Bridging the Gap: Art event brings together wide variety of creatives

Attendees at a past Call to Arts event. This year’s event is called Bridging the Gap, May 10, at Desert Springs Community Church. [Submitted photo]

By Amanda Hicks
Special to Independent Newsmedia

Calling all art lovers!

Head over to Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear, on May 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the Bridging the Gap event. Admission and parking for the event are free.

The Call to Art event began six years ago with a group of friends. The event then grew into a community where people have a chance to heal, grow and express themselves creatively. The event happens one Friday night a year where people from all over the Valley come together to share their unique talents at a one-of-a-kind art show.

“Our artists transform a simple auditorium into a one-of-a-kind gallery celebration of creativity. We welcome the public to sample complimentary coffee and desserts while touring our expressions in paint, drawing, sculpture, stained glass, quilting, photography, poetry, journaling and more. Converse with our creatives about their pieces, visit with friends and family, or quietly contemplate each art form while strolling through our gallery. However you choose to experience this show, we welcome you to this extraordinary night of creative displays,” said Director Linda Spiars.

For this collaborative project, 50 participants interviewed people much younger or older than them, and an artist then painted a portrait of all these people. Ms. Spiars said the group is hoping to bridge an age gap and connect through art.

The artists featured range from experienced artists selling their pieces for thousands of dollars to newcomers who have never been in an art show before, she said.

“There is something so special in seeing both of these people encourage each other and appreciate the gift God has given them,” Ms. Spiars said. “I encourage people to come for a fun relaxing night out. I encourage people to come who want to see beautiful art. I encourage people to come who want to be around other creative people. I encourage people to come who want to feel, uplifted and positive.”

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Editor’s note: Ms. Hicks is a senior at Centennial High School.

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