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Everything’s coming up Rosie

Rosie's House holds its 2012 Anniversary Celebration this Friday

Everything’s coming up music at Rosie’s House, a Phoenix music academy for children founded in 1996 to serve low-income families by inspiring social change and helping students develop a committment to personal and academic achievement.

Their “2012 Anniversary Celebration” takes place this Fri, March 2, from 6-8pm at Scottsdale Artists’ School. Folks who attend are encouraged to don “festive attire” for the event that’ll span both gallery and patio spaces.

Cello student at Rosie's House

Rosie’s House will honor three individuals during the event — including Michael Christie, music director of The Phoenix Symphony, jazz pianist and arts advocate Charles Lewis and Rosie’s House piano faculty member Erin Crawford.

Both Lewis and jazz singer Alice Tatum are performing “musical selections” at Friday’s shindig, as are Rosie House students.

Music advocacy and jazz stylings are all good and fine, but some of you may feel motivated to attend by the prospect of acquiring an amazing bit of rock and roll bling — an electric guitar signed by Nils Lofgren, who has performed with Bruce Springsteen as a member of the E Street Band. Also Neil Young and Ringo Starr.

Other auction items include a California vacation package (think $500 US Airways gift card and 3-bedroom vacation home in Encinitas), an Arizona hiking package (think 6-night stay in a log-sided cabin in Overgaard) and a musical performance by violinists Dian D’Avanzo and Karen Bea of The Phoenix Symphony.

Sounds like lots of hip eateries — including The Vig, Il Postino, Beckett’s Table, Downtown Public Market and Cibo — have donated raffle basket items. Others supporting the cause with donations include Harkins Theatres, AMF Bowling, Arizona Diamondbacks and many more.

Tickets runs $75 and are available by calling 602-252-8472 or clicking here.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about Rosie’s House and here to learn more about Scottsdale Artists’ School

Coming up: Art meets cell phone


Artists caught in the act

Mesa artist Sherri Aldawood told me about the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in Scottsdale

I enjoyed a delightful conversation with Mesa artist Sherri Aldawood and her husband last week. Aldawood was one of many artists I met during a “Visions of Arizona” reception at the Arizona House of Representatives building. Her oil paintings “Balcony With Bougainvillea” and “Boys Fishing” are part of the exhibition.

One of two artists caught in the act of painting during our Saturday visit to the gallery

When I asked Aldawood where her work is currently exhibited, she told me about the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in Scottsdale. I’ve actually driven past it many times during shopping jaunts to what’s now called The Pavilions at Talking Stick — but assumed it was a purveyor of mass produced fare.

The Arizona Art Alliance Gallery is full of paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry and more

I decided to explore the gallery with my son on Saturday, and was thrilled to be proven wrong. It’s actually home to a volunteer organization whose 33 member groups, all based in Arizona, represent more than 4,000 visual artists.

I was thrilled to discover a new place to find gifts of jewelry and original art

The Arizona Art Alliance has an outreach program funded through the proceeds of art sales, donations and grants — which features art education and art mentoring programs.

Country House by Claude Picard is one of many works I'd love to live with every day

It’s part of their overall mission to “celebrate Arizona’s diverse communities and rich cultural traditions, inspire creativity, grow local economies and enhance the quality of life for all Arizonans.”

Christopher enjoyed these and other works with animal-related subjects

We take art for granted far too often, but I suspect most of us would feel a deep loss were arts and culture removed from our homes, schools and public gathering places for even a single day.

Franco Valentini's Primordial Land is one of several works featuring nature scenes

The Arizona Art Alliance Gallery is a great way to introduce children to artworks including sculpture, jewelry, carving, painting and more. Gallery volunteers greeted us warmly when we arrived, and we got to watch two artists paint while we were there.

This photographer, standing next to his "Swizzle," graciously shared tips with my son

Another artist, whose photograph “Swizzle” was among our favorites, spent lots of time talking cameras and film with Christopher — and we were delighted to encounter so many folks of generous spirit.

Artworks are exhibited in all sorts of creative ways at the Scottsdale gallery

One shared that she’s been a longtime reader of Raising Arizona Kids magazine, something it’s heartening to hear in an age when print publications are struggling much like arts organizations to find and keep advertisers and subscribers.

There's plenty of room to stroll and linger at the Arizona Art Alliance gallery

I hope all the parents who frequent The Pavilions at Talking Stick for arts and craft supplies (Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, Michaels), toys (Toys “R” Us) and movies (UltraStar Cinema) — will make time to enjoy the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery during their future visits.

We both loved the lines and colors in these works by Barbara Lacy

Keep the gallery in mind next time you’re shopping for artwork for your home or gifts like jewelry for family and friends. It’s fun to catch artists in the act of painting, and lovely to spend time with folks who are so gracious.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about the Arizona Art Alliance, here to learn more about “Visions of Arizona” and here to learn more about The Pavilions at Talking Stick

Coming up: Art meets automobile, Bald is beautiful

Metro Arts museum tales

A Gretta Wallace work from the IMAGINING DANCE exhibit by Metropolitan Arts Institute students. The exhibit runs through May 1 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

I often attend performing arts events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, so I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the current art exhibit in the young@art gallery several times already — though this Sunday will be my last chance.

The young@art gallery is housed in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, though it’s a part of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art just across the walkway.

One of my favorite pieces of artwork — a glass house of sorts — lives just outside the gallery’s entrance, and I look forward to sharing pictures with you in a future post.

But today the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix. It’s a charter school, serving students in grades 7-12, which offers academic classes as well as diverse performing, literary and visual arts.

Think theater, dance and music. Film and creative writing. Drawing, painting, 2D/3D design and photography. And other fun stuff like algebra, geometry, calculus, biology, chemistry, anatomy, English, history and Spanish. 

The “Imagining Dance” exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, video imagery and more. There’s a large dancing dinosaur suspended from the ceiling, a whimsical birdcage housing colorful birds and other works easy for folks of all ages to appreciate.

The young@art gallery is a single room, making it a manageable way to introduce art to the very young. It’s in a venue that’s part of Scottsdale Civic Center — which features outdoor sculpture, colorful gardens and tables perfect for picnicing. Also water features, fun paths for exploring and more.

It’s all located near Old Town Scottsdale — home to plenty of galleries, shops and eateries. And just across the street from the Scottsdale Public Library, which has an engaging children’s area with lots of places to relax and read.

But the “Imagining Dance” exhibit alone is worthy of a trip to this neck of the woods. It runs through May 1, so don’t delay if you’re eager to check it out.

Laura Hales, associate curator of education for SMoCA, says the students’ work “suggests to me that they were very comfortable working with this theme.”

“Much of it shows humor,” adds Hales. “It is easy to see when teens are grappling to make sense of something: the work looks angst-y, dark, emotional.”

“This work,” reflects Hales, “looks light, humorous and inventive. I think working with dance as a subject was a good fit, met their interests and really did inspire them.”

Like all young@art gallery exhibitions, “Imagining Dance” works were created as part of the SMoCA education program — which has been in place (at different locations) for 21 years.

The gallery’s mission is “to showcase, celebrate and inspire the artwork of youth” and “promote strong youth art education programs around the Valley.”

The many exhibits we’ve enjoyed there through the years have been meaningful — and often magical.

It’s a lovely space to explore when you’re nearby for SMoCA or Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts events, or anytime you feel the need for a bit of art inspiration created by and for the young.

— Lynn

Coming up: Musings on “Billy Elliot,” Nursing tales, Mothers who write