The Artists

JoAnn Augur

JoAnn is a Chicago native now living and working in the Phoenix area. As a small child she would draw on anything and everything- much to the dismay of her parents. Two of her uncles were working artists and she would happily tag along with them to their studios. She spent hours watching them work and getting her hands dirty with their tools, instruments, and a wide range of artist materials. It is here she fell in love with the world of art. Many years later her art came alive when she moved to the desert and became inspired by the rich and explosive colors of the Southwest. She now creates primarily in acrylics and mixed media for the simple joy of making something beautiful. Her emphasis is on intriguing combinations of color and composition that compel the viewer’s eye and concentration to be drawn into the painting.

JoAnn has previously exhibited her work at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; Paradise Valley Community Center, Phoenix, AZ; Arizona Art School, Scottsdale, AZ; The Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, AZ; Soul Café, Scottsdale, AZ; a solo show at Gwin Wine Bar, Scottsdale, AZ; a solo show at Luci’s at the Orchard, Phoenix, AZ; and solo shows at Solo Trattoria, Phoenix, AZ.

JoAnn loves life and is deeply involved in many areas of her community. She is a certified yoga instructor. She is happily married, has two daughters and two dogs.

Her zest for life comes through in all her work. 


Benjam

Benjamin Goens, known as Benjam, is stencil artist based out of Arizona. He gained an early appreciation for art during his childhood while watching his father and grandmother paint with oils. Benjam has an undergraduate degree in Art History and traveled extensively across Europe to study the art of classical antiquity and European masters, but always held a fascination for hip-hop culture, graffiti, and the evolution of street art. He cut his first stencil in 2008, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he began further experimenting with stencils and ultimately production of his own multilayered artwork. Since then, he has dedicated himself to learning to cut intricate stencils to create detailed depictions of his subjects. His process includes up to 20 hand-cut stencil layers in a single image, used to apply vast colors of aerosol paints as well as various other mediums to create photorealistic tonal gradations in his imagery. In 2015, his painting “Play Ball” was acquired for the collection at the Mesa Historical Museum, as part of the AZ Spring Training Experience exhibit. In 2017, he was named as a finalist in the prestigious Stencil Art Prize held in Australia. Benjam has shown his work extensively with solo and group exhibitions in the Phoenix area, as well as the UK and Australia. His works can be found in galleries and private collections around the world.

Heather Freitas

Heather Freitas

Heather Freitas, a stunning mixed media artist who employs recycled materials, has a cause. Freitas says she found her calling in February 2016 when she was preparing for the WHAM West Gallery Recycled Art Festival in Surprise, Arizona, where she won her first award for second in show. It was then that she realized that her deepest passion was EcoArt, and she would become an eco-art activist. She would use recycled materials, our waste, to produce art to make statements about our problems of waste, and the human impact on our deteriorating environment.

Since then Freitas’ work has been awarded many solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Arizona including an additional solo exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art Store June 2018. Her ‘Healing Process Collection’ has been featured on a banner in Rome and she has partnered with some public art projects throughout Arizona. You can currently view one of these projects with 4 towers ordained with her female figurative works a part of Downtown Tempe’s ‘She Tempe’ project stretching down historic Mill Avenue.

In explaining her work, she writes, “All around us there are hidden toxins that are damaging not only our environment and everything in it, but us as well. The worst part? We are the ones creating most of these toxins.”

Freitas’ work is as impressive as it is beautiful. She is to be commended for using recycled materials, an exciting way of creating art that is growing in popularity. But that she uses those recycled materials to drive home to us the need to recycle, because those very materials are crippling our environment, is doubly impressive.

Freitas says it’s important to realize how influential art can be in making a difference in the world. Art should not only “document the times” but bring awareness to the need to formulate real solutions to critical contemporary issues. “It is said that one person cannot change the world, but it is with my deepest hopes that my artwork can.”

Joshua Dean Wiley

  Joshua Dean Wiley’s artwork, inspired by his world, includes simple landscapes representing the rural Midwest of his youth and vivacious abstracts stimulated by the power of the great urban desert of Phoenix. Josh paints with a prolific range of styles.This creative force is driven by his desire to explore a whole variety of mediums. He implements various techniques of application to create texture, movement, and depth. Color and composition also play a major role in creating an emotional reaction or response with the viewer. Each of his artworks are painted with a myriad of layers, creating texture, color & movement, conveying images, emotions, and the layers of everyday life. He paints his world with elemental earth tones and metallics; iron oxide, chromium oxide, silver and gold. Josh continues to push the boundaries of presentation merging mediums to create sculptural art forms with acrylic, steel, canvas & wood. He encourages you to look closely at the variety of layers, textures and colors he has created.  Let them lead you into an appreciation of the hidden details in the world around you.  

Lynn Hoyland

I began to love art as a kid, dreaming about winning the art contests that were offered in magazines. My uncle was a painter, and I used to love going up to his studio and looking at all the wonderful paintings he created. I have a number of his paintings in my home. As an adult I took two drawing classes in college, and loved them, but psychology was my first love. I also love interior design, thinking about color, texture, placement...etc.  I have created a series of textured art, which I call "Scupture on a Canvas". Each painting brings me to a new idea, a new color, and a new technique. I started charcoal drawings in July 2012. Most have an African theme. I am fascinated by African culture and the people. I can't seem to read enough about their customs, tribes, rituals, etc. I find them utterly fascinating.