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Update Regarding COVID-19

First and most important, we hope you’re staying safe and healthy both physically and emotionally. Your well-being during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is of paramount importance, and every decision we make about the Art Intersection Galleries and Photo Arts Lab reflects our concerns for health and safety. 

It was inevitable, yet I always believe in the possibility of a best-case outcome, so as an appropriate precaution, Art Intersection Galleries and Photo Arts Lab closed today. We will reopen at an appropriately healthier time.

Sadly we must cancel the Artist Reception for Emerge. We hope you take the time to browse our online gallery, share your favorite pictures, and stay connected through our social media. 

Like restaurants, we have take-out orders. If you wish to purchase any of the work in Emerge, please contact us by email at info@artintersection.com to let us know the work(s) you wish to purchase and we will send you a PayPal invoice. The Emerge exhibition page lists all the prices.

Now more than ever, we need to create and enjoy art to continue to feed our art passions in these uncertain and confusing times.

If you are delivering or shipping work for Light Sensitive, someone will be here Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 2pm to receive the work. Let us know you’re coming in person by calling (480) 361-1118 or email us at info@artintersection.com.


I, along with everyone at Art Intersection, wish you and your family good health while you shelter-in-place.

– Alan Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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Photogravure Workshop with Karen Hymer

This past weekend at Art Intersection we held a 2 day photogravure printing workshop with Karen Hymer. We had a talented group of students, some with experience in this process and others with none at all. Thank you to Karen Hymer for teaching this workshop!

Over the course of 2 days the students learned each step in the photogravure process which included exposing their positive under UV light onto a photopolymer plate. After the plate was exposed and the imaged was etched in, they coated with ink and learned different processes for wiping and removing the ink.

Karen Hymer explained that using the correct wiping techniques creates great contrast and highlights in the final print. Using your photograph as a guide, you can determine which areas need strong shadows and which parts you want more highlight.

Next, our 1870s etching press was used to stamp the plate onto wet paper creating a beautiful one of a kind print embossed into the beautiful art paper.

Students explored different mixtures of ink which created different colors, changing the outcome of contrast and highlight, as well as different types of paper.

We have new workshops at Art Intersection nearly every month, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a new unique process! Our next workshop is Tri-Color Gum Printing with Diana Bloomfield!

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Encaustic Workshop with Sherrie Posternak

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this exciting 2-day Transferred and Embedded Imagery with Encaustic workshop with Sherrie Posternak. We had a talented group of students, who were eager and excited to learn this unique process. Thank you to Sherrie Posternak for teaching this workshop!

First, students were taught how to transfer their photos onto boards, using seven different types of printed surfaces, three methods of transferring, and six different ways of “sealing in” their transfers.

They also spend time learning how to correctly do a “dammed” pour which prepares for the transfer. One characteristic of encaustic medium lends itself well to receiving transferred or embedded images.

These techniques enhance the ability of the artist to represent ideas using layering, perspective, and graphics. Sherrie Posternak uses transferred and embedded images extensively in her work, and has advanced experimentation with a large variety of materials and methods.

We have new workshops at Art Intersection nearly every month, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a new unique process! Our next workshop is Tri-Color Gum Printing with Diana Bloomfield

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Platinum Palladium Workshop with Ryuijie

Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 1st for a one-day Platinum Palladium Workshop with Ryuijie!

We had a talented and eager to learn group of students who created beautiful prints. In just one day, students were taught this 19th century process and took home at least 2 or 3 prints of their images.

We have new workshops at Art Intersection nearly every month, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a new unique process! Our next workshop is Tri-Color Gum Printing with Diana Bloomfield!

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Opening Reception for “Little by Little” and “New Relics”

Thank you to all who attended our opening reception for our juried exhibition “Little by Little” and “New Relics” work by Ernesto Esquer. These pieces highlight the beauty of smaller artworks and encourages viewers to take a closer look.

Thank you to our Juror Peter Bugg for selecting these incredible pieces apart of “Little by Little”, and thank you to Ernesto Esquer for showcasing his new work in “New Relics”. These exhibitions will be open until December 28th.

Check out the “Little by Little” Online Gallery Here

Check out work from “New Relics” by Ernesto Esquer Here

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Tintype Workshop with David Emitt Adams

Thank you to all who joined us this past weekend during the Tintype Workshop with David Emitt Adams! Participants went through this process from start to finish, including preparing chemistry, coating and sensitizing your plate, creating successful exposures, and finishing and varnishing your plate. The results were incredible and displayed why the process of wet plate collodion tintypes has been cherished since the 1850s.

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Emily Matyas: Author of Sol y Tierra

Meet Emily Matyas, a photographer and the author of the book Sol y Tierra, Sun and Earth. Emily’s work is largely inspired by her passion for family relations, culture, and psychology. Her career first started out in journalism, as she continued she found a love for fine art. 

For over 30 years,  Emily has been involved in a community development in Sonora, Mexico. Emily’s participation began in the late 1980s when she decided to volunteer for the “Flying Doctors and Dentists” from Tucson, AZ. They worked alongside a Mexican child assistance foundation or  “FAI”. For the next three years she became an employee at FAI, entrusted with writing reports for sponsors and translating grants. She was given the opportunity to travel to remote villages, sleep on burlap cots, eat tortillas made from fresh-ground corn, and learn the Spanish of the camposinos. Currently, Emily continues her involvement in Sonora and the Foundation, she does so for pleasure and admiration of the Mexican Spirit. 

Emily has crossed the border dozens of times within the last 30 years, and her photography book Sol y Tierra is an incredible representation of her investigation towards the true Mexican experience of migration.

 “As I made trips back and forth across the Mexico-U.S. border, I saw the landscape, objects, and trajectories of people’s lives change in response to economics, politics, the infiltration of a drug culture, attitudes toward immigration, and environmental challenges. According to the social workers with FAI, a large reason for migration out of rural Mexico is the intense drought that began there in the 1990s and continues still. Add cultural and economic changes that favor big business over small family farms, and one begins to understand why some people leave.” -Emily Matyas.

Art Intersection is proud to display these incredible images by Emily Matyas, and we hope they spark conversation and personal connections. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 28th, at 5pm.

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