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Art Night returns to Cave Creek Nov. 14

By Curtis Riggs | November 12, 2008

Eight galleries stay open late on Fridays to further art scene

CAVE CREEK – The art season has arrived. Galleries are staying open later, offering new exhibitions and artist demonstrations to entice regular visitors to return and attract newcomers to the local art scene.

On Friday, Nov. 14 eight galleries will band together, staying open until 9 p.m., to participate in Art Night in Cave Creek. The event, held the second Friday of the month, will continue through May. Art lovers will enjoy work ranging from old world traditional, southwestern, avant-garde and contemporary in the mediums of paintings, sculpture, furniture and jewelry.

Galeria Bellas Artes’ Karen Ladron de Guervara and Level Nine Gallery’s Mickey Meulenbeek inspired the revival of Friday Art Night in Cave Creek, which were regular happenings during the season from 2002 until 2005.

Ladron de Guervara was “thrilled” when gallery owners made the decision.

“There are many ideas about the new art nights and people are very enthusiastic” she said. “People are interested in seeing Cave Creek become an arts destination again.”

Luminarias will identify participating galleries on Cave Creek Road from near Spur Cross Road to the new Stagecoach Village retail center. Maps of all Art Night gallery stops will be available at each gallery.

The excitement about the new art venture is sure to drive Art Night in Cave Creek to success the way Meulenbeek sees it.

“Everyone is feeling the momentum and coming together,” she said. Gallery owners are dedicated to making the Art Nights a success. “What makes the evening special is the opportunity to meet the artists who will be available to discuss their work. There will be special events going on in each gallery as well.”

For instance, this Friday night there will be a classical pianist in the courtyard by Nickle Creek and Kevin Harris Galleries. At Level 9, Felice Kent will be creating stone hands in the classroom by making a mold of an individual’s hand. Refreshments will also be served at the galleries and Meulenbeek noted she will be serving wine and cheese at Level Nine.

Look forward to unique events and specials at each gallery through the season which will continue on the second Friday each month starting this Friday through May, 2009.