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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:45 am

Community presentations offered by local artists will highlight the city of Phoenix’ public art collection of more than 1,000 artworks.

The remaining presentations will be on June 14 and 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Pulliam Auditorium.

Mark Klett, internationally known landscape photographer, will offer his perspective on “Southwest Landscape Photographs: 30 Years” on June 14. His photograph “Ed Abbey Taking Notes in Turkey Pen Ruins (Grand Gulch, Utah),” a gelatin silver print, is on display at the Gallery @ City Hall.

Trained as a geologist before turning to photography, Klett’s documentary photographs reveal the diversity of the land of the southwestern United States.

Betsy Fahlman, art historian and author, will discuss “Arizona Women Artists” on June 21. She will highlight several of the women artists included in the city’s municipal art collection focusing on artists currently on display at the Gallery @ City Hall. Fahlman is a specialist in American Art of the 19th and 20th centuries and has taught art at ASU since 1988.

The presentations highlight the diversity of art and artists in the city’s historic Municipal Art Collection. Works by several of the artists are now on display at the city’s recently inaugurated Gallery @ City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., first floor.

The exhibition features 23 paintings, photographs and prints highlighting the landscape-inspired visions of artists working in the West. The speakers will offer insights about these and other artworks from their careers.

For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture or the Gallery @City Hall, visit or call (602) 262-4637.

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