February 3, 2016

Foothills Community Foundation hosts visual arts lecture series in February

SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate the world of art in February by attending one of the Foothills Community Foundation’s visual arts lectures each Monday afternoon at the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B in Scottsdale. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served at 3:30 p.m. with each lecture beginning at 4 p.m. The 45-minute lectures are followed by a question and answer period. Tickets are $12 with all proceeds benefiting FCF.

The February schedule follows:

Monday, February 8: Modern Art and the Women Who Made It
Presented by Pamela Stewart, Ph.D., historian and senior lecturer in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University. Come hear how and why Modern art was different from what came before and how women occupied central positions as significant, even revolutionary artists during the decades from 1870 through the 1930s. With painting, photography, and sculpture from European and American artists vividly featured, Dr. Stewart’s presentation reveals how artists broke with traditions and changed definitions of what counted as “art,” which continue to reverberate today.

Monday, February 15: Famous Artists and their Gardens
Presented by Suzann Wilson, artist and Carefree resident. Paintings and gardening go hand in hand: Both require attention to color, texture and design, so it’s not surprising that many famous artists also created gardens which still exist today and can be visited. There are obvious ones such as Monet and Giverny. There are unexpected ones like Frieda Kahlo and Case Azul or the mysterious ones like Emil Nolde and Seebul. This lecture uncovers the hidden side of artists who surprise us with their love of gardening

Monday, February 22: Transformation of Chinese Artists and Their Art

Presented by Gerry Jones, a Carefree resident who lived in China during the Civil War between Nationalists and Communists. He will show us art from his extensive collection. Until 15 or 20 years following The Cultural Revolution, it was not politically correct to produce any art, which did not have a positive bearing or outlook on communism. No art was for sale and no galleries showed art for sale. After Mao’s death in 1976, courageous artists slowly began to experiment with transitional and nonpolitical art. Within the next two decades, Chinese artists began to produce world-class art and today China dominates the worldwide Sotheby and Christie’s art auctions.

Monday, February 29: How Scottsdale Became an Art Destination

Presented by Kathy Duley, Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Coordinator. This vibrant lecture will detail the role of art in the history of downtown Scottsdale. Lean how it developed into an art mecca and what is happening today.

For more information, visit www.azfcf.org or call 480-488-1090.