Walter Art Gallery to host Chris Newberg’s Local Haunts exhibit

Ironwood Tree by Chris Newberg. (Submitted photo)

Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, will present Local Haunts, the solo exhibition of local artist Chris Newberg.

Mr. Newberg has created new paintings capturing the spirit of locales, both real and in dreams. His paintings are inspired by environmental issues and the Sonoran Desert landscape, according to a press release.

His work describes a state of returning to the wild though we were previously domesticated.

“When we think of our role in nature, many see us separated from it. We feel like tourists in the natural environment, but I disagree. I believe we are a part of nature and our role in it is critical,” Mr. Newberg said in a prepared statement.

La Cantina by Chris Newberg (Submitted photo)

The artist has created 18 works that are acrylic on panel, created using many thin layers of paint that are illustrative in nature. This glazing technique builds depth of color, intricate detail and nuances of light usually associated only with oils.

Each painting looks other-worldly, a release claims, and yet each is actually a tender, intense, and memorable portrayal of this very world, evoking memories, fears, hopes and warmth.

“In my work I hope to encourage our own journey back to the wild and celebrate a reconnection with the natural home around us,” Mr. Newberg said.

The artist was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was also greatly influenced by the Oaxacan folk art he encountered in his childhood. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Illustration from the University of Arizona.

He lives in Tucson where he is an adjunct professor of art at Pima Community College.

Walter Art Gallery will host an artist reception from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

The Closing Reception will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday April 19. Local Haunts will be on display at Walter Art Gallery between the two events.

The Walter Project is an innovative community of artists, entertainers, makers, and visionaries who come together to form various creative ventures such as

The Walter Art Gallery and The Walter Hive. Known for their art cars such as Walter the Bus, Big Red, and Kalliope, the purpose of this community is to share joy and spark creativity through unique experiences.

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