The Art Bar to host holiday show in Scottsdale

Example of work that will appear in the Art Bar’s Holiday Art Show at the Art Foundation. (Submitted Photo)

The Art Bar will be at the Art Department, 14335 N. Scottsdale Road, to host its annual Holiday Art Show from Thursday, Dec. 6 running through Sunday, Dec. 9.

This pop up gallery will showcase the work of Donna Bernstein, Donna Armstrong, Vicki Rapaport and guest artist David Venell. This event will highlight equestrian contemporary artwork from Ms. Bernstein, original jewelry from

Ms. Armstrong and Ms. Rapaport and bronze sculpture from Mr. Venell, a press release states.

There will be light hor d’oeuvres and Eggnog during the evening receptions from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7. Additional weekend shopping hours will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.

The group’s  name  incorporates their last names: Bernstein, Armstrong and Rapaport equals The Art Bar.

The concept behind The Art Bar are three female artists who have created a brilliant pop up art series and gallery to showcase their work (as well as invited guest artists) offering a new personality and flare.

They have started presenting these pop up galleries typically November through February, roughly four to six times per year. Each event encompasses a sense of a “happy hour art show,” bringing the fun back into collecting art or “raising the bar on art.”

Ms. Bernstein is a self-taught who has studied privately with such artist’s as international painter Robert Dash, contemporary abstractionist Christine Raymond and modern metal sculptress Sue Latta.

Her personal artistic blend and signature clean, fresh style creates art that is modern in structure yet deeply intimate, appealing to both the horse lover and formal art collector.

Ms. Bernstein is expanding the design of her paintings into equestrian fashion silk scarves, celebrating her work as wearable art. Over the years, she has been profiled in numerous publications both in print and online.

Ms. Armstrong has a studio filled with all things that glitter, turning raw materials into exquisite jewelry is her passion. Creating unique pieces for special occasions and turning family treasures into contemporary wearable jewelry is both very challenging and gratifying.

A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, she has been designing and creating jewelry for nearly 25 years.

Beginning her career in Los Angeles she now designs and markets her jewelry from Scottsdale, Arizona. She has won many awards and has been featured in numerous publications.

Ms. Rapaport is a fiber artist, a quilter, spinner and a weaver. In 2010 she ventured into jewelry arts, with her sister Donna, founding Bling Sisters.

She would eventually move to Arizona to pursue jewelry making on her own. Rapaport works with beautiful stones and both silver and 18-karat gold, designing one of a kind pieces that offer a loop-in-loop chain with special key ends that make the clasp the focal point for each piece.

She will often do a necklace with a unique story, using a component that may have an unusual history.

Featured guest artist Mr. Venell is an award-winning bronze sculptor and jewelry designer. As an artist, he said he feels fortunate to convey the mind’s eye into a three dimensional work of art.

His goal with his work is always to create a snapshot in time and to capture the chaos and calm of military life, past and present. As an artist, there is no higher compliment for me than to have my work inspire memories, emotions and sometimes tears.

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