Originally Published: April 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery represents an eclectic array of contemporary art from more than 70 artists in the historic Sam Hill Hardware Store on Whiskey Row.
In its 11th year this month, the majority of artwork shown is through local artists who have become family to gallery owners, John Lutes, Joanne Frerking, Mark and Cody Carter and Christine Wallace. With 3,500 square feet, the gallery has plenty of space to show wall art, sculptures, glass, ceramics, wood, jewelry, wearable art and more.
Steven McGovney's ceramic works have been a long-time favorite of locals and tourists alike. Until recently, McGovney taught ceramics at Yavapai College to enthusiastic students who would come into the gallery to "check out" his work.
"Customers always smile when they look at Steven's birds," Cody Carter said, adding, "And when he brings in a new flock, the excitement is just contagious."
Rafe Terry's acrylic-on-board paintings show his love of the Southwest in his brilliant use of colors. Moving here from Massachusetts where he was a director of graphic design, one can see this influence in his contemporary style of painting.
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m seven days a week. The gallery's phone number is 776-1080. An artist listing can be found @ www.vgegallery.com.