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Meet the Artist: Learn silk screen printing from Arizona artist Eli Richard

Posted 11/5/19

Arizona artist Eli Richard creates sculptures, digital drawings and screen prints. At Canal Convergence, he will lead once again lead a silk screening workshop.

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Meet the Artist: Learn silk screen printing from Arizona artist Eli Richard


Name: Eli Richard

Where I live: Tempe, AZ

What I create: Sculptures, digital drawing and screen prints.

What inspired me to become an artist: My first year at Chico State I took an introduction to printmaking course and was exposed to the process of screen printing. I was instantly hooked.

My involvement in this year’s Canal Convergence: I am leading a live screen printing workshop at the event, where visitors can learn how to print. I also have a series of solar-powered lantern sculptures displayed with Local Light.

What I’m most looking forward to regarding this year’s event: I really enjoy getting to watch the public interact with public art and local artists.

Challenges of living/creating your art: The biggest challenge is carving out time. I have a full-time job in graphic design and a 2-year-old daughter, so time is limited.

Other activities I enjoy: Spending time with my family and making furniture.

If I had four hours with absolutely nothing to do on a Saturday, here’s how I would spend it: Take a nap, watch movie and cook a good meal.

My No. 1 suggestion to new artists: Build your community and participate!

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is a free, 10-day, public art event from Nov. 8–17, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

This year’s event follows the theme of “The Story of Water” and will feature numerous large-scale, light-based installations, many of which will have interactive components.

In addition to the artworks, Canal Convergence features live performances, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, educational artist talks and all-ages workshops and activities throughout the event.

Visit CanalConvergence.com for more information.