Ahwatukee residents will have a chance to see a budding landmark and the work of local artists when Esperanza Lutheran Church holds its second art show at the celebrated Garden of Eatin’.
Art show coordinator Julie Gerrish and Garden of Eatin’ President Jayne Peterson, a longtime Ahwatukee resident and member at Esperanza, said the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of Debbie Parkins, who led the event last year and brought in many great artists from our community.
They are now looking for submissions for the show, to be held 2-4 p.m. Feb. 24, at the garden, located on the campus of Esperanza Lutheran, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place, Ahwatukee.
Submissions can include virtually any medium – such as paint on canvas, crayon art, sculpture and photography – for the show, whose theme is “Peace and Harmony.”
“We will have a vote the day of on Best of Theme and Best Overall,” said Parkins. “We are looking for artists ages preschool children to senior adults. Art will be deemed appropriate using common-sense judgment by the Garden of Eatin’ board.”
Artists must submit digital images of the work they want to enter, along with a description, no later than Feb. 21 to the submission link (survey format) on gardenofeatinaz.com in the “News and Events” page under “NEW! Art in the Garden.”
Click the part that says, “Click here” to access the link. The submission link can also be accessed in the description of the garden’s Facebook page for the event titled “Art in the Garden.”
The format for the show will be similar to last year’s. Visitors can wander through the garden and look and judge the artwork. Free snack food will be provided by garden members.
“We have changed some things,” Parkins said. “This year, we are asking for only five submissions of art for each artist. We will not take late submissions.”
The garden also is taking 10 percent from the proceeds of any art that is sold. Artists who have more than five pieces for sale or display can rent a table outside the garden for $5.
“Garden of Eatin’ is holding the art show to show off our Ahwatukee/Valley artists, show off our garden and bring the community closer together, Parkins said.
“Garden of Eatin’ is held at the church but it is first and foremost an Ahwatukee community garden. We have gardeners from all over Ahwatukee, not just church-goers,” she added.
Parkins, 24, has been a member of the church since birth sand she likes the fact that the garden brings out the best in Ahwatukee – “Good food, good art, good conversations and good people who want to care for the Earth.”