Chris Mann, Exhibitions, Pete Pancrazi Trio and More Set for Mesa Arts Center, Feb 2014

The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) has announced its February 2014 events and shows. Details below!


Tommy Emmanuel featuring Martin Taylor

Tuesday, Feb. 4 | 7:30PM

Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater | $29.50/$37.00/$39.50/$45.00

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel comes to Mesa with his unique style of playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano -- using all ten fingers. Rather than using a band for melody, rhythm, bass and drum parts, Tommy plays all that - and more - on one guitar.

New Light on Ancient Maya

National Geographic Live

Wednesday, Feb. 5| 7:30PM

Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater | $26/$32/$36/$40 Student: $26

Archeologist William Saturno has searched for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. Guided by luck and know-how, he and his team have carried out successful excavations in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Since then, experts and amateurs have wrestled with the questions: Who built these cities? Who ruled over them? How did they fall into ruin?

Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons

Friday, Feb. 14 | 8:00PM

Piper Repertory Theater | $25/$35/$45/$65
*In partnership with Live Nation

Chris Mann shined as a finalist on The Voice, now see the acclaimed vocalist singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites live in concert. He has the astounding capability to make timeworn standards fresh, while taking a modern pop song and performing it with classical elegance.


New Exhibits Opening Reception

Friday, Feb. 14 2014 | 7-10PM

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum | Free & Open to the Public

Premiering Exhibitions, Artists in Attendance, Musical Entertainment and Cash Bar

35th Annual Contemporary Crafts | Main Gallery

Various Artists

Friday, Feb 14 - April 13, 2014

Juror: Julie Muniz, Associate Curator at Oakland Museum of California

Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts' Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. Representative of traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts, this exhibition showcases 46 artworks by 35 artists, representing 14 states. The guest juror for the 35th Annual Contemporary Craft was Independent Curator Julie Muñiz.

Hammered | Project Room

Steve Shelby, Metal Art 2002-2013

Friday, Feb 14 - April 13, 2014

Steve Shelby received the 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts Juror's Choice Award in spring 2013 and was awarded a solo exhibition in the Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room. The exhibit is titled, Hammered, as Shelby is known for his handcrafted metal objects, and uses hammers and stakes to create three-dimensional shapes from flat sheets of metal. His elegant, simple forms, which often convey a playful or humorous tone, are inspired by visual memories and his observations of nature. This exhibition showcases a retrospective of Shelby's work from the last eleven years.

Accomplice | SRP

The Collaborative Works of Brent Bond & Santo Press

Friday Oct 25, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Accomplice showcases the personal works and fine art publishing of Brent Bond and Santo Press. With collaboration at the core, the show includes art in a variety of mediums and formats spanning eleven years.

M8K Marks | North Gallery

Printmaking, Drawing and Painting by Current Faculty, Former Faculty & Resident Artists

Friday, Jan 24 - Apr 27, 2014

M8k Marks showcases artwork by current, former faculty, and resident artists who have contributed to the exceptional drawing, painting, and printmaking traditions at the Mesa Arts Center over the last thirty years. These programs have thrived under the direction of David Manje, who started the printmaking program in 1985 with an old Griffin lithographic press that he converted into an intaglio press. With gifted instructors, artists-in-residence and diverse workshops, the drawing, painting and printmaking programs continue to excel and become a catalyst for many artistic careers. Featured artists are Lisa Albinger, Michael Healy, Susan Manje, David Manje, Helen Norsigian, Rowles, Augie Tantalo, Janet Towbin, Agustin Vargas and Jeremy Yocum.

First Impressions, Print Calendar Retrospective Exhibition

Friday, Dec. 13 2013 - Sunday March 23, 2014 | South Gallery

First Impressions is the first retrospective exhibition that showcases all the prints that have been part of the Mesa Contemporary Arts Annual Print Calendar in the last five years. The exhibition is open December 13 through March 23, 2014, and features artists from across the country, with prints ranging from relief prints to screen prints, as well as etchings to lithographs. The exhibition also features the jurors who made the selection choices each year: Joe Segura, Kathrine Maxwell, John Armstrong, Brent Bond and David Manje. The Fifth Annual Original Print Calendar for 2014 is now available for purchase at Mesa Contemporary Arts in limited quantities. The prints are all hand produced on acid free paper and adhered to the calendar with photo corners for easy removal for framing. Each of the twelve months has a different print and no two calendars are alike. This limited edition calendar, with only 65 available for purchase, is a great way to begin your own art collection or give as a unique holiday gift.


FREE, Thursday afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center. Concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to bring your favorite comfortable folding chairs, cushions and/or blankets.

Life of the Party Catering will be onsite for each concert offering a nice selection of hot and cold lunch selections. Beverages and delicious desserts will also be available. You may of course pack and bring your own yummy picnic lunch.

February 6:
The Chauffeurs, music of the 50's, 60's and 70's

February 13:
Stan Foster, Neil Diamond Tribute

February 20:
All Together Now, Beatles Tribute

February 27:
Jeordie, Original & Classic Americana/Rock/Country Acoustic Duo)"


Sunday, Feb 2 | Pete Pancrazi Trio

Target offers free admission to Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History and special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum the first Sunday of every month. Special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum include an area for kids to create their own artwork and a free performance in MCAM's outdoor courtyard.

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