Ahwatukee resident and local artist Brenda Edwards will have her artwork featured at Ahwatukee’s My Wine Cellar, Aug. 3 through November.

Edwards was given the opportunity to display her work while dining and admiring other artwork on the walls of the popular neighborhood wine bar and restaurant. She decided to approach My Wine Cellar owner Zoya Vora-Shah.

“I am a restaurant patron, and noticed that they displayed artwork when I was there and really admired the way artwork displays in the restaurant — so I inquired as to how to submit my work for consideration and was told to send an email with a link to my work,” said Edwards.

Vora-Shah responded the same day with an invitation for Edwards to show her art.

According to Edwards, this will not be her first solo exhibit, but it will be her first in a long time. Edwards also mentioned that although this won’t be the first time her work has been on display in a restaurant, it would be the first time her art has not been part of a group exhibition.

The opening is slated for Aug. 3 and according to Edwards, there will be 15 to 16 pieces on display and for sale.

“We are serving wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 6 p.m. and the front of the restaurant will be sectioned off for the art show guests,” she said. “The restaurant will remain open for dinner after the art show, with music starting at 7 p.m.”

Since Edwards’ art will be displayed over an extended period of time, the opening night will not be the only time you can catch her in the restaurant.

“I live very near the restaurant and will be available to meet at anytime with anyone who has questions about the work or wants to meet the artist. I am also a patron of the restaurant, so I’m likely to show up for dinner or a glass of wine with friends at any given time from August to November, when the show closes,” she said.

Edwards is a photographer, actress, playwright and avid hiker, as well. She has continued to live and work in the Valley since 1972, shortly after graduating from Arizona State University and moving from a small town in Iowa. Edwards fell in love with the Arizona desert and admitted a lot of the inspiration for her art comes from local scenery and what she sees on early morning hikes with her dog.

She will be displaying a series of paintings derived from the rugged South Mountain Preserve wilderness, as well as surrounding parks and residences of Ahwatukee neighborhood she shares her art show with at My Wine Cellar.

My Wine Cellar is often referred to as the “Cheers” of Ahwatukee. Patrons are treated to a wide selection of boutique wines and craft beers (more than 30 available by the glass) that pair well with the restaurant’s cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients — all in a casual setting with attentive service. More information can be found at http://www.mywinecellarphx.com.

So if you’re looking to support a local artist or simply want to go have a glass of wine and view some interesting pieces inspired by the Ahwatukee region, be sure to visit My Wine Cellar between Aug. 3 and November.

Reservations for the art show opening can be made by calling My Wine Cellar, 5030 E. Warner Road, at (480) 598-WINE (9463).

Learn more about Edwards and her artwork at http://artistbrendaedwards.com.

• Jeremy Bush is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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