We believe modern work environments can be places of inspiration. Culturally rich and beautiful art created by talented local artists is integral to the expression of who we are, sparks innovation, and is critical for the economic vitality of our community.
Offering a compelling selection of contemporary works, MRA Associates’ Community Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the original artworks of local established and emerging artists.
Current Exhibition: Reflections
Ed is a fourth generation Arizonan. His photography specialties include architecture, landscapes, dramatic skies, macro, and abstract. He is a proud American and takes special interest in photographing the American Flag in creative ways.
Lea studies reflection in the world, whether human or environmental. The ability to see ourselves on a deeper level - to see the value of life, nature, and objects rather than at surface level is a primary point in her work. Lea’s images represent a rejuvenation of sorts; this can be rejuvenation of the spirit after challenge or an object long thought past its prime. There can be lessons learned, light, and rebirth in everything. Lea Noble’s work is reincarnation- “this lifetime.”
Encouraged by her parents and grandfather, who is also a painter, Lisa Scadron began oil painting lessons at age eight and has been making art ever since. A native of Tucson, Arizona, she has exhibited artwork in the U.S. and internationally, including at the Tucson International Airport, Roche Diagnostics, galleries and group shows in Dallas, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Mumbai. She was a selected artist for the 2019 Arizona Governor's Arts Awards. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology with a minor in Art History from Stanford University and completed an Integrative Health Coaching certification from Duke Integrative Medicine. Since 2008, she divides her time between Tucson, Arizona, and Mumbai, India.
Lucretia Torva has been painting for over 40 years. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois and moved to the Phoenix Valley in 1997. She enjoys painting both canvas pieces as well as large murals. In her realism works, she attempts to express the mark of the artist. Despite what the images may look like from a distance, they are not photorealist! Within three to four feet, the brush marks and paint movement become obvious. Torva’s new series of chrome objects is an outgrowth of painting automotive subjects, a deep interest lies in the subject of reflection and refraction. The nature of reality and perception inform her work. The “shine” is a featured topic, yet the subjects of the shiny objects offer commentary on what is popular, marketable, and even sentimental. She also enjoys providing some form of entertainment and pleasure, through color, subject, texture, and pattern. She prefers art that has an uplifting, positive component.
Hazel Stone has worked for many years to develop her mature signature style as a fine artist in water media. Before starting each new piece, Stone decides what materials will be used to express the ideas that she wants to convey on paper. Some of her work is done over a period of time, painting layers upon layers, establishing interesting textures before proceeding, or glazing several applications of pigment. Ms. Stone works in watercolor, water media, acrylic, acrylic textures, iridescent, and metallic acrylic paints selectively. She prefers to paint intuitively, with images from her memory, rather than photographs, as she expresses her feelings, interests, and experiences.
A O Tucker
A O Tucker is a self-taught artist that didn’t become serious about photography until purchasing a DSLR in late 2011. He has displayed artwork in juried exhibits from California to New York, beginning with his first exhibit at the Herberger in 2014. Archie is a native Arizonan, growing up on a farm west of Phoenix and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. His artwork is represented in private collections throughout the world including Asia, Europe, and North America. He has also had work published in Phoenix Magazine, Museum of Flight Aloft Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Murze Magazine, and the National Geographic Adventure Blog.
Tucson based photographer, David Griffin, developed his unique sense of seeing the world through his travels across America. Working in black and white he captures everyday situations with a different perspective. His use of reflections and framing add a special dimension to his work.
In Mr. Griffin’s photographs from the mining town of Bodie, CA, he worked to capture the physical effect of the photographer in bridging the view from past to present.
Born in Auburn, New York in 1951, Deborah attended Ohio University where she majored in sculpture. From working with Los Angeles (LA) high school students on murals for the 1984 Summer Olympics in LA, to designing kitchens and bathrooms, to working with textiles and props for set design at major fundraising events, Deborah has always been involved in artistic creations. Working mostly in oils and acrylics, Deborah also enjoys reverse-painting on plexiglass, and painting on aluminum and copper.
Self-taught, Deborah began her painting career about eight years ago to help fill her retirement hours and hasn’t stopped since. Deborah works almost exclusively in her studio at The Artery in Phoenix and displays her paintings there.
Judith Austen was born and raised in the New York City area. She attended art school at Pratt Institute where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She earned a Masters's degree in Elementary Education at Bank Street College and later moved to Boston to attend Boston University where she earned a Master of Fine Arts.
A painter living in the Boston area, Ms. Austen has had 15 one-woman shows and has exhibited her work throughout New England. In 2016, Ms. Austen moved to Tucson, Arizona where her subject matter and palette have expanded to the Sonoran Desert. Her summers are spent in Maine with her easel perched at the water’s edge.
Sheryl Hester’s lifetime art experience led her through college majoring in commercial art and design where she graduated at the top of her class. Immediately after, she became an art advisor to her college.
She went on to become an investigator as Montana’s first police artist and worked with many law enforcement agencies as a composite artist. She received her police art training with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s art department.
Sheryl’s dream was to experiment with her art and photography upon retirement. In 2010, she developed her artistic technique that was unlike anything seen before. Her interpretation of everyday images garners intrigue and makes you contemplate the benefits of exploring your own imagination. For the paintings, Sheryl takes her original initial camera-based images to significantly alter, distort, re-structure, to re-format to present a primordial landscape of abstract natural forms, fantasy-based illusions, and altered perceptions of individual artistic expression.
Sheryl was chosen for the “Montana Treasured Artist” award in 2012 where her work was displayed in the state Capital Building for a year and having three pieces chosen for the Missoula Art Museum Triannual Display.
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