Exhibit lights up Arts HQ in Surprise starting Friday

Posted 8/9/22

At most art exhibits light is shined on the art. At “Illuminate,” the light is integral to the work itself.

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Exhibit lights up Arts HQ in Surprise starting Friday


At most art exhibits light is shined on the art. At “Illuminate,” the light is integral to the work itself.

“Illumination refers not only to the way light is used to create the work, it also addresses what we hope people will feel from seeing it,” stated award-winning sculptor Kevin Caron, whose sculptures will be featured in the show along with artwork from Phoenix artist Larry Ortega and Mesa artist Ceri Jones.

Sponsored by the West Valley Arts Council, the exhibition debuts Friday, Aug. 12 at council’s Arts HQ Gallery at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

The exhibition debuts with its opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

“People really ‘get’ these lighted sculptures,” stated Caron, a Phoenix-based artist known for the 3D-printed and metal sculptures that he creates for public and private places.

A pioneer in the field, Caron has been printing large-scale 3D-printed sculptures on his 8-foot-tall Gigante 3D printer for eight years and fabricating metal sculpture for 20. His sculptures can be seen in public and private places across the United States as well as overseas.

“I’ve created some very special pieces for this exhibit, though,” says Caron, who is lighting his translucent sculptures from the inside.

Included will be three-foot-tall SuperSize, a yellow sculpture that reaches for the sky, as well as Wormwood Light and Wormwood Dark, which handle light differently despite being made of the same purple filament.

Larry Ortega is a classically trained painter practicing as a self-taught sculptor. His work is created using media that absorbs and animates light and color in the dark.

Ceri Jones lights her ethereal metal works from the inside to cast shadow and beauty outside.

“The ‘Illuminate’ exhibition will shed light both literally and metaphorically on new and unexpected ways to look at art,” said Michael Denson, who conceived the show.

Denson is now interim executive director of the West Valley Arts Council, which serves to connect communities to art and culture opportunities that encourage beauty, unity and positive human connection.

For information about the exhibition, call 623-584-2626, visit

Kervin Caron, Larry Ortega, Ceri Jones, Michael Denson, West Valley Arts Council