“Frank Balaam was born in the United Kingdom and attended Blackpool and Edinburgh Colleges of Fine Art. For the past 50 years, he has painted and travelled extensively including Europe, Africa, the Cook Islands, and the United States where he now resides in a small mountain town in Eastern Arizona.” http://www.frankbalaam.com
“I am delighted to create pieces that are used in moments of celebration and daily rituals. Whether it’s a gathering of closest friends and family sharing good food and drink or a quiet contemplative moment alone with a morning cup of coffee.” www.elementalartworks.org
“I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and now reside in Flagstaff, Arizona. I make pots from my home studio full time and teach ceramics part time at Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University.
When I’m not making pots, I enjoy hiking with my dogs, climbing, mountain biking, and vegetarian cooking (and eating!).” http://jbpots.com/jbpots/Home.html
“I was born in the United Kingdom and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona with my family when I was twelve. I’m 24now, exactly twelve years later I’m living in a 1950s house with my boyfriend, Troy, and my puppy Watson. By day, I am a program coordinator at a senior center and I use most of my free time to make art. I also love to cook, I am crazy about vintage clothes and I am learning (very slowly) to play the ukulele.
A lot of my artwork is inspired by dreams, childhood and the fragility of the imagination. All the pieces in the show are illustrations tied to the publication of my first children’s book, yeti leaves home. My boyfriend, Troy Harris, wrote the text and we raised all the money for self-publishing through kickstarter. It was a really incredible experience, from start to finish, and I am really excited to share my explorations in my first gallery show in Flagstaff.”
“I bought an old doll in an antique store many years ago here in Flagstaff. From the moment I saw it, I loved that doll. One day, out of the blue, I decided to make one like it. Then I just kept sewing and it quickly became a passion. I have a strong connection to all the dolls I make and I try my best to express what and how they must be feeling. Although this can be challenging, an innate sense of color, space, and details helps the process. To do this, I use almost all recycled materials from many different sources. I believe in recycling as much as we can, as many of us do. Each doll is completely handmade and unique like people, snowflakes, and skunks. Time always seems to fly when I’m with them.”
My work draws from images and text collected in my sketchbooks which through free association create playful abstractions. I am interested in narrative, specifically the ambiguous, subjective ‘hidden’ narrative – glimpses of an altogether different narrative order; where the ‘story’ remains oblique or partial, ambiguous and undeclared. The work is multidirectional and open ended. Meaning is inherent but impossible to pin down precisely.
The work is primarily layers of painting combined with collaged elements. However, I also use the decollage technique – cutting, tearing or sanding away parts of the built up surface image to reveal layers below.
Much of my work is on a small scale format because it offers the freedom to explore a range of painting possibilities very quickly. I combine this work with larger pieces based on the same material.” https://www.facebook.com/simonkirkfineart
**Adrienne Dieno** – http://www.jadriannedienno.com/html/bio.html