Four new exhibits open Friday at the Yuma Art Center, closing the season with art in a variety of styles from a range of cultures. Visitors were invited to the opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the center, located at 254 S. Main St.
The reception featured music by Chicano Jazz Sessions. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash-or-credit bar will be available.
“We are closing out our gallery season with a fun group of shows that showcase local and regional talent,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We are particularly excited to have the Chicano Art Collective in our space for a special partnership that highlights cross-cultural relations that are incredibly important and relevant to our community.
“It is also great to have both Jason Stillman and Sandra Luehrsen back to the Yuma Art Center. They have presented works in group or juried shows in the past, but we are thrilled to have them present their first solo exhibits in the galleries. Both have vibrant and whimsical styles that we think Yuma will really enjoy.”
Central Gallery: Chicano Art Collective
Chicano Art Collective represents the effort of an international artist collective group that strives to create a platform promoting art and culture without ethnic, religious, political or social cultural barriers. The group’s mission is to utilize the visual arts as a medium for creating a cultural symbiosis within the region. The exhibit is curated by Abraham Andrade and features works by Rod Villa, Star 27, Sofia Garcia Walter, Isidro Campos Parra, Queenie Trece, Jessie Robles, Dardin Coria, and America Alvarado.
West Gallery: Sum Of Its Parts, paintings by Jason Stillman
Stillman makes works in several mediums from sculptures to paintings to collages. This exhibit features the artist’s collage series, which highlights his retro-chic style, utilizing bold colors and an incredible attention to detail.
North and South Galleries: Garden Dreams, sculptures by Sandra Luehrsen.
Luehrsen’s work explores the cycle of life here on earth and life in the hereafter, if there is one. Her use of color and detailed have been inspired by exotic desert plants. Luehrsen’s love of plants and experience with ceramics has influenced her clay sculptures as well as her mixed-media prints.
Gallery 254: Desert of Hope, paintings by Tim Bhajjan
Newly an Arizonan, Bhajjan is a world traveler and self-taught artist who specializes in watercolors. Having moved to the desert in January 2018, he is particularly interested in capturing the rugged beauty of the desert, and the striking contrast that shadows cast in this sun-drenched land, speckled with saguaros on beautiful mountain sides.
The Yuma Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Gallery exhibits are free to view without admission charge.