This Month’s Honorees

Jaxine & Chuck Cummins

Jaxine Cummins co-founded the Arizona Pastel Artists’ Association and then was a very active Board Member.  Also she has been the Historian, Show Chairman and Past President of Phoenix Artists Guild.  Jax is also a member of the Scottsdale Artists League and a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance.  Jaxine’s active involvement with Arizona Art Alliance began in our first year.  She volunteered to team-up in teaching art to boys at the Eagle Point State Juvenile Corrections Center.  She volunteered for four years.  Jaxine states, “I think this was the most rewarding thing I have ever done”; (a very memorable experience).

Jaxine has continued to serve the Arizona Art Alliance on its Show Committees, participating in our first Jurying Committee.  She was tough too!  For years, Jaxine set up and managed the placement of the art in our exhibits and she is still photographing our exhibits and receptions.  She then edits and distributes the photos for best display and publication and has created a visual history of our organization.  Jaxine employs pastels, acrylics and mixed media in her artwork, which she has, by the way, successfully marketed.  If you want some tips, try to corner her and she will share with you.  That is, if you can catch her!

Jaxine’s favorite Artist, Vincent Van Gogh, is prominently displayed in Jaxine’s garden.  Jax has sold internationally, including England, Spain, Poland and Italy.  She has won many awards for her portraits, still life and experimental art paintings, and has ribbons from the Arizona State Fair, including “Best of Show” and two “People’s Choice” awards.  Jaxine has exhibited in many one-woman shows, including The Mohave Historical Museum, Banner Health – Good Samaritan, Corporate office of LIN-CUM, Inc., The Daily News-Sun newspaper lobby; and two-woman shows at Church of The Beatitudes.  She has often been juried into the Glendale Arts Council shows as well as the Shemer Art Gallery, JW Art Gallery in Hurley, New Mexico, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Art Gallery, Arizona State Fair, and Arizona Art Alliance Online Gallery.  Visit her at www.jaxine.com.

I have a little room left to tell you about Chuck, Jax’s husband.  When the enthusiastic Jax is around, there is only a little room left….sorry, Chuck!  Chuck is quite the guy, not an artist, but with a complete understanding of our Alliance art environment.  Chuck, a long-time Alliance Board Member (1,000 years), was always one of the first to take on a new assignment and those many assignments were often difficult and time-consuming.  But no matter how tough, he brought those to a successful end.  Chuck would take pleasure in being the Board’s devil’s advocate, as well as being the Alliance’s lead cheerleader.  Like Jax, he was always there to help hang and take down our exhibits.  Chuck was our Alliance Techie.  He, more than any other one person, helped prepare the Alliance for our present website and social media, and worked to keep our devices running.  Chuck brought the Alliance out of the Stone Age.

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