Creating creative community connections.

Creative Connect meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, and the venue changes every month. It's a mixer format with no agenda. Light refreshments are provided, and there is no cost and no need to RSVP.

Next up...
Royse Contemporary May 8th at 6pm
Royse Contemporary
7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Exhibition: "The Echo of Nature"
Artist: Daniel Shepherd
Info on show: Royse Contemporary is proud to present The Echo of Nature, the solo exhibition of Daniel Shepherd. For the last four years, Shepherd and Royse have collaborated on exciting exhibitions that showcase the artist's unique and often outlandish vintage collages captivating new audiences along the way. For this exhibition the artist wanted to work with something considered universally beautiful, flowers. This striking body of work captures that essence, offering a familiar recall running through the work along with the artist's intention and desire to highlight the pure beauty of nature. Curator, Nicole Royse stated "I am thrilled to bring this riveting collection of Shepherd's new collage work to Royse Contemporary. She goes on to say "that over the last several years of working with Mr. Shepherd his work has continued to evolve while maintaining its energy, distinctive voice and element of surprise that engages his viewer's senses."

"Flowers are something that folks deliberately bring into their lives because they are beautiful, or give as a gift to someone they love," states Shepherd who goes on to say "Nature echoes over and over again, the same flowers bloom, the leaves fall and return, the snow falls then melts into our water, year after year." The artist utilizes many of the same images in his work, which he presents in various ways as a sort of tribute to the repetition of nature that is found throughout life. His process begins with ripped faded scraps of paper, graceful yet unusual images that he then collages onto a smooth freshly sanded wood or repurposed, hand distressed vintage book cover. His organic style allows him to combine a variety of images to create original and interesting work. Producing his collages entirely from repurposed materials really excites Shepherd because he enjoys the idea of these "things" which once served a specific use now years later reused for something completely different.

Shepherd is a self-taught artist based in Phoenix who is creating fascinating abstract paintings and collages. His work is included in private collections around the world and he has exhibited his work extensively throughout Arizona and Palm Springs California. Recently Shepherd has exhibited at Chartreuse Gallery, {9} The Gallery, Bokeh Gallery, Willo North Gallery, Off Madison Avenue and his work is currently represented by Royse Contemporary.His work has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including Phoenix Magazine, Visual Art Source, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Yab Yum Music & Art and Localrevibe.

The Echo of Nature will be on view from Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 25, 2018.