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34th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Collage, and Creative Nature
By: Sarah Moran
12/10/12 10:27 AM

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                                                        34th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Collage and Creative Nature
                                                        Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Winter 2012-2013 Exhibitions
Mesa, AZ- Known for exhibiting innovative and exceptional art, this winter at Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum is no exception. For more than 30 years, MCA Museum has remained true to its early roots and continues its unwavering dedication to the craft arts with its immensely popular Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition.  The featured artist during this year’s craft exhibition, Christopher Torrez, demonstrates the blurring of artistic boundaries that is occurring in craft today. No longer tied and limited to this category, contemporary craft is emerging as a major player in the art world, demonstrating that traditional mediums merged with new and mixed media can form a new high art.  
The National Collage Society, Inc.
2012 Signature Member Show
December 14, 2012 – March 17, 2013
The National Collage Society, Inc. (NCS, Inc.) is an art foundation formed to foster the appreciation and interest in the art medium of collage. Collage was the only new fine art
medium of the 20th century. The NCS, Inc. promotes the advancement of collage as a
major art medium and assists in the education of the public through exhibits, workshops,
lectures and publications. This exhibition features the work of over 70 collage artists who
have achieved the status of Signature Member of NCS, Inc.

Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell
January 11 – April 28, 2013
Featuring the new work of Arizona artists Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez
and Mary Shindell, this exhibition focuses on the imagery that not only distinguishes
each artist but ties them together, just like the ecosystem of our planet. Lavender’s
latest drawings depict woodland creatures in constructed landscapes and
individualized portraits of various animal species, capturing not only their likeness but
inferred personalities. Through her introspective drawings and paintings, Martinez
explores the complexity of the human form and gender issues. Shindell’s mixed media
sculptures, drawings and prints represent the intricate textures seen in plant forms and
other organisms. You can take part in the artists’ process by visiting their blog at .
Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell are 2012 North Gallery proposal winners.

34th Annual Contemporary Crafts
January 25 – March 31, 2013
Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa
Contemporary Arts’ Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and
quality. Representative of traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts, this exhibition showcases 50 artworks by 38 artists, representing 18 states.

Guest juror for the 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts was Jennifer Scanlan, Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.

By Christopher Torrez
January 25 – March 31, 2013
Arizona artist Christopher Torrez creates miniature worlds that reflect the fragility and
carefully balanced ecosystems of our planet. Through his mixed media landscapes,
Torrez  discusses perception of time and reality, our relationship with the environment
and natural processes. These small environments beckon closer examination of the
intricate details and the familiarity of unspecified lands and plant life. 
Christopher Torrez received the 33rd Annual Contemporary Crafts Juror’s Choice Award in 2012 and was awarded this solo exhibition in the Dr. Ruth Tam Lim Project Room.

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