Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Arizona Artist Spotlight

The Mint Restaurant and Ultra Lounge will be exhibiting a contemporary art gallery all evening utilizing half indoor half outdoor space to create a unique touch to the artistic forum. Here a variety of mediums are sure to please the visual palettes of an enthusiastic audience. Artwork by local artists Dave Carender, Josh Flood, Kevin Barbro, and Melo Dominguez will be producing pieces that embody creativity, imagination, and emotion.

Their art consists of watercolors, ink, acrylic, stencils, plaster, clothing and photography. Each artist is influenced by diverse factors that have impacted their lives through social or cultural experiences. Dave Carender is an artist, writer, action movie enthusiast, comic book nerd, and video game aficionado that portrays his interest by creating cartoon-like figures with a twist.

While Josh Flood wants to show how pop art should have more to do with what's going on in the world today and how that world relates to our everyday lives. Flood is part of a group of local artists working to connect young people to art through events, projects and volunteering.

Kevin Barbro specializes in drawing, painting, and graphic design. His work highlights images and ideas of vultures and other figures with shadow work through light and dark contrast. The paintings are filled with mystery and hidden emotion with every stroke.

Another artist who has captured the hearts of many through her artwork is Melo Dominguez. It is said that her main focus is to find the spirit and soul within her art. We definitely see the layers that make up her art as she highlights social and political themes and street culture.

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