Featured on the January 25th, 2024 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
- Meet lead actor Tracey N. Bonner and director Oz Scott. They are premiering the play “Intimate Apparel” at the Arizona Theatre Company from January 20th through February 10th. It tells the story of an African-American woman working as a seamstress in 1905. The demand for her skills leads her to become privy to many secrets among the wealthy women uptown, plus illicit secrets from their affairs downtown. But, when she begins to receive mysterious love letters from South America, she starts to see herself in a whole new way.
- Tony Paniagua interviews Jim Koweek about his new book "Sonoran Desert Plant Identification For Everyone", a field guide to the amazing and diverse plants of the Sonoran Desert that’s designed to be easy-to-use for newcomers and seasoned desert rats alike. Jim will be giving a live talk and signing books at the Mission Garden on Sunday, April 6th for the grand opening of the new Grassland Garden. Jim is also a musician, and can be found every Friday night at The Café in Sonoita playing tunes from 5 - 7 PM.
- Artist Kristin Harvey describes her approach to painting vibrant abstract impressionist views of the nature of the Southwest. “Sonoran Joy: Two-Dimensional Flora & Fauna of the Sonoran Desert", paintings by Kristin Harvey, is at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Little Gallery from January 28th through February 9th, launching with a reception with the artist on Sunday, January 28th from noon to 3 PM.
Kristin Harvey - Artist Statement for Sonoran Joy Solo Exhibit
Painting brings me immense joy. Most people who view my work also feel the joy in my art. That brings everything full circle for me and why I often refer to my work as a shared smile. So, the title for my show, “Sonoran Joy” came easily.
This body of work was created in 2023 and 2024. It reflects the culmination of a creative journey I've been on the last year to release my painting process from the self-imposed constraint of past work, to a newfound freedom and energy expressed on the canvas. Previously, I planned each painting and had a clear vision of the outcome prior to starting. I now paint intuitively, with no idea what the outcome will be. Each work is a joyful surprise.
This freedom has allowed me to paint my most authentic work to date. Each piece is an expression of the joy I feel when painting and the love I have of the Sonoran Desert. My passion for the Mexican art and celebration culture drives my palette choices. With colorful piñatas, intricate papel picado and bright lights surrounding you, how can you not feel happy. From Talavera pottery to Oaxaca alebrije, the culture offers an explosion of color.
My hope with this exhibition is that you will leave with a smile on your face and joy in your own heart. - Kristin Harvey
- And, a short piece from Linda D. Addison, a Tucson-based author and poet who has been a 5-time recipient of the Bram Stoker award. "Ghost Riding" is a cautionary tale about driving with no destination in sight...