Shachi Kale's art selected for Governor's Arts Awards

Desert Beauty by Shachi KaleDesert Beauty by Shachi Kale MESA, Arizona – Feb. 6, 2019 – Arizona Citizens for the Arts selected Mesa Community College student Shachi Kale (Chandler) as the artist for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards. Her work, Desert Beauty, has been chosen as the cover art for their commemorative program and will be featured on this year’s formal invitations and signage.

Kale has been invited to attend both the nominee reception, which will take place February 8 at Park Central, and the annual Governor’s Arts Awards gala on March 7. She will be compensated $100 for rights and reproductions.

Kale said she is excited to be selected and credits MCC for enriching her art skills.

“I'm thrilled and honored that my piece was selected and will be used on their promotional and commemorative materials,” Kale said. “It is wonderful to be recognized for my art and for a piece that celebrates the beauty of the Arizona desert that I have grown to love so much.”

Kale said that MCC instructors have been very influential in her career.

“MCC has been life altering for me, from the moment I took my first class in 2002,” Kale said. “The instructors have all been exceptional. They have taught at the highest standards and helped me find opportunities. In recent years, my instructors Cynthia Peterson, Ted Decker, Brent Bond, Tom Klare, Lindsey Pederson and Jenifer Harris have helped me grow tremendously as an artist.”  

Kale said that the beauty of the Arizona desert inspired the piece of artwork that she submitted. But Kale wasn’t always a fan of the desert landscape.

“When I moved to Arizona in 2001, I initially found the landscape dull and monotonous,” Kale said. “However, gradually over the years I have come to appreciate and love the variety in the natural beauty and the colors textures and patterns that make it so beautiful. This piece was inspired by photographs I have taken on my walks and travels in Arizona. I wanted to dispel the myth that a desert is dull or boring, by showcasing its vibrant color palette and variety. I have painted this using watercolor on paper and I hope to paint more desert beauty as I continue to capture the natural world I encounter here.”

For Kale, MCC has provided more than art instruction.

“I am so grateful to have this community that supports and encourages my growth,” Kale said. “MCC has also helped me develop a community of artists whose friendship and encouragement have been extremely enjoyable!”

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019