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PhotoTapas — Celebrating Photography in Ryan Gallery

We were happy to be hosting another PhotoTapas event in Ryan Gallery this weekend, featuring a series of guest speakers in Ryan Gallery.

After some coffee and donuts bright and early Saturday morning, the day began with a lecture from Scott Baxter about his The Gather exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of the West, and the relationships he has formed with the ranchers featured in the show.

Kerrick James spoke with us about monochrome infrared photography using digital camera bodies that have been modified

Alan Fitzgerald gave a crash-course on how to prepare your digital images to make contact prints in the darkroom, and students were able to see examples of prints made using digital negative transparencies!

Gina Santi spoke about the cultural contexts and traditions to consider when traveling the world and photographing the people you meet!

Brent Bond shared examples of photographic books and portfolios using letterpress-printed colophons and covers.

Geoff Reed shared his journey self-publishing his photography.

We ended the day in the lab with Spanish tapas-inspired food and a wine tasting with Garage East’s Brian Ruffentine, where he spoke about the varietals of Arizona wines produced in our own backyard!

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No Strangers & Beyond My Lens Opening Reception

Over thirty members showed their work in this year’s No Strangers exhibition, and over one-hundred visitors joined us for the opening reception to see the art made by our member community.

Every year Art Intersection puts out a call for work to our Sponsor level and above members to have their work curated into the No Strangers exhibition. This year there are well over one-hundred pieces of art decorating the gallery walls!

Before the opening Timothy McCoy held a talk about his work currently in Ryan Gallery, Beyond My Lens. Timothy’s work has been seen in several past Light Sensitive exhibitions at Art Intersection, and Beyond My Lens features selections from his Tongues to Stone, Long Long Journey, Sanctuary, The Water Course Way, and Street Life bodies of work.

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Little by Little 2022 Opening Reception

Thank you to all who attended our opening reception for this year’s Little by Little exhibition! These small artworks invite the viewer to look closer, and can wonderful holiday gifts for the season.

You can view the full Little by Little exhibition online here, and if you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces, just give us a call during our business hours or send us a message at!

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Patio Sale and Rain

Our first patio sale in three years was welcomed by mother nature with rain and wind. We made it through and scheduled a repeat patio sale for November 12, and hoping for sunny weather. 

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After Hours Member Mixer

Our After Hours Members Mixer hosted photographer Neil A. Miller and Art Intersection members in the galleries with lively conversation, local Arizona wines and bruschetta.

Neil’s presentation took us through the transition of his work and process into a digital realm, while recounting stories from the past fifteen years of his photography. 

Thank you Neil and all of the members that joined us for this mixer.

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Member Portfolio Sharing

After three years without one, today we held one of our Portfolio Sharing Event at the Art Intersection galleries! During this mid-day event members have the opportunity to share their what they have been working on both with the public and each other.

If you are not already a member of the Art Intersection community and would like to participate in future portfolio sharing events, you can sign up here.

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Picturing Resistance & Midnight La Frontera Opening

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception for our Picturing Resistance exhibition this past Saturday, where we had the pleasure of having author and performer Ada McCartney read selections of her own poems, as well as from Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters in the passionate spirit of the images displayed on the walls in this exhibition.

Picturing Resistance will run until October 22nd, so there is still plenty of time to drop by and see the exhibition. In the meantime, have a look at a few moments from the opening reception!


In addition to selecting the work featured the Picturing Resistance exhibition, Ken Light has images from his book, Midnight la Frontera, on display in Ryan Gallery.  These images, while captured between 1983 and 1987 while he rode along with U.S. Border Patrol agents, depict the same inhumane treatment migrants face today at our border. Both Picturing Resistance and Midnight La Frontera will be available to view at Art Intersection until October 22nd.


Take a look at our walk-through of both shows!

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Exploring Photography for Teens — July 2022

After a couple years it was wonderful to host our Exploring Photography teen summer camp again!

Over four afternoons last week, instructor Lisa Zirbel taught our students the fundamentals of photography across both digital and traditional film mediums. Students learned how to shoot 35mm black and white film with manual SLR cameras and make enlargements from their film in our photo lab. They also had the opportunity to make studio-lit portraits, which they processed using Adobe Photoshop to make inkjet prints of their photos. They even mixed film and digital photography both by making cyanotypes using negatives printed digitally from their own images, as well as by using botanicals and expired photo paper to make lumen prints in the sun during class.

To end all of our teen camps, on the final day we pin the students’ work on the wall and invite their families for a critique session to reflect on what they learned and the challenges they faced while creating their art.

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Mordançage Workshop with Elizabeth Opalenik – July 2022

Over the weekend of July 15-17 Art Intersection hosted a Mordançage workshop instructed by Mordançeuse Elizabeth Opalenik. Students experienced a range of papers, developers, and print making techniques in their exploration of Mordançage.

Take a look at Elizabeth Opalenik’s website to see her creations.

Image Credit: Elizabeth Opalenik

Image Credit: Suzanne Fallender

Image Credit: Suzanne Fallender

Image Credit: Suzanne Fallender

Image Credits: Elizabeth Opalenik (1-5), Suzanne Fallender (4-9)

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