‘Spring into the Arts’ at On the Edge showcases works of five artists

On the Edge Gallery will hold its "Spring Into Art" Artwalk this Thursday. Karolina Adams will be one of five artists featured.

On the Edge Gallery will hold its “Spring Into Art” Artwalk this Thursday. Karolina Adams will be one of five artists featured.

On The Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, hosts its “Spring Into the Arts” Artwalk 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

Jenny Willigrod will be among the artists at this Thursday's "Spring Into Art" event at On the Edge Gallery.

Jenny Willigrod will be among the artists at this Thursday’s “Spring Into Art” event at On the Edge Gallery.

The gallery features 40 Arizona artists working in 2-D and 3-D media. Those who attend the Thursday Artwalk series in Scottsdale are invited to stop by On The Edge Gallery this Thursday to meet and view the works of five On the Edge artists.

Connect with the gallery’s featured artists while enjoying gourmet “springtime” duck egg edibles made especially by Quacker’s Cakes. Quacker’s Cakes was created by one of the gallery’s featured artists, Julie Carpenter Boardman. Julie’s pet duck, Indigo, generously supplied the eggs for the gourmet duck egg cupcakes.

Indigo will be at On The Edge Gallery during the ArtWalk sporting her “I Love Art” T-shirt.

The five artists:

* Karolina Adams, Ink on Paper.

“I’m an introvert by nature, so drawing has always been my alternative to therapy,” says Karolina. “I’m not a very graceful speaker, my conversations are messy, I run in circles with my idea and trip over my words.

“When I draw, I’m clean, minimalistic and to the point. So, instead of verbally sharing my internal chaos, it’s a lot easier for me to engage in drawing, unload the feelings, and work through the thoughts and emotions and tell my stories.”

* Julie Carpenter, Printmaking.

Julie has a MFA in printmaking and drawing, and she has taught printmaking and various other courses at the university level, including Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Concordia University, Rogers State University, Tulsa Community College and the Maricopa Community College system.

In addition, Julie has taught various art workshops, managed a painting studio for gifted high-school students, and participated in teaching children art in impoverished school districts, as part of a large grant through the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council.

Julie taught elementary school art in the Phoenix area for one year and managed a summer children’s workshop teaching painting, drawing and ceramics in Scottsdale.

* Greta Ivers, Pastel Figurative Works.

Greta pursued a career in medicine and has been a practicing family physician since finishing residency at Cook County Hospital in 1998.

In 2002, an artist and beloved friend introduced Greta to pastels during a visit to Taos, N.M. In 2005, she began taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago in drawing and painting.

Greta has also studied and participated in numerous classes and workshops at the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago and the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

“My art reflects my passion for life – exploding with color and creativity,” says Greta. “I am a versatile human being who embraces the environment and shares that vision through my art.”

* Jacqueline Roliardi, Abstract Mixed Media.

“Spring has always been my favorite season,” says Jackie. “As a child growing up in cold climates in the Northeast, I always remember that exhilarating feeling of the snow melting and sidewalks finally clearing. It felt like a time for change, transformation, and renewal.

“I am inspired by springtime in the desert, when the browns of winter transform into the greens, yellows, oranges and purples of spring. I love painting my abstract landscapes with these colors that have long been my favorites.”

* Jenny Willigrod, Pastel Southwest Whimsical.

“You can ask any artist, ‘What drives you to create?’ and the response will be the same. ‘It is part of my existence,’” says Jenny.

“My love of art began as a child and has been an essential part of my life ever since. I label my artwork ‘southwest whimsical’ as I love bright, bold colors, and my subjects are images from scenes of the Southwest and Mexico. I try to capture that moment in time which has a reflection of a happy memory to so many of us living in this part of the world. My medium of choice is chalk pastel.

“The chalks allow me to achieve the bright pigments with beautiful blends and free flowing combinations of colors.”

Call 480-265-8991 or visit www.ontheedgegallery.com.

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