The Play’s the Thing

Southwest Shakespeare Company hosts Naked Shakes at Taliesin West By Niki D’Andrea William Shakespeare’s history plays dramatize five generations of Medieval power struggles. If someone were to watch stagings of all of them in a row, they would be sitting still for almost 24 hours straight. That sounds like Medieval torture. Thankfully, professor Irwin Appel has taken eight of the Bard’s historical plays an ...

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Celebration of Fine Art

Jake Potje and Susan Morrow Potje connect artists and collectors By Lauren Wise For almost 30 years, the Valley has hosted one of the country’s premier art events: the Celebration of Fine Art. Sprawled under white tents in Scottsdale from January to March, this juried, invitational show and art sale showcases over 100 artists from around the country, who continuously create and sell their pieces from within ...

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Frozen in Time

Exhibit of Barry Goldwater’s photos captures rarely seen sides of Arizona By Niki D’Andrea Ali Goldwater remembers flying in a plane over the Grand Canyon with William F. Buckley, Jr. and her grandfather, Barry Goldwater, when she about 5 years old. “We flew up there, and he would always have a camera,” she recalls. “He usually had a couple cameras with him, because he’d be shooting black and white and colo ...

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Walk of Life

A stroll through Cave Creek Museum reveals the area’s rich history By Lauren Wise In 2019, Cave Creek is seen as a rugged, charming gem, nestled up against Scottsdale for easy access to a day of rodeos and cowboys, gorgeous hikes and ranching. But did you know about its storied history of artists and minerals—like how Cave Creek onyx was used to decorate buildings at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair? Or the on ...

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Full Circle

Beth Hyatt unveils new work at Arizona Fine Art EXPO   By Sue Kern-Fleischer   In some ways, Beth Hyatt has come full circle. She loved to draw as a child and even moved to Chicago to pursue an art career at the Art Institute of Chicago, but she was swept into the world of fashion, where she worked as a model. Several years later, she and a friend started Model Image Center, Inc. to help new models lea ...

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Oh, My Gourd!

Ray Villafane’s pumpkin art is the centerpiece of Halloween By Lynette Carrington   Fall is the ideal time to get acquainted with Ray Villafane, a talented artist who has literally carved a niche of his own. It’s safe to say Villafane owns Halloween. The world-renowned talent will take center stage once again in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree from Friday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 28. Hailing ...

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Art Breaking

Hidden in the Hills studio tour gives guests an in-depth look at local creatives By Sue Kern-Fleischer   Like a geode, the artistic gems of the North Valley are hidden inside. You have to crack the surface to see all the treasures. Luckily, art collectors and those seeking original holiday gifts can get inside the proverbial geode during the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills artist studio tour and sale, ...

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Daniel Shepherd

Artist's vintage collages and minimalist paintings fascinate viewers A self-taught artist based in Phoenix, Daniel Shepherd creates fascinating abstract paintings and collages. Shepherd's abstract paintings are contemplative and minimalist in style. He refers to his painting technique as ambient painting and works with bright, saturated colors that often collide with pastels or minimal abstractions that bec ...

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Spirit of the West

Exhibition features extensive collection of western film graphic arts   By Julie Carlson Photos courtesy of Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West   Throughout history, Native Americans have been portrayed inaccurately in the media. A new exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West challenges those perceptions and misconceptions by bringing a new understanding to Native Ame ...

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Denise Fleisch brings a distinctive style to her Scottsdale gallery

Art Sense  Denise Fleisch brings a distinctive style to her Scottsdale gallery. By Nicole Royse Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale is Lotus Contemporary Art. Owned by Denise Fleisch, a local artist, the art space features her provocative abstract paintings. Fleisch has been creating art and running her own gallery for over 20 years in the Valley. She creates minimalist abstract paintings that cente ...

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Cultivating Art: Nicole Royse aims to showcase Valley artists in a fresh light

Cultivating Art  Nicole Royse aims to showcase Valley artists in a fresh light. By Emma Suttell Nicole Royse has spent her career moving between art shows and galleries and writing about emerging artists for North Valley Magazine. Now the owner of her own gallery, Royse Contemporary, she’s extending her art network to showcase Valley artists in a new light. Raised in Orange County, California, by her grandp ...

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Area artists come together to celebrate the Suns’ golden anniversary

The Sole of PHX  Area artists come together to celebrate the Suns’ golden anniversary. Photos by Tim Sealy By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski A Grand Canyon State native, artist Isaac Caruso has fond memories of Compass Arizona Grill—the never-ending view of the Valley, the colors and the Mother’s Day brunches. “I recall looking out through the window and seeing the whole downtown skyline,” Caruso says. “It was ...

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Scottsdale’s Gallery Andrea showcases the work of mother-daughter duo

Floral Fascination Scottsdale’s Gallery Andrea showcases the work of mother-daughter duo. Owned and operated by international artist Andrea de Kerpely-Zak and her daughter Andrea Zakrzewski, Gallery Andrea has been a staple of the local art scene in Old Town Scottsdale since 2004. Andrea de Kerpely-Zak has been creating and exhibiting her mesmerizing artworks for over 35 years and her pieces are internation ...

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John Randall Nelson: Local artist offers a bold and unique narrative

John Randall Nelson Local artist offers a bold and unique narrative. Phoenix-based painter, sculptor, and performance artist John Randall Nelson offers his viewers familiar subject matter. Utilizing a bold and vibrant color palette blended with his painterly style, he works in a faux-naïve way that seamlessly blends painting, drawing, and text with a unique and bold narrative. “Ambiguity and metaphor are ce ...

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Charmagne Coe: Mixed-media artist captivates with her enchanting surrealist artwork

Charmagne Coe  Mixed-media artist captivates with her enchanting surrealist artwork.   By Nicole Royse Phoenix-based artist Charmagne Coe creates alluring surrealist mixed media paintings that feature a dazzling combination of watercolor, ink, and pastel that dance across the canvas. Her work conjures both the inner and outer-worldly, and possesses a free and delicate style. Coe’s creations transport v ...

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