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Art Intersection opens two exhibits to celebrate Art & The Darkroom

Art Intersection hosted an opening reception for our first annual juried exhibition of analog photography, Light Sensitive, juried this year by Dr. Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. We had many of the artists in attendance, including Jackie Walsh, who came all the way from New Jersey to attend the reception.

We love celebrating the diversity of the photographic medium and there’s plenty of evidence that analog photography is alive and well with forty-six photographers from eighteen different states, exhibiting photographic work using the techniques of gelatin silver, Polaroid, photogravure, c-print, casein platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, salt print, cyanotype, wet plate collodion and van dyke. Art Intersection plans to make Light Sensitive an annual event.

In the east gallery, renowned West Coast photographer, Martha Casanave, is exhibiting her 4” x 5” pinhole camera series, Explorations Along an Imaginary Coastline. The gelatin silver prints depict California’s central coast as an “imaginary coastline” with a mysterious figure in 19th century attire appearing in many of the images. Martha will be visiting Art Intersection April 28-29 to teach a workshop in albumen printing.

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PHOTOtapas 2012 – A Huge Success!


February 14-19, 2012, Art Intersection, along with Northlight Gallery at ASU, Jeremy Rowe and Tilt Gallery, held a 5-day event, PHOTOtapas.

The mission of this event was to provide a concentrated opportunity for those interested in fine art photography to experience a wide range of activities including, lectures, demos, portfolio sharing, and dialogue surrounding the medium.

Our endless gratitude to all the presenters who gave of their time and talent to make this a great event, Sant Khalsa, Mark Klett, Tom Persinger, Mark Haunschild, David Adams, Stan Klimet, Mike Lundgren, Chris Colville and Richard Laugharn.

Thank you to everyone who attended PHOTOtapas, especially those of you traveling from out of town.  Your support is a vital part of the equation in the development of an energetic photo community that encourages education and growth.

To all of you in the photography community, we want to hear your ideas about what you’d like to see happening at PHOTOtapas 2013. Drop us a line at

To see more images from PHOTOtapas visit: Art Intersection on Facebook

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SMOCA Visions Teen program visits Art Intersection

Fourteen amazingly talented high school students from the Visions Teen program at SMOCA, came to study book arts and mixed media with our program director, Carol Panaro-Smith. They spent one session in Scottsdale making an accordion book and another session here at Art Intersection filling their book with original photographs, ephemera and a variety of media.

We love having youthful enthusiasm here at Art Intersection and hope we can continue to collaborate with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see more images from the workshops go to our Facebook page.

Their work will be on display at the young@art gallery located in the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center May 10, 2012 – Sept 9, 2012.

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Taking Your Work to the Next Level


Twelve artists from all walks of life decided to embark on a journey together to explore their process of art making. We had several photographers and three mixed media artists working in fiber, collage, and drawing and painting showing their work each week and getting invaluable feedback.

In addition to weekly critiques there were discussions about presentation, artist statements, getting your work out, and other stimulating conversation about art and life.

It was exciting to see the final presentation of work in the last week and a testimony to the power of a supportive community that encourages growth and taking new risks.

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Art & Arizona: Celebrating 100 years

On Saturday 7, January, 6-10pm Art Intersection opened, Arizona Re-Viewed, an exhibition in celebration of Arizona’s centennial year. The exhibition includes historic and contemporary images of Arizona to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arizona statehood.

In this exhibition Arizona is re-viewed by nine contemporary photographers who currently live in Arizona in addition to many historical photographers. Each contemporary artistbrings a unique vision that is informed by their connection with living and working in Arizona whether by going out into the Sonoran Desert, walking the streets of mining towns at night, exploring the urban landscape or pointing their lens on friends and family. Some of the artists were born and raised in Arizona while others came here for unique opportunities including school and work.

The historical pieces, including images by Timothy O’Sullivan dating back to ca 1871, are among the many cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, boudoir cabinet cards, stereographs, mounted albumen prints, cyanotypes and panoramic silver prints all courtesy of Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography.

The exhibition runs through February 25th, 2012.

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Art Intersection’s first Silent Auction

The zeitgeist surrounding the silent auction was definitely to pay it forward. We could not have done it without the generosity of artists who see the value in donating a piece to benefit another artist who may need some assistance in helping them progress to the next level.

We also couldn’t have pulled this off without the support of the bidders. Their excitement and willingness to take that financial leap of faith, knowing they not only get to go home with an original piece of art but they also help finance someone’s growth  as an artist.

At Art Intersection we’d like to think we are part of the pay it forward equation, deciding to show the work for a month prior to the auction to give the artists some exposure and offering them 25% of the highest bid to help them pay for framing costs.

We would say that is a WIN WIN situation!

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Write Now: A Writer’s Community is Launched

On December 2nd, 2011, Art Intersection hosted a reading introducing the community to our new writing program.

Writers, Laura Cruser, Mark Haunschild, Beth Staples, Fernando Perez, Allyson Boggess and Rosemarie Dombrowski will start the new year with six introductory workshops designed for all levels of writers.
Poetry, memoir & fiction workshops are scheduled from mid-January to mid-April.
Each workshop meets for 4 hours, 2 hours on 2 Saturday mornings, with  the first meeting about form and content and the next meeting to share student’s work.
Here are the workshops:
They are all $40
To reserve a space in any of the workshops- email us at

Course Schedule and Descriptions

Course 1: How to Give Your Story Liftoff: Keep Your Feet on the Ground
Session I: Saturday, 28 January, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 4 February, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Laura Cruser

We all want our stories to soar, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that to fly a kite well, we must hold onto the string. This workshop will offer strategies for staying grounded throughout the writing process: for starting a story and for seeing it through, for freshening the creative palate and for finding help when your kite does, indeed, get tangled in the trees. Plan to exit the class with a new short story in-hand.

Course 2: Bringing Characters to Life
Session I: Saturday, 4 February, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 11 February, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Beth Staples

Using portrait photography as inspiration, this class will help students create, develop and bring a character to life on the page. Students will spend time studying examples of memorable characters, learning techniques for building and crafting character through writing, and then developing their own character as the basis for a story.

Course 3: Gleaning Poetry from Art: Writing Poetry Inspired by Visual Works of Art
Session I: Saturday, 11 February, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 18 February, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Allyson Boggess

This course explores the practice of writing poetry ekphrastically–that is, the writing of poetry in response to, and inspired by, works of visual art. We’ll look at examples of ekphrastic poetry from literature together and discuss the techniques we can use to generate new writing from observing works in other mediums. Ultimately, we’ll try these strategies out by viewing art on exhibit at the Art Intersection Gallery and producing new poems in response. The goal is to experience and reflect on the power of translating this intersection of art forms.

Course 4: Looking Glass: Where You Stand Makes a Difference
Session I: Saturday, 31 March, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 7 April, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Fernando Pérez

As writers, what we choose to look at and what we choose to reveal are up to us. Either way, in poetry, details make the difference. If writing is like holding a camera to your eye, and breathing slowly and deeply, either waiting patiently for the right moment or taking a risk and shooting, then the details matter. We will consider the details of a poem in the same way that light lends itself to the perfect photograph. Using photos as inspiration, we will assemble words that leave an impact on the eye and on the brain.

Course 5: Haibun: The Poetry of Walking
Session I: Saturday, 7 April, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 14 April, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Mark Haunschild

Popularized by Matsuo Basho in the 17th century, haibun is a classical Japanese form of travel writing that combines prose and poetry. In this class we will practice the art of “walking meditation” as we reflect on the mundane aspects of moving through our day-to-day lives. Working from these observations, students will draft a lyric essay that reflects extra-ordinary insights drawn from ordinary occurrences. We will discuss ways to convey our travels with concrete, descriptive, and evocative prose, and will practice writing haiku poems that crystallize the insights that arise from the world in and around us.

Course 6: Personal Fragments: Using Collage to Create Memoir
Session I: Saturday, 14 April, 9-11am
Session II: Saturday, 21 April, 11:15-1:15pm
Location: Art Intersection
Instructor: Rosemarie Dombrowski

The task of writing a full-length memoir is daunting even for a seasoned writer.  Thus, through the technique of collage, we’ll begin crafting sections of what could potentially become a long(er) memoir, ultimately unifying sections with the subtle repetition and interweaving of sensory imagery, phrases, people, and objects. The technique of threading sections together allows us to focus on the subtleties, nuances, and sounds of narrative as well as the gaps, spaces, silences, on the page, and within the memoir itself.


Allyson Boggess teaches poetry at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and writing at Arizona State University. She is a graduate of ASU’s creative writing MFA program and currently lives in Phoenix.

Laura Cruser co-coordinates the literary programming at Art Intersection and has taught writing to elementary, middle, and high school students through grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Arizona State University’s Young Writers Program and Programs for Talented Youth. She is currently an instructor of English at ASU, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in Tempe.

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder and editor of the poetry journal merge and is the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, now in its fourth year. She received a PhD in American Literature from Arizona State University, where she has been teaching the past thirteen years. She lives in Scottsdale.

Mark Haunschild is the faculty advisor of poetry for The Superstition Review and co-coordinates the literary programming at Art Intersection. He received an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University and an MA in English Literature from California State University, Chico. He lives in Tempe.

Fernando Pérez discovered the impact writing could have at an early age. When he was five, his family dog ran away and Fernando’s father recalls that he grabbed a pencil and wrote: “Bif es gon.” For Fernando, writing is like reaching for a camera, a paintbrush, or a butterfly net and capturing life. He received an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University. He lives in Tempe.

Beth Staples works at the Piper Center For Creative Writing as Managing Editor of the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review. She teaches fiction writing at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. She received her MFA in fiction writing from ASU and currently lives in Phoenix.

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