Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Long Awaited Update

I've been thinking a lot about the artist in the midst of an economic downturn, specifically within the Phoenix community.

I've also been reading a lot of kind of "self help" artist articles directed at artists preserving a connection to their arts community and remaining aware of their own creativity. Mostly, the point comes down to, how does the artist who is struggling to make ends meet, stay inspired and stay motivated. The obvious answer is to try all immediate resources out there for artists; student loans, residencies, calls for work or even freelance opportunities.

Phoenix has a diverse collection of wonderfuly talented artists. This is the main reason the Join and Cast guide came about. We felt a need for people to be MORE aware the artistic potential Phoenix and its surrounding metropolitan areas had to offer. We are incredibly thankful for the participation of the many artists in the guide. Being nearly a year involved in the process of making the guide, it seems as though the timing could not be more perfect to get it out there. The guide will be out in December!

It will offer
-a gallery guide featuring maps, gallery info, and contact information for all contemporary art spaces in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe
-a sampling of work from local artists in every medium possible
-exclusive interviews with curators and exciting art innovators
-d.i.y guides to supplement your own artistic practice
-a connection to important digital artists working with sound and video
(the overall package also includes exclusive goodies generously donated to the project by artists like gregory sale, matthew mosher and mad one.)

I think the process Cathy and I have been through making the guide, has been tough. And it's true we had no idea the massive project we we taking on board. The process has been similar to I'm sure many a artists own struggles. That's why we are getting especially excited to share the guide with you.
It's coming to fruition, get ready!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanks AAI

Thanks to the AAI for submitting their propaganda film to the guide.
Join and Cast are excited to see more from this group!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mary Shindell

Satellite 1: wildflowers/sand graphite, 22X 30”, 2008.

Thanks Mary for five wonderful illustrations!

Another Interview!

Thanks to Heather Lineberry for her interview.
How do YOU feel artists are playing a part in the Phoenix community?

Follow Tania Katan and Angela Ellsworth

on their Sydney Biennale adventure. Angela Ellsworth is currently in Sydney sharing some amazing performance art and of course her amazing corsage-pin encrusted bonnets!

Tania's blogging about it here -

Or watch Another Women's Movement

We're so happy for you Angela

Friday, May 7, 2010


Angela Cazel Jahn, if you don't know this painter's work, you are missing out. So let me drop a little popular art knowledge on you.

just dreaming
housepaint on wood panel, 2010
And Angela is involved with Trustgallery.
Trustgallery happens in various locations at auspicious times in the general area of downtown Phoenix.
"It is not staffed. I hang the paintings, and then I go off and do my thing, and then after awhile I come back and collect any paintings that are still there. If you wish to purchase a painting from trustgallery, you simply take the painting off the wall and carry it home. When you get it home, you can pay for it by computer or snail mail." - Angela

Paintings exhibited in trustgallery are also posted on the trustgallery website:

K. Griffin

Kelly Griffin, works behind the camera lens to change the perspectives of what we may perceive as everyday objects. Using her subconscious as a guide, Kelly selects her compositions based on the instinct that initially compels her to snap a picture. Pictured above is Untitled, a digital photograph.

Thanks to Brendan Ore!

An artist invested in material, composition and time-based work, Brendan Ore shares some paintings with the J+C guide. Perfect!


Darnell Scott is one super-fantastic, traveling photographer. Documenting the habits of the Phoenician, through his five photo submissions, feast your eyes on Vanessa, a digital C-Print.

What a wonderful way to express your love

Did we ever tell you we love Kon Stamadianos? Well we do, and we hope he's okay with that.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sean Deckert's Light Rail Adventures!

Sean explores the expansive social networks of the City of Phoenix with his light rail portraits. And you will explore with him in this collection of nine photographs featured in the guide.



Once again, Jen Urso makes an amazing contribution to the Phoenix art community with her essay The Space In Between Is Full (thoughts on making artwork in Phoenix). J+C loves the photos that are paired with this essay from Urso'sprojects In Place, 2006; Rebuilding the City, 2007 and Perimeter Walk—Phoenix, 2009. You'll have to wait for this one.
Meanwhile, why don't you start working on your proposal for First Backyard. Come to Jen's backyard once a month to witness innovative, new works—encouraging an alternative voice and providing an addition to the gallery setting. Or be the artist everyone checks out.


TITLE: The Return of She
ARTIST NAME: Tiffany Egbert
MEDIUM: 35mm Film
YEAR: 2008

Tiffany Egbert submits three photographs and two digital illustrations to the J+C guide!
Tiffany dapples in many creative explorations, she is a photographer/graphic designer/online vintage boutique owner/ creative lady extraordinaire! You can check out her website, or if you need some super cool vintage threads to wear to that hip party next Saturday you should probably spend some time drooling over Tiffany's online vintage boutique,

Christina Mesiti!

You may have seen Christina Mesiti's work in her recent show Inside the Painting Place. Christina explores the genre of landscape painting and reexamining how a sense of place can be created within a two-dimensional format. Her use of line balanced with planes of bold color brings forth design elements, contemporary painting and drawing techniques and a lush color palette. We are especially grateful for the FIVE paintings she submitted to the guide!

Here is 68th, drawing and collage on panel, 8" x 8"


"What better way to communicate your guided Phoenix adventure with friends than with a hand drawn postcard? "
- Shona Crawford

A special thank you goes out to Shona for her original handmade postcards! Included in a select few copies of the guide.


Sarah Waite has lived in Arizona all her life! She is about to receive her BFA in Photography, congratulations Sarah!

She has submitted three photographs from her Space series she digitally combines and manipulates multiple photographs of everyday objects such as sponges or cups of coffee into colorful space-scapes. Check out Celluporous Nebula pictured above.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Mad One left this goody bag packed with AMAZING stickers at Wet Paint Artist Supply. These will be scattered in the 150 handmade copies of the book, even though we want to keep most of them! You can also look forward to reading his interview in the book!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stumbled upon Jason...

Jason Koster submits some wonderful photographs to the J+C guide. Check out his website! J+C were especially impressed with his Tumbleweed series where as part of the "Picturing Maricopa" project Koster set up a 'portrait studio' outside of Tumbleweed's drop in center for homeless and at risk youth.

We are very proud to have Jason as one of the J+C contributors!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Oh thank you dear Eliza!

Eliza Gregory submits two photographs from her Phoenix series to the J+C guide!

Here is a sneak peak of one - "Victoria Yoa and Vany Kamara; 27 and 9 months; Liberia; fled to fled to CotĂȘ d’Ivoire in 1994. Met her husband Sampson in a refugee camp in CotĂȘ d’Ivoire. Resettled in Phoenix in 2004."

This photograph was produced in collaboration with COAR-- Community Outreach & Advocacy for Refugees. To contact them, volunteer, or donate go to

And you can look forward to an essay written by Miss Gregory entitled Art and Progress!

What a wonderful edition to our gaggle of submissions!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


The Deviant, Degenerate Musical Collective Known as MAN-CAT just submitted awesome booklets with a Free CD inside! These Illegal "Art" Makers are so freakin' good that J+C will be blasting their tunes for weeks! Listen for Free Online at

Alison Sweet!

An Illuminated look at movement and cultural gesture via 16mm film

We're sure you've seen Alison Sweet's phenomenal light boxes around town - maybe at 515 Gallery or the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace. Well you are about to see them in the Join and Cast publication. YES. We are excited. You should be too.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Get those submissions in! Deadline is May 1st!

What you missed at First Backyard this past Friday...

thanks to everyone who came out!

Ellie Richards gets an award!

for BlockeHaus
at Nathan Cummings Travel Exhibition
Harry Wood Gallery
from April 12 - April 23

For more information on Ellie visit her blog,

Also, J+C wants to congratulate Jenea Sanchez for winning second place at the
Nathan Cummings Exhibition!

Don't Miss This Show!


Watch out for this guy! Join and Cast just got an amazing new submission from Bucky T. Miller! We are totally excited to try these instructions on making spontaneous photographs!
For more information about Bucky and this project check out!

Friday, April 16, 2010


J + C will be at First Backyard tonight!
From 7 to 9pm.
Jen Urso will be performing!

And there will be babybell cheese.

Thank you to Kelly Flanagan!

A big thank you goes out to Kelly Flanagan for her submission of two video pieces, Reap and Fight the Urge. See more of her work at!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ellsworth submission.

Stitch a portrait
Map a walk
Experience landscape in a new way

Study for 25,004 Steps to Sandra/ Mom (Mesa)

Join and Cast just received an absolutely gorgeous mapping from Angela Ellsworth. We cannot thank Angela enough for this submission! Best wishes for Sydney!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The supplies arrive, dun dun dun.

Taken with my camera phone, but you get the idea.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yes! Another!

Ryan Huna Smith is a Chemehuevi/Navajo artist working out of Tucson, and he submitted two great illustrations! Here is “Yei’i with Corn Masks” for your personal enjoyment.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Interviews are coming along

Interview with Natalia Jaeger, performance artist. Check.

Monday, April 5, 2010

We'll be teaming up with Jen Urso for First Backyard, this Third Friday, April 16th!

Yes! It's true. Be there for parachute mushroom games, participatory guide handouts, and of course snacks. You can even get your submissions off your hands and directly into ours! And don't miss the real reason to be at First Backyard April 16th...
Jen Urso's video and performance taking a long time to get somewhere.

Another Two Drawings by Carson Bilger!

Check These Out...



We are so lucky!
Carson, you rule.

Muriel Magenta!

Still image from Muriel Magenta's HotAZHell

A special thanks to Muriel Magenta for her contribution to the Join and Cast Guide!
Muriel is a new genre artist working diversely in 3D animation, video, digital graphics, installation, web art and performance!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Texts in the City

Jo Novelli is doing a performance as part of the fringe festival over the course of the next two weeks. It involves texting as a means of bringing people closer to one another, through the frame of the festival.

You can participate via! And sign up to receive texts.

Her findings from this piece will be published in the J & C Guide.

Lindsay Chappel's Art Nouveau inspired map is so gorgeous it makes us want to print it out really giant and walk around Roosevelt Row!

She also submitted two beautiful paintings, entitled Maria's Summer and Vita Brevis, but of course, you know, you'll have to wait for publication.

Look for more of her work at Taste of Tops starting April 26!

Angelica Jubran-Bishara

Angelica submits several inspiring paintings; dipping her paintbrush in and out of the subconscious and adding a splash of cultural heritage.

Here is a sneak peak of Horizons...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thanks Miss Bartoli!

A special thank you to Dayna Bartoli, for submitting three beautiful photographs to the Join & Cast guide!
We were going to make you wallow in your own unbearable anticipation until the guide's publication, but we gave in!

Visit Dayna's blog!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

J&C Mind Map

This is how Join and Cast got started. We created a Mind Map that shows our influences ranging from comic books to variety shows.
This reminds us that we need more map submissions! Anyone working with Radical Cartography ideas or just mapping walks around Phoenix should submit!

Submission Details

Friday, February 26, 2010


Carson Bilger just submitted this piece called "2032".
It is amazing! J&C <3 Carson B!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mark Gabriels sound art and Sean Deckerts Honeycombs

Mark Gabriel submitted his sound piece he produced after finding this image!
We can't wait to include it in the guide. Wanna Listen? Gotta wait till the guide comes out!

Sean Deckert submitted an essay on coffee shop art and this amazing photo of the Wyndam Hotel downtown. Sean is the Program Coordinator to First Fridays Heritage Square Art Walk and an ASU School of Art Representative!
We are glad to include him and Mark in the Join and Cast Guide!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Another Submission!

Matthew Mosher, you have everything you need, 2009
50 signed and numbered cards.

The photos I try to take of this piece don't do it justice. Got to love the ephemeral quality of objects.

Thanks Matthew! These cards will be included in fifty copies of Join and Cast!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jennifer Urso Perimeter Walk

On Sunday, March 1, 2009, using a Phoenix tourist map as her guide, Jennifer Urso walked the perimeter of the labeled map and documented her journey—mostly looking at the “no-man’s land” of the tourist map’s area’s exterior domain.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Laura Bacon Photography

Laura Bacon donated a couple of these awesome photographs. Maybe one of these awesome prints will be in your copy of the Join and Cast field guide! I want one!