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Yuma Art Center to unveil 3 new exhibits; opening reception is March 4
Artist Tyler Voorhees' character Bluebeard, a wild hillbilly with, you-guessed it, a blue beard.

Three new exhibits are getting set to open at the Yuma Art Center, and you are invited to view the works and meet the artists at an opening reception March 4.

The works of artists Hector D. Llamas, Robert Schaal and Tyler Voorhees will be on display. The reception will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4 inside the galleries of the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main St.

“While these shows are strikingly different, they all embrace storytelling,” noted Lindsay Benacka, arts and culture program manager for the Yuma Art Center. “Both Llamas and Voorhees have strong narratives that revolve around distinct characters, while Schaal’s abstracts encourage the viewer to find a sense of place or setting. Through rich color palates and bold choices, each artist individually presents a significant body of work in their respective show. We invite the public to attend the opening reception to see these collections and to chat with the artists and hear their stories.”


The exhibits

“Las Damas de Llamas” paintings by Hector D. Llamas, on display March 4 to May 20. Llamas presents “vibrant and mysterious figures who feature cultural imagery, popular references and traditional illusions through vivid colors and bold paint strokes,” according to his website. In this series, his “dames and gents” are dramatic, but balance modern elegance and sometimes futuristic approaches with traditional Mexican culture. Raised in San Luis Rio Colorado Son., Llamas is no stranger to Yuma, having received an associate degree from Arizona Western College, where he took his first art class with George Tompkins. Decades later, Llamas is a full-time artist, framer and gallery manager in Phoenix. Llamas also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University.

“Hidden Beauty” microscopic photography by Robert Schaal, on display March 4 to May 20. As a microscopic photographer, Schaal uses household items like slat, bleach or plant food and zeros in on their unique shapes and colors that are imperceptible to the naked eye. Schaal encourages viewers to “let your imagination go when viewing these prints, pretend you are a child again, peering into the clouds to see what you see.” Schaal is a self-taught photographer. His works were most recently on display at the AWC Campus Gallery in 2016.

“Tall Tales” mixed media by Tyler Voorhees, on display March 4 to April 1. Voorhees is a master storyteller and in “Tall Tales” presents a series that puts an introspective and contemporary twist on western art. His figures balance the line of surrealism and historical realism. “I create fictional characters and root them in nonfiction narrative from my life, bridging the divide between reality and imagination,” Voorhees said. The characters in this series include Slim Pickens, a rugged but kind cowboy; Bluebeard, a wild hillbilly with, you-guessed it, a blue beard; Jack Knife, a brooding and mischievous figure with a sly grin; and finally the Lady, she is the boss-- a siren with a heart of gold.” Voorhees hails from Fort Collins, Colo., but has spent the last few years on the road as a festival artist, presenting at art festivals across the nation.


Works in these exhibitions are available for purchase. Galleries at the Yuma Art Center are free to attend and open to the public 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, contact the Yuma Art Center at 928-373-5202.

For more information on Hector D. Llamas, visit

For more information on Robert Schaal, visit

For more information on Tyler Voorhees, visit