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The Cultural Arts Coalition mounted its yearly exhibition at ASU West Campus, Fletcher Library

The exhibition at ASU West Campus, Fletcher Library was installed on January 15, 2016, collaborating with South Mt. Magnet Arts High School Students.

This is a multicultural exhibition showcasing arts of work by persons from all walks of life: refugees and immigrants, native born, international and those persons from the Hopi culture who have lived in this state for over a thousand years.

Michael Butzine who installed the adult artists’ paintings is shown here with Mitra Kamali, Iranian; with paintings in the background by Mari Rodriguez-Pope, refugee from Argentina; Hopi artist Dennis Numkena; California native/educator Raina Gentry and an antique thangka from Tibet.

This wall’s arts asks one to consider the questions:

· When did you stop dancing?

· When did you stop singing?

· When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

· When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul, according to Waylon Lewis on July 26, 2012, http://www.elephantjournal.com

Local and international musical artists who answer this question are given honor and celebrated for how they enhance our community’s sense of well-being through music.

Janet Broyles, retired South Mt. H.S. Magnet Arts Director and Instructor, also gave honor to this exhibition with images of the nurturing relationship between family members whose sustain a community along with this canvas mural by Mari Rodriguez-Pope.

A photo collage of the dancer Muslimah Hameed performing and engaging community in various locations along with the accompaniment of Keith Johnson is on view.

One hundred and forty students from the South Mt. Magnets’ Arts program will take a field trip to the library January 29th, Friday, to view their artworks and also be entertained interactively by Muslimah and Keith.

Painting done by children and Camelback High School Students are also be showcased that highlight the stories they have to reveal about community service work and enhanced opportunities leading to successful graduation. The second graders from Brunson-Lee Elementary School’s interpretation of reading the book; taking a field trip to the Botanical Garden and then not only painting, but writing reflections upon their understanding of this multidisciplinary art making and literacy activity are on view.

Both mural facilitated and created by Michael Butzine.

Sculptural forms by local artists are also honored for the stories they provide the viewer.

Christy Puetz and her beaded forms. Growing up in the Midwestern United States has been very influential in my artwork. One of my favorite family activities was driving in the woods, looking at trees and for animals. This appreciation for the environment and what impact humans can have on it has had an influence on the pieces in this exhibit. Even though not always obvious, a lot of research and storytelling goes in to every piece that I create. I feel the journey of creating is as important as the final piece of art, this experience of is vital to creating a connection with the viewer.

Pliny Draper carved these two Katsinas, Hopi Spirit Guides Governor Ducey appointed Mr. Draper to the State Transportation Board, representing the Northern Arizona region in the planning and development of Arizona’s transportation network. Draper is a member of the Navajo Nation and is also half Hopi.

The library staff has pulled many children’s books which inspired this body of work by both adults and youth...

It is always a special honor to collaborate with South Mt. H.S. on these exhibitions.

Fletcher Library is a beautiful space to exhibit a body of artworks. Thank you Dennis Isbell, Director and Margaret Rodriquez, Administrative Assistant, for all of your support.

Preparation for comic books and book illustrations as a means to develop a skill set for the workplace in the future.....

Sculptural forms in both fiber arts and clay continue to tell the youths’ stories as a means to connect to their childhood experiences and cultural values.

Please come enjoy all of these creative material forms which may drop you back in time to your childhood or understanding the value of the ongoing rituals of singing, dancing telling and reading enchanted stories and the silence of one’s life seeking inner peace.

Photo Narrative by judy butzine, MSW

Director and curator of the Cultural Arts Coalition


The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.