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Summer 2017

Summer hours: starting May 15 open Thursday through Sunday 11-4:00. Closed in August.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery is a success because of our great artists. Here are a few:


Gretchen LimaWood

Dollmaking is Gretchen Lima’s passion! Having graduated with a B.A. in Art from Northland College in Wisconsin, she went on to attain a K-12 Teaching Degree in 1976. Subsequently, as a Homecraft Teacher in Vocational Rehabilitation, she put her skills and knowledge to work helping others.

In 1985, Gretchen established her own business: Designs by Gretchen. Technically speaking, she is a fabric dollmaker whose work appeals to the eye and prompts the hand to touch. Her work is an expression of what she sees and what she feels. The dolls she creates are female, and American Indian in nature. They project a spiritual message which so many people connect with and are drawn to. They arouse our spiritual being.

Numerous awards have been afforded Gretchen over the years, recognizing the beauty and artistry inherent in her work. Natural fibers are used in the dolls’ hair as well as the handwoven or hand-dyed clothing. She hand sculpts each face individually. All the dolls are signed, dated and copyrighted – a wonderful find for Collectors.

Denise Merrick

Denise is a jewelry artist originally from New York City, now living and working in the Las Vegas area. She’s had a creative outlet all of her life; designing and crafting jewelry is the next step in her development as an artist. Her love of color led her to a obtain certification as a decorative painter, a skill that she taught for many years. She also had a large ceramics studio in New York, where she taught classes and ran a wholesale/retail business in ceramics. As she was transitioning away from ceramics, Precious Metal Clay was just beginning to come into use. Denise has begun working in this material and continues to explore metal work with both clay and sheet metals.For the last several years Denise has concentrated her creative energies on making beaded, crystal, and metal jewelry. She sells much of her work through home jewelry parties and shows because she enjoys being with people and seeing their delight and appreciation when they find just the right piece for themselves or as a gift for family and friends


Pat Aguilar

Pat (Patricia Jean Druener) was born in New York City in 1949. Her father came as a boy from Germany and her mother was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. Growing up in the military exposed Pat to different cultures, both in the United States and Germany.

Being a child in the 1950's was very confusing for a girl. We were told we didn't need higher education (think about a career), "You'll just get married anyway." Also, it was so very important to be attractive, "How else will you get a man?" Being yourself didn't do it.

By the time she was forming her own opinion, Pat had strong feelings against inequality, whether it was Black/White, Jew/Gentile, Male/Female.

Betty Friedan made a big difference in Pat's life. She knew by reading The Feminine Mystique, she could do anything she wanted to do, career-wise, family, etc. Ms. Friedan had a gentle and educative touch, a more sensible approach at being all, as a woman.

Jen Hocking

Born in 1963 to a family of artists and writers, Jennifer Hocking was raised in a home that encouraged creative exploration. Emerging from such a rich environment, she carried an intrinsic, critical sense of form, fluidity, color and beauty coupled with a thoughtful intellect. Drawing from both the mundane and profoundly spiritual, she left a career that offered a limited creative outlet to give birth to her son, an inspired time during which her creative energy demanded exploration. Working initially in highly detailed polymer clay ornaments and jewelry, she allowed herself to embrace a dynamic exploration of various mediums, including abstract painting and glass art. Recently settled into a new home and studio in the Arizona desert, she has returned to polymer clay with clarity of expression. Mosaic collages of shape, color and texture, her work incorporates components from past endeavors, including wire, glass and metal beads, handmade papers and pigment powders. Deeply intuitive and self-taught, she is an artist who's voice has grown and evolved from childhood through life's experiences, resulting in unique works that are at the same time highly individualized yet representative of common threads that unite us all.

Melissa Branzell

Glass has always captured my heart and soul ever since childhood. I’ve finally reached a point in my life to be able to do this as a hobby starting with stained glass. Needless to say, the hobby has become a passion especially when I got into the hot glass portion of glass art. Glass to me is an art medium that can do so many designs, cold or hot.

When the light hits glass, it takes on a dimension. I have been very lucky to learn from some of the best in glass fusing.

I owe the following for inspiration and guidance: Vicki Day (my glass mentor), Don McKenny, Jane Persico, Shirley Webster, Newy Fagan, Gill Renolds, Dan Fenton, Kathleen Sheard, Roger Thomas.

Madonna Lane

Ms. Lane was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to the Rocky Mountain region in the early 1960's. Although not officially "an artist," she was an observer of nature and a lover of the beautiful country that God created. The extensive travel throughout the country has enhanced her deep love of nature and her desire to express these feelings in fresh, transparent watercolors.

Once settled in Littleton, Colorado, Ms. Lane accepted a part-time position at Studio West Gallery where she was exposed to some of the finest local art work being offered for sale, and additionally, learned the fine art of professionally matting and framing her own work. During this time, she studied with local artists, rita derjue, Charles Rogers, Rick Brogan and others. Later she was fortunate to participate in several watercolor workshops given in Colorado, Vermont and Sedona, Arizona by nationally and internationally known author and watercolor professional Zoltan Szabo. She has also taken classes from distinguished professionals Steve Quiller, Raleigh Kinney and Bob Williamson.

Her work is proudly displayed in homes and corporations from California to Cape Cod and Wisconsin to Louisiana, in England and in Canada.

Diane Fuller

Diane moved to Phoenix, Arizona, from Texas seventeen years ago. She was so impressed with the beautiful sunsets she witnessed and set about capturing the beauty she discovered. Her father was a big influence in encouraging her to paint with oils. They painted side-by-side together when she was a child.
Later on, Diane was involved in raising her two sons and that did not allow much free time for her art. Since then, she has time to devote solely to her artistic ambitions and has built a studio on her property, allowing her the space and solitude to create her beautiful paintings. She loves capturing nature, especially sunsets. Diane tends to use both warm and cool colors in each work of art and uses vivid colors while maintaining realism. This talented artist’s nature and sunset paintings are currently displayed and sold at The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery in Tubac, Arizona.

JoAnn Haydocy

I started my career selling and designing scientific borosilicate glassware for the educational and research arena. I soon became aware that I loved glass and all the qualities of that medium. The scientific side of me began to develop into other projections and finally into art. I started the artistic side of glass about 7 years ago. The fundamentals are the same but when color is introduced a new set of rules develop. Kiln formed glass is equal amounts of science and art. The science came easy and the artistic side had to be schooled.

Natural landscapes are a gift from nature. To see a body of water with depth and movement, I must have layer upon layer of fine glass to illustrate that complexity. Glass frit design is similar to the impressionist paintings. If you look closely at the artwork, you can see tiny points of color. When you move five feet or more away from the piece, a more cohesive picture is developed for the viewer. I wish to move that viewer either with memories or just the beauty of the artwork itself.

As the artistic side of me moves into the future, I look at the world in shades of COE 90 glass. The color range is limited. If one mixes blue and red paint - shades of purple appear. With glass you have dots of blue and dots of red. They do not mix into a new color. Therefore, with science, experience, and a lot of heat I get that purple color by the challenge of layering colors not mixing. Therefore, I believe kiln formed glass is as much science as art.

Arlene Zaloznik

Basketry is my passion. Weaving brings me an inner peace that I hope you will find as well as you look at my baskets. It all began with a class in 1996. Other than that one class, I am mostly self taught. I now work out of my home in Green Valley, AZ.

The more traditional baskets are hand woven from rattan reed have either a solid weave or wood base. These baskets are very sturdy and are easy to care for - a spray of water will remove any dust.

The gourds are woven with pine needles and waxed linen thread. The gourds are left in their natural state and sealed with a furniture polish to maintain and enhance the natural finish of the gourd. Once the weaving is complete, they are sprayed with a protective acrylic spray. The gourds are embellished with natural gemstones, botanicals pods, feathers, fossils, and/or antlers. I look at the gourd - letting it speak to me - and then I select the botanicals, feathers and beads, often spending several hours until I find that “right” combination. No two gourds are alike.

Cindy Connolly

Creating art has been my passion for almost forty years. I am a self taught artist and have been blessed with my grandfather’s talent. I find that there is a lot of joy in creating and sharing my art and discovering someone who enjoys it also. I love photography and I sometimes draw from my photographs. Pen and ink, watercolors, colored pencils and colored markers are the media that I enjoy working with the most. I love to use my imagination to create beautiful art. I am originally from Boston and have lived in Arizona for 5 years. I have illustrated several children’s books while in Boston, but now I am privileged to be in Galleries in Arizona, one of which is Feminine Mystique thanks to Pat.

Loretta Pompeii Flick

Ah, SHINNY! That’s the first thing you will notice about Loretta Pompeii Flick’s silversmithing’s work. Her work is traditionally executed and sculpturally designed creating a product that is both modern and emotionally-pleasing to the wearer as well as the viewer.

Loretta uses both precious and semi-precious stones, sterling silver, copper and 22k gold Vermeil in her designs. Her semi-precious stones are unique, adding texture and color to her work, and many of them are on the list of rare stones.

The age-old, lost wax casting technique she uses enables her to create pieces which defy the rigidity of metal. She builds the piece out of wax then invests it in a cementatious mold which is placed in a hot oven where the wax is evaporated, leaving a void with the exact detail of the original wax piece. The hot mold is placed in a centrifuge with a crucible of molten silver butted up against it. When the casting machine’s arm is released, the molten silver is forced into the void. It’s so exciting to break the mold away from the new piece to see how it looks in silver.

Considering herself a soldering queen from years ago when she made gold teeth, the second technique she enjoys is fabrication. She twists and bends wire; forms, cuts and shapes sheet silver; then solders the pieces together creating a lovely finished product that compliments her unique selection of stones. It’s a lengthy process, yet by losing herself in her work is where she finds her inspiration for new designs.

Donna Vargas

Donna Vargas developed a love for gourd art over thirty years ago. She purchased a raw gourd at a craft store and after much time spent cleaning and preparing the gourd, she sketched a design and voila her first gourd creation was born. She actually joined the American Gourd Society at that time. However, her interest in gourds had to take a back seat to raising her five children and her full time career of over forty years as a registered nurse.

It was not until she retired to Southern Arizona in 2002 that she was finally able to devote a majority of her time to gourd art. She considers herself a relative newcomer to gourd art, but has rekindled what has become a passion for this art form. After creating just a few pieces, she was encouraged by her friends and family who now own some of her works which are displayed proudly in their homes. She uses various mediums including coiling, teneriffe, wood burning, acrylic paints and various forms of carving.

Brenda Peo

Self taught oil artist.. born in Chicago.. but grew up in the desert SW.  I have had my own line of SW style jewelry for the past 25 years.. using Copper.. Red Brass and Sterling Silver.. successfully selling at art fairs throughout the SW states.. however.. it turned into a job and was not satisfying my creative spirit..

I started painting in 2008.. focusing on painting animals.. trying to capture their curious personalities.. and quirky traits..  I find the expression the most important element.. while infusing the subject with personality.. There is never a shortage of volunteers.. I like to call my style.. a bit of realism/impressionism.. with a dash of humor.. 

I  live along the San Pedro River in the Saint David, AZ area.. surrounded by wildlife..

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