Soccer-inspired art event offers affordable prints and street soccer | Arts & Culture
With 10 Major League Soccer teams playing in Tucson between Jan. 26 and Feb. 23, Borealis Arts owner Nathan Saxton just couldn’t resist translating the sport into an art show.
“VelociPrints: On the Pitch” opens Feb. 9 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave. The art will be available for viewing and sale during regular business hours at Borderlands Brewery through Feb. 28.
The art by 20 local artists is all soccer oriented. The show’s theme and timing falls right between the FC Tucson SoccerFest (Jan. 26-Feb. 8) and The Desert Diamond Cup (Feb. 13-23), spring training for four MLS soccer teams: The Seattle Sounders, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and the New York Red Bulls. SoccerFest includes the Colorado Rapids, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders and FC Tucson.
“Soccer is a sport, even a way of life, that people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic levels passionately embrace,” said Saxton, whose Borealis framing shop is in the same warehouse as Borderlands Brewing. “We’ve designed this event in that spirit, and our goal is that everyone who attends is inspired to kick around a ball the next day.”
Each artist has created a limited edition print exclusively for “VelociPrints: On the Pitch.” In addition to the prints, several soccer-inspired paintings will be unveiled on opening night.
The “VelociPrints: On the Pitch” opening day event coincides with 2nd Saturdays, which each month offers Street Soccer. FC Tucson will offer the Feb. 9 Street Soccer at the Borderlands Brewing courtyard.
The event is free to attend and family friendly, with food trucks and craft beer from Borderlands available onsite.
Participating artists, including Matt McCoy, Daniel Saxton, and matlocktheartist, were chosen for their creativity, strong design skills, and natural love of soccer, or football as it is know outside of the US.
Founder and director Nathan Saxton strongly desires to see every Tucsonan who enjoys soccer, whether as a casual player, a serious athlete, or simply a rabid supporter of their home side, be able to add a new piece of art to their art collection.
For this reason, admission to the show is free, and prices for art begin as low as $11.
The Red Bull Futboleros will provide entertainment, and clips from the film “Soka Afrika” will be presented by the Kicking & Screening Film Festival.