Gallery presents ‘The Gratitude Series’ with Michelle Micalizzi

“Aperture,” acrylic on canvas, by Michelle Micalizzi. (Submitted photo)

Carstens Fine Art Studio and Gallery, 7077 E. Main Street No. 5 in Old Town Scottsdale, will host an opening reception for “The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business IV  – The Gratitude Series,” featuring the work of artist Michelle Micalizzi.

It is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, during the Scottsdale Gallery Association Golden Palette “Contemporary” Artwalk. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments accompanied by live music performed by acoustical guitarist John Calvert, according to a release.

“The Gratitude Series” will be on exhibit Nov. 15-29.

The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business is a project celebrating how art, business and community connect.

“I am inspired by the fearless entrepreneurial spirit,” Ms. Micalizzi, artist and owner of Fearlessly Deliver, said in the release.

“Small business owners are the backbone of our country. As an artist, a fellow entrepreneur and a philanthropist, I am compelled to tell our stories,” she said.

Her paintings are created using a combination of acrylic, oil pastels, colored pencil and paint markers. Each painting is a mini-documentary arrived at from active listening and deep interest in her subjects, according to the release.

She has created multi-media paintings inspired by a conversation she has had with business leaders, asking them why they started their business and how they overcame their fears to take the leap into entrepreneurship.

This is the fourth in a yearly series, featuring seven entrepreneurs who have gone above and beyond their call of duty partnering with Ms. Micalizzi on her past eight art projects. Entrepreneurial subjects of the work include Elena Thornton, founder of The Arizona Consortium for the Arts and co-owner of Photos by Elena & Jim; Margaret Quinn, freelance editor; Bob Diercksmeier, artist, founder and owner of RJD Creative; Kay McDonald, founder of Charity Charms; Stacy Phillips, Optavia health coach; David Hussey, freelance contractor; and Tyler Butler, owner of 11Eleven Consulting. Their conversations have also inspired a blog featuring “Five Key Take Aways” from these entrepreneurs that can be found at

The Carstens Fine Art Studio and Gallery are open daily. The exhibition may be viewed during business hours.

For more information about Cyndy Carstens or the “Contemporary” Artwalk on Nov. 15, go to

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