Mesa Art League Exhibit
June 2 Through July 14

       Azure skies reflected in the tranquil water of Queen Creek. Saguaro blossoms offering a burst of white color set against massive volcanic rock formations. Young Silky Flycatchers, just a week or two out of the nest, darting skyward to catch insects on the wing. Boyce Thompson Arboretum inspires artists with Summer splendor, which is celebrated with the Mesa Art League's exhibition of works by members. This six-week exhibition opened with an exuberant Saturday morning "Arts in the Park" event June 2; to view a five-minute film clip showing highlights, CLICK HERE or click the image shown at right (and you may need cable or broadband to view this 15mb clip.)

       The event June 2 offered visitors a great chance to learn more about Mesa Art League and also the Arboretum. The event included a plein air painting class, artists capturing scenes on canvas, and a variety of subjects, styles and mediums. Visitors helped award a viewer's choice from the "fence line show" in the picnic area during the morning, and explored the indoor gallery where the six-week exhibit remained on display until mid-July.

      On the morning of June 2 Gold Canyon painter Burdell Moody shared techniques and tips near the stunning Demonstration Garden, bringing the lovely surroundings to life on canvas. Completed artworks were displayed nearby. Visitors and new art league members.

"This fine-art show is just another gem in the Mesa Art League crown of gallery displays," said Mesa Art League president CJ Rider, who has been commended by art league members for her commitment in recent years to arranging innovative places for Mesa Art League artists to display and sell their work. "It is exciting to see the art as it goes up on the wall. Quality is always top-notch and this year's show is without a specific theme. Expect to see a wide variety of artwork."

       Most Mesa Art League members reside in the Valley, but the roster includes artists from across the U.S, and even foreign lands. For membership information or other details check out

"And you don't have to be an artist to support the arts; we welcome any and all donations," said Rider. Mesa Art League members are particularly proud of their "Budding Artist" program, which collaborates with Mesa's Save the Family organization. "This program makes arts available to children who are served by these organizations, and we welcome donations to help pay for art supplies. No donation is too small; every dollar is truly a crayon for creativity in a child's hand!"

       Join the Mesa Art League's summer celebration of art and nature; works on exhibit are available for purchase. For more information about art sales email Mesa Art League President Cynthia Rider at

       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 north 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 Visitors Center gallery daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during June, July and August. (Fall and Winter hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). 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 $7.50 for adults and $3 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. To review other recent gallery shows from...

May, 2007 CLICK HERE
March-April, 2007 CLICK HERE
February, 2007 CLICK HERE
December, 2006 - January, 2007 CLICK HERE
November, 2006 CLICK HERE
October, 2006 CLICK HERE
September, 2006 CLICK HERE
July-August, 2006 CLICK HERE
June-July, 2006 CLICK HERE
April-May, 2006 CLICK HERE
March, 2006 CLICK HERE
February, 2006 CLICK HERE
January, 2006 CLICK HERE
December, 2005 CLICK HERE
November, 2005 CLICK HERE
October, 2005 CLICK HERE
September, 2005 CLICK HERE
July/August, 2005 CLICK HERE
June/July, 2005 CLICK HERE
May, 2005 CLICK HERE
April, 2005 CLICK HERE
March, 2005 CLICK HERE
February, 2005 CLICK HERE
January, 2005 CLICK HERE
December, 2004 CLICK HERE