Art exhibit features two ways to explore nature

2013-10-03T00:00:00Z Art exhibit features two ways to explore natureSubmitted by
Virginia Richardson Academy Village Volunteer
Arizona Daily Star

An art exhibit at Academy Village will feature two artists who both explore natural phenomena, but in very different ways.

Ellen Cohen paints, and Debbie Mechigian works in silver, rocks and stones.

They will be showing their work in the Academy Village Long Gallery in a show that begins Friday and runs through Jan. 5.

Cohen has been painting since nursery school. Her visual memories and present perspective were launched while riding in the rear-facing seat of a station wagon as the family traveled West.

In her exhibit, “Earth Ribbons,” Cohen’s perceptions are captured on original canvases and in watercolors, ink paintings, highly pigmented archival ink prints on Museo Silver Rag and high-resolution notecards.

She taught English as a Second Language for 30 years and trained teachers at Western Arizona College in Yuma and at La Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. She has shown her work in several juried shows in Yuma, and it is in private collections in California’s Bay area and Portland, Ore. She is now retired to Dragoon where she has established Esperanza del Desierto Studio and Gallery.

Mechigian was born in Detroit, and was a clothing designer, chef and landscape painter. Upon moving to Dragoon, she became an avid rock hunter. She decided to study silversmithing in order to use the rocks and stones she was collecting.

She joined the Rock and Mineral Club of Sunsites, and learned to forge silver from two of the club’s members. She designs and makes rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Each is unique because she hand-forges the silver rather than casting it.

Mechigian has shown her work in Oregon, and more recently at an art show in Sedona. She continues one of her earlier careers as chef at the Amerind Museum.

The Long Gallery at Academy Village is at 13701 E. Langtry Lane, off Old Spanish Trail between Rocking K Ranch and Camino Loma Alta. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information call the Academy Village business office at 647-0900.

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