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Donald Munro Review, April 2022

Two of the three featured segments focus on two specific ArtHop shows:

SCARAB CREATIVE ARTS

In a wide-ranging interview,

Kia Cotton — the owner of Art Lab 559 and an instructor at Scarab — covers a lot of territory, including a history of Scarab Creative Arts. Owner Maggie Courtis kept the name of the old Scarab gallery and did a complete renovation and expanded the number of artists and media presented. There are two major events happening at the May ArtHop:

Marina Holladay, another of the gallery members, is a native of Kyiv, Ukraine, and has been working these past few months on art-related fundraisers to support humanitarian efforts in her country. In April, Holladay sold ceramic jewelry she painted blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine, and raised more than $5,000 in the process. For May, she’s expanded the concept. Artists donated original works and prints for a silent auction that will be held during ArtHop proper. Among the donations are works by Robert Weibel, an original plein air oil painting by Andy Gonzales, a ceramic vase by Heather Hubbard, wall hangings byDawn Hart, and much more.

Corky Normart is featured artist for the month of May at the gallery. He’ll be featuring both old and new work. Here’s a studio-tour and interview I did with him in 2021:

• Kia Cotton spends some time in the segment talking about Art Lab 559and what it’s like to teach art to kids.


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