Don’t miss the Phoenix New Times Culture Blog-Jackalope Ranch. The new site features a series titled “100 Creatives” showcasing the valley’s most talented artists and creative minds. Our very own Mitch Fry is listed as #19 and we could not be more proud!
In 2009, Mitch Fry was honored with Phoenix Art Museum’s Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist material grant after he wowed the jurors with his 95″ diameter wooden sphere. To return the favor, Fry recently invited Contemporary Forum members into his studio for an inside look at his work and creative processes. Despite the summer heat, over fifty CF members and friends joined the Fry family and Bonner David Galleries for this eventful evening!
The highlight of the night included an explanation of the ingenuity used to create his collection of spheres, a series entitled “Completing the Circle,” narrated by the artist himself! Although he proclaimed that he was not “a man of many words” Fry capably vocalized the transformation of sustainable materials to striking pieces of fine art. Overall, the night was an amazing success, and between the warmth of the gracious Fry family and the impressive works of art; we all found it very hard to leave Mitch’s studio behind.
Mitch Fry has had an incredible year. After impressing critics with his 95″ diameter wooden sphere, Mitch was honored with a grant from the Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum. The success of this project has catapulted his career resulting in a show at the museum and a special reception on May 12th. These days you can find Mitch busy in his Phoenix studio creating more exquisite and intricate works of art for the appropriately named collection “Completing the Circle.”
"Completing the Circle I" & "Completing the Circle III" @ Phoenix Art Museum
Bonner David Galleries is now displaying “Completing the Circle II” and “Semisphere I.” The slideshow below shows the installation process; revealing the true magnitude of these works or art!
For more information about Mitch Fry and his work please contact the gallery at 480.941.8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite the rain, Saturday evening was a true “Night of Stars” at the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum art auction and dinner. The Bonner David hosted table was glittering with participating artists Quim Bove’ and Max Hammond as well as collector Glynis Bryan who was sparkling with her new purchase of well known artist David Kessler’s latest work on aluminum to add to her already impressive collection.
The evening began with cocktails and a chance to view both silent and live auction items and a chance to mingle with lovers of contemporary art from throughout the Valley. Bonner David collector Bobbie Haas was honored for her numerous contributions to the museum, the latest being a Magritte, positioning her among the major donors to the museum.
Bidding was fast and furious on the nearly 100 pieces during the evening. A bidding war ensued on Max Hammond’s piece “Navigate” which was the first Bonner David painting sold during the evening. Quim Bove’s signature piece “Nova Stream” was one of three items specially displayed in a stellar constellation of its own, available only to bidders wishing to bid to purchase at just below retail price. Finally, Henry Stinson’s pair “Planned Obsolescence” and “The Devil’s in the Details” were sold to a savvy collector by the conclusion of the evening as well.
In total, the auction raised over $190,000 to be used to purchase new contemporary work for PAM’s already distinguished collection. Bonner David is proud to be a partner with Contemporary Forum to showcase distinguished contemporary art for our community.