Carstens Fine Art Studio to host reception for featured artists

Carstens Fine Art Studio and Gallery, 7077 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, will host a reception for featured artists Karin Carlson and Monica Garvey from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

Examples of work from Carstens Fine Art Studio and Gallery featured artists Karin Carlson and Monica Garvey. (Submitted photo)

This reception will allow attendees to meet the artists, enjoy donuts and light refreshments, accompanied by live music from acoustical guitarist John Calvert, according to a press release.

Set during the first Gold Palette ArtWalk, “Demonstrate… and Donuts” Artwalk of the New Year with The Scottsdale Gallery Association honoring first responders.

The “Demonstrate… and Donuts,” is a Gold Palette ArtWalk featuring donut-sampling opportunities at many of the Scottsdale Arts Districts’ participating galleries.

Local donut shops will provide the donut tastings and entertainment, which includes traditional bagpipe musical performances and demonstrations from local artists.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the 100 Club of Arizona, a non-profit organization that has been providing assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics and their families since 1968.

The Scottsdale Police Department’s K-9 Unit will also be on hand throughout the event, providing guests with community safety demonstrations and information about the important role police dogs play within the force, a release states.

Ms. Carlson moved to Arizona 11 years ago and said the amazing diversity of the state, from the hot arid desert, to the high mountain forests, and the breathtaking canyons have stook out to her since she’s moved.

With her paintings, she seeks to inspire in others a deep appreciation for the nature of the Southwest. Her favorite part of teaching in Wickenburg and making art is using different media for creative problem solving. Her recent favorites are watercolor and acrylic.

Ms. Garvey teaches painting and drawing at Ironwood High School in Glendale. Helping students learn, grow and find their passion in art for 13 years has been a joy and has had significant impact on her artwork as well.

She is painting small and quick abstract pieces that show movement and communicate a burst of emotion, in addition to bright, expressive portraits of dogs. She enjoys being able to capture the life, light, and personality of canines for others to enjoy, and hopefully make them smile.

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