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Dinnerware Artists Today
First Decade, a celebration of the artist's cooperative

Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 2017, 5 - 7 PM
Exhibition: January 7 – February 24, 2017
Location: Temple Gallery
330 S. Scott Ave
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370

 

Exhibition Celebrates Early Years of Dinnerware Artist Coooperative

The Temple Gallery kicks off the new year with the group exhibition Dinnerware Artists Today: First Decade, a celebration of the artists’ cooperative gallery that was a mainstay of Tucson’s art scene from the 1980s through the early 2000s. The exhibition, which will run from Jan. 7 – Feb. 24, 2017, will highlight artworks by 28 Tucson artists who were members of the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during the first decade of its 24-year history. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Dinnerware Artists Today is a two-part exhibition. The second part (Dinnerware Artists Today: Second Decade) will open in March and feature work by 20 Tucson artists from the latter half of the cooperative gallery’s history.

The artists whose work will be featured in the First Decade exhibition, opening on Jan. 7 are: David Andres, Imo Baird, Gary Benna, Fred Borcherdt, Robert Boss, Curt Brill, Diane Mansfield Colligan, Bailey Doogan, George Ehnat, Barbara Grygutis, Betty Harris, Joe Harris, David Hoyt Johnson, Harold Jones, , Laura Lafave, Chris Larsen, Michael Lee, Gail Marcus-Orlen, Cynthia Miller, Frances Murray, Alfred Quiroz, Linda Rosenfield, Mike Ross, Joyce Septimus, Ann Simmons-Myers, Mark Taylor, Rene Verdugo and Jim Waid. The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Back in 1979, when Tucson’s art gallery scene was in its infancy, local artists had to scramble to find places to exhibit their work. So when a Tucson attorney offered to share her office space in the downtown Dinnerware building, 13 artists jumped at the chance to show their art there. They founded the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (later the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery), a nonprofit organization that became a pillar of Tucson’s arts community. Unlike many cooperatives, Dinnerware expanded its initial mission beyond being a showcase for its members’ artwork.
 
Over time, Dinnerware began showing work by non-member artists, establishing invitational and juried exhibitions, hosting art and literary events, holding lectures and generally becoming a community resource. What started as a loosely run cooperative grew into a professional organization that received grants and hired an executive director. The gallery moved from the original Dinnerware building to two other downtown locations, finally settling at 135 E. Congress St., a space that had to be heavily remodeled by its member-artists.

Dinnerware’s roster of almost 100 alumni reads like a “Who’s Who” of Tucson artists. For some young artists, Dinnerware was their first chance to see their artwork hung on gallery walls. Other artists valued the camaraderie that the cooperative gallery offered, and many developed lifelong friendships at Dinnerware. According to Mark Taylor, who was a Dinnerware member from 1988-1993, “Dinnerware gave me a venue for my art, but more importantly, it involved me with a group of artists who were dedicated to promoting and expanding art and ideas in the Tucson community.”

Dinnerware Artists Today: First Decade offers Tucsonans a unique opportunity to see the ways in which a whole generation of Tucson artists has changed and grown over the course of decades.

Dinnerware Artists Today: First Decade runs from Jan. 7 – Feb. 24, 2017. Temple Gallery is located at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in downtown Tucson. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Daphne Srinivasan at Etherton Gallery, (520) 624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com.

 

Etherton Gallery
Etherton Gallery, which manages Temple Gallery, is the premier fine art photography gallery in the Southwest and is known for its extensive collection of vintage, classic and contemporary photography. Etherton also shows work by top local and regional artists in all media. The gallery participates in Classic Photographs LA, Texas Contemporary, The AIPAD Photography Show and Paris Photo, and has long-standing relationships with museums, corporations and private collectors around the world. Etherton Gallery is located at 135 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701.