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May 17, 2018
 
Object Inspiration: A collaborative exhibition between the Chandler Museum and two Downtown Chandler galleries 

The Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler present Object Inspiration: A collaborative exhibition with the Chandler Museum, May 25 through Aug. 25, 2018.   

Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, 30 local emerging and mid-career artists have created works in response to objects from the Chandler Museum collection. This three-month collaborative exhibition will be on display at two Downtown Chandler galleries: Vision Gallery and the Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts. 

“This collaboration with the Museum puts objects from of our City’s past in the spotlight, alongside the inspired works from some of the Valley’s best artists,” says Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator for the City of Chandler’s two galleries.  

“We are excited to partner with the galleries on this project,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator. “Each of these objects has their own story, but the participating artists have created new stories and perspectives on these pieces from our past.”

A free public reception with the artists will be held at both locations from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., in the Chandler City Hall complex. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and admission is always free. More information on this exhibition can be found at visiongallery.org.

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and admission is always free. More information on this exhibition, as well as talks related to the exhibition, can be found at chandlercenter.org
 
In the first (left) of three panels you see the object chosen from the Chandler Museum collection – a fan. The second panel shows an initial sketch by the artist, Lauren Kelly. The third panel is the final artwork, Summer Breeze.

"I chose the fan because of Arizonan’s relationship with the heat, fans, and/or air conditioning. Without it, we couldn’t live our lives here the same way we do. Growing up as an Arizona native, I’ve grown to tolerate the heat, which has peaked my fascination with the way humans (or any being, for that matter) can acclimate to its environment. I’m moving out of state this summer and creating a piece about home is a way for me to give thanks and say goodbye to my current environment." – Lauren Kelly

Lauren Kelly
Summer Breeze, 2018
Gouache and watercolor
16" x 16"