Creative arts therapist, Nikki Bellio, has done wonders for the residents of The Fountains at La Cholla through her inventive and crafty art actives. She strives to bring smiles to everyone by engaging them in the process of creating something they can be proud of.
“Everyone can do creative projects and have a good time in the process!” – Nikki Bellio
Whether they’re crafting beautiful Japanese Lanterns and Shamrocks to decorate the common areas or sewing gorgeous shrugs and woven hand bags, the residents are always looking forward to Nikki’s classes. Nikki is constantly engaging with the residents to help develop new and creative ideas every week. Here are some of the wonderful things they've created so far:
Roche Tissue Diagnostics, Inc. (known locally as Ventana Medical Systems) and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance invite you to a wonderful night of live music, complimentary refreshments and an exhibition of contemporary art, sculptures, and assemblage from renown local artist David Adix, encompassing 30 years of his work.
A Deeper Look Inside the Artist
Adix earned his Masters Degree in Theater Arts from the University of Arizona and quickly began to hone in his distinct style and skill for discovering the beauty or story in an object and then building a piece around it. As a young artist, Adix worked at local restaurant, Café Terracotta, where he would render fabulously colorful portraits of the guests on the paper table cloths. During his 20s and 30s, Adix went through a period of personal transformation and soul searching, which was greatly inspired by now close friend and artist Dan Leach. Dan came to Tucson to work on a MFA in the acting training program at the U of A and met Adix at Café Terracotta where they soon discovered they had much in common. Dan invited him to his home, where his vast art collection immediately awoke something in Adix that he hadn't experienced before. This collection opened his eyes to the depth, range and energy an artist can provoke with their work. This "informal education" encouraged him to explore new styles of art that he had never worked with before.
Subtraction and Assemblance
The use of found/available materials has become a staple of Adix's work, intentionally crafted to stir up deeply tied memories to the past. Many artists create work as a way of extending themselves into the medium, but as Adix puts it, “I create art not so much to express myself, but to disappear”. Through his use of subtractive techniques, the art of carving away raw materials to create a piece, that distress the surfaces of his sculptures to the gossamer wax that creates ghostly fields on his collage works, he works to transport his audience through “portals” connecting them to memories and inspiring new connections in themselves.
The exhibition will span across David Adix’s 30 year career and will include 167 unique pieces. Pieces will range from magnificent steel statues and woven wire art to intricate collages made from recycled materials. The show includes work from public and private collections, as well as new work, all available for sale. The artwork will be showcased and sold at the Ventana Gallery, and the public is welcome to browse or buy during the length of the exhibit, continuing through July 11, 2017.
Interested in Attending?
David Adix – 30 Years of Construction, Collage & Composition, 1986-2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Roche Tissue Diagnostics (Ventana), 1910 E. Innovation Park Dr.
Cost: Free, with refreshments and live acoustic music
Phone: (520) 797-3959
The Ventana Gallery is open to the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visitors should call the SAACA at (520) 797-3959. Advance notice of 48 hours is required.