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Revitalizing the desert art scene

January 23, 2019

Modern art has a place in Lake Havasu City.

The Modern Desert Art Collective is debuting this Friday at the RU Gallery, located within the Island Mall, with its first art show.

Tatyana Smith, with fellow artists Trish Taylor and Caitlin Craig, has been planning on debuting the trio’s new art collective for the last six months. Smith has had the idea of combining the modern art aesthetic with the desert aesthetic for several years, but was finally able to realize her vision when she met Taylor and Craig.

“The city is still growing,” Smith said, “and artwork done by local artists keeps the city young and vibrant.”

The three have worked on new projects in preparation for the showcase, pieces that have not been shown to the public previously. Smith thinks too much of Arizona art is based around Grand Canyon and the sunset, and hopes that the Modern Desert Art Collective inspires more artists to do desert artwork differently.

Taylor wanted to “challenge ourselves and capture a bigger dimension with their work.” She described her style described as “organic and free-flowing,” but says her work for the showcase is “structured, and outside of her normal comfort zone.”

Craig also worked on breaking old habits for her artwork, but said her pieces are still largely influenced by the city and layers of urban environments.

The showcase will feature Craig’s largest piece to date. Additional artists will be showcasing their artwork, including metal artist Matthew King.

The showcase is free to attend, with the reception and Meet the Artist’s segment beginning at 4 p.m. Light refreshments including wine and cheese will be served.

The event will also be holding a raffle to benefit the Western Arizona Humane Society. The exhibition will be open through Jan. 27.

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