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“Desert Reimagined” Art by Mary Allice Kellogg
January 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am - January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Writer and artist Mary Alice Kellogg creates images of the Southwest using recycled materials, including the magazines she has written for throughout the years. She will be Guest Artist in Residence at the DeGrazia Foundation’s Little Gallery, 6300 N. Swan Road, from Jan. 10-22.
The exhibit is a called “The Desert Reimagined.” More at http://www.maryalicekellogg.com
Native Tucsonan Mary Alice Kellogg is an award-winning writer who has reported from 127 countries. In January, she returns home as an artist. Her vivid series of contemporary paper collages – “The Desert Reimagined” – offers a new look at the desert’s power to inspire.
Born in Tucson, she’s a graduate of Tucson High School and the University of Arizona, where she received the Freeman Medal as the outstanding graduate in her class. She moved to New York and became the youngest correspondent in the history of Newsweek magazine, then the youngest associate editor. She recently was inducted into the Arizona Wildcat Hall of Fame.
Kellogg has a lifelong connection to the spirit of her native Sonoran desert. When she was eight years old, her mother drove her for hours over dirt roads to meet artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia, who promptly invited them to share his meal of hotdogs and beans. Ever since, the DeGrazia mission and gallery have been profound touchstones for her.
Now, more than five decades later, Kellogg’s own art will be exhibited at the DeGrazia Foundation’s Little Gallery on the 10-acre national historic district at 6300 N. Swan Road.
Kellogg’s articles have appeared in more than 200 national and international publications – including the New York Times, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, France Today, InStyle, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Robb Report and Vogue. She’s also been featured on radio and television, including Today and Good Morning America.
“Spirit of place” has been a predominant theme in Kellogg’s written and visual work. In “The Desert Reimagined” paper and acrylic pieces, she layers multiple Southwest images and familiar forms that evolve into new visions, textures and moods. All are made from recycled materials – including many from the very magazines she has written for throughout the years. In her art a singular sense of place emerges – a modern perspective on the desert’s power to conjure memory, energy and imagination.
Kellogg has presented two solo collage exhibitions in New York City, with a third that will open Feb. 1 at the historic Jefferson Market Public Library Gallery in Greenwich Village. Her work is held in private collections in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Sarasota, Scottsdale and Tucson.
“The Desert Reimagined” exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
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