Mesa Artspace Lofts Grand Opening
Experience the Space
As the sky turned plum behind the Superstition Mountains in Mesa, Arizona, and empanadas sat warm and waiting while resident artist Tina Vale sang everyone’s favorite party songs, it became clear: Magic permeated the Mesa Artspace Lofts Grand Opening. The January 23rd event celebrated the vibrant Mesa Artspace Lofts community with a feast for the senses. Performances from resident artists– including musicians, spoken word artists, fashion designers, and visual artists live painting – filled the courtyard with sound and color, while an installation of large-scale crystals by Katharine Leigh Simpson provided otherworldly ambience. Guests snaked through campus with bites by Republica Empanada in hand, perusing visual art at open studios and the community gallery, while some of the younger visitors even tried their hand at art making via hands-on activities led by resident Sharon Ann Hagen’s Kids’ Art Activity. The exciting environment nearly convinced the crowd that pomp and circumstance alone dictated the evening’s energy, but a second glance at the celebration’s theme, Experience the Space, revealed the truth: The aforementioned magic is a daily occurrence generated by the talented artists and their families who live within the Mesa Artspace Lofts.
Excerpt from the Artspace QUARTERLY #5: The Mesa Issue