the charity. An organization representative will be at their opening reception, February 5th, and will offer glass-blown bead-making demonstrations to the public.
Beads of Courage is a Tucson-based charity through which seriously ill children use art to support their recovery. Using colorful beads as meaningful symbols that represent milestones of their medical treatment, children participating in Beads of Courage collect and string together works of art as part of a positive coping strategy.
The Gallery 801 show will open to the public on Saturday, January 31 and run until Saturday February 28th, 2009 at 801 North Main at the corner of Main and University. A public opening and reception February 7 from 12 noon to 5 pm will feature artist talks and music by the Rosano Brothers. February 13 and 21 from 12 - 2 pm there will be artists lectures open to the public. "Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective Show" will be open for viewings Tuesday through Sunday 10 am- 5 pm.
Artists in TRAC include:
Carolyn Anne Anderson (www.muttbutt.com),
Bryan Crow (www.bryancrowartist.com),
Steven Derks (www.stevenderks.com ),
Karen A Dombrowski- Sobel (www.kadsphoto.com),
Beth Jonquil (www.bethjonquil.com ),
Dana Smith (www.danasmithgallery.com),
Rebecca Thompson (www.rebeccathompsonsculpture.com),
Ann Tracy-Lopez ( www.anntracylopez.com ), and
Margaret Zinser (www.mzglass.com).
For more information on the show please visit
TRAC's website atwww.artinarizona.com.
For more information on Beads of Courage please visit their website at www.beadsofcourage.net
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