Walter Art Gallery virtually debuts “Elemental Figures” exhibition

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Posted 9/17/20

The Walter Art Gallery presents the new exhibition “Elemental Figures” featuring the work of local artists: Amanda Adkins, John Tuomisto Bell, and Abbey Messmer.

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Walter Art Gallery virtually debuts “Elemental Figures” exhibition

“Elemental Figures” opens with a virtual reception to the public from 6:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, broadcasted live on The Walter Art Gallery Facebook page and  on display at Walter Art Gallery, Sept. 17-Oct. 15.
“Elemental Figures” opens with a virtual reception to the public from 6:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, broadcasted live on The Walter Art Gallery Facebook page and on display at Walter Art Gallery, Sept. 17-Oct. 15.
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The Walter Art Gallery presents the new exhibition “Elemental Figures” featuring the work of local artists: Amanda Adkins, John Tuomisto Bell, and Abbey Messmer.

“Elemental Figures” opens with a virtual reception to the public from 6:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, broadcasted live on The Walter Art Gallery Facebook page and led by the gallery manager, Charlotte Strawn.

“Elemental Figures” will be on display at Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15.

The three artists share an affinity for the human figure and the ways in which humans interact with, affect, and are affected by their surroundings, according to a press release, adding that the artists use fire, water, and earth to illustrate, manipulate, and create their images and sculptures.

  • Ms. Adkins’ love for animal folklore, health and homeopathy is reflected throughout her artwork. Her figurative work in “Elemental Figures” unites the female form with natural growth and transformation resulting in images described as disturbing and reassuring, the release said.
  • Ms. Messmer’s paintings use water as a tool to explore various perspectives and contemplate the nature of reality, illustrating the “state of flux, breakdown, and reconstruction that we as modern humans endure daily,” noted the release of her work that captures a dive to the bottom of desert pools, liquified landscape, expansive skies, curving horizons, emblematic props and distorted human forms.
  • Mr. Bell examines the issues of aggression, violence, and intelligence in the context of the human condition, detailed the release about the artist noted to be conflicted about the cruelty of human nature contrasted with the beauty of daily acts of courage and kindness.

The artist, according to the release, communicates on a visceral level an understanding of truth and what is real with observations through icons such as a lone figure, an isolated head, or a fist.

The Walter Project is an innovative community of artists, entertainers, makers, and visionaries who come together to form various creative ventures such as The Walter Art Gallery and The Walter Hive.

Known for their art cars such as Walter the Bus, Big Red, and Kalliope, the purpose of this community is to share joy and spark creativity through unique experiences, added the release.

If interested in a private in-person showing, with appropriate masking and social distancing, contact 775-302-5448 or gallery@thewalterproject.org.

Visit http://www.walter-art.com for more information.

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