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Satellite Reef – Arizona

A detail from the Scottsdale Reef. Photo © the IFF.

In mid 2008 the IFF was approached by the Scottsdale Public Art program. Program director Valerie Vadala-Homer had heard about the New York and Chicago Reefs and wanted to begin a Crochet Reef in Scottsdale, AZ. We were delighted by the opportunity to see a reef come into being in a desert state; especially once we saw the beautiful cactus-filled gardens of the Scottsdale Civic Center Complex where an exhibition was proposed. Corals and cactii singing to one another - what could be more enchanting?

The process of beginning a Scottsdale Reef began in earnest in the Fall of 2008 when Margaret travelled to Arizona to lead workshops on hyperbolic crochet techniques. Workshops were held at the Civic Center Library and at Janie Ellis' Cattletrack arts compound. Arizonans took to reefing with enthusiasm; the lack of water in their home state inclines them to a high awareness of water-related issues and they immediately embraced the ecological dimensions of the project. During late 2008 and early 2009 crafters fanned out from the Library and Cattletrack to lead workshops at other venues throughout the city, including the Arabian Library, the Granite Reef Senior Center and the Via Linda Senior Center. Tempe Yarn and Fiber (a local yarn store) also held workshops and donated yarn. Artist Melissa Martinez was recruited as the Scottsdale Reef co-ordinator/curator with staff from Scottsdale Public Art all getting on board to help. The Scottsdale Reef will be making its debut alongside the IFF's Core Reef Collection (plus the New York and Chicago Reefs) in a major exhibition in The Gallery @ the Library opening mid April.

Exhibition Venue: The Gallery@ the Library
Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Exhibition Dates: April 11 - July 11, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday April 11, 2-4pm.

Public Lecture: Monday April 13, 6:30pm, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Auditorium.

The Scottsdale Reef and exhibition are proudly presented by Scottsdale Public Art.

For more information about the Scottsdale Reef see:

Special thanks to: Valerie Vadala Homer, Melissa Martinez, Neil Borowicz, Jes Gettler, Wendy Raisanen, Diana Fisher, Bethany Fisher, Emily Detrick, Greg Peterson, Keng Cheong