Caron's Sculptures, Carstens' Color of Light Shine at 'Made in the Shade'

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Original oil painting to be given away at closing reception of Shade West art show.

"We'll definitely be having fun out of the sun." -- Curator Justin Germain

Most colors are muted in the shade, but they'll come to life in "Made in the Shade," the free closing reception for a show at the new art venue Shade West. The free reception will be held Saturday, May 24 from 2 - 5 p.m.

Yes, locals and visitors have one more place to find refuge as summer descends upon the desert. The show features the oil paintings of Cyndy Carstens (, renowned for her use of color in light, and the soaring and often surprising sculpture of Kevin Caron ( Shade West is a gallery space curated by Justin Germain, art program director of Shade Projects, which oversees the space in the Renaissance Phoenix hotel in the heart of downtown Phoenix at 50 East Adams.

"We'll definitely be having fun out of the sun," says Germain. During the reception, Carstens will paint an 11-inch x 14-inch original oil that an attendee can win by participating in an accompanying lighthearted "contest" by Caron.

The sculptor, whose work can be seen in public and private places from coast to coast, will bring some of his more unusual tools and let attendees guess what they are for. "As a multidisciplinary artist with an unconventional background, I use a lot of different tools," he explains. "I can't wait to hear some of the creative answers to what some of these tools are for."

The winner of the painting will be chosen from the tool game participants. "I know we'll have a great time," says Carstens, whose career in fine art has spanned three decades.

RSVP at or 602-952-8767.

Shade Projects headquarters is located in the monOrchid at 214 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix. Learn more about monOrchid and Shade Projects at . For more information, please contact art(at)monorchid(dot)com . High quality images available right now - contact mary(at)kevincaron(dot)com or 602-952-8767.

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