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Black Canyon City artist’s work featured at Phoenix Airport Museum

10/19/16

PHOENIX – Weather is often a popular subject of small talk, but in Arizona it can be a major topic of discussion. Unsurpassed sunsets, summer monsoons, intense heat, amazing lightning shows, dramatic cloud formations, duststorms, microbursts, flash floods, snowstorms, and forest fires may all be part of Arizona’s forecast, as well as inspiration for artists featured in Phoenix Sky Harbor’s latest museum exhibition, Arizona Weather – From Duststorms to Snowstorms.

“Early Snow, Madera Canyon,” an oil painting on canvas by Black Canyon City artist, Gary Bennett, is part of the exhibition.

This display features a diverse selection of Arizona weather-themed artworks by 29 artists from 18 cities around the state. Artists have taken different approaches using a variety of media to depict naturalistic or fanciful interpretations of Arizona’s elements. Selections include a painting titled “White Knuckle Ride” that depicts a viewpoint from inside a car driving through a surreal lightning storm; a black and white photograph of a powdery snowfall over a tranquil stream at Oak Creek Canyon; and beaded jewelry representing flames of a forest fire. Real or imagined, painted or photographed, the artworks in this exhibition respond to the unpredictability and immense power of Mother Nature from the artist’s perspective. 

Arizona Weather – From Duststorms to Snowstorms will be on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4, level 3 east and west ends in eight display cases through March 19, 2017.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the U.S.  The museum includes an art collection of nearly 900 artworks, 35 exhibition spaces in six buildings and the Phoenix Aviation Archive. For more information, visit https://skyharbor.com/Museum/Exhibitions/Terminal4.