Library show to get 'all mixed up'

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By The Staff

A kaleidoscope of art mediums will be spread throughout the Mesa Public Library’s gallery starting Tuesday.


The exhibit titled, “All Mixed Up,” will showcase photography, quilting, sculpture and watercolors. The artists behind this artwork are Darlene Bawden, Arleeta Bawden, Cyndy Carter and Garth Tietjen.

Tietjen said having a range of media should enhance the show.

“I think it’s exciting to have so many mediums because it shows how people can express themselves differently in different mediums and there’s no constraints to a single medium.”

He added, “I think there is a greater breadth of talent when there are so many artists.”

Darlene also sees variety as a positive quality. She said, “I wanted the public to be able to enjoy a delightful visual variety for their art senses. After all, variety is the spice of life.”

Through showing his work at the library, Tietjen said he is eager to create a positive experience for viewers.

“I think putting a smile on someone’s face by how I look at things differently,” he said. “Maybe (have) a meeting of the minds.”  

Darlene added she is looking forward to the show “because I am a people person, I look forward to meeting all the wonderful people who will come to enjoy our show.  Also, as this is my first show, I look forward to the learning experience.”

All the participating artists should offer something for everyone to relate to.  

According to her résumé, Darlene first picked up the drawing pencil at age 4. Her art got put on hold as adult responsibilities took over –being married and raising six children.

One day, her sister-in-law bought her some painting supplies and her artistic curiosity was renewed.

Plus, a Secundio Sandoval painting inspired Bawden to pursue watercolors. After checking out a few books at the library and experimenting with the art, Bawden discovered her love of this particular form of painting. She has pursued it for two years.

Arleeta got her first camera at age 9. The camera may have been a hand-me-down with no zoom and the first couple of shots were blurry, but Arleeta’s résumé reported she fell in love with the art. Four years ago and after a better camera, she began taking pictures of nature scenes.

Sewing wasn’t initially something that caught Carter’s interest. Her mother-in-law, who quilts, however, encouraged her to try it.

She received more motivation from her family when her daughter persuaded Carter to take a quilting class.

This motivation worked, Carter now loves to quilt. She explained, in her résumé, she enjoys the challenge of taking many different colors and creating something pretty.

Tietjen was also introduced to art at a young age. When he was 2 or 3 years old, he was given plastinlina, a type of clay or an oil-based clay.

He discovered a natural talent for sculpting. In his résumé, Tietjen said he would mold miniatures of animals for family and friends, blind-folded.

Tietjen’s talent expanded to drawing and he won several grand prizes in the Los Alamos County Fairs in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Later, he sold sculptures in Shidoni and Taylor Galleries. Additionally, Tietjen created a series of commercial pieces for Abbey Press in the mid-1980s.

An opening reception for the show will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and will continue to be open to the public through Nov. 28.