Mesa Art League Fence Show And Plein Air
Day October 22, 10:00am to Noon

Visitors who enjoy art in the gardens are invite to see double the number of works by Mesa Art League members October 22, Saturday, when an entirely different and new set of paintings and photographs will be exhibited for just one morning on the wooden fence separating the picnic area from the Demonstration Garden.

The show will only be there for a few hours from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and Art League members hope you will cast a vote for your choice of Best In Show! Votes will be tallied and a winner announced at 12:30 p.m. during the Art League's annual picnic.

Bring your own easel, brushes and dropcloth to capture a scene alongside Art League painters such as Elaine Dube or Sherri Aldawood, the latter shared this lovely scene of our Demonstration Garden at left after she painted it last month while offering a demonstration of her painting style and technique. Elaine, Sherri, Chris Morninforest and other painters plan to be here capturing Arboretum scenes 'en plein air' October 22 from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mesa Art League Picnic.

And don't miss the exhibit in our Visitor Center gallery Painters, photographers and illustrators from the Mesa Art League have a non-juried art show which continues until the end of October.

Young artists should make a point of meeting Aldawood October 22 during her demonstration. The artist invites other painters to bring an easel or palette, sit, chat and talk techniques. She will be working in oils 'en plein air' while answering questions, visiting with passersby, and sharing tips about the artistic elements which make her work unique. Aldawood attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and worked as a graphic artist before moving to Mesa with her family in 1997. Her works are pictured above at left, and also at right.
"I work in oils and while I enjoy painting many subjects, I do have a special fondness for painting gardens, especially 'en plein Air;' I love the beautiful color in gardens and I especially enjoy the positive emotions I feel when I am able to spend time around plants and nature. I particularly love the Demonstration Garden at BTA during the
springtime when it is filled with wildflowers."

Elaine Dube also plans to be here, creating a new piece of art, chatting with visitors and talking technique near the visitor center breezeway from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Dube sketched as a child, but found a career in dance: "I had a dance studio, was a dancer and dance teacher until my late 50's, then decided to put my efforts into Painting. Easier on the legs! I prefer watercolor but also enjoy colored pencil and acrylics. I love the brightness of watercolor and the ability layer many washes of color. I Started painting in oils many years ago, but watercolor came about 20 years ago. I love flowers and portraits, but do everything from old fishing boats to copper pots." .

Artwork on exhibit next month explores the fact that even though it might be September, a month which includes the autumnal equinox and the official first day of Fall, here in Arizona the season remains still summertime. 

"Exhibiting at the Arboretum is always so popular with Mesa Art League artists," said longtime member and current boardofficer Kathy McClure, a professional photographer from Queen Creek. "Returning artists this year include Bud Heiss, an accomplished acrylic painter who presents the Sonoran desert in his own distinctive and realistic style. Arboretum visitors will enjoy other works including an oil painting by Sherri Aldawood, whose artwork is a wonderful combination of realism and abstract. Watercolorist Chris Morningforest will present one of her unusual abstract pieces, perhaps best described as spirit-world designs that capture the imagination of each viewer, taking us into another realm. 
Mesa Art League continues to grow and see an influx of new members each year and we are pleased to showcase emerging artists along with familiar names -- several of them will be exhibiting with the league for the first time ever as part of the BTA show."

Arboretum daily hours are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during Fall and Winter months. In addition to nearly three dozen separate pieces of art on the walls, there are about 60 un-framed prints available for purchase in the Gallery.  The Arboretum gift shop handles sales of originals and prints throughout the show, with a portion of the proceeds donated by the artists to help raise funds to benefit the Arboretum.

Mesa Art League also invites artists and all who are interested in art to attend their monthly meeting, held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5-8 PM at the First United Methodist Church, First Avenue and Center in downtown Mesa.  Each meeting starts with a “sip and chat” session, followed by a critique, a short business meeting and ends with a demo.  The demos vary from how-tos of a particular medium to marketing to fun sessions with paper and crayons.  For more information on the Mesa Art League, please visit the website

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitor Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from September-through-April. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

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Kim Hosey July-August, 2011

Legumes of ArizonaMay-Jun, 2011

Pima College & CACApril, 2011

Jim BurnsMarch, 2011

Kay Cummings
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Paul Kinslow January, 2011

Mesa Arts League September, 2010

Rick Cameron April , 2010

Nan Lawrence March, 2010

Barbara Atkinson
February, 2010

Nancy Matus
January, 2010

Barbara Cox
December, 2009

Margaret Whittaker
November, 2009

Artists of the Superstitions
October, 2009

Marilyn Barton
September, 2009

Gila Community College August, 2009

Deborah A. Lee June, 2009

Margie Porter May, 2009

Timm Chapman January, 2009

Paul Kinslow December, 2008

Maggie Leef November 2008

Sharon Sieben October 2008

Nicole Royse September 2008

Judy Bottler Photography May 2008

Bob Estrin Photography April 2008

Mary Isham Watercolors March 200

Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008

Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008

Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007

Jean Sullivan November, 2007

Sue Cullumber October, 2007

Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007

Fred Charlton May, 2007

Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007

Linda Kaiser February, 2007
Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007
Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006
Bob Rice September, 2006
Bud Heiss July-August, 2006
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006
Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006
CJ Rider March, 2006
Jessica Green February, 2006
Steve Davidson January, 2006
Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005
Carolyn Gray November, 2005
Martha Burgess October, 2005
Boeing Photographers September, 2005
Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005
Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005
Jeanette Bronson May, 2005
Tom Stanley April, 2005
Kathy McClure February-March, 2005
Pam Smyth January, 2005
Tina Faust December, 2004