Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ
December 1-31, 2013
In December, R. Pela Contemporary Art will present Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ. This juried exhibit features Son-of-God-specific work that’s both reverent and irreverent; religious and irreligious. Renowned local and international artists and new, emerging artists alike submitted work that was selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges including award-winning visual art critics, local artists, and members of the Catholic clergy.
The artists on display in Jesus! are Lisa Albinger, Bob Allen, Donna Atwood, Jayme Blue, Brad Cooper, Brenda Edwards, Kathleen Engstrom, Jeff Falk, Aileen Frick, Brian Klein, Vincent Larue, Annie Lopez, Jared McGonigle, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Carlos Mendoza, Kristin Forbes Mullane, Dyanne Fiorucci Siders, and Peter Storch. Their artwork includes interpretations of Christ both sublime and bizarre: a half-dozen different traditional portraits; a six-foot-tall mesh Jesus; a detailed sculpture of the Last Supper; even a Day-Glo Jesus resting in a hammock.
Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ will open on First Friday, December 6 with an artist reception at 6 p.m., and a second reception on Third Friday, December 20 at 6. Otherwise, the gallery, located at 335 West McDowell Road in Phoenix, is open by appointment by calling 602-320-8445.