unintended consequences

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Curator, Laura Hales asked, and we said yes!

Carolyn, Mary and I are collaborating. We are creating a site specific, temporary wall painting exploring human activity on Arizona’s people, wildlife, and plants in the past and the present. You’re invited to view the installation and consider how we can restore and balance a healthy future for Arizona life.

WHO: Scottsdale Arts Learning 7 Innovation invites you to the opening reception for
WHERE: Center Space
Located in Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E 2nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
WHEN: Artist reception: Feb. 17, 202, 6-8
Exhibition runs Feb 17 thru May 28, 2023
Free to attend → more info 

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no woman is an island


Gluttony, MM on BFK, 18 1/2 x 12 1/2″

After a photo of my studio appeared on the cover of the NYT – and the State of the Art exhibition was first announced – I received emails from across the country. Coast to coast. It was exciting.

I had well wishers from different walks of life, including working artists all over the United States. I also received emails from people interested in purchasing art. I tried to respond to everyone but frankly it was so much work that it would have meant not making art for a good while.

It was at that time that I received an email from Anthony.  He sent well wishes and was considering buying  a work. I sent a link to my website, suggested he look through it and let me know if there was something he wanted more information about. This is basically what I said to most everyone. Anthony mentioned he lived in Arkansas and was a member of the Crystal Bridges Museum.

He quickly narrowed things down to 2 prints. And by the time the final list of artists came out he’d decided on this ↑ mixed media drawing (instead of the print) titled Gluttony.

Gluttony is the original drawing from a 2008 commissioned assignment by the University of Notre Dame. They (University Program for Latino Research and the Institute for Latino Studies) were organizing a health campaign targeting Latino communities. While a series of brightly colored posters were designed, my drawing was printed separately as a limited edition archival ink jet print. I signed and numbered them, and was given some.

I met Anthony at a lecture the weekend State of the Art opened. You can imagine how surprised I was to know he was sitting directly in front of me in the large audience gathered to hear curators Bacigalupi and Aligood lecture about the exhibit.  I took the opportunity to thank Anthony in person. He noted the real thing looked better than the photo – talking about the drawing. Yes, I agreed, it always does.


State of the Art brought many opportunities. So good to meet you Anthony. Thanks again!

The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

state of the art – discovering american art now


I am excited to let you know my work will be a part of the State of the Art exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of America.

This is certain to be a one-of-a-kind exhibition experience – for artists and visitors both – as curators travelled 10,000 miles across the United Sates to visit with nearly 1000 artists. My studio was in that mix of visits as were a handful of AZ artists. I recall the initial phone call and email I received – I really couldn’t believe it ( for the record – I do believe it now ).


Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

About the exhibit:
State of the Art features 102 artists from across the country selected for inclusion as a result of Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood’s travels and visits (mostly in person, some via Skype) with artists from every region of the U.S.

About the art works:
· Works in the exhibition include photography, video, ceramics, action/interaction, glass, fiber, installation, paper, painting, and sculpture.

· There are more than 200 total works in the exhibition

· The exhibition will reach beyond the boundaries of the Museum’s temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating public and community areas indoors and out. Gallery spaces will total 19,000 square feet.

There is no charge to view the exhibition.

WHO: Crystal Bridges, Museum of American Art
WHERE: Bentonville, AK
WHEN: September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015

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Visit the press page here on my blog and see the YouTube studio visit and/or read about the show and my work.

There is more to share but this is a good start.
Did I say I am excited? Yes I did. I am.

I could have titled this post No Woman is an Island.

black bird exhibition and bazaar

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2013 Black Bird Holiday Bazaar & Exhibition
Temp Center for the Arts Gallery
Dec. 7-Jan. 4

Gallery enthusiasts will enjoy this exhibition with a twist – a fine art exhibition and holiday shopping opportunity rolled into one. Patrons who visit the exhibition will have ample opportunity to purchase holiday gifts and original artworks made by some of their favorite Arizona artists. The exhibition will highlight some of the Arizona artists who have shown in Gallery at TCA exhibitions during the past six years. Holiday Bazaar items include small artworks, limited edition prints, home décor, jewelry, clothing and other holiday gifts.

Red House

Denise Yaghmourian
Red House
Fibers and mixed media

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Dennis’s Tee’s


Julia Rosa Jones
Clothe Top, detail
turned wood and graphite

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Mary Shindell
Satellite 6

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Mary’s florals


Monica Aissa Martinez
Mixed media on prepared paper
12″ x 12″

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– Monica’s art coasters

And then there’s the manikin’s! Here are two of five.

Manikin - finished #2

Christine Sandifur

 Click on image below for process shot of my mannikin.


You Are Here
Monica Aissa Martinez

Dec. 7th – Free Public Opening Reception 6 – 9 p.m. in the Gallery
Gallery Hours:
10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tues. & Thurs.
10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Wed. & Fri.
11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat

TCA closed on De. 25 & Jan 1.
*Purchases from the exhibition and bazaar are available at time of sale.

…lots more. See you in 2 weeks!

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85283

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what’s going on and what’s taking place/now


407 East Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1918

First and Third Fridays 6-9

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 · 1:30 3:00 pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION about work, influences, and artistic processes.
Light refreshments provided.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 12, 13  8:00 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix Chamber Series


Press Article: What Goes On and What Takes Place: Four Women Artists Working
Author: Jackalope Ranch, Claire Lawton
Date: Thursday, December 09, 2010
Link: Phoenix New Times