100 Creatives

Many thanks to Phoenix New Times for featuring me as #25 in their “100 Creatives” series. Many thanks to Becky Bartkowsky for her excellent writing! (Click on the text of the article to enlarge for reading.)

Corinne Geertsen

Show at Mesa Arts Center

My solo show is up and running at the Mesa Arts Center. There are 22 works, many accompanied by poems contributed by interesting writers around the world.

Singing Lesson is in the show. We really do not know who is giving whom singing lessons.

Singing Lesson by Corinne Geertsen

Singing Lesson

The show is up until January 8th, 2017. Click HERE for details about my show including museum hours. There is also info about others shows in the same building that I am pretty sure you will enjoy. Free entrance. Come on down!

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum for all you’ve done to make this fall season amazing.

Howard/Mandville Gallery – and more!

I’m delighted to join the extraordinary  Howard/Mandville Gallery near Seattle. If you’re in the Puget Sound area, please come August 12-September 4th for a great group show.

Howard/Mandville Gallery Corinne Geertsen

We’ve shipped six pictures to the Howard/Mandville, including Every Hero Has a Journey.

Every Hero Has a Journey Corinne Geertsen

Every Hero Has a Journey

You can see my work right now at the Tempe History Museum in Tempe, AZ until August 22. Many of the pieces in the show are based on historic images from the Tempe History Museum’s collection. The show is called “History: What Happens When You’re Not Looking”.

Do come to my show at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum opening September 9th, running through January 8th, 2017.  Have you been to an opening at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum yet? They can really throw a party.  The opening is September 9th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Also opening, same night, is new work by Daniel Martin Diaz (fabulous).

I’m doing the outer wrap for the City of Tempe’s time capsule. I proofed printing today. Sneak preview – one side. Right now it’s a bare steel 5 foot cube, which weighs about the same as a tiger and a lady together:

Tempe Time Capsule Corinne Geertsen

Night Vision

20150902-Phoropter-02I asked to photograph this phoropter at the eye doctor’s.

It looked like a handy thing for two partners with night vision.

Note below: things that are made up are the moon, the ground fog and the fireflies. Things that are not made up are the upper half of the man, from the photographs of the Tempe History Museum… and his lower half, posed for by the very patient Jeff Geertsen.

This week, come to the Tempe History Museum on Thursday, June 9th! My show “History: What Happens When You’re Not Looking” opens. I’m going to do demos with Photoshop, should be fun!!!

Night Vision Corinne

Night Vision

Tempe History Museum June 9, 2016

Exciting things: I’m still accepting writing to be displayed along side my work at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum , opening September 9th. For details, check here: The Footnote Chronicles and You.

The Art Gallery at MCC: 50 Years of Collecting

Corinne Geertsen and Jennifer Campbell

Corinne Geertsen and Jennifer Campbell

The handsome new Art Gallery at MCC opened with the show “50 Years of Collecting”.

I’m delighted to have a work in a show along with Calder and Goya. In the photo above I’m on the left and the very capable Jennifer Campbell, Gallery Coordinator, is on the right.

Behind Jennifer is a superb lithograph by Wayne Kimball, titled Two Seriously Diseased Feet. I am proud to say we have one of these hanging in our house.

You must come see the show and enjoy the gallery. Don’t miss the mesquite doors and the gorgeous light. The show is up until March 25. Details here.

Here’s my work in the show, Interview.

Interview Corinne Geertsen


The Footnote Chronicles and … YOU!

Long story short, you get to be in a museum AND you get art. Here’s how:

Choose a work from the pictures on either of my portfolio pages, here on my website, that speaks to you, whispers to you, yells to you, grabs you by the collar.

Write something, word limit 50-200 words. It needs to be somewhat about the art work you chose. It could be a small story, a small poem, some thoughts, some musings, a letter, a riff. A footnote. Some lines.

You can do two submissions, if you like. Your work can be anonymous if you prefer.

If your writing is selected, your words and the corresponding work will be displayed together in a solo show at The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. We get a whole room to ourselves. The show is titled The Footnote Chronicles. We’re going to be great together.

The Footnote Chronicles will run from September 9, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum really knows how to put on a party on opening night. Ours will be 6-10pm September 9, 2016.

Each selected writer will receive a signed, small, original print of the art work they wrote about. I’ve already mailed 7 prints.

Submit your writing by email.

The cut off date for submission is June 30, 2016.

Here’s a picture I recently finished. Robert Frost wrote about it, but you can too:

Stopping by Woods Corinne Geertsen

Stopping by Woods

Talk about Charm

20151017 Gebert Delivery

I’m on the left and on the right is the fabulous Stacy Barr of the Gebert Contemporary Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. I just delivered the ten pictures you see on the floor and will bring in a few more this week.

Here’s my most recent work, Charm.

Charm might be about someone who always gets her way, and whose victims feel grateful for her attention, up to the moment they aren’t.

Charm Corinne Geertsen



Also up on the walls of the Gebert right now is new work by Kaori Takamura. I’m a fan. She works on canvas with marvelous combinations of silk screen and stitching.

Scraps/Chokoreito Kaori Takamura

Scraps/Chokoreito by Kaori Takamura

Come on down for the Scottsdale ArtWalk, this Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 7pm-9 pm.

Phillips Gallery Opening – Wow

What a time we had. The gallery was packed with interesting people and spirits were high. Click to see my work in the show (then click the giraffe picture, then the owls).

Plenty of great conversations

Charles Uibel’s photographs are made of light. Here is Linking Partnerships:
Charles Uibel Linking Partnerships

Click to see more of Charles Uibel’s work. (Click on the landscape above the Dibble Gallery, then the storm landscapes) Here’s Charles and I:

Here’s the Phillips during a quiet moment:

The show is a great mix of 3 floors of art plus a sculpture deck and courtyard sculpture garden. It will be up until July 17th. And of course you can come anytime after that to see work by the artists in the show.

Solo Show! Phillips Gallery! Soon!

I’m delighted to announce my solo show at The Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. It runs June 19 – July 10, 2015. The opening is on Friday night, June 19th at 7:00. I hope to see you there!


The work Party Game will be in the show.

A person can get lost in an old photo. A person might wonder what the weather was like outside, did they ride in a wagon to the studio, what did they have for breakfast.

Did their house have an attic?

Did they have a dog?

Was it a full moon?

From the wondering it’s a short step to:

Party Game Corinne Geertsen

Party Game

Train Wreck at the Tempe History Museum

I am quite delighted to have one of my pictures, Behind Curtain Number One, now in the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. So grateful that the museum allows me to use bits of their wonderful photo collection as source material.

Here is Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections, taking delivery of the work last month.

Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections at Tempe History Museum

Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections at Tempe History Museum

In 2016 I’ll be having a solo show there which will feature their collection. Click here to go to the Museum’s mission statement. It’s a unique place, a great place.

Here’s a better look at Behind Curtain Number One, starring a 1902 train wreck on Ash Avenue Bridge in Tempe:

Behind Curtain Number One Corinne Geertsen

Behind Curtain Number One

And finally, in the spirit of train wrecks everywhere, here is the train wreck in Buster Keaton’s 1927 silent film “The General”.

trainwreckBusterKeaton from Reddit

The scene was filmed in one take with, yes, a real train. Run to Wikipedia and read all about the film. (Train wreck footage is from Reddit.)