Mary Shindell’s "Cacti" on display at Visual Arts Gallery Nov. 8

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College will host an opening reception for Mary Shindell's Cacti exhibit on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery on the Signal Peak Campus.

There is no charge to attend the event which is open to the community. The menu for the complimentary reception will be an evening of Mediterranean Cuisine created by Central Arizona College's culinary art students.

The menu will include:

• Spanakopita
• Dolmades
• Hummus
• Tzatziki
• Tabouli Salad
• Pita Bread
• Baklava
• Cardamom Cream
• Punch

Shindell's work will be on display in the gallery through Dec. 16.

CAC's Visual Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. It is located in the Student Services Building (Building M, Clock Tower) on the Signal Peak Campus at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

Shindell believes that drawing has an intimacy that exists for her in no other medium. In her work, she attempts to build a surface using layers of line and texture. To accomplish this, she uses a combination of graphite, ink, paint and pastel.

"For me, drawing is not about making a study or a preparation for anything beyond itself," she says. "I want the work to be complicated, manipulated and spontaneous."

Shindell earned a bachelor's degree in painting from Northern Arizona University in 1972 before obtaining a master's degree in drawing from Arizona State University in 1977. She has gone on to produce more than 60 exhibits that have been on display in countless museums and universities across the country.

A resident of Phoenix, Shindell describes the subject of her work as the environment in which she lives.

"The Sonoran Desert has defined me as an artist and as an individual."

For more information on the show or the CAC Visual Arts Gallery, please contact Tom Belden by phone at 520-560-2452, or by e-mail at

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814