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Vision Gallery pulls out oldies but goodies

Vision Gallery pulls out oldies but goodies
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By COLLEEN SPARKS
Managing Editor

Diverse artistic treasures have come out of storage and are taking the spotlight at Vision Gallery this summer.

Paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and other multi-media work a variety of artists created, from the City of Chandler’s permanent collection, are on exhibit through Aug. 23 at the gallery at 10 E. Chicago St.

The pieces were taken out of the city’s artwork storage and are going to change over the course of the show so the public can check out a broad range of art.

Each creation will be on display for at least a month. Vision Gallery started displaying this art at the gallery on May 17.

None of the artwork will be available for the public to buy and after the exhibit closes it will be displayed around the city, Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator for the City of Chandler said.

“It’s a new thing that artwork that is used to decorate a lot of the city facilities, meeting and conference rooms, some offices,” Bugg said. “It rotates around the city. We thought it would be nice to make it available to the public.”

Most of the artwork on display is from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, but a few photographs are from the historical collection. The oldest in the exhibit dates back to the 1910s.

“We’re also gonna use it as an opportunity for people, we get requests from other places and people want to see what’s available to show in their offices,” Bugg said. “This is gonna be a chance for people to come and say, ‘Oh, I’d like that piece.”

Quilts, photographs, Southwestern pieces and contemporary, more abstract artwork are in the collection.

“As people come through the Vision Gallery all summer long we wanted for them to find new things for them to see,” Bugg said.

The Vision Gallery is a nonprofit, fine arts gallery that represents more than 300 regional artists and houses one of two Art-O-Mats in Chandler.

Art-O-Mats are vintage machines with hand-crafted art pieces the public can buy at nominal prices by pulling a handle.

The other Art-O-Mat is inside the Chandler Center for the Arts. Exhibits at Vision Galley are rotated on a regular basis with a portion of all art sales used to support the Vision Kids Program, art education workshops provided to the community free of charge.

Vision Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: visiongallery.org

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