Photo Essay: A Studio Visit with Practical Art artisan Greg Corman of Tucson, AZ

Sorry, bees, this one’s for us.

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Tucson artist and landscape designer Greg Corman has gained quite a bit of popularity here in Phoenix as the architect of supremely artful ‘bee habitats‘– but never fear, he’s also interested  in helping out with the artfulness of our human homes. The new work installed at Practical Art for our December exhibition “Artifact” is a solo show of Corman’s work, and year round, we display a collection of his functional pieces: benches, key hooks, bee habitats (of course), centerpiece vessels, and items like this elegant and handsome jewelry holder made of Desert Ironwood.

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His passion is creating sculpture, outdoor furniture, and other objects from salvaged wood and steel and found objects, which often means that his raw materials need a little (read: a lot) of help becoming the beautiful components he knows they can be. His pieces highlight the natural textures and patinas of the materials he uses, and he’s invited us all into his studio for a glimpse at the process.

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Greg’s experience includes thirty years of horticultural and design work, mostly in desert areas of Australia, the Middle East, and the Southwestern US. Greg is recognized as a regional expert on native plants and teaches docents, master gardeners, and the public on many horticultural and design topics. He has BS and MS degrees in Agriculture from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, respectively.

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If you want to see examples of the breadth and depth of his work, tonight’s “Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night” is a nice opportunity to swing by the shop, see and feel the work in person, and, well, eat pie! We’ll be swingin’ from 7-9pm for Pie Night, and the “Artifact” exhibition will be up for the remainder of December. 

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12 Days of Christmas – Gift 9!

Here’s the NINTH installment of our 12 Days of Christmas blog series where we asked some local-loving Phoenicians for their top gift picks (all found at Practical Art). We’ve not even a handful left to unveil!

We hope you’ve discovered some treasures along the way, and if you still have some shopping to do, well we have some suggestions left in Santa’s sack. And don’t forget, we’re always up for providing gift buying advice in the shop, so come visit! Open 10a-8pm until the holiday! And with that, here’s the NINTH gift suggestion!

Day 9 

Phoenician: Catrina Kahler

Item: Herringbone Wood Tray

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Catrina Kahler, owner of Urban Affair, chose the Herringbone Wood Tray for serving as her gift item…any excuse to buy fun wine glasses to go along with it. “This stylish tray is perfect for entertaining during the holidays and throughout the year.” The herringbone pattern is emphasized by contrasting cuts of rich-colored woods – maple, walnut, paduk, and cherry. Sure to be a conversation piece, the tray works great as a cheese and fruit platter, iced drinks, vino, and the list goes on.

About Catrina: Catrina Kahler is owner of Urban Affair LLC and has spent the past decade promoting Phoenix’s urban lifestyle. She has over 20 years experience in sports and event marketing, community development and public relations. She is publisher of Downtown Phoenix Journal, President of Artlink Inc.’s Board of Directors, and owner of The Coe House Gallery, a historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.