Celebrate The Arts

It was a bitterly cold December day in Paris, yet the inside of The Louvre was filled with the warm glow of lights and the bustle of people. I remember just standing there in the corridor, absolutely speechless in the presence of such a great work. No, it wasn’t the Mona Lisa, it was something lesser-known to the general public—…

Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center’s Evening with Friends Fundraiser

This spectacular western-themed event will feature a memorable evening of shopping, dining and dancing to raise funds and support The University of Arizona Cancer Center's mission to prevent and cure cancer.

Childhelp’s 12th Annual Drive the Dream Gala

The sold-out event benefitting abused and neglected children in Arizona featured a sumptuous dinner, 
a heartfelt awards ceremony, celebrity guests, including Melissa Peterman, John O'Hurley and Cheryl Ladd, 
and a special performance by Michael Bolton.

Around Town

The Camby, the highly anticipated independent lifestyle hotel in Phoenix, is now open, revealing an elegantly urban respite where tradition meets invention. A captivating blend of sophistication, cutting-edge style and statement-making design, this one-of-a-kind hotel experience delivers refined revelry and is the first hotel in Arizona to be a part of Autograph Collection Hotels – Marriott International’s curated portfolio of…

Desert Bells in the Wind

Cosanti is a world-renowned foundry, and studio of Paolo Soleri, nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley. But you probably don’t know the first thing about this hidden treasure. “Cosanti is well-known around the world,” says Roger Tomalty, director of Paolo Soleri Studios. “But often people that are living in Paradise Valley are the least informed about it.” It’s not…

Living Art

One could easily say Denmark native and Artistic Director of Ballet Arizona IB Andersen is a master of his art, that being dance, of course. “I actually started ballroom dancing when I was four and I liked it a lot,” says Andersen. “Then my mother took me to audition for the Royal Danish Ballet School and I got in; but…

Painting the Town

Sara Abbott and her husband, Bob Lynn, who is president and founder of La Grande Orange restaurants, reside on the border of Paradise Valley in a 1964 Al Beadle home. Abbott, who is known for her contemporary pieces featuring a variety of colors and combination artwork, which includes both photography and paint, took some time away from her easel to…

Cowboy Spirit

A kid originally from Western Pennsylvania who didn’t move to this side of the Mississippi River until he was well into his forties might seem like an odd choice for True West Magazine’s “2016 True Westerner of the Year” award. However, for anyone who has met Abe Hays, they know the recognition is nothing short of a long-time coming. Now…

Hitting a High Note

Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum, or the MIM Center, offers visitors what many museums don’t: interaction. Catch a show at their on-site venue, designed so there isn’t a bad seat in the house, or bang on some drums on the first floor before heading up to the second floor for a first-hand look at colorful instruments from around the world. When…

All About Art

Thanks to Martha Evvard Shemer’s generosity, a bit of Arizona’s history was preserved in 1984 when she purchased and donated the property on Camelback Road and Arcadia to the City of Phoenix. In 1919, investors purchased 640 acres of land, built a small home on the property for the foreman and named the area Arcadia. However, excessive expenses and the…

As Sweet As A Cookie

Bright green cookie boxes filled with Thin Mints and Samoas might be the first image that appears when you hear the words “Girl Scouts.” However, this organization is about much more than just peddling these tasty treats. The national Girl Scouts organization was founded in 1912 with hopes of inspiring girls to find their “strengths, passions and talents.” The Phoenix-based…

The Creative Process

I sat there for a couple of hours, doing yoga, eating lunch, thinking about writing this article. What inspires me to paint? Or write songs? The creative process. Hmmm, hmmm.... twiddle, doodle, blank page. Truth is, I don't know how the creative process happens, it just does. There is no one way that my creativity comes to fruition. Sometimes I…