Arizona art collectors and aficionados are undoubtedly familiar with the dozens of galleries and working studios throughout Old Town Scottsdale. Three gallery/studios, Quan’tum Art, Inc., Leslie Sandbulte Art and Blink Gallery have created a unique art gallery and studio partnership that combines a vision of artistic appreciation, business acumen and good, old-fashioned friendship. All three are located steps off Main Street and west of Marshall Way in an area known as the Courtyard.
Each year, the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce taps the town’s top business to receive the Celebration of Excellence Business of the Year award. It’s always a tough competition, and this year’s nominees are no exception.
Bringing the natural beauty of the desert to discriminating clients through her art, Dyana Hesson gathers inspiration from a variety of sources. Each painting is a work of love and, like the desert, the unique elegance of each piece reveals itself during the weeks and months during which it is created.
Luxury cruising is the fastest growing sector within the travel industry. Travelers are looking for a five-star luxury experiences while traveling to obscure or newly discovered locales.
Light pours in through the windows of Sam Pratt’s Paradise Valley home studio, illuminating abstract contemporary paintings on their canvases, the rustic flagstone floors and curated collections of things that inspire her: sketches from friends, a scrap of fabric, an artfully-arranged display of silver shoes and sculptures created by her son, who is a metal artist in Sedona.
Michael P. Johnson has presence. It’s not the fact that his 6-foot, 4-inch frame makes him tower over most of his friends or his distinct mane of long white hair that makes him stand out in a room; Johnson has a distinctive energy about him that isn’t seen so much as it is felt.
Ask any tourist what brought them to Arizona, and you’ll likely hear something about the more obvious attractions: the Grand Canyon, the weather, and spring training et al. Anyone living in the desert knows, though, that it’s the unassuming things that make Arizona special.
Hardly a little girl alive in the 1960s didn’t dream of dancing and singing like Chita Rivera. The tiny, dark-haired dynamite had a high-energy sass about her that captured the imagination of America at a time when dance was becoming a popular language of its own.
There’s something mystically wonderful about the euphonious sound of chamber music resounding from the walls of Sedona’s majestic red rocks. It’s indescribable, and a magic that is bringing casual music lovers and serious students alike to Red Rock Country for the Fifth Annual Sedona Winter Music Festival.
Working with recycled materials is nothing new for artists, but two artists participating in Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival have made a niche for themselves with the unique materials they use.