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Aug. 8, 2017
 
Laura Best & Cam DeCaussin: When You Weren’t Looking
Upcoming exhibit at Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery puts a modern twist on traditional oil painting

The Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery presents Laura Best & Cam DeCaussin: When You Weren’t Looking, Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, 2017. The gallery within the Center at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Downtown Chandler. The exhibition captures moments and explores the world of two Arizona artists who use oil paints to express their perception of the world they see “when you weren’t looking.”
 
Her website notes that Best takes her inspiration from the desert Southwest and contrasts it with the modern world where “the raw beauty of the desert is abruptly met with concrete.” The artist paints on found objects to “emphasize and celebrate the strained overlap of the romantic southwestern desert and its modern support system.”
 
a lie is often hidden between two truthsDeCaussin’s photo realistic works are inspired by “quiet living spaces and their ability to express themes of solace, sadness, separation and contemplation,” according to his website. Low light and seemingly private moments that weren’t meant to be captured make his work unique.
 
“Both of the artists in this exhibit are incredible at creating bold images with subtle touches of light so that the viewer feels like they are looking at an intimate moment that has happened while we were busy living our own lives,” says Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator for Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery.
 
The public is invited to an opening reception with the artists at the Chandler Center for the Arts from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8.
 
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. More information on the exhibit can be found at chandlercenter.org.
 


 

Vision Gallery and Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
  
The Vision Gallery, and its sister gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts, is a fine arts gallery representing more than 300 regional artists and home to two Art-O-Mats in Chandler. Visitors can discover a varied palette of original artworks from oil and acrylic canvasses to ceramic works, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Exhibits are rotated on a regular basis and are free for the public to view at this nonprofit gallery supported by the Chandler Cultural Foundation. A portion of all art sales are used to fund the Vision Kidz program, a series of education workshops offered to the community free of charge. In 2017, Vision Gallery was named one of the ten best Best Art Galleries in Arizona by Best of Arizona. More at visiongallery.org or fb.com/VisionGalleryChandler