Fiber Artist Takes Up Residency At Old Town Scottsdale’s Livery

Erika Lynne Hanson; Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art

Erika Lynne Hanson has been an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textile Center and Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains Center. Now the textile artist is in the midst of a six-month Scottsdale Creates residency at the Noriega Stable Livery in Old Town Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Creates residency program is awarded by Scottsdale Public Art to promote interaction between artists and the community. Hanson, an assistant professor of fibers and socially engaged practices at Arizona State University, will focus on textiles and the landscape during her residency, offering workshops on crochet, stitching and creating natural dyes, along with discussions of community, art, collaboration and history.

Hanson’s free natural dyes workshops, from 1–3pm February 4, February 18, March 25, April 29 and May 6, will demonstrate how to use everything from wood and leaves to insects and coffee grounds in the creation of multi-hued dyes. She also will discuss what it means to work with colors that come directly from nature.

Additionally, four open-studio dates at 7pm February 15, April 19, April 26 and May 3, visitors to the Livery will be invited to create fabric collages and build flags featuring elements of the Arizona landscape. During these workshops, Hanson will lead a discussion about inspiring and underappreciated objects in the landscape. The workshops are connected to one of the artist’s larger projects that uses flags for outdoor installations.

Hanson is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator whose work is rooted in textile practices. She has a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in Oakland, and her work has been exhibited at Field Projects in New York City and the Tucson Museum of Art, among other locations.

As part of Hanson’s residency, the Fiber Art Network of ASU will host free beginner crochet meet-ups from 11am to 1pm February 2, March 2 and April 6. These workshops are in conjunction with Choi + Shine Architects’ “ARIZONA!” project, a 650-foot-long, hand-crocheted lace ribbon that will debut during the November Canal Convergence interactive art event.

ASU graduate students also will host two POP-Up exhibitions at the Livery from 6–9pm during the Scottsdale ArtWalk March 29 and April 5.

In conjunction with Hanson’s residency, fiber artist Shannon Ludington will host drop-in embroidery sessions from 1–5pm February 3, February 23, March 27 and April 27 at the Livery. Participants in these free workshops will learn basic mark-making stitches while discussing the historical, social and cultural aspects of the role textiles play in the lives of women.

The Livery is named for Gerbacio “Harvey” Noriega, who owned the property around the stable for decades and was a member of one of the founding families of Scottsdale. The city owns the Noriega Livery Stable, located at 3806 North Brown Avenue

The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to make Scottsdale one of the most desirable communities in the country in which to live, work and visit by incorporating art and design projects throughout. Learn more at

The Performing Arts Season

An escape from everyday life

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

By Kathryn M. Miller ~Arizonans are a resilient bunch – anyone who lives through a summer in the Valley can attest to that. Economic downturns are taken in stride. Housing bubble-bursts are recovered from. Budgets are cut. Belts are tightened. Yet somehow, progress is made, growth happens and in the midst of it all, art always finds a way – to be seen and heard, to exhilarate, to challenge, or as Pablo Picasso put it, to “wash away from the soul the dust of every day life.”

Earlier this year, when the state announced 2016 budget cuts to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the organization came back with a positive message, with Executive Director Robert C. Booker saying, “We remain steadfast and determined, committed to the opportunity within our mission to imagine a future where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass

Other arts organizations have faced similar challenges and risen to the occasion, as represented by their longevity, such as the Scottsdale Cultural Council, which is celebrating a number of milestones this coming year.

“This season we celebrate a number of milestones: the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA’s “Sweet 16” and the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival,” says Neale Perl, president and CEO of the nonprofit Council.

Perl credits an “engaged board, experienced and committed staff and broad base support from individuals, businesses, foundations and government.” The Council is also firmly focused on serving its audiences now and into the future.

“In our case, it’s essential to have strong relationships with artists and programming that’s relevant to our community,” he says. “It’s going to be an extraordinary year for the arts in Scottsdale, and we invite everyone to be part of it.”

Arts organizations are also finding ways to breathe new life into old art forms. By introducing fresh works that appeal to broader audiences, Arizona Opera Company has had an overwhelming positive response to its Arizona Bold initiative, according to General Director Ryan Taylor.

The company introduced audiences to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna and Eugene Onegin this past season and it will continue its bold approach this upcoming season as the first U.S. opera company to present Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady.

“It has been rewarding to discover the depth of talent who have heard of the enthusiasm from the community and are eager to perform with us,” says Taylor. “Our artistic and production teams have taken particular joy in looking through the company’s 44-year history, discovering titles that have never been presented before, engaging some of the brightest singers, designers and directors whose vision promises to showcase the relevance of incredible masterworks, and invigorate new audiences as well.” |CST

Look for the 2015-16 Performing Arts Preview beginning on page 70.


Water + Art + Light Converge In Scottsdale This Weekend

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is an annual series of events presented by Scottsdale Public Art with support from Salt River Project that enhances the local landscape’s beauty and commemorates the city’s arts and culture. Artists from Arizona and around the world showcase signature art installations for residents and visitors, providing an interactive experience for just about any guest with live music, collaborative art, hands-on activities and more.

In late January, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger announced a donation of $50,000 to Scottsdale Public Art’s 2015 Canal Convergence event.

“We hope this gift inspires others to contribute to the strong and always-evolving public art community in Scottsdale,” Billie Jo Herberger says. “Our family believes it is important to leave a legacy and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so than with a contribution to the arts.”

The third annual Canal Convergence continues this weekend from 12-10pm on Saturday, February 28, and 10am-5pm Sunday, March 1, at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The event will stage five large-scale art installations, two dance performances, three hands-on activities and an educational water conservation display. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Several of the large-scale canal installations will remain on view until April 2015, but Scottsdale Public Art encourages families and guests to visit during the four-day exposition. During the event, the community can enjoy live music, hands-on activities and visit the Artisan Market, where Arizona-based artist vendors and businesses will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their products and services.
“We could not host an event of this scale without the generosity of sponsors like the Herbergers,” Scottsdale Public Art Director and Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Donna Isaac says.

“Their very generous contribution assists tremendously in commissioning the exceptional talent featured in the upcoming Canal Convergence public art event.”

For more information on Canal Convergence, visit



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