Arizona photographer Jimmy Fike’s work coming to CAC’s Visual Arts Gallery Aug. 27-Oct. 1

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - As the days become shorter and the temperatures drop, the Central Arizona College Visual Arts Gallery will host the photographic work of Phoenix native, Jimmy Fike, who is known for his wide variety of images, ranging from animals and transportation to landscapes and portaits.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception for Fike's exhibit, A Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery on the college's Signal Peak Campus. The campus is located between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

Fike's artistic stylings will be on display through Oct. 1. Canapes prepared by CAC's culinary arts students will be served as well as beverages.

"Within my system," Fike explained, "the plant is excavated, arranged in the studio, photographed, then illustrated digitally in such a way as to render the edible parts in color while the remaining parts, less emphatically, read as photograms. The plants in these images hover above an infinitely black space, referencing contact prints of botanical specimens from the dawn of photography."

Fike goes on to explain that, while this type of art may appear primative, its redeployment, in the precise moment of history, is vitally relevant to issues of sustainability.

"These edible plants grow all around us, in yards, alleys, ditches, and empty lots. It is my hope that this art offers people both information and insights that, if realized, kindle a reconnection to the natural world."

CAC's Visual Arts Gallery is located in the M Building (Clock Tower) on CAC's Signal Peak Campus and is open every Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., except for holidays.

For more information, contact Visual Arts Gallery Director Tom Belden by phone at 520-560-2452. He also may be reached by e-mail at

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814