Downtown Canton gallery reborn as Patina Arts Centre with exhibition

CANTON – Alaska Thompson speaks joyfully about art.

Her voice is peppy and enthusiastic. Even during a phone conversation, it’s easy to imagine the Canton artist gesturing with her hands and smiling incessantly.

But when talk shifted to the pandemic and its effects on the art scene, her voice lowered momentarily before regaining its characteristic brightness.

“It got a lot harder with the pandemic for sure,” Thompson said of curating and staging art events.

Alaska Thompson is opening Patina Arts Centre on Friday at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Patina will be in the space once occupied by Vital Arts Gallery. Art exhibitions will include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media work and light projections.

Striking another blow to the Canton art community was the recent loss of Vital Arts Gallery at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW.

A void was left in a longtime art space, where Thompson had served as gallery curator.

But with her trademark energy and spirit, she refused to let the gallery and studio space remain idle for long. Serving as gallery director, the Canton resident is reopening the site as Patina Arts Centre on Friday.

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This Tucson neighborhood’s alleyway is home to a secret art gallery | tucson life

Quietly tucked away in a Miles Neighborhood alleyway sits an ever-changing art gallery embellished with over 100 pieces of art that gently hang on the residents’ chain-link fences and brick walls.

As you walk through the alley, you can view framed artworks featuring paintings of lush landscapes, imaginative drawings created at schools by local children and a small shrine displaying a portrait of the Virgen de Guadalupe with the words “Bless Miles Neighborhood,” scrawled across the bottom in cut-up magazine letters.

The Miles neighborhood, located near East Broadway Boulevard and South Kino Parkway, has been home to longtime residents, friends, and two of the art alley gallery creators, Josie Zapata and Rossana Lievanos, for over 40 years. They call the neighborhood a tight-knit community, where everybody knows and respects each other. 

But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck Tucson, Zapata, a retired first-grade teacher from Drachman Montessori Magnet School,

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The Art Gallery of Marko Stout – Modern Aesthetic

The flamboyant and colorful paintings of Marko Stout have become legendary in the art world. While his works have a decidedly modern aesthetic, they still elicit a feeling of eroticism and mystery that makes viewers want to buy them. Known for his colorful work, he is a highly talented artist who has spanned different genres. He is best known for his paintings, which portray the complexities of urban life.

The works of markostout have a unique style. His art pieces have received critical acclaim in the city of New York, Japan, and Paris. While once a New York secret, he has become a global brand in 2019 through his art projects and film festivals. His artistic creations are a refreshing departure from mainstream media and his work is a true reflection of his personality.

The artist’s style is not only popular amongst art lovers but also celebrities. Marko Stout has

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The Burtch Family Art Show opens at Alexander/Heath Gallery with Friday celebration during Art by Night | Arts & Theatre

“Andy Warhol Number 2,” a monoprint by Mary Jane Burtch, will be part of The Burtch Family Art Show, opening on Friday at Alexander/Heath Gallery.

Roanoke will celebrate a local art dynasty when the Alexander/Heath Contemporary Gallery opens The Burtch Family Art Show — a showcase of works by several family members whose artistic contributions span generations.

It opens at 6 p.m. Friday, in conjunction with the monthly Art by Night downtown gallery crawl.

Included in the show will be selections by Mary Jane Burtch, Bill Burtch, Jim Burtch, Joe Burtch, and a premiere of works by Madelyn Burtch.

“The pieces in this exhibit are from my own personal hanging collection, and most have never been seen before now,” wrote Jim Burtch, of Burtch Art and Photography, on a Facebook page for the show. “I feel very proud to

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