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January 29, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053;

Goodyear art program allows work to be displayed in former storefronts

As artist Mary Shindell travels west from her Phoenix home, she said she notices how much the landscape changes outside the city, and through her work, she has changed the make-up of a vacant storefront in Goodyear.
But as she travels out of Goodyear, she hopes her art and the work of other artists will bring people into that city.

As part of the IN FLUX Valley-wide art program, Shindell, who created permanent artwork for Community Park, was selected by a panel that included a member of the Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission to create artwork to display in the vacant storefront window of what formerly was King’s Variety Store at 116 E. Western Avenue for many years.

The property where Shindell’s work is displayed, is owned by long-time resident Gloria King, the widow of Jim King, who formerly owned the variety store. Gloria now houses a museum in the building called Memories containing local history artifacts. Shindell’s work, which consists of a mountain hawk design for the west window of the property, is scheduled to be displayed until June 30 and currently is the only location in Goodyear where IN FLUX art is displayed.

IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art projects through a showcase of installations by local artists in empty buildings or vacant storefronts throughout the Valley. The projects offer new perspective on the connections between community organizations, local businesses, artists and audiences. So far, seven Valley cities participate in IN FLUX: Goodyear, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Artists have to apply to be selected to have their art displayed through a website, Café’ Call for Artists ( The site is a national database of artists where they can provide links of their work and apply for shows and projects. The IN FLUX program was started in Scottsdale three years ago.

“This compliments what the city already has started in that area and I see it as a positive for the Historic Goodyear area and I hope it expands.” said Dianne Cripe, an art consultant who is the project manager for IN FLUX in Goodyear.

Cripe added, “Nationwide, it has become a very important way of getting people to come into cities and their downtowns. It also is a great way for emerging artists to display their work.”

Shindell said she wanted her artwork to reflect the landscape of Goodyear.

“The clouds, hawks, bougainvillea and other plants and flowers are emblematic of this area,” Shindell said. "These are all elements that remind me of Goodyear."

For more information about the IN FLUX program, visit or call Dianne Cripe at (480) 893-0454.


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