Thunderbird Art Works

Thunderbird Art Works: A new initiative that pairs local artists with businesses

PHOENIX – Thunderbird Arts Center in North Phoenix is proud to present Thunderbird Art Works, a new initiative that pairs local artists with local businesses. The goal is to bring art out of the studios and into public spaces.

The opening receptions are free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, July 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at each location.

The local businesses that will be displaying artworks include Elevate Coffee Co. located at the Shops at Norterra, 2530 W. Happy Valley Road.  Natalino Italian Restaurant located at 610 E. Bell Road and the Thunderbird Arts Center, 1106 E. Grovers Avenue.

Businesses will be offering special promotions and discounts at their respective receptions.

Earlier this spring, students and instructors from Thunderbird Arts Center submitted their artwork to a juried competition so it could be featured in Thunderbird Art Works. The selected artist winners and business pairings are: David Elliot with Elevate Coffee Co.; Nancy Price with Natalino Italian Restaurant; and Nik Ridely and Ed DuBrow with Thunderbird Arts Center.

Artwork titled “Cristos in Brooklyn” by Nik Ridely.

“It’s an old cliché, but this competition is a win-win-win for everyone,” says Joseph Benesh, Director of Central Arts Alliance. “The Instructors and students have an opportunity to display and possibly sell their art. Businesses have a chance to show their support for the local community, possibly attract new customers, and certainly liven up their walls.

The artworks will be available for purchase beginning on July 15, on the Thunderbird Arts Center website. Artworks will be on display at each location until the closing reception on Friday, September 13, 2019.

A painting titled “A Day to Remeber” by Nancy Price, which is part of the new initiative Thunderbird Art Works. (All images courtesy of Thunderbird Arts)

Thunderbird Arts Center is a facility of Central Arts Alliance, which is a non-profit organization, providing arts and culture opportunities for all through education, programming, and advocacy.  

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