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April 3, 2018
Artwork by Ryan Parra at the Vision Gallery 
Desert Imprint at Vision Gallery
Exhibition features the art work of Alexandra Bowers, J.W. Fike and Ryan Parra

Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler presents Desert Imprint, April 13 through May 11, featuring the work of three local artists who view desert ecology as something to be admired.
 
Where some may see desolation, many full-time desert dwellers see nature at its finest. Visitors to Desert Imprint will experience reactions to local and far-flung flora and fauna in the wood-burning art of Alexandra Bowers and photographs of J.W. Fike and Ryan Parra. 
 
Alexandra Bower’s work brings awareness to the unique plant and animal species that survive in an extremely harsh climate while simultaneously adpting to human encroachment. She uses a wood-burning process called, pyrography, to illustrate portraits of these living entities with heat. 
 
J.W. Fike puts a spotlight on the edible plants that grow all around in the community – yards, alleys, ditches, empty lots. He has photographed more than 120 plants in ten states, connecting people to the “intimate tether” we have to the “natural world.”
 
Ryan Parra’s work showcases the rich history and current practices of ethno-botany, the history of still life paintings and plant illustrations and the organization of plants for knowledge and sustaining the masses. His work includes images of edible, medicinal and psychoactive plants growing in Joshua Tree National Park.
 
“Desert Imprint brings together artists who each have a unique expression of the beauty they find in our desert wildlife. It will change the way all of us look at the desert around us,” says Peter Bugg, City of Chandler visual arts coordinator.
 
A free artist reception will be held at Vision Gallery from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 12.
 
Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., in the Chandler City Hall complex. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit visiongallery.org for more on the Gallery and this exhibit.