The American West has always been a beacon for adventurers, entrepreneurs, trend-setters and, of course, artists. “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West,” is an exhibition of 100 works by 70 well-known artists from the celebrated Tia Collection that makes its debut at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
When Cave Creek’s Ciolim Gallery hosts a weekend-long fundraising event Nov. 17 and 18, the true beneficiaries will be the historic Salt River herd of wild horses who once numbered over one million strong. Now it is believed that fewer than 600 remain in Arizona.
The Dorris Opera House may sound like a mere myth to some thanks to the limited remaining evidence of its existence and the tall tales of its heyday that involve a “massacre.” However, it is in fact one of Phoenix’s most significant pieces of history, contributing culture to the city thereby putting it on the map and stimulating its growth.
Artist Newt Grover’s career has always centered around the use of fire. His burning desire to create has evolved throughout the years and has taken him from one art form to another. He has now found his artistic groove in glass blowing, and from private collectors to large public exhibits, the beauty of what he creates, and how his art in enjoyed by others continuously humbles him.
Beth Zink is always thinking of new ways to showcase her vibrant contemporary floral and landscape paintings. In the 13 years since she has been a studio host during the Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour, she has sold original acrylic paintings, giclées, prints and notecards. Her home décor and outdoor art product lines have featured accent pillows, tile art, and custom-designed chairs, tables and other furniture.
One of Arizona’s oldest performing arts organizations is about to receive a long-overdue honor. And if that was not enough, the prestige arrives in the midst of the group’s best season yet—a season that builds upon its storied history and provides audiences with the symphonious sounds of the Valley’s most talented male singers.
Strolling through the Orientation Gallery of Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum, there is one instrument in particular that is almost impossible to miss. One could even say that it is the elephant in the room: it is nearly as enormous and very rarely discussed.
These are the first words that came to mind after meeting Jace Williams, a somewhat reserved Cave Creek 14-year-old who attends Cactus Shadows High School. Jace is not your typical Arizona teenager; he’s part of the USA Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnastics Team and is headed for St. Petersburgh, Russia this November to compete in the prestigious World Age Group Competition (WAGC) in trampoline.
Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up at three years old. However, 14-year-old North Scottsdale resident Avery Gay knew from the second she stepped out on stage for her first ballet recital that dancing was not only her journey, but also her destination.
When Michael Phelps’ mother first enrolled him in swim classes at a local aquatics center in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, he didn’t take to it like a fish to water. In fact, he was so afraid to get his face wet that his teacher started him on his back to foster a better sense of comfort in the water. From that shaky beginning, the rest is Olympic history.