Past Exhibitions

“Vainglory” Works by Gloria Langer
June 15 to July 31 2018


Noted local artist Gloria Langer creates works which are visually arresting and socially observant. Her artwork comments on the roles of women, the environment, and the vagaries of modern life.  Langer represents the vain futility of human constructs, the modern demand for public recognition, the egoistical sense of self, and the dependence on instant satisfaction, all of which “result in a non-existent perception of a vision for the future.”  Langer invites the viewer to “look at what matters, to find humbleness, to seek your own vision for the world we live in and the world we would like to live in — a legacy for future generations.”

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Gloria Langer was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She studied Graphic Design and worked in this industry for near 20 years. Living and traveling in various countries allowed her to experience and enjoy different cultures. Since she moved to the US in 2012, she has translated the themes and concerns of modern culture into artistic expression.

Langer has taken part in many local collective exhibitions, including her first solo exhibit in 2016 at the Burton Barr Library: “Facts of Life”. Her work has been represented in the American Art Collector, The Vortex Magazine and Articulate. She has received several academic awards at Scottsdale Community College, and she continues to be active in their open studio program.


“The Memphis Rainbow Parlour”
Created by Mark Freedman & Lisa von Hoffner

Mark Freedman and Lisa von Hoffner curated and installed a new place for the artistically curious.  It was The Memphis Rainbow Parlour, and visitoris felt lifted up and energized during and after their visit.  The lively colors, pleasing lines, natural found objects, and human-made organic forms, coalesced into a new creation.  These classically trained artists partnered to create a parlor inspired by the Italian Memphis Design Group, the parlors and salons of Versailles, and their own passion for color and shine. Freedman creates fabricated artifacts which “celebrate the classic beauty of human endeavor and the ephemeral beauty of human life.”  Von Hoffner uses visual hyperbole to help the viewer disengage from self and enjoy a moment of the infinite. Together their efforts encourage visitors to inhabit an ephemeral space filled with instances of infinity.


“Perfect Imperfection”

A solo exhibition of dimensional paintings and other artworks by Barabara Valles
April 2018

Luscious complex shapes in enticing muted colors filled the walls of The Walter Art Gallery from March 16 to April 9, 2018.  Barbara Valles’ works are beautiful, thoughtful, feel effortless, and yet clearly require great technical skill. 


Valles is interested in the spontaneity and simplicity of everyday actions, common objects, and ordinary materials.  She says, “I find beauty and honesty in flaws and imperfections, and the inward self-reflection that they inspire.”  Valles works with an inventory of thumb and tongue prints she has created, and uses oil markings, self-curving sheets, and wrinkles to convey an ethereal sense of place. Simple physical strokes of pigment are applied with minimal force.  


In this show, she combined this vocabulary with the use of improvised materials to stretch the boundaries of abstract painting. Her dimensional oil paintings are translucent, creating light pieces that seem to float in their spaces.  Materials are twisted and shaped into folds and undulations. The material becomes the art object.

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Barbara Valles was born in Spain. Her work has been shown in cities such as Madrid, San Francisco, and in Mexico. This will be her first exhibition in Scottsdale. For Valles, art education began as a child and grew into an international trajectory. Formal art education took place at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Madrid. She took courses at the Alevi Cultural Center in London, as well as the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid before coming to Arizona and receiving a BFA in painting from Arizona State University.

Barbara Valles has been featured in selective exhibitions at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and San Luis Obispo Art Museum. She was awarded Brushtrokes 2013 from the San Luis Obispo Art Museum, and numerous other awards.

 “Dawn to Dawn:

The Continued Observations”
Paintings by Craig Cheply

Guest Curated by Nicole Royse

Walter Art Gallery hosted the solo exhibition of fine art muralist and scenic artist Craig Cheply, who showcased a comprehensive installation of his fine art entitled “Dawn To Dawn: The Continued Observations,” guest curated by Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary.

Since 2006 the artist has been creating his sometimes controversial conceptual “100%  Natural Series” utilizing his visual observations and examining the sociological, political, environmental, economic, geographic, religious and natural landscapes on both the domestic and world stages in the 21st Century. This exhibition was a retrospective of Cheply’s diverse and impressive variety of work evolving from his solo exhibit “Dawn To Dawn -Past, Present, Possible Futures” shown at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in 2003.  The show included paintings and mixed media works ranging in subject from landscapes of the southwest to pieces addressing political, environmental and social commentaries.

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Cheply invites the viewer to closely examine his artwork and decide for themselves what is presented, its meaning, the subject matter, and mediums. “My artworks are visually commenting upon man’s history and future state of affairs-the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.” This collection of work juxtaposed the beautiful and the poignant observations of the world by the artist, brilliantly depicting the southwest along with provocative history facing our world from a multifaceted perspective, states curator Nicole Royse.

Cheply received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Interior Design in 1980. He currently works as both a commercial and fine artist and since 2015 he has worked as the lead scenic artist for the Arizona Opera. Cheply’s work can be found in both public and private collections throughout the United States including the Arizona Museum of Natural History -10 permanent solo commissioned murals and various scenic works, Burton Barr Central Library, the City of Glendale, and the City of Chandler.

Cheply has exhibited nationally garnering numerous awards including 2014 See Me Grand Prize Winner –”Creatives Rising,” 2013 Maryland Federation of Art “American Landscapes” Honorable Mention, 2010 BWAC “Wide Open” Brooklyn, NY- Co-winner-People’s Choice Award, 2008 Chandler Ostrich Public Art Project-1st Place, and 2006 Glendale Arts Council 43rd Annual 1st place in Oil/Acrylic division + Best of Show.  His artwork has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, the Arizona Republic, Visual Art Source, SouthwestArt Magazine and “Interviews with 17 Visual Fine Artists” writer James Leonard-Amodeo, Sierra Arts Productions.



A Photography Exhibition by Marilyn Szabo
Guest Curated by Nicole Royse
November 2017

The Walter Art Gallery hosted the solo exhibition of photographer Marilyn Szabo entitled “Ligature.” The show was guest curated by Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary. The installation showcased 10 large-scale images printed on vinyl, highlighting the technically exquisite and surrealist imagery created by Szabo. A “ligature” is defined as a connection (from the Latin word “ligari”), and it is made from two or more things which appear to be connected, resulting in a single symbol. Szabo conveyed this idea of “ligature” through the repetition of the same face throughout all of her images. When asked about significance of “the face” Szabo said, “The face, which reoccurs in all the prints, represents both a male and a female; the face is neither one,” explaining that when examining the work “one should accept its ambiguity, which in a sense is the basic point.” The sequence of images are like notes that become a single musical phrase, which is an additional definition of “Ligature.”

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The photographs, although surreal, are figurative. Mysterious and lyrical, the images have a visual extravagance, creating their own strange glamour. Szabo’s new installation immersed the viewer within her evocative imagery, eliminating the focus on the object-photograph relationship. The inspiration behind the installation was Szabo’s desire to venture away from “framed under glass” and use different materials and mediums.  When asked about the importance of this powerful exhibition and why she is taking her work in this new and exciting direction Szabo said, “I have been visualizing this work for several years, and I want to have this be the start of a new progression in my work with the ability to be able to hang these anywhere, not just inside.”


Szabo received her Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in History. Wanting something “less academic” she began taking photography courses. Since then she has exhibited both nationally and internationally, garnering numerous awards and grants including the National Photography Award by Alligator Juniper in 2010. She has received a Phoenix Arts Commission Artist Project Award for portraits of the builders of Terminal Four, Sky Harbor Airport, a Phoenix Art Museum Artist material Grant, and from Phoenix Arts Commission an Artist Project Award for portraits of iconic Chicano artists.

New Works by Lara Plecas
Curated by Nicole Royse


Walter Art Gallery presented a solo exhibition of mixed-media artist Lara Plecas, guest curated by Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary.ÂThe artist’s work was influenced by folk traditions as well as old maps, books and papers, and draws inspiration from textile art. Plecas created striking artwork using paper and encaustic with old books, European currency, maps, and wallpaper that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The artist cuts and transforms these findings into intricate quilting patterns. Recently Plecas has begun to sand through layers of paper, revealing what the artist calls “a time worn sensibility”  which explores the lineage of ancestors and the struggles endured by her family.Lara Plecas was born in the Midwest, raised in a traditional Lithuanian family in Chicago, moving to Arizona to pursue her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University. While in college she took several art history and drawing classes discovering her passion for art while receiving her Bachelors of Integrative Studies at Arizona State University in Exercise Science and Dance Studies in 2005. She is a self-taught artist who began her career with painting in 2000 going on to have Profession Instruction in Encaustic with Miles Conrad of the Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson in 2007-2008. She is also a former member of the Eye Lounge Artist Collective in Phoenix from 2010 until 2013.The artist reception for Heritage will take place on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6-10pm with brief remarks from curator Nicole Royse, an opportunity to meet artist Lara Plecas and hear about her work and process, live music, along with light appetizers and beverages.

  “Summer Coolness”

Paintings by Sharon Geels
July 21 – September 22, 2017

Using a vibrant palette and bold brushwork, Sharon Geels  conveys a feeling of cool air and relaxation in her paintings.  Geels focuses her work on her immediate surroundings, and in the tradition of the masters, paints the same scene multiple times at different times of day and in different seasons.  Ordinary objects like tables, bicycles, plants, cats, and people are rendered with a unique and confident style that inspires the viewer to look anew at the world with innocent yet discerning eyes.  The resulting body of work is fresh, lively, and engaging.

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“Flow” New paintings and a mini-retrospective
of art from Ellen Nemetz  May 2017

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“Flow” viewed the past through the lens of the present. Nemetz says our memories are like a reflection on water: constantly changing; perhaps beautiful, but intrinsically inaccurate. She created this series of paintings to be a visual representation of the malleable nature of memory. Memories are our personal autobiographies, composite images from different times overlaid on one another.  They undergo sea changes that exaggerate time, space, and size. The distorted water images in these works illustrate the changes wrought by memory. 

“The Super Neumanns”
Photographs by Danny Neumann
February 2017

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In February 2017, R. Pela Contemporary Art and The Walter Art Gallery presented Danny Neumann: The Super Neumanns, a new exhibit of work. The show featured Mr. Neumann’s newest series of photographs: 365 images that show a family of super heroes going about their daily lives.

“Mr. and Mrs. Super Neumann are custom-made figures crafted from vintage G.I. Joe parts,” Mr. Neumann says. “On ‘Day One,’ they move into a Fisher Price dollhouse my sister had when she was a kid. It starts simply with them doing stuff like cleaning and painting. But as the days and weeks and months roll on, the vignettes get more elaborate.”

Mr. Neumann built each custom set for each photo shoot, accumulating hundreds of tiny props and accessories.

Mr. Neumann, who has been making art for seven years, has recently shown in Phoenix at Central Arts Plaza, The Newton, and Pita Jungle Roosevelt, the release stated. His work has also been included in shows at the I.D.E.A. Museum, MADE, Artlink’s Juried Exhibition, and at {9} The Gallery.

Photographs by Richard Kimbrough



The Walter Art Gallery was pleased to present a collection of photographs by Richard Kimbrough, an Arizonan who travels frequently in search of images and adventure. After receiving his first camera in the fourth grade, Richard began photographing everything around him, and even at that young age, he did so with the intent to make an interesting image, rather than to just take a snapshot.

In high school he bought his first 35mm camera and started reading everything he could about photography. He shot hundreds of rolls of film, which was quite unusual for a student not on the school newspaper or yearbook staff. He sold his first art print while still in high school.

In college Richard took more photography classes than most fine art photography majors, although his degree is in mechanical engineering. By the early 2000’s Richard was providing photos to magazines around the world. Today Richard photographs the people, places, and creatures he comes across in his exploration of the world with his camera, with subjects ranging from portraits to roller derby, from VW bus adventure photography to wildlife and travel.

Richard says, “It is in my nature, I’m compelled to photograph.  Walking through the world I see photographs.  Maybe it is my packrat nature, my need to collect things; I collect images.  Maybe it is my way of holding onto the people and places I come across in life, maybe it is a memory trigger for a brain that needs a hint to look things up.”

Richard’s images have appeared on billboards, in TV and print ads, and recently in a full TV commercial he filmed for a congressional candidate that ran on stations such as CNN and AMC among others. Richard has been published in books and magazines worldwide, including Automobile magazine in the US and overseas magazines on topics from VWs to eclectic fashion. He has provided images for multiple books and has an entire chapter devoted to his images in both Bulli Love, a VW book celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the VW bus, and Camper Van Crazy, a book chronicling adventures in buses.

Richard just returned from a trip to New Zealand with his daughter Aurora where they traveled the country in a VW bus capturing images all along the way. Where his next photographic adventure will take him is yet to be determined.

Annie Lopez


“True Blue” New work by Annie Lopez

Artist Reception December 1  6pm

Pela Contemporary Art and The Walter Art Gallery present Annie Lopez: True Blue, a new exhibit of work from the renowned local artist. The show features Lopez’s newest hand-sewn cyanotype dresses and the written stories that accompany them. A new series of smaller, framed dresses will also be on display.

“I use my art to deal with my issues and to say what I have to say,” Lopez says. “I make dresses because, as a girl, that was how I was taught to express myself. I felt if I wore these dresses, I wouldn’t have to deal with the subject matter because I wouldn’t see it.”  The garments are made from vintage dress patterns, cut and sewn from Lopez’s cyanotype prints, a  nineteenth-century printmaking technique that creates vivid blue images using sunlight. Family photographs, childhood report cards, love letters, and medical records are printed onto paper, fabric, or tamale wrappers. They depict memories of growing up in Phoenix in the Sixties and Seventies; racial and cultural issues; the loss of her father to Alzheimer’s disease. Lopez, a fourth-generation Arizonan, has been instrumental in the downtown art scene for decades. She was an early member of MARS Artspace and cofounded the Grand Avenue gallery Deus Ex Machina.


“Transcendent”  showed in October 2016
Works by Henry Leo Schoebel

 This mid-career survey was a new retrospective of work from renowned local artist Henry Leo Schoebel presented by guest curator Robrt Pela.



“The work in the exhibition from the early 90s is oil on wood-panel,” Schoebel said. “Later work employs a water-based urethane medium. In some paintings, I’ve added automotive flake (in layman’s terms, a very fine glitter) within the final urethane clear coats.”
Some of the artist’s urethane-based paintings feature fields of Swarovski crystals distributed over their surfaces, while more recent paintings employ an acrylic/pumice medium.”

Schoebel, Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is hesitant to take credit for “making art,” he said. “I don’t know that I ever have made any art, however, I’ve made a lot of paintings. Some of them, I hope, are not so bad.”
In reviewing the work selected for the exhibition, Schoebel found a unifying theme in his art. “I think if there is one word that can tie all this work together,” he said, “it would be ‘desire.’ My imagery and painting methodology are attempts, I think, to produce work that is materially and conceptually transcendent. I often employ strategies with inherent executional risks. A single poorly-executed paint mark, one that is impossible to correct, is enough to ruin a painting I have worked on for weeks.”


Guest Curator Justin Germain and his juried group exhibition ran in the month of September, 2016:

New AZ Art

These new artworks are by 11 Arizona artists, some early in their careers, some seasoned vets.  The pieces were selected from submissions to an open call to Arizona artists over the last six months.

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Germain selected works from a vibrant and diverse group of artists that play very interestingly together.  This exhibit is installed at The Walter Art Gallery and available for online viewing at Thermal Gallery.

Featured artists include:Marlena Barnhart, Rembrandt Quiballo, Ryan Carey, FunWOW, Jill Friedberg, Barb Goldberg, Joshua V Louchheim, Allie Giambalvo, Rebecca Miller, Anthony Garcia Banayat, and Jim Covarrubias.

“The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business”

Art and interviews by Michelle Micalizzi

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Ms. Micalizzi interviewed 13 local entrepreneurs about their fears and challenges.  Using these interviews as inspiration, she created 13 custom paintings.  Each one artistically presented ideas and ways to be successful in business and in life.




“Sight Unseen”

Photographic images by Bob Adams

March 2016

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The show continued themes Adams has been pursuing for a several years, and included images both abstract and concrete. Photographic in nature, the works in Adams’  series are figurative and portrait-based, printed Jesuson unusual media and wrapped in glossy plastics that both obscure and enhance each image.

“What unites them is the idea of the art object as a reflection of the artist,” Adams says. “When we look at art, what do we see?  Does it tell a story?  Does it have a narrative?  Does it reveal truths or obscure them?  Does what we see have any greater meaning than what we see?”


“Endless Line”

3D Printed work by Kevin Caron

Caron sculptureThis was Caron’s first ever exhibition of 3D printed full-scale sculptures and jewelry.  Each of Caron’s larger pieces can take 3 or 4 days to print.  “With 3D printing, it’s far from cold and rote,” says Caron of this new technology.  “You definitely don’t just push a button.  We’re in the Model T era of 3D printing, where you need to be an extremely patient tinkerer.”


“There are the People”

 Featuring artwork by Angela Cazel-Jahn, Rob Larson, Alan Sweeney and Frances McMahon Ward

January 4 to January 30  2015


This is art which can be enjoyed lying down.  “Tent City” by Frances McMahon Ward is a gathering of pup tents, each equipped with a QR code. When you scan it with your smartphone, the outdoors are brought to you. Lie back, relax, and enjoy a respite from urban life. “Bead Chain” by Angela Cazel-Jahn and Rob Larson allows you to be immersed in 10,000 strands of bead chains. Shake them, stream them through your hands, lie on the floor and watch their mesmerizing movements above you.

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These interactive pieces were rounded out by “Open the Door,”  a group of paintings by artist Alan Sweeney. People are the necessary ingredient for art to be meaningful and culturally relevant. These paintings show people interacting with the world as seen, as imagined, and as feared. They represent each of us, in all our moods, as others see us, and as we see ourselves.


 Photographs by Mckay Jaffe

November 20 to December 16 2015

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Whether you’ve been to Burning Man or are just Burn-curious, you’ll enjoy images by photographer Mckay Jaffe (aka “I Must Be Dead”) which were captured at the Burning Man festival. Best known for his portraits, here Jaffe also shares images of the biggerembrace picture — the playa, the large art pieces which adorn the Burning Man playground, the temple, and yes, some Burners, too. Some of the images are captured in beautiful simplicity, and some Jaffee has manipulated and transformed into mesmerizing abstract reflections of movement and color.

Burn AmericaMcKay Jaffe  began taking photographs as a way to preserve memories. Somewhere along the line, he began using photography to create them. His images of people and places are fantastical, beautiful, and sometimes disturbing. For Jaffe, life is about action and learning. He steps out into the world, or steps into a room. He sets a scene, and he chooses the confines of a composition. The camera is his tool, and he uses it with expertise. All of these actions support the resulting image, and that image is a moment of learning and action made tangible and lasting. Jaffe’s work is dreamlike and compelling, and it is also often nightmarish and haunting.

“Light Moves”

Ms. Goldberg’s abstract paintings are studies of light, motion, and color.  They are beautiful, intriguing, and full of energy.  Ms Zgainer’s figurative works are of women living their lives with grace, courage, and creativity.  She communicates mystery, sensuality, and strength in every brushstroke.

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About Barb Goldberg: Ms. Goldberg’s work is a reflection of her passion for color and her love of minimalistic abstractionism. She paints in acrylic as well as incorporating mixed media elements. Each piece can take months to produce as they have thick textures and multiple layers. See her work at Xanadu Gallery, Pita Jungle Restaurants, corporate collections, and various shows around the Valley.  Google to find her website.

About Angelika Zgainer:  In her solo travels around the world, Ms. Zgainer has spent significant time learning about various cultures, beliefs, and traditions, as well as visiting the great and small museums of the world.  Her experiences inform her work, and her own deeply rooted philosophical, spiritual and romantic ideas inspire her to explore various emotional and spiritual ideas on canvas.

Agustin Vargas

“Order and Form” showcases Agustin Vargas’ love of the architecture found in the world’s great cities and in natural forms. Vargas’ distinctive style has its foundation in his degree in architecture from the National Autonomous University of México, in México City, his artistic skills were honed at the Art-Academy of San Carlos and the Art-National Fine Arts Institute both of México City.  Vargas has also studied extensively with artists such as Armando Zúñiga, Sergio Hernández, Leo Acosta, Antonio Ramírez, Alfredo Guati Rojo,   Arnold Belkin, and many others.  His work has show in solo and group exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally.



Charles Kurre

Conversations From Within The Language Of Nature” originate from Kurre’s continuing interest in the relationship between images and language. Utilizing photographs taken during extensive backcountry explorations, Each piece offers an intellectual, emotional and spiritual dialogue inspired by a simple walk through the woods. Kurre is a past recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) Project Grant, and curated an exhibition for the ACA 2000-2002 Traveling Exhibition Program. His work has been featured in New American Paintings and Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine. His work has been reviewed by Art News, Art & Antiques, Dialogue, and New Art Examiner magazines, as well as the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Chicago Reader newspapers.

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Angela Cazel Jahn

“Emergent: parts and pieces of a whole” featuring artwork by Angela Cazel Jahn. The content of Angela’s imagery includes figures, charts, correspondence, codes, text, and metaphors combined into beautiful imagery and cryptic stories. Themes running through her work include chaos, fragility, order, and overwhelmed-ness. Another strong theme is childhood and play. Angela takes a keen interest in the world her children are inheriting. She is fascinated with the potential for human development in the next hundred years, along with the very real possibility of cultural decline.  Angela is the co-founder and former artistic director of the Children’s Museum in Phoenix and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at ASU’s School of Sustainability in Tempe, Arizona.


“Spectrum” featuring works by Eleanor Babbitt, Mark Feinstein, Barb Goldberg, and Earl Greene:  sculpture by Joan Waters

These contemporary works ranged from abstract expressionism (Goldberg and Feinstein) to contemporary representational (Babbitt).  The abstract steel sculptures are based on nature.

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Moran    “A Show of Paintings”  Featuring artwork from the Burning Man Festival.

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