The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) shows no sign of slowing down one bit this summer. In addition to all the great performing arts, the TCA summer programs will include an art exhibition geared to the whole family. Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion will open this Friday and will be on display through September 20. There will also be a series of fun family oriented art workshops held in conjunction with the exhibition every Saturday through August 9.
Summer of Love features colorful and endearing artworks created by local and nationally recognized artists including Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra Luerhsen, Frank Ybarra, as well as art students from Tempe high schools. Works include ceramic sculptures, botanical prints and drawings, original children’s book illustrations and contemporary paintings and installations. The exhibition will also feature historical and contemporary displays about symbols of love by the Desert Botanical Garden Archives, Tempe History Museum and Bobbie’s Flowers of Tempe. Everyone is invited to the opening reception on June 20, 6-9 p.m.
Kids and their families can take refuge from the heat and create something beautiful in the Gallery at TCA on most Saturdays from noon-2 p.m. during the free Walk-in Family Workshops. The workshops will be presented by local artists and will be inspired by theSummer of Love exhibition. Artist and TCA staff member Ron Bimrose will lead the first workshop on June 21. Participants will have fun making a collage using construction paper and recycled magazines. All ages are welcome and there’s no need to RSVP. As the name suggests, just walk in and enjoy.
Gallery hours are: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday; open Sundays based on performance schedule.
For more information on other cool things going on in Tempe this week check out this list and visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events to view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.
- June 18: New Faces of Comedy Open Mic; June 19: Thai Rivera, Shortbus & Friends, Tempe Improv
- June 19: Steven Raichlen: Man Made Meals, Changing Hands Bookstore
- June 20: Music in the Garden – Uerza Caribe, Desert Botanical Garden
- June 20: Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll; Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion Opening Reception Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 20: All My Rowdy Friends; June 21: Black Bottom Lighters, Marquee Theater
- June 20: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Kevin O’Dea; June 21: Tony Vicich, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 20: The Hourglass Cats; June 21: Ratio, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- June 20: Ariana Loraine; June 21: Casey Lee Smith Band, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- June 20: Sea Merchants; June 21: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- June 20-21: Terpsicore Dance Company: Voices and Movement, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 20-22: Heather McDonald and Jeff (Jiffy) Wild, Tempe Improv
- June 21: Walk in Family Workshop: Funny Friends Character Collages with Ron Bimrose, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 21: The Top Cats, Lucille’s Smokehouse
- June 21 & 22: Trevor Jones, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- June 22: Tempe Community Market, Under the 202 Bridge at 620 N. Mill