Murphy exhibit to open at Downtown LatteWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Local artist Frank Murphy, who recently opened an exhibit at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., is opening another exhibit at the coffee shop Downtown Latte. The show will begin its run on Jan. 3, and will be on dispay through the end of the month. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11.
Featured will be 18 to 20 pieces of Murphy’s original work, 5 to 6 of which will be entirely new creations never before seen by area arts patrons.
“The exhibit will explore spirituality as it relates to basic human values in our society,” Murphy said.
Murphy, who has for many years been an artist in residence at the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s in English, both from Arizona State University in Tempe.
It was while completing his graduate degree that Murphy began a teaching career that spanned 15 years at a number of institutions of higher learning, including the University of Arizona, the University of North Dakota, Owens Community College, and UT. Murphy, who began his career as a filmmaker, has taught a variety of courses, including introduction to literature, film for composition and science fiction.
In addition to creating his own work, Murphy has continued to foster the work of others, who have not only struggled in the arts, but with issues such as addiction and mental illness, by helping to found the Funhouse Writers Group. Funhouse, which has been touring the local area since 1998, will make an appearance at Downtown Latte from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25.
The themes explored in the exhibit relate to the artist’s life experience, including homelessness, addiction, and faith, as well as the great loves of his life, one of which is the mythology of the American film western.
Murphy is noted for his award-winning series of original woodcuts, “All The World’s a Stage,” as well as for directing a number of stage productions, including one of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Downtown Latte is located at 44 S. St.Clair St. For information, call (419) 243-6032, or visit www.downtownlatte.com.