Dinnerware artists at Temple Gallery

Almost 40 years ago, a sleepy Downtown saw a vision appear: Dinnerware Artist’s Cooperative Gallery.

The little gallery, run by the artists, drew emerging artists who would go on to become known across the state and nationally.

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Temple Gallery, managed by Etherton Gallery, will bring together works by many of those artists with the exhibit, “Dinnerware Artists Today: First Decade.” Works by 28 artists will be included in the show — and it reads like a “who’s who” of artists in Tucson. Among those with works in the exhibit: Gail Marcus-Orlen, Rene Verdugo, Jim Waid, Harold Jones, Curt Brill, Bailey Doogan — the list goes on.

An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at the gallery, upstairs in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. The show continues through Feb. 24.

‘Terra Mater’ at Etherton Gallery

A new show at Etherton Gallery brings together a trio of artists who incorporate the desert into their works.

Mayme Kratz’s mixed media pieces start with a hunt for objects. She gathers such items as bones, weeds and desert plants to make sculpture-like wall sculptures that glimmer with resin and give us a vision of our landscape that surprises and haunts.

Speaking of haunting: Christoper Colville’s photographs in this exhibit were made with gunpowder and spent paper targets, gathered at illegal gun ranges. The images are mysterious and beautiful.

And Michael Lundgren’s ghostly photographs pop with landscapes transformed by decay.

The “Terra Mater” show opens with an artists reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 and continues through March 11. It’s at Etherton Galley, 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370, ethertongallery.com.

Kathleen Allen