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2021 - 2022 Season

Dear Clients and Friends,

I am very excited about our upcoming season. We are finally getting out and about and ready to visit again.

On each 1st Saturday, September through April, the Feminine Mystique Art Gallery will host several artists to meet and greet. Most will be demonstrating and showing her latest pieces of art.

 

 

 

 

 


We also have a great new Chamber of Commerce who will host several events. NOVEMBER ART AND WINE FIESTA, DECEMBER LUMINARY NIGHTS & FEBRUARY TUBAC FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS are a few. Watch my website for dates and details.

The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery will have visiting artists for each Chamber event along with a few events of our own. The first being October 9, Welcome Back Celebration. We will have cookies and lots of smiles from our staff. Let’s catch up.


January WORKSHOP SATURDAYS are back. Each Saturday will offer a class at the gallery. You can learn shibori dyeing with fabric, building a doll, pine needles on gourds, beaded earrings, and more. Watch the web site for details. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The gallery will have a raffle every month, October - April. Just sign up for our newsletter to be in the mix. Even if you are already on the mailing list, you can still come each month to sign up. Artists donate a prize and we pick a slip at the end of the month. 

The Feminine Mystique 2022 calendar will be available by October 2021. Nine artists will be featured and the calendar is free. Sherry Darrah’s calendar will also be at the gallery for $9 each.

 

 

 

We missed you all and are looking forward to a great season.

Sincerely, Pat Aguilar

See You in the Gallery!

 

September 2021

Dear Friends, Clients and Artists,

The monsoon has been great this year. The hills are all green with poppies everywhere. Usually the poppies grow close to the ground, this season they are about 18” tall. Beautiful!

Hope to see you soon,
Pat Aguilar-owner


Gallery hours for September are 11:00 - 4:00, closed on Wednesday.

The Feminine Mystique has four new artists in the gallery:


Christel Brumann

I was born in Berlin and grew up in Germany. Both of my parents had studied music and my father played at the Opera house in Berlin.

They wanted me to become a musician too, but I was always more attracted to drawing, painting and crafts. I believe that my musical talent helped me to learn languages, but I never was really good playing an Instrument.

I lived in Italy for five years and consider it my second home. In Italy Art is everywhere
Living there inspired me a lot and I had a lot of artist friends.
Even though I had to work to make a living all my life, I have always been creative and tried various mediums whenever I had time.

When I moved to Tucson, I went to the Gem and Mineral Show and was overwhelmed…I bought a lot of beads and started making jewelry. After a couple of basic classes, I moved to books and the Internet to learn. I enjoy the possibilities of beadwork a lot, always trying new techniques and materials and coming up with my own ideas. Especially I’m inspired by antique jewelry of the Romans and the Greeks. I also like Art Deco, the Edwardian Style or antique Russian styles.



Sherry Simon-Heldt

Sherry lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, their Australian Shepherd, and their four horses, and has had her own psychotherapy practice since 2002. In 2005, horses came into — and totally changed — her life. Over the years they have taken her on amazing Journeys — facilitating many special workshops starting an equine therapy program in Central America, and lots of incredible trail rides. 

During the pandemic last year, Sherry felt called to make art again, after a 20-year hiatus. Her first project, "Carrying The Vulnerable," was in honor of all those affected by COVID, and all the incredible healthcare workers taking care of them. 

A few times a year, Sherry visits Ajijic, Mexico, where she has made wonderful friends and has volunteered facilitating equine therapy. Her close ties there inspired her to work with Mexican nichos (shadow boxes), various gemstones, and figures that “tell a story” of her passion for working with horses, and her love for the Southwest desert and native cultures.



Diana Aronson

While I was the youngest born into a very artistic farming family, I never believed I received the ‘artistic’ gene. I sang, played guitar and ventured into writing Christian music but did not believe I could really ‘create’ anything of beauty. Somewhere in my forties along with growing a family with my wonderful husband, working as a Registered Nurse and getting a Master’s Degree in Nursing and Nursing Education, I felt the need to find an artistic outlet. I was not optimistic about feeling good with this venture. I tried my hand at stenciling on old barn wood – and was so surprised at my success. Feeling more confident, I ventured into working with polymer clay and found more feelings of success and accomplishment. From there, I used YouTube to learn to make stained glass art and found people would pay good money for my creations – and was shocked and overjoyed that others actually liked my work. I have also since created jewelry as a lapidarian and silversmith.
About 5 years ago, I took a pottery class at our local clay studio and was immediately intrigued. It was not long before I set up a full studio in my home on Cloverland Farm along the banks of Mud Creek in Wisconsin. I now enjoy the great variety of hand building, sculpture, and throwing pottery on the wheel. Sometimes I am not sure what the lump of clay in hand will even become until I start working it. Moreover, forming the clay is only a fraction of the process. The process has taught me patience as it includes not only creating the form, but also smoothing, leveling, drying, smoothing again, firing, choosing and applying glazes, and firing again (and crossing my fingers).
I create each piece with love and the best of what is within me. As I am creating, the piece in my hands is, at that moment, my very favorite. I love imagining it being used by someone who finds it ‘fits’ them and brings a smile to their heart. I know there is MUCH more to learn along this journey but for now, I thoroughly enjoy playing in the mud! I hope you enjoy these creations as much as I love creating them for you!



Sharon Stringer

Sharon is a second generation Arizona native, born in Nogales, AZ and raised in Tucson.  A graduate of Northern Arizona University she enjoyed a long career in the Hospitality Industry living in Flagstaff, Phoenix and ultimately back home to Tucson.  Her hospitality career offered the opportunity to travel around the country and grown to appreciate her home state and the deep roots she has in Southern Arizona.

Her sewing influence and knowledge started with her maternal Grandmother Nellie Emma who is also the inspiration for her business name. Her greatest teacher was her mother Joan, also a highly skilled and passionate seamstress.  Learning to sew in the 1970’s was a time that home sewing was common and many women made their own clothes and home accessories. Sadly this is no longer the case but it is exciting to see a resurgence in the interest in sewing, knitting, quilting and other fiber related skills.  Sharon hopes to encourage a new generation to learn her craft and experience the joy that creating with textiles can bring.  

She loves to express the culture, plant life, geography and colors of Southern Arizona and Mexico in her pillows. Making people smile is of utmost importance with her whimsical and humorous themes. Expanding her skills is very important, her pillows feature machine embroidery, quilting, couching, hand made piping, and fabric dying.  All of her pillows are one of a kind and many have an unexpected combination of prints and trims that create interest and a unique design.  



The Feminine Mystique will host several artists for THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH.

We are happy to start off our inaugural season of the First Saturday event with 2 of our new artists. Stop in on September 4th and meet these fine artists and see their latest work.

Sherry Simon-Heldt

Sherry lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, their Australian Shepherd, and their four horses, and has had her own psychotherapy practice since 2002. In 2005, horses came into — and totally changed — her life. Over the years they have taken her on amazing Journeys — facilitating many special workshops starting an equine therapy program in Central America, and lots of incredible trail rides. 

During the pandemic last year, Sherry felt called to make art again, after a 20-year hiatus. Her first project, "Carrying The Vulnerable," was in honor of all those affected by COVID, and all the incredible healthcare workers taking care of them.

Sharon Stringer

Sharon is a second generation Arizona native, born in Nogales, AZ and raised in Tucson.  A graduate of Northern Arizona University she enjoyed a long career in the Hospitality Industry living in Flagstaff, Phoenix and ultimately back home to Tucson.  Her hospitality career offered the opportunity to travel around the country and grown to appreciate her home state and the deep roots she has in Southern Arizona.

Her sewing influence and knowledge started with her maternal Grandmother Nellie Emma who is also the inspiration for her business name. Her greatest teacher was her mother Joan, also a highly skilled and passionate seamstress.  Learning to sew in the 1970’s was a time that home sewing was common and many women made their own clothes and home accessories. Sadly this is no longer the case but it is exciting to see a resurgence in the interest in sewing, knitting, quilting and other fiber related skills.  Sharon hopes to encourage a new generation to learn her craft and experience the joy that creating with textiles can bring.  

 


We have lost one most talented artist, DEBORA WHITEHOUSE. Debora showed in many galleries throughout the country. She was in demand for a lot of commercial art, advertising and graphics for big businesses and children’s books. The Feminine Mystique will have a wall of her wonderful originals, oil paintings, pastels, prints and sketches. There will be a card on each piece of art with actual retail prices. The gallery will negotiate prices. Debora’s family wants her to be remembered and appreciated. If not to buy, come in and see what Debora Whitehouse has given us all.


October 2021

October 9, 2021
The Feminine Mystique Art Gallery will have a WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION. There will be cookies and happy faces. Let’s catch up. You may also see several artists to chat up.


October 30, 2021
Pat Aguilar will have a BEAD ON CLAY class, 11-4:00
Pat has been making her clay women for several years now. The last few years she has added bead work to them. The beads are sewn onto the clay figure. When Pat builds the piece, she adds holes where the beads will go. This beading stage of the process is offered in a class. Pat will build and glaze the figure used. Pat will also offer her stock of beads to complete the project. All materials are included in the price.

Cost of each class: 

  • Saguaro Cactus   $55
  • Shawl Dancer  $78
  • Flower Girl  $78

Flower Girl

Shawl Dancer

Cactus

The cost is figured by amount of beads needed. The Flower Girl has glass flowers.

For more information or sign up for a class, call Pat Aguilar, 520-988-0131

Watch this space for further events and announcements

November 2021

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December 2021

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January 2022

Workshops by local artists are available this season!

Choose one or more exciting classes and learn new techniques, be guided by professionals and have lots of fun. All materials are included. You will go home with your own piece of art.

Each class is different and unique.

January 1st

SHARON STRINGER uses cloth to create wonderful pillows and clothing. She will share her knowledge on SHIBORI DYING. It is a folding technique with fabulous results.


January 8th

PAT AGUILAR
BEAD ON CLAY class
Pat has been making her clay women for several years now. The last few years she has added bead work to them. The beads are sown onto the clay figure. When Pat builds the piece, she adds holes where the beads will go. This beading stage of the process is offered in a class. Pat will build and glaze the figure used.


Flower Girl

Shawl Dancer

Cactus

January 15th

ARLENE ZALOZNIK transforms gourds into fine art pieces using stones she finds at the Gem and Mineral Show. After seasoning the gourd, Arlene attaches pine needles to the top and around the stones. This class teaches you how to add the pine needles to the gourd.


January 22nd
CHRISTEL BRUMANN creates awesome jewelry with only beads and stones. She will demonstrate this classic technique at her workshop. Christel will walk you through the making of a beautiful bracelet


January 29th

GRETCHEN LIMAWOOD is an all time favorite at the Feminine Mystique. She has been making cloth figures almost all her life and has been in the gallery for 20 years. Many clients collect her work. Gretchen will have you create a “PROTECTIVE SPIRIT” using cloth, beads and clay.


Each class will supply all the materials needed.     Cost- $78 per class

Limited space, so sign up early at the Feminine Mystique Art Gallery, Email Pat at femi9mystique@gmail.com or call or text Pat’s cell 520-988-0131

February 2022

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March 2022

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April 2022

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