The Ocotillo Artists Group shines at the annual spring show


By SanTan Sun News staff

Just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day, local residents and art collectors can enjoy beautiful artwork and crafts by local Chandler-area artists when the Ocotillo Artists Group presents their Spring Art Show.

The show in downtown Ocotillo will take place on April 2nd from 9am to 2pm.

Artisans include ceramists, jewelers, painters, digital artists and more who create unique pieces of art for collectors and gifts.

“We are very excited to present another art exhibition and sale in downtown Ocotillo,” said organizer Sandy Ashbaugh of the Ocotillo Artists Group. “And we’d like to thank Spike Lawrence for making the space available to us.”

Look for the white tents along 2547 W. Queen Creek Road between Price and Dobson streets at the west end of the mall.

Admission is free, and there are enough parking spaces.

The Ocotillo Artists Group is an organization of high caliber artists, crafters and makers living in or near Ocotillo. Members support each other with monthly meetings, programs, networking and art exhibitions.

The group promotes a number of local artists, such as Larry Larson of Caribou Glass Studio, who, according to the group’s Facebook page, “uses the techniques of crackle, murrini and reactive that he strives for the wow factor in each individual piece.” .

This includes Erin Warner, a fused glass artist who is “inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her home and guided by a lifelong love of art, exploring new techniques to create one-of-a-kind works of art,” and Sue Roake, who created “amazing purses.” each of whom “has a story to tell about where she’s been and what she’s been through. Using vintage cowboy boots, bridles, cowhide and saddle pads, each handbag is a unique work of art that has been branded, signed and numbered.”

Ashbaugh “is inspired by the colors and artistry of sushi, the many flavors of sake” and the accompanying serving pieces. Through the juxtaposition of bold colors and light tone, her pieces are a modern take on traditional bottles and cups.”

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