Visit our New Sculpture Garden. The grounds, gardens, and orchard provide tranquil settings for large-scale outdoor sculpture produced by some of Arizona’s premier sculptors. The works are on loan by the artists and a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces benefit the Shemer Art Center.
Joy of Toys
Folk Art Toys from Around the World
June 26th – July 24th, 2014
Opening Reception : June 26, 2014 7-9pm
“My life-long passion for traveling has taken me to distant lands that can be fascinating, senses stimulating, idea generating, and at times, intimidating with regard to learning to negotiate. A common denominator for most world cultures is the idea of the market as a gathering place, or the agora like in Ancient Greece, and forum for exchange of good, services, and ideas. I always head for a market or fair after arriving in a new or even a familiar place. I at once get a sense of the culture from the items being sold like the food, household goods, and especially seeing handmade folk art items.
Toys or toy-like objects are particularly revealing. Children are highly valued in all cultures. The objects made for them are infused with love and concern while they also serve as cultural educational tools. For example, a doll that is hand sewn from local textiles or carved from native wood. The toys I collect are “big-boy toys” in that they are often loaded with social and political ideas, reactions, or are like small agents of change. Over the years, this has worked in tandem with the art I have collected.” Excerpt from “Establishing Common Grounds” by Ted Decker