royse contemporary opening soon

If you’ve involved yourself in the downtown Phoenix art scene the last few years, you know curator Nicole Royse. She’s a risk-taker, organizing one exciting exhibition after another. Adding to her list of credits, Nicole has moved uptown and is now owner of Royse Contemporary.

Her début show, opens in a few weeks. Southwest Contemporary Today will showcase the work of 6 artists including ↓ Fred Tieken, Daniel Shepherd,  Marilyn Szabo, Angel Cabrales,  Charmagne Vasquez Coe, (and myself) Monica Aissa Martinez .

I can’t help but appreciate hearing how she pulled the group together. She notes distinctive voice, accomplished work, connection and history with the American Southwest, as well as commitment and impact in the arts. She continues, expect to engage with vibrant collage, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media art work.

Showing mutual respect Angel Cabrales, El Paso artist says, Nicole has been such an amazing force in the Phoenix art community, the amount of dedication and work she puts out to help artists and gallery’s is inspiring. I’m happy to have met her and to have become a friend. I wish there were more people as dedicated to the arts as she is, she lives and breathes art.

I agree. I wish her nothing but success. Adding to the hats she wears which include wife and mother, she is curator, writer, art consultant and now gallery owner.

Congratulations Nicole!

WHEN:    OPENING: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 from 5-10pm
WHERE:  7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
In Old Town Scottsdale, participating in Scottsdale Artwalk

The opening will feature a brief talk by Nicole Royse, addressing artists and the work highlighted in the exhibition.
Come meet everyone, see the artwork, listen to live music, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvre and refreshments.

Keep an eye out for Nicole’s other projects around town.
More → Royse Contemporary 

no woman is an island

verticalEarly in the week I receive notice from the gallery that someone is interested in my artwork. Last night I arrive for the 3rd Friday reception to see a red dot on the label indicating the painting sold. This is a nice surprise. Yes, Nicole says, the gentleman came to the gallery several times to see the work. He will take it when the show comes down next week. Congratulations!

I spoke to Judson this morning. He kindly thanked me for creating the art. My painting has a new home – Thank you, Judson.



gallery photo by Nicole Royse


The show will hang one more week at Shade Gallery inside of the monOrchid.  The invitational group exhibition titled Feminism Today began its run for this years Art Detour.  It received a lot of press, including this video below  by Douglas Proce that highlights all the women involved.

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

It’s all Intimate is a casein on canvas study depicting both physical anatomy and the subtle energy between two people. The painting was made for another invitational exhibition titled Sex, A Woman’s Perspective that showed at Frontal Lobe last year.

Here is a video of the painting process.