Laura Spalding Best ‘Adrift’ solo exhibition opens at Walter Art Gallery


The Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, will present “Adrift”, a solo exhibition of new oil paintings on objects found by Phoenix-based artist Laura Spalding Best.

Showing until December, Best will also launch a new mural on the exterior wall of the Walter Art Gallery, according to a press release, noting that Best works primarily on found household items such as silver trays, tea cups. , muffin trays and old irons.

“I like to reuse things and give them a new purpose and a new life. Found objects come to me with more history than a blank canvas, ”Best said in the statement.

Using these objects as the foundation of her work, the artist explores the complex and stimulating relationship between the desert environment of the southwest, the human impact on the landscape and the emotions associated with the fight against climate change.

From overwhelming feelings of futility to hoping for small daily actions, Best presents a body of work comprised of objects described as trying to cling to the landscape even as it recedes.

Originally from the Midwest, the artist moved to Arizona at the age of 18 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in downtown Phoenix and has painted several public murals across the Valley of the Sun.

The Walter Art Gallery will soon have one of his murals on our building, the statement said.

Best, Exhibitions Manager at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art since 2006, has appeared on Arizona Horizon to discuss her work and received various grants to support her practice, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a 2017 Contemporary Forum grant. Artists’.

The “Drifting” exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 19 November, with a vernissage for Laura Spalding Best from 6.30pm to 9.30pm; and will have a closing reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on December 17.

The gallery is also open by appointment by sending an email to [email protected]

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