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.
Last week we held another Portfolio Sharing Event at the Art Intersection galleries! During this mid-day event members receive feedback from the public and answer questions about their artwork and upcoming projects. If you are not already a member of the Art Intersection community you can sign up here.
The 2019 NoStrangers Artist Reception had an incredible turn out of friends, family, art lovers, and members of the Art Intersection community. Thank you to all who joined us for a fun filled night highlighting the work by our members. NoStrangers is on display until September 14th.
This year’s All Art Arizona presented exciting work created by both well-known and emerging Arizona artists. Every year we are extremely impressed with the amazing work from our community of local Arizona artists. We are grateful for the endless support we get from this exhibition.
Thank you to those who stopped by to see All Art Arizona on the walls, and those who also voted for their favorite piece in the exhibition! These three popular pieces tied for the Viewers’ Choice Award.
This July session we had a fantastic group of teens eager to dive into the foundation and fundamentals of photography. We are blown away every year with the talent these students display and we hope they continue on with exploring photography.
Another successful opening reception for All Art Arizona! Local artists, friends, families, and art collectors joined us for the night to discuss and admire the diversity in this exhibition. From paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, and mixed media these artists are the representation of talent that comes from all over Arizona.
This two day workshop of tri-color gum printing was a huge success, each and every student that attended left with beautiful images. Thank you to Diana Bloomfield for teaching this amazing process! To learn more about upcoming workshops make sure to check out our Events tab.
Thank you to everyone who spent the evening with us during the Emerge 2019 Artist Reception! It was a night filled with students from across Arizona, families, and photography lovers. This exhibition highlights the dedicated and hard working emerging photographers in our community and we thank everyone who shows their support!