Ruh Row

Happy to share the fun little emerging strip at 16th Street and McDowell. I recently opened my gallery here and believe more artists / galleries / creative space could really fit well into this community known as Miracle Mile.



If Phoenix walls could talk, their voices might be unrecognizable, at least according to the people who paint them for a living.

Phoenix artists are feeling the effects of gentrification downtown, where they say increased development is pushing out communities that made some neighborhoods trendy in the first place.

Read the story HERE.



“Artful Politics” Exhibit Opens May 7 at Puerta’s Gallery

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Artful Politics

Puerta’s Gallery Opens Inaugural Exhibit Focused on Politics

Phoenix (May 7, 2018) – Puerta’s Gallery announces its opening exhibit, Artful Politics by artist Dorri Thyden.

Opening Reception: May 10, 2018, 5:30–7:30 pm

Artful Politics is an eclectic compilation of paintings that represent modern political issues in the US. From immigration to party politics, the exhibit provides a forum for discussion while showcasing the bright colorful stylings of the artist. Each painting uses abundant color, movement and images to make a political statement and welcome commentary.

Dorri Thyden has been involved in art projects for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., California and Arizona. She developed her style with an eye towards simplicity. With a background in the legal industry and politics, she uses art to contradict the complexities of the world by creating unassuming, colorful images that convey myriad of messages. She usually paints using pure, bright colors, only occasionally mixing or graying colors and enjoys extending the lines of objects to illustrate a motion of colors.

Dorri holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland.

About Puerta’s Gallery

Puerta’s Gallery is an art gallery dedicated to creative expression, critical thinking and community engagement. By combining her experience in politics and civics with her love of art, Dorri opened Puerta’s Gallery to serve as a creative outlet for people to learn and engage in policy and politics through art. A democracy can only work when its constituents are informed and active participants. Sound bites from mainstream media and partisan rhetoric can often limit the depth and analysis of good information. Knowing and understanding how to source and evaluate accurate and unbiased information is critical to a successful democracy.

By focusing on political art, Puerta’s Gallery fosters a multidimensional and in-depth approach to evaluating ideas and perspectives through creative expression. From cave paintings to pop art, the visual representations of ideas and information have always been used to communicate culture, ideas and historic events. Puerta’s Gallery looks to use art to encourage and foster an open mind and critical eye toward the ideas we share and the information we consume.

For more information contact:

Dorri Thyden, Owner

(202) 271-1434

Good Q: Is Art for Pleasure or Politics?

I say both. Politics has a bad reputation, but it is the fuel that drives the evolution of  a civil society – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Art is a form of communication that is so ingrained in that same evolution and it cannot be separated from politics.

Great Article from the Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on CNN’s websiteHERE

Above: Diego Rivera’s “Guernica”