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A Women’s Art Expo (AWAE)

The Marshall Gallery presents this first annual expo featuring the work of accomplished women artists.  Their beautiful work will be on display for the public to experience.


Featured Artists

Emily Christensen McPhie

Emily Christensen McPhie has always yearned to create and to decipher truth. Centered on family, faith, and art, her paintings reflect toil and tenderness. Her work conveys a duality of swimming in an eternal story’s deep waters and trudging through everyday messy realities. Creativity is a virtue in Emily’s family. That has led to an enriching life, full of appreciation for artistic expressions.

Emily McPhie grew up at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. In 2001 she received her BFA from Brigham Young University. She now resides in Mesa, Arizona.

Terry Cooke Hall 

Terry Cooke’s passion for art led her to numerous courses and workshops in life drawing, illustration, and graphic design. Since becoming a professional artist in 2009, she has earned several awards and a museum purchase. She has exhibited in more than 30 major museum shows and several gallery group exhibitions.

Terry’s contemporary style is a result of the West viewed through a lens of 30 years’ design and illustration. Her work recently featured on the cover of Southwest Art magazine and can be found in corporate and private collections across the nation. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Whitney Gardner

Born in Southern California and based in Twentynine Palms, Whitney Gardner’s southwestern landscape art includes her far west Mojave Desert home. A fascination with rugged scenery led her to an artful study of the region. Her plein air and studio compositions are an ode to the remarkable facets of the desert.

Whitney attained a BFA at California College of the Arts in 2010, but she considers herself self-taught as an artist. Her work has been published in Western Art Collector magazine, and in 2019 her painting Ocotillo Sky received the Best of Show award at the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition. In May 2021 she had a sell-out show in a solo online exhibition in Western Gallery.

Debbie Gallerani

Palm Springs native Debbie Gallerani’s paintings celebrate the vibrant natural beauty and colors of the desert Southwest.

Debbie had wanted to be a cartoonist, “Although my early ambition led me to draw everyone I knew as comic caricatures, and my comic strips were published in some local papers, I was young and eager, so I took a different route into graphic design."

Her whimsical characters appeared in ads, campaigns, comic strips and books, and she became one of the top designers at world-renowned Palm Springs Magazine.

She continued her passion in Orange County in her own graphic design firm, Studio West Graphics, where her student interns learned, hands-on. 

“The love of art has always been at the very core of my thoughts, the deepest stirring of my heart, and the food of my visual appetite.”

Carol Estes

I stand and look at a giant, blank canvas, paintbrush poised, and ponder my initial approach. I walk up as if into the canvas interior and explore my new surroundings, for each canvas has its own, unique personality that I want to find, express, and make distinguished. The colors and “images” reflect my inner buoyancy and progressive optimism. They reflect my spirit and, I hope, will enliven your surroundings.

I am native to the redwood coastal region of southwest Oregon. Growing up, I knew, felt, and respected the northwest Pacific coast’s rugged power, beauty and freedom. Later, I got to know the straight-forward, infinite landscapes of the Texas Panhandle. Then I discovered the surround-sound, deeply spiritual Land of Enchantment. New Mexico’s warm tinges of golden light cavort across the desert in spritely dance.

I love the freedom of expression and mystery in abstract art, which emanate from the soul, with its own language. For me, it denotes a way of life, a captured individualism etched upon its vessel.

Elena Golberg

Elena Golberg was born in an industrial city in Siberia, near Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. She attended an art school for gifted young children, and was strongly influenced by powerful, Russian realistic art traditions. Classes were taught by talented, Soviet painters, who created a wonderful atmosphere within the learning process. In 1989 Elena earned her fine arts degree and teaching license from a Soviet university. She taught art history, painting, drawing, composition, and sculpture for 15 years.

Elena happily moved to the United States in 2004. Native American culture fascinated her, and many Native American portraits followed. Her works were displayed at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art in 2011. In 2019, she transitioned to an intriguing, new subject, Saguaro cacti, her current muse, and she braves the Arizona desert to sketch saguaros enthusiastically. The in early morning light catches the “movements” of their muscular trunks and branches. She then fine tunes the saguaros’ strong expressions as they gesture toward Arizona’s big sky.

Naomi Brown

Naomi Brown was born in Palm Springs and grew up in Twentynine Palms, California. Now, she, her husband and children live in Queen Creek, Arizona. Self-taught, Naomi is a nationally recognized artist.

For 17 years Naomi’s Southwest and Western landscapes and inspirational religious works have graced the market. Her works range in size from a miniature 5”x7” to an imposing 48”x72”, on museum board as well as canvas. She underpaints with acrylic, then details her gradient skies in oils. Naomi’s instinctual use of color lends her paintings a natural depth and vibrancy.

“I love to capture the delicate beauty and colors of the desert – the desert’s peace and beauty calm me. I was fortunate to grow up in Twentynine Palms and enjoy that beauty – from the smallest creatures to vast open and colorful vistas. The desert is forever instilled in my heart.”

Krystii Melaine 

At age four Krystii announced her intent to be an artist; at seven she won her first art competition; at 14 her paintings were selling. She studied graphic design at university and established a bridal and evening wear company, which became one of Australia’s largest. Five years’ study in tonal realism led to a return to painting. Successfully painting Australian wildlife, she expanded to American wildlife after a 1998 trip. Her fascination with the American West leads her to seek out Native American and cowboy subjects to paint.

A focus on traditional realism and Western subjects has absorbed Krystii for 30 years. Then she discovered a whole new creative side, and abstract modern ideas took flight. New mediums allow her to create works with texture, subtle depth, and emotional connection. Krystii is a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists, and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Who knows where this new art adventure will take her? But it’s sure to be another fabulous ride!

Michelle Courier

Michelle considers herself a realist, impressionist, and contemporary artist with a hint of traditional. She creates visible burst strokes and textures that allow two different ways to enjoy her paintings. Up close her paintings are very impressionistic, but from a distance of twenty feet, the viewer feels he is looking at a photograph.

The feeling of a place is what Michelle is most interested in communicating through her work. “The words that I long to hear when someone is viewing my painting is, “I’ve been there,”, Michelle says. “I want the painting to give a feeling of familiarity and to not only see the landscape painting before them but to “feel” it.”

Michelle now has relocated from her home state of Michigan to Denver, where she opened Westward, because of her love of the West. The studio in which she creates her work is inside of the gallery and Michelle greets everyone who comes into the gallery. “Owning Westward Gallery has been the most enriching experience of my life and I hope to be in Colorado for many more years.”

Here are the interviews with the artists who participated in the AWAE event! Be sure to watch and learn more about your favorite artist!

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Hours of Operation

MONDAY-SATURDAY: 10-5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: extended hours from 7-9 p.m. for the Scottsdale ArtWalk

SUNDAY: closed