The Art of Giving at Calvin Charles Gallery

By Lynette Carrington

The Art of Giving at Calvin Charles Gallery

Opening Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10

Calvin Charles Gallery has been a fixture in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Scottsdale for nearly two decades. Managing partner Veronica Graffius has the distinction of incorporating a unique selection of artists at the gallery that include those who create in homage to the gallery’s earliest focus on Asian art and artists who speak to the gallery’s more recent incorporation of modern art pieces. Next up at Calvin Charles will be a celebration of the holiday season with a group exhibition of small works in a range of mediums and techniques. “The Art of Giving,” opening reception takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 and the exhibit will continue through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

“The Art of Giving” is a group show of small works by participating artists Michael Kessler, Martin Spei, Kimber Berry, Monica Steiner and Marci Erspamer. “They are all represented by our gallery,” explains Graffius. “They are creating small works especially for the holidays and what we’re doing is giving a percentage of sales to charity.” In offering smaller works of art to art fans and the general public, it is an excellent way to introduce someone to the thrill and honor of owning an original work of art. “We’re trying to make it affordable for anyone that it looking for something special,” Graffius adds. Individual artists will be available to meet and speak with people at Calvin Charles Gallery during the run of “The Art of Giving.” Please call the gallery for the most up-to-date artist appearance information.

“Sometimes people come into a gallery and they might feel a little bit intimidated,” says Graffius. “Having small ticket items that are original, one-of-a-kind pieces to give to someone special - I say, ‘Why not?’”Stop by Calvin Charles Gallery December 10 through January 15 for “The Art of Giving.” Written information will be made available to gallery visitors so that they can personally connect with each piece of art on display.

Graffius understands that so many people enjoy viewing art online, but experiencing art up close and personal in a gallery is an entirely unique experience. “Younger generations need to connect more with art,” she explains. “Technology sort of takes away from going to museums, galleries and art fairs to make a one-on-one connection with the artists and the art. Young people that are using phones and iPads are our future art collectors. We need to let them know how beautiful the arts are and encourage them to come and see it in person and meet the artists.”

Calvin Charles Gallery brings together an eclectic blend of international artists living and working in the USA and modern masters of Europe and Asia. The clean, sleek lines and open feel of the gallery create an excellent space that showcase local, national and international artists who are represented by Calvin Charles Gallery. Some artists such as Pascal, Jennyfer Stratman and Yayoi Joy Senda have been with the gallery since its earliest days. Other featured artists include Rusty Wolfe, Pham Luan, Michael Kessler, Julie Schumer, Stephen Silver, Viet Dung, Thi Tham Poong and many others who share their unique gift with gallery visitors. Modern pieces and colorful exhibits by many gifted artists explore diverse themes in a wide variety of mediums.

As with most galleries in the Scottsdale Arts District, Calvin Charles Gallery attracts buyers from Scottsdale and from countries around the world. When looking for the perfect artwork to compliment your home or business, or to add to your own collection as an investment piece, managing partner of Calvin Charles Gallery, Veronica Graffius will ensure that buyers have a seamless transaction.

Calvin Charles Gallery is located at 4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Visit or call (480) 421-1818 for additional information.