Sunday, April 28, 2013


"frank lloyd wright", this painting derived from photo in the Library of Congress public domain image base. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

The second part of the diptych featuring the David and Gladys Wright house will be the image of his father and building's architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Since there is so much information on the internet about Frank Lloyd Wright, I thought it would be fun to share an episode of "What's My Line."

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Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

Continuing with my series based on the Arizona Preservation Foundation's endangered buildings list we find a story with national recognition and a happy ending.

If you live in Phoenix you were sure to have heard the news last year that the David and Gladys Wright house was in danger. Located in a lovely Arcadia neighborhood, this Frank Lloyd Wright gem made national news when its owners were planning to sell it for demolition and have the property developed and replaced by new homes. This plan was stopped when an anonymous buyer paid $2.387 million for it, stopping the developers.
A victory for preservationists around the country, the sale came about through the intercession of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a group that works to preserve the architect’s legacy. The sale unfolded in virtual secret; few people beyond the sellers, their agent, the buyer and officials at the conservancy were aware of its details.

The fight to save the house had galvanized preservationists and stirred spirited debates among City Council members over the value of preserving historically relevant structures versus the need to safeguard homeowners’ property rights.
Source the New York Times.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2013

Jacob and I will be showing at First Studio, along with printmaker, David A. Higgins, on first Friday, May 3. There will also be live music provided from 7 to 9 by Mary Petrich, Mike Ozuna, and Will Goble.

We hope to see you there.

Here is all the info:

first studio
631 N 1st  Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85003


may 3 thru 31

featuring the work of:
david a. higgins
jacob sahertian
patricia sahertian

opening may 3, 2013
6 to 10 pm

for more information call patricia sahertian at 602.218.6046
or david a. higgins at 480.202.2451

Directions to First Studio: It is helpful to remember that both First Avenue and Central Avenue near the building are one-way streets (regardless of which side of the light rail tracks you are on) and you must get on the correct side of the tracks to reach the gallery. There is limited parking at the gallery, or you can park at the Art Museum or near Portland's and walk down to First Studio, it is just two blocks south of Roosevelt. 

here is the facebook invite.

Monday, April 1, 2013


"JFK", this painting derived from photo in the Library of Congress public domain image base. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

The second part of the diptych featuring the Westward Ho will be the image of John F. Kennedy.
On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die.
Source: The White House
For me, the image of JFK evokes the personal feelings of a school girl hearing that announcement made. We all went home early. Children crying, parents crying, it was confusing and all too sad.

It's hard to imagine, being a new-comer (well, is nine years new?) to Phoenix, that the Westward Ho once was our preeminent hotel.  I love learning about its past and its memorable guests, which included JFK.
Other reminders of the hotel’s heyday are found in an office operated by Erling Eaton, a resident who serves as the Westward Ho’s historian. He said he started collecting artifacts due to his curiosity about whether Monroe had once stayed in his room.

Some of the memories include photographs of John F. Kennedy giving a speech outside the hotel and Margaret Truman, the president’s daughter, sitting in the Kida Club.
Source: Tucson Citizen Morgue
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