Questions about Soirees

As a result of continued interest, we have increased the size of each event. Second, we found the ” invitation only” policy to work.

If you are a professional creative and want an invitation to the Soiree, sign up on our site. In the past, once we reach a particular number we close the invitation.

SOIREE #7

Poetry has always had a part at Obliq Art. We are excited to host a reading at S#7.

Art Opening Poet: Rosemarie Dombrowski

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ and the founding editor of rinky dink press. She’s also the founding director of Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that facilitates therapeutic poetry workshops for vulnerable populations and the community at large. Rosemarie is also the recipient of an Arts Hero award (2017), a Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets (2020), a Great 48 award (Phoenix Magazine, 2020), and the Arizona Humanities Outstanding Speaker Award (2022). She’s an Assistant Professor of Practice at U of A Biomedical (Phoenix) and a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University where she specializes in medical humanism, literature of the marginalized, and journal editing/production.


Art Opening Poet: Shawnte Orion

“Gravity and Spectacle”

Shawnte Orion

Shawnte will be reading poetry from his publised book “Gravity & Spectacle” https://tolsunbooks.com/shop/gravity-amp-spectacle. This is his colaborative work with photographer and fellow poet, Jia Oak Baker.

A Magical Review

“Cactus Head (the mask, the man, the poet) is a metonymy for Phoenix—the wastelands and the outposts and the once-iconic venues, all of it juxtaposed with the ever-public persona of a dandy, someone (or something) as ubiquitous as street art and the steel shade structures that line our downtown streets.

The persona that Orion creates through verse – and that Oak Baker brings to life through image –is simultaneously the desert on drugs and in rehab. He is the curator of the ugly-beautiful, the faded bricks and the fairytale horizon. Accordingly, Orion perfectly captures the limbo of modern life with the opening lines of the opening poem: the Sonoran desert is an hourglass/knocked on its side.

But maybe the most delicious part is the fact that the line between ego and alter ego is invisible here, that every poem leaves you feeling as though you’re listening to the wire-tap tapes of some old-school hooligan (maybe Orion himself), like it’s all a veiled confession in the spirit of Whitman’s Calamus poems, arranged and rearranged into a secret sequence of desire and longing—though not for the transcendent, but rather for the ephemera, the scraps of pop culture and personal desire he’s collected along the way. Orion’s leaving them for us like a trail of breadcrumbs, like a topographical map into the heart of Phoenix.

Most importantly, this collection has proven that Phoenix is a real city, its streets choked with culture, the fatty tissue of its heart lined with punk rock politics and poets who are sometimes as hollow as pinatas.


Rosemarie Dombrowski, inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, founding editor of rinky dink press and The Revolution (Relaunch)


Obliq Art: Sandra Ortega

Sandra Ortega

The fantasy of creating an object that flys through the air, with ingenuity and crafty folds of paper, done by various ages of people, are accentuated in the mullti dimentional paintings of Sandra’s new series “Flight in Fantasy”

Flights in Fantasy

Obliq Art Curator: Larry Ortega

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Standing at the door. Just knock.

“My art explains my life. My life explains my art”. Easy to say, harder to explain.

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

Above all, the cycles of nature provide for a sense of the sacred. Light exposes that sacred sense. Second, my work captures the ambient light present and stores “forbidden” energy in the layers of rare-earth minerals. Light is an everpresent reminder to the dark. As a matter of clarification, Light needs Dark. Dark need Light.

Light is my medium —my work emits a bioluminescent type of light and color. Above all, the darker the setting the more prominent is the color and light effect from my sculptural pieces. As a result, they illuminate the darkness.


Art Opening Artist: Sally Murphy

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Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy is largely a self taught artist. As a child had a natural talent for drawing.
She later in life found it to be her true calling. She finished college at 42 with the
practical degree of a Bachelor of Science, in Environmental Health for her love of
nature. She then promptly and organically stepped on the artist path never using that
degree. The artist path allowed her the freedom to release the creativity that was
a constant swell in her life. During this time she developed her talent for a
subtractive method of painting utilizing cut up sheets and rags and her fingers to
create very detailed images of trees, nests and vignettes of nature. She found herself
wanting to capture the deeper sweetness and connection of the natural world and
evoke the moods and feelings that nature brings.
Later, being impatient with the slow drying process of oils she began working with the
fast drying acrylics in between paintings. In the acrylic medium she found herself
often accessing a deeper internal dialogue. She often uses a mild
meditative state to begin, not knowing where or what she will be painting. Colors
tend to be bright and lively and harmonizing. You can find Sally working
from her home in Jerome Arizona, a small artist community near Sedona perched on
the side of Cleopatra Hill.


Art Opening: Nick Rascona

Nick Rascona

 To create thought provoking art works that generate conversation, and engage communities near to and far from myself.


Art Opening: Jason Hugger

photo of artist Jason Hugger

I am obsessed with the hidden nature of things. As a painter of surreal desert landscapes I produce work that reveals the luminous beauty hidden in displaced objects and barren desolate horizons. 

My process consists of using found objects. I create a still-life setup and then create a landscape scene around it resulting in a painting that evokes the beauty and desolation of the desert. 

The types of objects I select to use as reference for my paintings are usually heavily rusted and broken pieces of metal. Reusing these discarded objects gives them a second life and a beauty they may not have originally had as tools or other useful items.

It is my objective to bring the viewer into the picture plane as if they are actually visiting. I want to take them out of the physical world and give them a feeling of traveling to a new and uncharted world. I want the viewer to be transformed by the image. I want to show them places they have never imagined.

Chef Devan Cunningham

Chef Devan Cunningham

Since 2017, we’ve hosted everything from intimate dinners to grandiose weddings! No matter the size, we treat you like our own family!

Our team of professionals are excited to bring your vision to life alongside our intersecting passion for food, music, culture, and hospitality.

Devan is our resident culinary judge and provacateur. The expression of the culinary arts are part of the Soiree evening. Our BYOB and small plate potlucks brings the artists out of all of us.

Devan is doing a series of pop-ups around the valley.


Artists of Soiree #6

Art Opening Artist: Joey Melinda Morgan

Joey Melinda Morgan was born, raised and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. For as long as she can remember, Joey has used some sort of visual art as a form of self-expression. She utilizes photography and professional digital skills to create a unique, artistic style that takes the viewer on an abstract visual journey full of texture and vibrant color.

Texture found in nature and the varied hues and random patterns created from patina finishes on copper are inspirations. She uses her technique to captivate viewers and spark their curiosity with vibrant abstract digital compositions. Joey’s work can be found in commercial buildings, upscale residential settings and private homes.

Traveling to places to capture texture found in nature to be used in a future piece is now part of her fervent journey as an artist. She will continue to expand her composite imagery style and techniques – the possibilities are endless!


Art Opening Artist: Hector Ortega

MY WORK FOCUSES ON ABSTRACT AND SIMPLIFIED GEOMETRICAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORMS, THERE RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERCONNECTIONS AMONGST EACH OTHER. LIFE’S EXPERIENCES, CONSTRAINTS AND MY CURRENT ENVIRONMENT AT HAND.  STEEL AS A MEDIUM HAS ENABLED ME TO TRANSLATE GENTLE ARCS, ROLLING WAVES, AND TAPERING GEOMETRIES INTO FORMS THAT ONCE INTERCONNECTED WILL EVOKE A SENSE OF PLACE, CALM, ORDER TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. MOST OF ALL TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO BETTER THIS WORLD. I WANT PEOPLE TO BE EXCITED AS I AM FOR A PROJECT AND TO BE INSPIRED TO DO MORE WITH EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT IS GIVEN TO THEM. IT IS MY DUTY TO UPHOLD A STANDARD THAT IS INSPIRATIONAL TO ALL.


Who attends Soirees?

Professional artists and their partners. Collectors attend who are bringing friends. Those connected with arts and culture community. To clarify, Soirees are the art opening night.

Are Soirees Private?

Soirees are private and invitational only. We started the Soiree events during the pandemic. First, we wanted to play it safe for the events. Second, we began with a limited number of invitations. Above all, and like all galleries, limiting the number of people to an event was prudent. As word of mouth spread, so did the requests for an invitation.