Classical landscapes interrupted by flying lemons. Silk camisoles carved from wood. Justin Bieber’s famous face painted into Renaissance-era art portraits. All this and more will be on display this fall at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
Standing outside Scottsdale’s Allstate Appliance last week, I thought about everything I knew about salt. Salt was a valuable commodity in the Middle Ages, it’s a combination of two elements that are toxic to humans on their own, and too much of it causes health problems. Most of all, though, there was no way someone could fill a two-hour lesson on salt tasting.
The building is nondescript on the outside, but taking a few steps inside Life Sciences A on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus reveals animal skulls, two bright red Gila monsters, several preserved plants and fish and the largest bugs seen this side of a dinosaur movie.
The dogs Ron Burns has painted over the past 20 years all come from different backgrounds — beloved family pets, victims of abuse or neglect, shelter dogs searching for a loving home, even a bomb detection dog who was the only canine victim of 9/11 — but each painting shares a glimpse of the animal’s personality in Burns’ now-trademark bright colors.