Art work by Ingrid Restemayer & Christy Puetz

In an exciting collaboration, artists Ingrid Restemayer and Christy Puetz explore issues of implied symbolism and identity in the exhibition, "Shapeshifters". Through the interaction of Ingrid’s mixed media stitching and Christy’s meticulously beaded sculptural installation, the artists express the human nature to assign meaning and assume roles. Together the work creates a delightfully paradoxical atmosphere alluding to the artists’ experiences of changing from one self to another and adapting to culture and context.

Christy Puetz’s 3-dimensional beaded forms have surfaces covered with colorful, organic patterns. Her current work subtly addresses the issues of the different faces we each put forth given our current surroundings and the eventual effect it has on who we become as a whole -- a conglomeration of parts of different creatures. Beaded taxidermy animal forms are transformed into creatures not yet in existence, but in the process of changing form, color, and purpose.

Ingrid Restemayer’s found-object work consists of recognizable bits as subject matter, in which the objects’ context is changed by being trapped in hand-embroidered environments. Drink swords, pushpins, bits of pop culture and the flotsam of everyday life are transformed in meaning or symbolism when combined with hand-stitching, thereby changing their physical or implied contexts.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Shapeshifing Squirrels by Christy Puetz at Tempe Center for the Arts

Beginning in April and running a full four months, the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona features the "shapeshifing" albino squirrels by artist, Christy Puetz. Twenty Questions runs April 23 - Sept. 2, 2011. Puetz is one of twenty Arizona artists who play the childhood game Twenty Questions: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral in this exhibition of contemporary work.

The Gallery at TCA offers visitors a warm and friendly environment for thoughtful and engaging experiences and features a variety of curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. For more information on the gallery at TCA, click go to

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Shapeshifters" Launches at Modified Arts in Phoenix, AZ

"Shapeshifters" exhibition has it's innaugural showing at Modified Arts in Phoenix, AZ. A successful opening reception held on January 21st, 2011 highlighted Phoenix's Third Friday event. Read the show announcement put out by the Phoenix New Times just prior to the opening here:

The New Times also graced us with a review by fantastic arts writer, Kathleen Vanesian. Read the show review here:
Warm weather isn't the only reason to visit Arizona in the winter...

Monday, December 27, 2010

by Christy Puetz
mixed media/fibers
"Smoke Stacks" by Ingrid Restemayer
mixed media/fibers

by Christy Puetz
mixed media/fibers

"Abacus" by Ingrid Restemayer
mixed media/fibers