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Foothills Community Foundation hosting Visual Arts Lecture Series


SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate the world of art in February by attending one of the Foothills Community Foundation’s visual arts lectures, to be held each Monday afternoon this month, at the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B, in north Scottsdale. Wine and cheese will be served at 3:30 p.m., with each lecture beginning at 4 p.m. The 45-minute lectures are followed by a question and answer period. Tickets are $12, with all proceeds benefitting FCF.

The Monday, Feb. 8 lecture will focus on ‘Modern Art and the Women Who Made It,’ presented by Pamela Stewart, Ph.D., historian and senior lecturer in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University. Come hear how and why modern art was different from what came before and how women occupied central positions as revolutionary artists during the decades from 1870 through the 1930s. With painting, photography, and sculpture from European and American artists vividly featured, Stewart’s presentation reveals how artists broke with traditions and changed definitions of what counted as “art,” which continue to reverberate today.

Suzann Wilson, artist and Carefree resident, will present ‘Famous Artists and their Gardens’ on Monday, Feb. 15. Paintings and gardening go hand in hand: Both require attention to color, texture, and design, so it’s not surprising that many famous artists also created gardens which still exist today and can be visited. Famed artistic gardeners include Monet and Giverny; there are also unexpected ones, like Frieda Kahlo and Case Azul, or mysterious ones, like Emil Nolde and Seebul.

Carefree resident Gerry Jones will present ‘Transformation of Chinese Artists and Their Art’ on Monday, Feb. 22. Jones lived in China during the Civil War between Nationalists and Communists, and he will show guests art from his extensive collection. Until 15 or 20 years following The Cultural Revolution, it was not politically acceptable to produce any art, which did not have a positive bearing or outlook on communism. No art was for sale and no galleries showed art for sale. After Mao’s death in 1976, courageous artists slowly began to experiment with transitional and nonpolitical art. Within the next two decades, Chinese artists began to produce world-class art, and today China dominates the worldwide Sotheby and Christie’s art auctions.

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Coordinator Kathy Duley will present ‘How Scottsdale Became an Art Destination’ on Monday, Feb. 29. This vibrant lecture will detail the role of art in the history of downtown Scottsdale. Learn how it developed into an art mecca and what is happening today.

For more information, visit or call (480) 488-1090.