Artists sought for Goodyear ‘Big and Small’ exhibit

The dates for Artwork Big & Small have yet to be set(WVV file photo)

By Daisy Finch

City of Goodyear officials are in need of creative talent for an upcoming art exhibit called Artwork Big & Small set for September through November at the Goodyear Branch Library.

Artists are invited to submit 2-dimensional artwork that is either smaller than 10 inches by 10 inches or larger than 30 inches by 36 inches that “challenges the viewer’s perspective of the world,” said Laura Kaino, a city arts and culture commissioner.

“The Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission continues to seek creative ways to challenge local artists and to entice emerging artists to participate in arts activities,” Kaino said.

Goodyear’s Arts and Culture Coordinator Guylene Ozlanski added the exhibit is meaningful to the city.

“The arts elevate the quality of life for Goodyear residents and a vibrant arts program catalyzes the city’s economic vitality through ‘cultural economy,’” Ozlanski said.

The program does so by “attracting new and visiting populations, integrating the vision of the community and business leaders, contributing to the development of a skilled workforce, and creating a foundation for defining a sense of place.”

The dates for Artwork Big & Small have yet to be set. But, there will be an artist reception at the library, 14455 W. Van Buren, Suite C-101, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14. Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided at the free event. For more information, call the library at 602-652-3000.

Ozlanski said she encourages all residents to get involved with the promotion and organization of public and community art projects, exhibitions, festivals, performing arts, special events, arts education and fine arts.

Goodyear’s Arts & Culture program is on the rise, and Ozlanski describes it as “redefining the arts in the West Valley.”

“The strong partnerships with local business and arts organizations have established a fiscally responsible arts program that is developing Goodyear into the destination for the arts in the West Valley.”

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