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The abstract direction in my process is pulling me into more open-spaced territory as you will see with my latest work. I also continue adding new mediums to the recipe. This painting was started by taping a large piece of Saunders Waterford 200 lb cotton watercolor paper to my studio wall, then making large markings with a charcoal twig (my son created for me as a nature gift) and free-feeling loops and slashes of pastel. I like how the different figurative components in this piece appear unique to themselves but connect and interact with one another to write the story. Some of my other pieces are more saturated and dense compositions, but this work contains larger breaths of white space in between the delicate shapes and has a similar approach I use in my drawings. I hope you enjoy.

Flesh the Meadow, 2018, mixed media, watercolor, ink, pastel, acrylic and charcoal, 21″ x 29″. It is available here.

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What a great turnout and support of Free Arts Art from the Heart Art Auction. This fundraiser for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona was presented by Edward Jones, with featured artist Fred Tieken, and more than 70 other Arizona artists. Thank you so very much for generously attending and your online bidding! It is important to see our community coming together for our AZ children! If you are curious about the many other ways you can contribute to Free Arts, be sure to go to their website.  Here are some pictures of the event which took place at Saks 5th Ave in Phoenix, AZ last last Saturday, April 7th, 4:30 – 7:00.

Here is a small detail picture from a work in progress… creatures are tucked here and there among the flora brambles. Some are sleeping. Some are curiously approaching each other, or you.

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If you don’t already, also follow me at Instagram to see more projects and snippets of creative process.  https://www.instagram.com/charmagnecoe/

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My work is always available at my website and Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale, AZ.

Mark your calendars for an important upcoming charity event by Free Arts, “the only nonprofit organization in Arizona delivering creative and therapeutic arts programs, at no cost, to children ages 3 to 21 who have faced abuse, neglect and homelessness.”  

Art from the Heart Art Auction
Saturday, April 7, 2018
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

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Enjoy a silent auction featuring masterful works of art from featured artist, Fred Tieken of the Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, and prominent Arizona artists. Bidding starts today, Monday, at https://aesaz.co/ARTS2018! Also, Click here to see a complete list of artists’ works. My painting, Lighten, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 6 1/16″ x 5 1/16″, will be included. For information regarding event details, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities please contact our Development Manager, Robert Raygoza at rraygoza@freeartsaz.org or 602-258-8100 ext.15.  Hope to see you there!

Happy New Year to you! 2018 has greeted me with a lot of new opportunities and creative plans in progress. Tomorrow is my first solo exhibition of the year and I hope you’ll join me!

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Royse Contemporary, in Downtown Scottsdale, AZ, will present my drawings and paintings in my solo exhibition, Pan Door. This is a first-ever showing of my watercolor, ink and pastel surreal drawings. It will also include my newest works. The above picture is a detail from Nigh Blossoms, 2017, 20″ x 19 1/2″, watercolor, ink and pastel. Opening reception tomorrow night!

Pan Door
A Solo Exhibition of Surreal Drawings and Paintings

Opening Reception:  January 11th, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Exhibition dates:  January 11th – February 3rd
Royse Contemporary, 7077 E Main St Suite 6, Scottsdale, 85251
You may direct inquiries to nicole@nicoleroyse.com

The following are excerpts from my artist statement:

“While the artworks may seem fantastical, they are also rooted in the material and immaterial substance of daily life and history. In viewing these works, you may see the shifting of a paradigm, the transformative dynamics within a relationship, accepted pain, hope illuminated and the pursuit of joy.”

“Her most recent methods are less refined and more raw as she pushes the limits of her skills and media in hopes of imparting the message most authentically and alive.  The driving forces of her work are love and egalitarianism. In weaving together characters and environments, she shows the tangible and intangible ways people connect to one another, to the collective unconscious and with their natural world.”

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Pan Door, 2017, 6″ x 6″,  watercolor, ink and pastel.
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Some drawings included at the exhibition:
Thank you for reading and for your kind support of my artwork. I wish you all a year with much love and joy.

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For many works, I’ve recently nixed my tape+staple routine of laying out a painting for a more immediate method. I simply lay my paper on a wood panel, untaped, and begin working.  No clean edges. Rawer work method,  like the old days. I’ve tried this with my little works, to wonderful effect… and have recently started a larger work in the same way. A simple step away from what could become cumbersome can open up new channels and free the work to flow in new directions. Very important. For those who paint, I am using a fabulous 200 lb Saunders Waterford cold press paper… it is very sturdy and does not warp easily, hence the ability to “rough it”. 🙂

I’m really happy to share that I’ve created a new series: Micro Drawings. These small, expressive drawings are thoughtfully created with my favorite medias, watercolor, ink and pastel, on fine 100% cotton paper. They are just right for those who seek a small and meaningful collectible to beautify their environment. Each one is $50 and available in my online shop. I am so enjoying creating these!

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Please keep my art in mind as we approach the holidays! It’s been a full year in my studio, weaving together stories on canvas and paper. I’ve created miniature to large works, and always with my heart on my sleeve.  You may contact me or Royse Contemporary gallery in Scottsdale with any art queries. We’d love to hear from you! To see my full inventory, visit: http://charmagnecoe.com. #GiveArt #SupportArtYouLove

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This is Pan Door, 2017, 6″ x 6″, watcolor, ink and pastel.

My children and I spent much of their earlier years in a northern Arizona forest. When we went into the woods, it was the closest thing to church we attended. There, we played, layed silently in falling aspen leaves, built forts, discussed mythology, ruminated on spirituality and continually discovered more about each other and the ecosystem of which we are small parts. Recently, my son turned thirteen. It is certainly a right of passage. We now live in a desert city, though the forest remains deep in us. We open ourselves up to new kinds of ecosystems, life stories, friends, dreams and experiences.

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Here is Soft Ferocities, 2017, 5″ x 5″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

I reflect often on our human emotional and physical neediness. We are prolific and impacting, to one another, to the earth on which we build lives. I feel, in a way, these rabbits are metaphorical for our fragility, as well as our innate ability to build/destroy.  Both fragility and the powerful ability to adapt our environments to ourselves have many facets, many ramifications.

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Thanks for reading! Both of the above works are available. For more about them and my other works, visit http://charmagnecoe.com, Facebook or Instagram.  If you are near to historic downtown Scottsdale, AZ, my work is represented and always on view at Royse Contemporary.

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Artwork by Fred Tieken (L), Charmagne Coe (center), Marily Szabo (R).

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It is with great excitement that I announce my debut Phoenix solo exhibition in September at the wonderful contemporary gallery, Chartreuse. You are invited!

The Reaches

Opening Reception, First Friday, September 1st, 6pm – 10pm
Closing Reception, Third Friday, September 14th, 6pm – 10pm
Additional showings on Saturdays 2nd and 16th, 10am – 3pm

Music by Alan Jones. Refreshments.

Chartreuse, 1301 Grand Ave 2b, Phoenix, AZ 85007

 

This large body of expressive surrealistic paintings was created in watercolor, ink and pastel. Each one in some way embodies the show’s title, The Reaches, with themes of connectedness and holism. Most of the paintings have never been shown before. Several new works from this year are included, both framed, and rawly, unframed — though it may be a bit shocking to have some delicate pastel work exposed without glass, they’re going to be living on the edge. My process involves organically, spontaneously allowing the colors, textures and story to evolve before me. My inspiration occurs in recognizing that all of us are parts of deeply interconnected experiences and then, from that vantage point, pursuing creative ideas within subjects such as biophilia (human innate need to connect with nature), mythology, pathos or the collective unconscious.  It is such a pleasure to work and collaborate with agent/curator, Nicole Royse, and owner of Chartreuse, Nancy Hill. You may RSVP here at Facebook.

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I deeply look forward to this opportunity to meet others in my community and share my work. Hope to see you there!

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This is a new small painting. It is a hope-filled expression which feels fitting for the spring season.

Another Day Opens, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel. It is also available to view and purchase at my website.

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New drawings:
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Anemone, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing.

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Organelle, 2017, ink drawing.
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Ribbon Running, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing

The above painting and drawings are available, so please feel free to inquire! You can do so here or my website contact form.

I had a wonderful time at the group exhibition Put the Art in pARTy at Icehouse Gallery, curated and hosted by Joe Holdren. The setting is always a spacious and intriguing place to explore, as is the art.

I’m looking forward to yet another upcoming group exhibition at Icehouse on May 5: Figure So Surreal, curated by Travis Fields. I’ll be one on 36 other artists showing contemporary surrealistic work. More on that in the next post.

Here is a detail pic of something that sprang onto paper yesterday afternoon. We’ll see where it takes me. Perhaps this is where it stops.

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Every day, I try to either run or hike in the Sonoran landscape. I make a practice to stop and smell the roses… and orange blossoms and creosote. There is so much visible beauty to not only enjoy, but to remind my spirit of how importantly interconnected we all truly are wherever we go, be it a quiet forest in the mountains or a sprawling metropolis. Here is a small dried barrel cactus fruit which must have been a nice meal for a bird or a javelina. It caught my eye, I passed it, then turned around to pick it up.

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I am quite fond of listening to ambient music while I paint, or any time really. My favorites are bands like Pausal and The Dead Texan, who allow for a lot of open spaces between the changing chords and patiently allow the narrative to grow. Like clouds slowly overlapping, merging and dissipating. This musical piece is by an incredible group called A Winged Victory For The Sullen. It was put out on the Erased Tapes Records label, album titled, Requiem For The Static King Part Two.

I’ve just finished another small painting. I will be photographing it in the next day or so, and blog it soon.

Happy Easter. Happy newness.

Upcoming events this week…

Joe Holdren, the talent behind the historic Icehouse art gallery in downtown phoenix, has invited several Arizona artists to participate in Put the Art in pARTy and I’m pleased to be included. This is a group exhibition happening during Art Detour 29 in Downtown Phoenix to meet and greet many artists that live and work around Phoenix area. This will be concurrent to the wonderful show, Songs Untitled, by artists, Dan Pederson, Joe Holdren, Carol O’Hara Sherwood and Onna Voellmer. Below are pictures of their work. The Art Party is Saturday 10am -2am through Sunday 10am – 5pm, March 18th – 19th, 429 W. Jackson St.! Come on by, enjoy the art, speak with the artists, hear live music and have some refreshments.

I took the following pictures (the first one below is by Joe) when I dropped off my artwork last week. You can see that the crew at Icehouse is busy putting up new lighting in preparation for a fantastic time!

With my two work, Awake and Diviners.



I also have these four artworks, two drawings and two paintings, at The Artery, during Art Detour 29. These will be included in the group show with Ladies Who Paint. Also be sure to walk upstairs and view the studios of artists such as  Ann Morriss Osgood and Laura Cohen-Hogan.

Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm




It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Nicole Royse for YabYum online music and art magazine for Phoenix, AZ. You can read it here


It’s been full speed ahead the past couple of weeks! I have completed the painting, Calamus, and started several more. Below are detail pictures of one I’m working on.


If you have any questions regarding any of the artworks you’ve seen in this or past blog posts, please contact me!

This is my newest completed painting. In it, I responded to many ponderings on the way we recognize one another as human animals. How we coalesce because of another’s connection to our lives. I will leave it at that, as there are so many ways to travel from those conversational/meditative starting points. Our Faces Come Because You Look For Us, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 27 1/8″ x 19″, archival paper, unframed. You can view more at my shop. Enjoy.

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Tonight, The Women Who Paint will again be having a group show at the Artery/Studio 6 based around the Art Detour 29 theme The Selfie. The artists included are Charmagne Coe, Carla Keaton, Cindy Schnackel, Lucretia Torva, Marisa Hall Valdez and Randy Zucker. I had to contemplate this theme for a bit… as I am not wont to think of myself as a solo self, but rather, I am me because of all of us. Universality. When I chose the works for the show, I saw my image in the works as me as having been affected by others. And, they are of you too if you see yourself there.

The Selfie Show 
The Artery/Studio 6, 623 Indian School Road

Opening Reception:
First Friday, March 3rd, 6 – 10 pm

Art Detour Hours:
Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm

A little more about Art Detour 29:

“Art Detour is expanding from two to four days in 2017, and will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix, AZ and Artlink Articipants.”

This is the recent drawing, Write the Words’ on Chapters’ Mouths. 

Last month’s Small Works Love Show at The Artery was an intimate exhibition of works by my artist group, Ladies Who Paint. This gallery is located in the heart of Phoenix. It is home to the art collective at Studio 6; there art studios are upstairs… and when you visit, do take the time to see them! This was the first of many shows to come at this location throughout 2017. Below’s picture is courtesy of MJ Deen.



Here is my most recent painting. I so enjoyed the creation of this biophilic and expressive work. I continue to explore the automatistic, spontaneous pulse of the narrative that unfolds when I paint or draw each element. And as well, I seek to combine the spontaneous gestures with my personal reflections on nature and life at large. You can also see this work at my website.

The Verse Of Flora’s Gate, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14 5/8″ x 11 1/4″.

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I’ve joined a group of Arizona artists who meet monthly. We enjoy discussing technique and latest community arts news, planning painting/drawing meetups and collaborate on exhibits.  12 of us will now be presenting our work in The Artery, a gallery run by a local artist collective, through a variety of group and solo shows. For February, we’ve chosen a love-themed group exhibition. Join us this first Friday!

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Small Works Love Show
Opening Reception
Friday, February 3rd
6pm – 9pm
623 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ

 

I will be exhibiting Diviners, a watercolor, ink and pastel painting, Say That Again, an ink drawing and giclée limited edition prints.

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I have received an invitation to a surrealism group show, Figure So Surreal, in May. This will be a large gathering of surrealists — some whose work I’ve followed for many years. “A journey into the minds of over 3 dozen talented artists as they dance with images of a surrealist world. From Arizona and beyond!”, writes Travis Fields, curator. I’m very excited to be a part. You can visit Facebook to RSVP or learn more. I’ll have more details as the date gets closer.

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