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State of the Arts

BY Riki Altman-Yee, Justin Lee, Lauren Swanson and Carey Sweet | November 28, 2016 | Feature Features National

The art scene is as vital, exceptional and ever-growing as the Valley itself. Meet the innovative movers, players, works and venues that are painting a particularly beautiful picture for art lovers of all stripes.
Artist Mark Jay Freedman, pictured here in his new Phoenix studio, just returned to the Valley after 10 years in NYC.

Home is Where the Art Is
Mark Jay Freedman has been dreaming of the West.
Artist Mark Jay Freedman’s new studio space at monOrchid in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row signals a homecoming. Recently relocated from New York, Freedman has reintroduced his work to Arizona for the first time in a decade and returned to what has now become the nation’s largest art walk: First Fridays. “MonOrchid founder Wayne Rainey and I have a history that goes way back to the downtown days of just a handful of galleries: my art group—The TRA25 Capsule—and some tumbleweeds,” he said. “I like to think we were able to move the needle a bit and that we encouraged Phoenix talent to grow.” Today, Freedman showcases a wide array of his eclectic work that ranges from painting to digital, photography, organic sculpture, rock-star tributes and, woven throughout, a theme saluting Mother Nature. “I’ve seen art in some of the strangest and most beautiful places,” he said. “But the Valley has such great energy, and now I’d like to see it celebrated here.” 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602.253.0339

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