Downtown art studio gallery hosts grand-opening event

The official grand opening of The Creating Spot on Wednesday, Nov. 11 begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. featuring Scottsdale Vice Mayor Linda Milhaven.

Angel-inspired jewelry artist Cheryl Senkfor and dichroic-glass artisan Bobby Harr pooled their creative resources to open the contemporary art studio-gallery in downtown Scottsdale.

At the official grand opening, there will be displays of student works and a contest to name The Creating Spot’s teddy bear mascot.  There will also be drawings with workshops and art as prizes, plus refreshments and music to round out the celebration.

Ms. Senkfor says her hand-woven metal jewelry line was inspired by angels after she suffered a traumatic brain hemorrhage in 2003.

“I saw three angels,” Ms. Senkfor recalled, “who told me I would survive and touch as many people as possible with my creativity.”

She not only survived, but developed fine motor skills that allow her to weave precious metals using the lost art of Viking Knit, which dates back to 8th Century Ireland. Last year, she won the Ornamental Jewelry Award at Tempe Festival of the Arts.

“I wasn’t inspired by angels,” admitted Mr. Harr, “but do share Cheryl’s desire to teach and give back to the community.”

A portion of their proceeds from The Creating Spot benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

Mr. Harr is self-taught and began his journey into the world of fused and kiln-formed glass art in 1998. His work has been displayed in more than 160 galleries and shops across the U.S. and Canada.

Located between Stetson Drive and Scottsdale Road at 7127 E. 6th Ave., The Creating Spot offers a variety of hands-on classes including  wire and epoxy-clay jewelry, fused glass art objects and many fabric arts to “stir souls, ignite minds and open hearts to boldly create,” said Mr.Harr.

The two, who have taught fine arts and crafts to hundreds of students at remote locations across the Valley, now teach group or private lessons in their own studio.

To schedule classes or order a gift certificate, visit TheCreatingSpot.com.

 

 

 

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