In our last blog, we introduced you to the what, where, n’ why of the Buffalo Girl Art Auction, as well as the first couple of whos (Linda Ingraham! Jordan Alexander Thomas!) with the promise of more unveilings to follow. Well, here we be, flinging off the shroud of mystery from these next two artworks. (And if you’ve already decided you need tickets to the Dinner & Auction event– get ’em here.)
We’re pretty sure you know who Paul is. Chances are, you’ve bought one of his mesquite French-style rolling pins at Practical Art (probably under Karen’s recommendation); in fact, I’d wager that you not only have bought one for yourself, but you’ve also bought one for a friend. It turns out that, along with kitchen implements that can take a little man-handling, Paul Porter creates beautifully delicate hollow-form wood vessels– showcasing the versatility of both the material and the artist. Paul’s been with us all six years, and it’s a treat to have this opportunity to feature a piece that generally falls a little outside of our stringent ‘practical for everyday use’ guidelines. This piece falls more so within a ‘beautiful for everyday appreciation’ realm. Paul will also be conducting a wood-turning demo for our Six Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 19th. If you wind up as the proud owner of this melon-sized vessel on the 10th, you should certainly come by on the 19th to see how tricky it is to get a carving tool inside that tiny opening!
We thought we might pair a mesquite vessel with another piece celebrating the beauty of nature. Local photographer Randy Efros served on the Contemporary Forum board with Jane, and he has remained a long-time friend of the shop. Lisa’s particularly a fan as they share a love not only of traditional darkroom black and white photography, but also of the notable photography scene here in Phoenix, supported by such hubs as the Phoenix Art Museum’s photography support organization InFocus. Randy began his career as a Fine Arts Photographer over thirty-five years ago; his early talent brought him the attention and friendship of America’s photographic family, the Weston’s. For over thirty years he has worked closely with Edward Weston’s children and grandchildren, and has accrued, in both color and black & white, a large body of work best termed “abstract”, which has resulted in over forty-five one-man shows and 15 portfolios. He has donated this exquisitely detailed, matted, botanical print, as well as a copy of his catalogue, “Hawaii Leaves”. You folks may just have some in-house competition on this piece at the auction.
Stay tuned for the next releases, and make sure to get your tickets ahead of time! Food trucks, drinks, the auction, a celebration of the lady that brought this community together in such a magnificent way? Check, check, check, quadruple check. We’ll see you at the Buffalo Girl Dinner & Auction.