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Saguaro Land: Turning pieces of the Sonoran Desert into art

And now, we continue our series on the Sonoran Desert, Saguaro Land.

Today, we’re foraging the desert with an artist who actually uses pieces of the Sonoran Desert in her work.

Mayme Kratz grew up about 60 miles east of San Diego, on the edge of the Anza Borrego Desert. She says it was part of her landscape growing up — and part of the reason she was drawn to Phoenix.

She currently has an exhibit called “Dark Garden” at Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix. In it, she incorporates parts of plants and other desert creatures into her art.

The Show met up with Kratz at the gallery to talk more about her work and began by talking about the difference between the desert in which she grew up and the one in which she now lives.

“Dark Garden” is on display at Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix through April 2023.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.