2 Chandler artists in restaurant’s new show

Two Chandler artists are showing their work at Twist Bistro & Gallery in Scottsdale through early May.

Painter and photographer Lauri Koo of The Springs in Chandler and Laurie Fagen of Fox Crossings, who is a fiber and polymer clay artist, have pieces in the “Spring is On the Way” themed art show at the Mediterranean-American restaurant and gallery.

Koo’s “Peaceful Peacock” acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas painting measuring 24”x36” is on display, as is her acrylic “Mystic Rose,” which is 12”x 12” in floater frame.

Koo, also an accomplished nature photographer, also is exhibiting her “Star of the Show” photo, a 12”x12” gem printed on metal.

Koo said she is deeply inspired by nature, and the healing ability it carries in her soul.

“I enjoy getting lost in nature’s spirit and have a passion for sharing that beauty and how it captures my mood and expression,” she explained. “My art is my peace offering, the way I contribute a oneness and appreciation to Mother Earth that is uplifting and enjoyable.”

Koo’s paintings have been part of several Sonoran Arts League shows, and her work can be seen at LauriKoo.com.

Fagen’s pieces in the show include a fiber art piece, “AZ Sunset & Florals,” which is 26”x22” and includes commercial fabrics and silk flowers.

She also is exhibiting a 6”x6” mixed media polymer clay, tile and charm piece titled “Under the Sea.”

“I’ve been enjoying working on more sculptural pieces in polymer clay, and my new piece has clay seaweed, fish and shells along with actual shells, sand and coral and charms,” said Fagen.

Fagen has shown her jewelry and fiber work in galleries and shops including in Arizona, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina and Iowa and welcomes commissions that are highly personalized in nature.

Samples of her work can be found at Sibley’s West in downtown Chandler, Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts Gallery and FagenDesigns.com.

The exhibit runs through May 2 at Twist Bistro & Gallery, located in The Summit Plaza, 32409 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Information: twist-bistro.com or 480-912-1459. 

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