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We are very excited to participate…

Tucson Festival of Books
March 15 & 16, 2014

Booth # 284

Yikes Toys! will feature a fantastic selection of children’s books as well as pop culture, graphic novels, Mid-century Modern and more! We will also have handmade, literature related artworks & pendants by Valerie Galloway, a Tucson artist. Plus, we’ll have surprise items any book lover cannot live without! Please stop by Booth # 284. Can’t wait to see you.

Handmade, one-of-a-kind pendants created by Tucson artist Valerie Galloway. Using vintage dictionary (French, Spanish, USA) clippings, the subjects range from anatomical to fauna to literature-related. Very unique. 1" round pendant with glass insert & coated brass metal

Handmade, one-of-a-kind pendants created by Tucson artist Valerie Galloway. Using vintage dictionary (French, Spanish, USA) clippings, the subjects range from anatomical to fauna to literature-related. Very unique.
1″ round pendant with glass insert & coated brass metal

Yikes Toys presents Circus Show!

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Circus Show!                                                                     

New Works Mel Dominguez, Melissa Daye, Valerie Galloway, Sam Esmoer, Catherine Eyde, Vicki Lázaro, Nadia Walsh and Mykl Wells on the theme of The Carnival

Opening Reception Saturday, September 28, 6 – 8 pm Exhibition September 18 – Dec 31, 2013 / Monday thru Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Circus Saturnalia featuring the Daring DJ Carl Hanni and Reverend Magic Kenny during the Opening Reception.
Ladies & Gents, step right up and experience the amazing Circus Show at Yikes Toys! See, for the first time ever, Melissa Dayeʼs watercolors on wood of anatomical circus animals, feast our eyes upon the strange and mystifying drawings of Catherine Eyde, crawl into the twisted mind of Sam Esmoer and his weird world. You will be entranced! Rare, unearthed photographs inspired by the Big Top created by Valerie Galloway from the early 1990s! Plus secret artworks by Mykl Wells, Nadia Walsh, Mel Dominguez and Vicki Lázaro! A spectacular event you donʼt want to miss!  An experience of a lifetime!
Ringmaster / drawing by Catherine Eyde

Ringmaster / drawing by Catherine Eyde

 

Trappings of Ease / oil painting by Sam Esmoer

Golden Age of Androgyny / photograph by Valerie Galloway

Golden Age of Androgyny / photograph by Valerie Galloway

 

The Charmer / papercutting by Nadia Walsh

The Charmer / papercutting by Nadia Walsh

This Clown/ Acrylic & Spray Acrylic/ by Mel Dominguez

This Clown/ Acrylic & Spray Acrylic/ by Mel Dominguez

Calaca Catalina / raku mask by Vicki Lázaro

Calaca Catalina / raku mask by Vicki Lázaro

Ghost Circus / oil on panel with handmade cardboard frame by Mykl Wells

Ghost Circus / oil on panel with handmade cardboard frame by Mykl Wells

Tiger / watercolor on wood by Melissa Daye

Tiger / watercolor on wood by Melissa Daye

 

 

 

 

 

Big Bad World / paintings by Sam Esmoer

Opening Reception / Saturday, May 4, 2013 / 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates / May 1 – June 1, 2013

    Three Sister Serenade / Sam Esmoer     Siesta / Sam Esmoer

Shadow Dance / Sam Esmoer      Road Time / Sam Esmoer      Cat Scratch Fever / Sam Esmoer

Times Like This / Sam Esmoer     Floating Dreams / Sam Esmoer       Every New Day / Sam Esmoer

Limited Edition Yikes Sticker by Sam Esmoer

 

 

Tucson artist Sam Esmoer was born in Indiana in 1962, he spent his formative years in Illinois, Colorado, and Arizona. Sam started drawing and painting at a very young age. After graduating from High School in Colorado, his interest in art continued to develop at Arizona State University, he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1985.

Sam describes his work these days as, “Slightly twisted paintings of the Southwest.”

His paintings feature many of the same subjects you would see in traditional southwestern art but in a progressive younger unique generation X style. His skateboarder punk rock background has a major influence on his style.

Sam’s more recent paintings revolve around 1950s Southwestern culture and architecture. There’s always a story being told by his subjects and their interactions with each other. His painting are almost like you are seeing a single frame from a movie which continues beyond the painting. Sometimes his interest in Aztec and Mayan art is combined with contemporary depiction’s of everyday life, what you get is something unique to the Esmoer style. His brightly colored paintings are mainly acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and oil paint.

Being involved with the skating and punk rock scenes of the early to late 80′s, Sam created numerous punk rock flyers, skateboarding T-shirts, jackets and other paraphernalia. His collection of work from this period documents the emotional feelings of this underground culture.

Bio courtesy of virtualtucsonmagazine.com