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I’m thrilled to announce I am now represented by Royse Contemporary, a new gallery in historic downtown Scottsdale Art District. It is a great honor to work with gallery owner and Arizona arts vanguard, Nicole Royse.

Royse Contemporary celebrates it’s grand opening, Southwest Contemporary Today, this Thursday during the Scottsdale ArtWalk. I will be exhibiting new work alongside exciting artists, Angel Cabrales, Monica Aissa Martinez, Daniel Shepherd, Marilyn Szabo, and Fred Tieken.  The opening has been celebrated in Phoenix New Times, Superstition Review and several other cultural arts publications. Please join us on this wonderful debut evening for boundary-pushing art, refreshments and music. You can also RSVP at Facebook.

Southwest Contemporary Today
Thursday, September 14th
5 PM – 10 PM
Royse Contemporary
7077 E. Main Street Suite 6, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

 

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If you didn’t attend the Opening Reception, or would like to see my work again, please visit me at the Closing Reception of my Phoenix debut solo exhibition, The Reaches. It is occurring during this Third Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix. Many art aficionados prefer the more focused, relaxed atmosphere of Third Friday to view and discuss work with the artists. My twenty works include never-before-exhibited pieces and some are even in the raw, unframed. Also enjoy some live jazz by Alan Jones and refreshments. RSVP here

The Reaches
September 15th
6pm – 10pm
Chartreuse Gallery
1301 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Here is my new work, The Ever Arrivals, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 16 1/4″ x 11 5/16″.

 

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Come join me at Herberger Gallery at Arizona Center for Home for the Holidays, a group exhibition. Included is my painting, The Gift. This Friday, 6 PM – 8 PM. 455 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1200, Phoenix, Arizona.

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Thursday, March 3, 6p-10p. CoCA PS35 | 106 Cherry St | 98104

Grand Opening Artists’ Reception. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show. Exhibition at PS35 runs through April 23.

Come on by the Grand Opening! This will be a great time. I’ll be in attendance with many other Seattle area artists. My painting, Oscillons, will be part of the digital exhibition.The work is available for purchase at my website and part of the proceeds are donated to support CoCA.

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Other continuing 35 Live exhibitions and locations:

Thursday, March 10, 6p-9p CoCA at Rubix | 515 Harvard Avenue East | 98102
Capitol Hill Art Walk Reception. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show.

Saturday, March 12, 6p-10p. CoCA UN[contained] | 6555 Fifth Ave S | 98108
Georgetown Art Attack Special Events. 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show.

For more details, go to CoCA!

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Here is a detail from the work in progress for Essential Creatures, an exhibition honoring the pollinators of our world. It will be at West of the Moon Gallery, 14 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. (928) 774-0465. The open reception is April 3rd, 2015, First Friday, 6-9 pm and is ongoing through April.

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The above work, Honey Wove the Marrow, was started back in September 2014. I worked on this for a couple of months, but I hit a wall and couldn’t go on with it. So… I let it sit for a while, worked on other projects, then returned to it just last month. What was needed came together after that long, deep breath. I’ve written more about it in my first installment of the eponymous art column, Honey Wove the Marrow, at Arcadia Magazine’s Online Sundries. Included is a story from my childhood.

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This week, I’m excited to be featured in an article in Arizona Foothills Magazine Blog. It was very thoughtfully written by Nicole Royse. Thank you! You can visit it here.

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I am so, so relieved to be in a routine flow around my new art space. As a creature of habit in my immediate surroundings, change definitely unsettles me. But it is ultimately an invigorating, cathartic experience. My new studio is a shared space with other family activities. Sometimes I find myself creating in conjunction with all manner of  commotion buzzing around me. I think again (as I do so often) about childhood with my father as a jeweler. He worked out of our house. He had an intensity of persistence and focus as he built exquisite pieces of fine jewelry in a home studio, and later a converted garage. Life did not stop around him, nor did he expect it to. We were just asked to be respectful. I think about the cacophony of a day, but never felt like I was an intrusive part of his process. In fact, I was sometimes asked to assist him in arranging and stringing beads or other tasks. I loved that purposeful feeling of being at my father’s knee with all those colors, shapes and textures in my hands. I was a part of something that was being made. Many facets of life coexisted together. In some ways, now is very much like my childhood then. Part and parcel.

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I recently reread the in-your-face poem (imagine that!) by Charles Bukowski,  “Air and Light and Time and Space”, that is an affront to writers who incessantly look for the perfect conditions to evoke their productivity. It gave me pause for thought. Here are some lines:

baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.

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Together Go The Elements, ink drawing

Take care and feel all that is around you.

Thank you, everyone, for attending and sending kind wishes for my solo show at Rooftop Solar Art Space! It was a wonderful time and there were SO many people! Elbow to elbow at some points. I appreciate the one-to-one conversations and meeting people I never would otherwise. We were accompanied by the jazz sounds of Victor Ziegelbaum, who played and sang everything from Django Reinhardt to Cole Porter. Crave Aurora and Effusion were sold, and so I bid them goodbye. (I do get a lump in my throat, every time.)

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I was planning to say yet another goodbye. This time, to Arcadia Magazine. My most recent and last installment of the six-month-long art column, “Familiar Spirits Light a Way”, was sent to the editor on Monday. However, to my happy surprise, he wrote back and invited me to stay on for another six months. How can I say no? I can’t!  So, in a couple of months, I will again start a new adventure with another collection of six paintings. For now… go visit Arcadia to read the last of this series featuring Oscillons.

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Following are some selected drawings from this week. Enjoy.

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This song has been echoing in my mind lately. Warpaint, “Love is to Die”.

 

Let us be like birds who build their nests, hair by string by feather by dried grass, placing great effort and infinite love into life.

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Hello! I am pleased to share this upcoming show!

“Prelude”
   a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Charmagne Coe
Friday, February 7th
Opening Reception 7pm – 9pm
Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Phoenix
50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

This is an inaugural partnership event of Shade Projects (of monOrchid Gallery) and Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel . This celebrates the opening of the West Wing Gallery to host Arizona artists and other talents. Don’t forget to stop by the bar to enjoy some fantastic cocktails! I hope to see you there. This exhibition runs through the end of February 2014.

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I am excited to announce three upcoming exhibitions, two in Arizona and one in London. Oh how I wish I could jet to the UK to attend Darren Di Lieto’s extraordinary show, but I hope some of you can go! I will be in attendance at the Arizona exhibitions.

-monOrchid Gallery, Thermal PHX. Group exhibition, June 7 – August 31, first and third Fridays, 6:00pm – 10:00pm. I will be in attendance on the dates June 7, July 5, and August 16. 214 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ, (602) 253-0339. Below is one of the four paintings I will be showing for the first time, The Cadence, The Thorns. This work will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Arcadia Magazine, a publication of  literary and visual arts.

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-Herberger Theater Art Gallery, Show and Tell.
Group exhibition, July 12 – September 1. I will be at the open reception on July 12, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ , (602) 254-7399. This show will include my painting below, Billows.

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– MMA: Short & Sweet London. Mail Me Art at The Framers Gallery, group exhibition, July 30 – August 3. I was invited with other artists and illustrators to create original works on the surfaces of a C5 envelopes and mail the pieces to London as-is, without benefit of packaging. Weathering due to mailing, handling and the natural elements added to each artwork’s story. 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT , 020-7580-4878.

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This is my newest painting created in watercolor, ink and pastel, Oscillons.

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As always, I am delighted to discuss private commissions, creative collaborations and illustration projects. If you have any questions or would simply like to say hello, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Hope to see you soon. Happy summer!

Here is my contribution to Illustration Friday‘s weekly theme, “Storm”.  The title of this painting is Perch Against the Gale. It was made with watercolor, ink and pastel.

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Thanks to all of you who came to the ASU Institute for Humanities Research annual art exhibition, “Imaginatio(n)ow”. I had a delightful time meeting members of faculty, fellow artists and all the other kind attendees. It was truly an honor.

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"Imaginatio(n)ow" Exhibition at ASU

 

 

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