ARTS AND CULTURE

Goodyear artist brings microscopic crystals to life through photographs

Lee Hendrickson’s work will be on display in Surprise with three other local artists

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Posted 10/11/20

Four West Valley artists, including Lee Hendrickson of Goodyear, who was named Best Artist of 2020 by Phoenix Magazine readers, will exhibit their works in the West Valley Arts Council’s Expressions of the West Valley show scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 16.

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ARTS AND CULTURE

Goodyear artist brings microscopic crystals to life through photographs

Lee Hendrickson’s work will be on display in Surprise with three other local artists

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Four West Valley artists, including Lee Hendrickson of Goodyear, who was named Best Artist of 2020 by Phoenix Magazine readers, will exhibit their works in the West Valley Arts Council’s Expressions of the West Valley show scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 16.

The show at Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise, will run through Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Mr. Hendrickson’s passion for science and photography take him to places that are invisible to the naked eye. His fine art images of crystals photographed through a microscope reveal an intricate, complex world of colorful textures and patterns.

Mr. Hendrickson’s background as both a research scientist and a degree in biomedical photography led to his development of specialized techniques for growing and photographing crystals through the microscope.

“Some crystals have the unique property to behave like a prism, so as the light then passes through the crystal formations on its way to the camera, it is refracted and the different colors of the visible spectrum can be revealed,” Mr. Hendrickson said. “Each crystallization event is unique, so I have an infinite array of pattern and color to discover.”

Three elements are always at work in his art are the technically challenging and often unpredictable aspects of growing crystals, the highly specialized and demanding techniques of high magnification photography, and a rigorously tested artistic eye which has been trained in the exploration and discovery of a natural world profoundly different and ever challenging to our familiar perceptions.

In addition to his works, visitors to the gallery also can see the works of fellow Goodyear artists Debra Goley and Mike Greenfield and Surprise artist John W. Clark.

Ms. Goley is a full-time muralist, artist, art instructor, illustrator and designer.

Mr. Greenfield’s latest endeavor is carving stone and combining it with bronze, what he calls “the hardest, most difficult work I’ve done.”

Mr. Clark spent more than 40 years creating aviation and aerospace art before branching out to explore landscape, figure and decorative motifs.

Admission to the show is free, but patrons are asked to reserve a time to visit via eventbrite.com to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols requiring no more than 30 people in the gallery at one time. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. RSVP here.

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