Eclectic Treasures Fill Artistic Mystic Gallery
"...the gallery's exotic and varied flavors come from (Deborah's) desire to showcase a range of local artists and not be confined to any one niche. The shop lives up to her dreams with dramatic glass art by Linda Smith, joined by the whimsical giant vulture by Craig Roberts, known as "the Hairy Potter". The gallery itself is a series of large spaces, small vignettes and tiny rooms. One space might be filled with international work such as baskets and totems from the Tarahumaras of the Copper Canyon, while the next enclave might be contemporary work from locals. 'I'm always seeking out new art and artists,' says Silvis. 'I've always pursued creative energy and over the past 30 years have been drawn to art events, markets and festivals.' She explains that she wanted to create a gallery that is comfortable, colorful, and more affordable than in the Scottsdale area.
Framing and matting are (also) a part of her business. And it is not unusual to find a jeweler or other artist working at their craft in the inviting atmosphere of the gallery."
Sept. 20-Oct. 3, 2008 Page A+26 AZ Arts San Tan Sun News
Distinctive treasures abound in unique art venue
"Deborah Silvis has turned a lifelong dream into reality with the opening of her new eclectic art gallery in Chandler called Artistic Mystic. The new gallery opened in April and has quickly attracted the attention of the local arts community. The gallery is located in a neighborhood environment, and affords an opportunity for local residents and out-of-state visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary art, without museum or high-end gallery prices." "The Native American art collection is of the quality rarely seen outside of Santa Fe or Scottsdale." "For those who like a friendly and inviting place to look for unique artwork, Artistic Mystic Gallery is a great find."
An Art-Themed Fundraiser - Arizona Republic (Chandler Edition) Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
Artistic Mystic Art Gallery is hosting a reception featuring artwork from students at four nearby schools. Work by students from Barker and Piper Elementary Schools in Scottsdale and the Red Mountain and Lehi schools on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community will be showcased. Proceeds will benefit children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. "The proceeds go directly to the kids," said Deborah Silvis, owner of Artistic Mystic.
The artwork featured will be acrylic paintings on canvas. The artists range in age from 8 to 16. The artists, as well as their families, are expected to attend the reception and will be available to talk about their work.
The students have been working with local artist, Joseph Wolves Kill, who has been teaching at the clubs for about eight years. Wolves Kill's work has been featured at Artistic Mystic. "He's not only taught art, he's been a mentor to them," Silvis said.
Weldon B. Johnson, The Republic/azcentral.com