Tow Truck and Chandler AZ Art Galleries

If you have been reading the information on this website no doubt you understand that we are fans of artwork. One of the most enjoyable things to do is to travel to different areas and visit local galleries to see what kind of artwork is being displayed. Sometimes traveling doesn’t go always as planned. We were enjoying a wonderful vacation in Chandler Arizona when are car stopped working and we needed to hire a tow truck. That definitely puts a damper on our visiting of art galleries and drinking great coffee in the beautiful Desert weather during the winter. I can tell you that I would much rather be stranded and in need of a towing company during the winter in Arizona as opposed to the summer. We have been there in the summer and heat and hot really don’t describe the intensity!

To make a long story short we had parked in downtown Chandler and had gone to a wonderful coffee shop call Peixoto Coffee on Boston St where they serve Brazilian coffee and has a very European Flair. It very much reminded us of our visits to Italy and how the coffee is prepared there. So as we were walking around enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathing in the Cool Desert Air we noticed quite a few wonderful art galleries. So there was no way that we were going to avoid taking a look at those. After visiting quite a few many of the owners suggested that we take a drive to Scottsdale Arizona because there’s a large number of very high-quality galleries up there. Scottsdale is not too far away from Chandler Arizona, it’s really just a short ride on the freeway.

Tow Truck and Art Work

So we jumped in our car with our directions in hand and the remaining coffee in our coffee cups. Looking forward to having lunch and viewing the wonderful galleries in Scottsdale we embarked on a short excursion. Well, you can guess what happened next, the car stopped working. We were stranded on the freeway. So that’s when we realized, man we really need a towing company now. We’re happy to tell you that we found a wonderful company called Tow Chandler who went above and beyond the call of duty to get our car towed to the repair shop quickly.

It is really nice when you run across people who operate a great towing company and do a good job and care what they do and how it affects their clients.

To make a long story short, thanks to our tow truck driver and his recommendation of a good repair shop our car was not broken for very long. A real plus was it didn’t cost us very much money to get it fixed or to have it towed. I guess we were just kind of lucky that day. No complaints here because when I’m on vacation the last thing I want to deal with is having my car towed and having it repaired and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way.

So we did finally end up in Scottsdale and visited a lot of really great art galleries. There is no shortage of really high-quality ones there. Another real plus was we saw quite a lot of beautiful Indian jewelry made of turquoise and silver. In case you don’t know Phoenix is not that far from the Navajo Indian reservation in northeastern Arizona. Not only that the Hopi reservation is not far away either. So seeing the beautiful artwork and craftsmanship of these Native Americans really help to make our trip.

Not only that but there was quite a lot of New Mexican artwork from the Pueblo Indians or Native Americans from mostly the northern half of New Mexico. One thing that really struck us was the beautiful pottery from the Acoma Pueblo which is just about 40 miles west of Albuquerque along Interstate 40. We have been there before in the past and really appreciated the black-and-white intricate pottery that has helped to make it famous. That is one day that I will never forget walking around on the top of the mesa where Acoma Pueblo is.

So all-in-all our trip to Chandler Arizona was a real success and thanks to our tow truck driver who got us to a great repair shop and a special thanks goes out to those warm and inviting people and owners of the local art galleries that shared that we should go up to Scottsdale and visit those galleries also. It was a memorable experience and we can’t wait to return to the beautiful Phoenix Desert in the wonderful State of Arizona.

Health and Clean Living

Living in a clean environment ensures a healthy living. The first thing is to care for your personal hygiene including washing your hands, brushing teeth, bathing and wearing clean clothes as well as keeping the house clean by professional carpet cleaning on a schedule. Observing good personal hygiene promotes health and social benefits.

 

Health Benefits

If you keep your body clean and cleaning your flooring, it means you have safeguarded it against all types of illnesses. Washing hands helps prevent you spreading germs same as brushing your teeth regularly prevents you from having any oral diseases and other infections.

 

Social Benefits

If you care for your body, take bath regularly, it will lessen your body odor and boost your personal appearance and others will also perceive you as a healthy person, especially, in places such as schools and offices where good appearance will improve your self-image.

 

Observing cleanliness and personal hygiene is the foremost step to living a healthy life, neglecting it or permitting your children to neglect it, may harm yours and their health. For that, one must develop a healthy routine especially the people with bleeding disorders and their caregivers because any negligence in it will cause germs to spread and infect the people.

 

Hand Washing

Hands are the basic parts, if not clean, can cause infection easily.

 

When to Wash Your Hands

  • Wash them while preparing meal
  • Before eating anything
  • After toilet usage
  • Right after changing diapers or washing a child in toilet
  • If shaking hands or touching someone who is sick, wash them before and after
  • If blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, wash them afterwards
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
  • Wash them before and after treating a wound

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Street Artists and Performers

Street PerformersPerforming at public places for gratuities is known as street performance. Gratuities include money, food or drinks.  Street performance is an old art that is still being practiced all over the world by street performers including men, women and children. Such performers perform anything entertaining such as acrobats, juggling, singing, dancing, playing instruments, puppeteering, magic, animal tricks, like snake charming, painting or sketching, ventriloquism and street theater, etc.

 

History

The art of street performers is quite old and especially before the use of electronic media, it was quite popular and one of the common means of earning. In the beginning, it was Continue reading “Street Artists and Performers”

Contemporary Art

Street Art 20th CenturyContemporary art includes the period from 1960 onwards. It is also known as Postmodernist art and includes dozens of disciplines. Contemporary art is a style and attitude that discards the notion that art gives meaning. It says life is meaningless so is the art. Instead of focusing ‘how’ art was created it asks ‘what’ is produced and emphasizes on concepts and perceptions.

 

The main 21st century painting styles are as follows:

 

Monochrome Painting

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Italian History

In the Medieval Age, Italian art comprised of frescoes and mosaics. Byzantine art in its high and refined form was quite popular with calligraphy and impressive use of colors and gold. Till the 13th century, art in Italy was regional and influenced by Eastern and European works. But in c.1250, with the development in the art of various regions, it also acquired originality. The traces of Gothic art are also found in Italian works during the intermediate age from Medieval to Renaissance.

 

Renaissance in Italy (From 14th to early 16th century)

 

Unlike Medieval painters, who gave a spiritual and religious meaning to their work, Renaissance painters and sculptors portrayed nature and human beings realistically.

  1. Giotto, the Florentine painter, was the first artist who portrayed a realistic picture of nature in 14th century and produced brilliant frescoes for churches.
  2. In 15th century, there was a group of Florentine painters, architects and sculptors who were remarkable in their realistic approach including Masaccio, Donatello and Filippo Brunelleschi.
  3. Then later in 16th century, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci remained dominated.
  4. In earlier 16th century, Mannerism flourished in Italy with its courtly and sophisticated style by Giorgio Vasari and Bronzino.
  5. Mannerism influenced painting and other art forms as in architecture, the work of Giulio Romano and in sculpture Benvenuto Cellini and Giambologna are noteworthy examples. This period was the end of High Renaissance and a shift towards Baroque tradition.

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Italy

Since beginning, Greeks inhabited the south, Etruscans the center and Celts the north of the Italian Peninsula, when, finally, Italy emerged as a dominant power. It conquered most of the ancient world and became a center of leading political, cultural, and religious activities in the western civilization.

 

Italy during the Renaissance

 

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Famous Painters

PaintersAmong a great number of painters and millions of paintings that have been created and displayed in art galleries, there are few that are admired beyond time and they are able to make history. These paintings have been revered and recognized by people throughout the world. The makers of these paintings have got worldwide recognition; few of these world renowned painters are as follows.

 

Masaccio (1401-1428)

Belonging to the Italian Renaissance, he is said to be the founder of painting in Florence and inspired Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in 15th century. He died young at the age of 26, while working on the Brancacci Chapel frescoes of the life of St Peter, remarkable in their realism and form that later this chapel worked as a school for upcoming artists. His famous paintings include nude Adam and Eve and shivering boy ready for baptism.

 

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

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Art Galleries

GalleryArt galleries are the places meant to display the visual arts most of the time. They can be both public and private. Public art galleries are usually non-profitable and display the selected works of art, while private galleries are owned by individuals who exhibit their art works for the purpose of sale. In recent times, private art galleries are much famous. They usually exhibit art works for the sale purpose however, sometimes they are non-profitable and only intend to introduce the new trends in art. Then there are vanity galleries that charge the artists some fee to reveal their effort.

 

History of Art Galleries

 

In past, monarchs, churches, temples, palaces and other religious institutions were used to display art pieces and occasionally, they were open for the public view. In Classical age, religious institutions were used as art galleries and wealthy people and rulers used to donate their precious jewelry to these galleries for demonstration. Then in the late medieval period, in Europe, palaces and large country houses were used to display the works which were at times open for the public. In 18th century, Royal Palace in Paris was quite popular for art activities and Grand Tour, in Italy, was a major industry. The tradition of private art gallery, meant for the public view, can be traced back in 17th century, when first such museum was established in 1683 in Oxford, named as Ashmolean Museum.

 

World’s Famous Art Galleries

 

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Art Exhibitions

An exhibition is a display of artistic work open for public to view. Different art pieces are gathered together at one place usually displayed in art galleries, clubs, halls and museums. Now, with changing traditions, they have been shown in private art galleries, coffee houses, hotels or may be on some important occasion.

 

History

Art exhibitions have a significant importance in art field, in order to introduce new artists and new work by any artist. They got popularity in 18th and 19th century with the opening of Paris Salon in 1773. Then in London, The Royal Academy 1769 introduced new works. Artists of those times used to put great efforts in their work, sometimes they used to change the style of their work to get some place in these academies. Exhibitions are done for two purposes: commercial and non-commercial.

 

Commercial Exhibitions

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European Artists

Left Them Behind PaintingThe art of European artists can be described in terms of different movements.

 

Egyptian, Greek and Roman Artists: Painters of Egyptian civilization mostly painted the scenes of afterlife. Greeks used to paint everyday life scenes and Roman painters were much influenced by them in their work.

Middle Ages Artists: Middle ages instilled a religious spirit. It kept the Byzantine Art style displaying the divine reflection. Cimabue in Italy and his pupil Giotto are considered to be the pioneers of medieval painting in west.

Renaissance Artists: Renaissance brought an exceptional change in the medium of art. In Italy, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael etc. developed painting through their thinking and perception.

Baroque and Rococo Artists:  Paintings were dominated by dramatic tones. The important painters were Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Poussin, Rubens, Jan Vermeer and Jan Vermeer. In 18th century, Rocco established the decorative arts in France. The great French painters were François Boucher, Fragonard and Antoine Watteau.

18th and 19th Centuries Artists: David and then Ingres brought sensuality and Pantheist philosophy in art. Romantics introduced pessimistic ideas related to human destination and painted shipwrecks and demolished churches. Paintings of love scenes and women’s nude images were popularized.

In 19th century, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner and Francisco de Goya portrayed the scenes of mythology and religion. The major painters were Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, John Constable, Caspar David Friedrich and J. M. W. Turner.

Modern and Contemporary Artists: Henri Matisse brought a great revolution in Paris art with multi colored wild paintings of human figures and landscapes. Pablo Picasso painted prostitutes and violent women showing human liberation.

Pioneers of Modern art Movement: Modern painting is influenced by almost all the visual art forms. Van Gogh’s put a great influence on 20th century Expressionism. Then the Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be the pioneer of abstract art. Symbolism and Expressionism have dominated all over the world. Continue reading “European Artists”