The Walter Art Gallery to Debut "Visual Days" from Heidi Dauphin

By: The Walter Art Gallery
 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Feb. 8, 2023 - PRLog -- The Walter Art Gallery is excited to present an installation by local artist, Heidi Dauphin.  Titled "Visual Days," this show was inspired by the artistic discipline of creating one piece of art every day. In the year 2000, Dauphin decided to record her daily life by creating a 4x6 collage for each day as a visual history of that particular day. 10 years later, in 2010, Dauphin decided to do another yearlong project. She collected a small object or objects for each day and pinned them to wall calendars. For this exhibition, the objects are collected in small plastic bags. In 2020, another decade having passed, Dauphin returned to a daily practice by creating small, patterned pencil drawings on 2.5x3.5 cards for each day.

Each of these 365 day projects was begun with some fear and hesitancy – would she be able to complete the daily projects, would life get in the way, was it too big of a commitment.  In the end, Dauphin successfully completed all three annual projects, and this abundance of art, more than 1000 pieces, are being shown all together for the first time at The Walter Art Gallery.

Dauphin says, "I think of my creative process as a journey … I am a collector traveling through life picking up bits and pieces of memories, items, places, and people along the way. All affect my work." Dauphin is drawn to patterns, grids, numbers, calendars, and math. She examines the ideas of micro and macro and loves to incorporate small details which are discovered upon closer inspection. Charlotte Strawn, gallery manager, says, "Heidi's work is an integration of fine art creation and gathering, saving, and an interest in calendars and calculations." Dauphin's work often makes use of multiples and repetition.

Heidi Dauphin earned her MFA in 2001 from the University of Michigan. She ran two galleries in Massachusetts. Her artistic career in Phoenix has been mainly as a public artist creating large-scale projects for The Valley Metro Light Rail, City of Phoenix, and the City of Avondale.

"Visual Days" opens on Friday, February 17, 2023 with a reception from 6:30 to 9pm. This exhibition runs through March 24 with a closing reception at the same time on that evening.  When we have a show in the gallery, we are open Tuesday 11-1pm, Wednesday 6pm-8pm, and Thursday 12-2pm.  We are also happy to make an appointment! Email us at gallery@thewalterhive.org.

The Walter Art Gallery is located at 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ. For more information find us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and on our website: Walter Art Gallery (walter-art.com) (https://www.walter-art.com/). We look forward to seeing you for this special show at the WAG!

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