Focusing on Route 66 in Arizona, the exhibition strives to put the everlasting allure of Route 66 into perspective, showing how the existing Route as well as the route of memory continue to inspire artists today.
Exhibition artist Tamara Ruiz shares: “Growing up in Missouri, my childhood memories of road trips and family vacations revolved around Route 66. Roadside attractions, diners and neon signs. What could be better? I was fascinated by the bright colors and graphic designs on the signs and buildings skirting the highway. I frequently use the iconic Route 66 imagery in my mixed media work. The nostalgia draws viewers into the painting for a closer look. I find the unique architecture, signage and attractions even more charming today – as they bring back memories of a time before the nondescript strip malls that line todays highways.”