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Feelin’ girly

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I stumbled on several shops featuring fun and feminine fare during a recent trip to Art Intersection in Gilbert. They’ll open a new exhibit called “All Art Arizona 2012” tomorrow night, so it seems the perfect time to introduce you to a couple of their neighbors — the Pink Zebra Boutique and the Petite Party Studio.

The opening reception for “All Art Arizona 2012” takes place Sat, June 2 from 7-9pm. The juried exhibition, which “celebrates all forms of visual art” by Arizona artists, features sculpture, photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media, artist books, and more.

Remember when you’re in that neck of the woods, that there’s plenty of art to be found at Gallery 225 — also in the Gilbert’s Heritage District. All are just a short walk from Hale Centre Theatre, currently presenting both “Rapunzel” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Those of you inspired by all things crafty in the snapshots above should check out “Chicks Who Give a Hoot,” an eclectic blog by two lovely ladies well known in Valley theater circles — Sara Chambers and Dawn Rochelle Tucker.

Sometimes feelin’ girly is a good thing.

— Lynn

Coming up: Art meets archeology

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Art intersection

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I headed out a few weeks ago to enjoy the opening of “Emerge” at Art Intersection in Gilbert, which offers exhibitions and classes focused on visual arts for youth. I first met the fine folks of Art Intersection while attending this year’s Scottsdale Arts Festival near my own neck of the woods.

Driving east up Gilbert Rd. towards their studio and gallery space in Gilbert’s Heritage District, I spotted a long line of teens waiting their turn at a bit of Joe’s Real Barbeque. I like to believe they’d have hit the nearby Gilbert Farmers Market too had it been Saturday morning rather than Wednesday night.

A arrived at the two-story building housing Art Intersection to find an upper level courtyard filled with youth watching a fellow teen doing his singing thing. While exploring the Heritage Court complex, I stumbled on Banner Neuro Wellness — which offers diverse programs for people living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. Think visual arts, dance and more.

When I got to Art Intersection, I found several teens huddled around a tall table talking art and everyday life. Nearby, I spied a collection of works drawn with colored markers by an artist named Sam Irving who’s living with autism. A father and son admired old cameras displayed on a high shelf and checked out the venue’s collection of art books.

I turned right down a short, narrow hall to discover a nicely-sized and well-lit space where classes in everything from painting to photography are held, then made my way to a wide-open gallery with blonde wood floors where a dozen or so folks were milling around enjoying student artwork.

“Emerge” includes works by “emerging talent ranging from high school to undergraduate students” — and runs through May 26. Next up is “All Art Arizona 2012” (June 2-July 28), an exhibition of sculpture, photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media, artist books and more — all juried by Art Intersection’s curatorial staff.

After exploring Art Intersection offerings, I strolled west on Gilbert Rd. and stopped in to chat with all sorts of business owners. One graciously granted my request to photograph inspirational quotes painted on several walls. Another told me about their creative birthday party fare. After complimenting a boutique owner on her vibrant offerings and display, she shared a bit about her interior design background.

Nearby, the owner of a gallery filled with eclectic wares answered my questions about several quilted works as students and their grown-ups from a nearby school worked to take down items from an auction held that evening to raise funds for their school.

If you’re eager to explore all things arts and culture in Gilbert, you can enjoy this season’s final “4th Friday Gilbert Art Walk” from 6-10pm on Fri, May 25. Remember too that Gilbert is home to the Gilbert Historical Museum and Hale Centre Theatre, which opens “To Kill a Mockingbird” directed by D. Scott Withers (also an associate artist with Childsplay in Tempe) this week. Hale’s Children’s Theatre continues its “Rapunzel” run through June 30.

Look for Art Intersection where N. Gilbert Rd. meets Cullember Ave. It’s an intersection surrounded by art that’s full of heart.

— Lynn

Note: Look for an article on the changing face of libraries in the June 2012 issue of Raising Arizona Kids, then click here to learn more about public libraries in Gilbert.

Coming up: More East Valley fun finds, Once upon a window

Art meets Mother’s Day

Treat mom to time and art from the heart this weekend

Lately my kids have taken to asking me, “What do you want for Mother’s Day?” But you can’t buy what I really want in a store — because it’s time. More time on the planet. More time with my children. More time to myself. Hence I’m happy to share several places moms can celebrate with their family or escape for a blissful bit of solitude.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is offering brunch in the Café at MIM, prize giveaways throughout the day and museum tours for Mother’s Day. Kids can make crafts for mom ($2/craft), treat mom to something special from the MIM Museum Store or take mom to an evening concert by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.

Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale is presenting a free “Music & Musings for Mother’s Day” performance featuring popular Broadway tunes and touching stories about moms presented by five studio members with special guests (followed by a champagne reception). Reservations are recommended for the Sun, May 13 at 2pm event (and there’s special seating for “Spring for the Studio” donors of $100 or more).

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company’s Curtain Call performs “Annie Jr.” this weekend

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is offering free admission to moms and grandmothers who bring a child to the museum on Mother’s Day (they’ll be open from 9am-4pm and kids can make a fun craft for mom). And plenty of theater companies are doing family-friendly shows. Think “Annie Jr.” by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company’s Curtain Call youth theater — and more.

If you’re eager to avoid the Mother’s Day crowds, consider celebrating on Saturday with a stroll though one of Arizona’s many art districts. Folks in and around Gilbert can enjoy the “Emerge” exhibition at Art Intersection (open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm) — which features juried works by emerging photographic artists from Gilbert High School, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Art Intersection is located in the Gilbert Heritage District near plenty of shops with fun fare for moms.

I snagged this flyer while checking out Scottsdale Civic Center Library renovations

Mothers Who Write/Mothers Who Read presents a free public reading by past and present participants in the “Mothers Who Write” workshop led by Amy Silverman of Phoenix New Times and Deborah Sussman of the ASU Art Museum. It’s taking place Sat, May 12 at 2pm at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Stage 2), and sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. (Please note that some material is not suitable for children. Darn.)

When in doubt about what to give, let mom pick a little something from the gift shop at your favorite museum, performing arts venue or local business that supports the arts. For more family-friendly events and special Mother’s Day offerings with an arts twist, click here to explore the Raising Arizona Kids calendar online.

— Lynn

Note: Always check hours of operation before heading to your favorite venue

Coming up: Art meets wellness, Gilbert art adventures

Lightning strikes

National Poetry Month strikes again in Arizona

Poet Eduardo C. Corral, a native of Casa Grande who holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from his recently released collection “Slow Lightning,” Tues, April 10 at the Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus.

Slow Lightning,” Corral’s first collection of poems, was selected as winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition — making Corral the first Latino to receive this honor. Next week’s reading, sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.

There’s plenty of poetry around these parts nowadays because April is National Poetry Month. Tempe Center for the Arts, for example, is presenting four “Tempe Poetry in April” events this month — featuring Josh Rathkamp (April 4), Jeannine Savard (April 11), Margaret Holley (April 18) and Sherwin Bitsui (April 25). These TCA events are free, so you’ve really no good reason not to give poetry a whirl.

Center Dance Ensemble presents two performances of “American Voices,” featuring new choreography coupled with words by great American poets, Sun, April 15 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. And PVCC Dance at Paradise Valley Community College presents “Kinetic Poetry” — a “collection of dances reflecting the inner voice of the artist” that features “the voices and movement of PVCC dance students and guest artists” — April 27 & 28.

Art Intersection in Gilbert presents “Haibun: The Poetry of Walking” with instructor Mark Haunschild April 7 & 14 — noting that haibun is a classical Japanese form of travel writing combining prose and poetry, first popularized by Matsuo Basho during the 17th century.

The Tucson Poetry Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with participating poets that include Eduardo C. Corral, Karyna McGlynn, Ander Monson and Patricia Smith. All are offering free writing workshops, and taking part in a two-hour panel, Sat, April 7 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson.

The Poetry Center presents “Poetry Off the Page” April 9-May 31 — which they describe as a gathering of poets “for whom the stage and all of its demands, such as voice, projection, sound effects, lighting, body movement, acting, props and image, all help create a new syntactic breadth for the poetic voice.”

Seems participating poets will be “pressing into new territories in theatre and song and film, performing, in many cases, original never-seen-before work for the Poetry Center.” The center is also offering exhibits featuring poets working in the visual arts. Think Cecilia Vicuna, Danielle Vogel and Jeff Clark. While you’re there, check out “Artistexts,” curated by Johanna Drucker, too.

The Arizona Humanities Council presents “Sharing Words, Changing Worlds” Thurs, April 12 at Tempe Mission Palms. The keynote speaker for the free 6:30pm-8:30pm event is Pulitzer Prize Winner and Poet Laureate Rita Dove — who’ll share poems from her recent book “Sonata Mulattica,” about a young mulatto violinist’s encounters with Beethooven.

Event organizers note that Dove will “reveal how she came to be uniquely suited to the task of rescuing the mixed race violinist George Augustus Polgreen from the shadows of history, and how history comes alive through art.” Dove, who taught creative writing at ASU from 1981 to 1989, and has been honored by both President Clinton (National Humanities Medal) and President Obama (National Medal of Arts). She served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995.

Things are looking good at this point for a bill moving through the Arizona state legislature to create an Arizona Poet Laureate, according to Rusty Foley, executive director for Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts. Nothing’s a sure thing, of course, until the ink dries on a bill. But I like our chances, and there’s already good news to celebrate with the passage of a bill reauthorizing funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

To find additonal poetry-related events in your area, check the calendars for your local libraries, museums and bookstores — plus performing arts venues and college/universities. Also the websites for organizations like the Arizona State Poetry Society and Arizona Authors Association.

Wanna trip out your kids? Just tell ’em you’re heading out with friends to play with words for a while. Then buy them a journal, watch for kid-friendly poetry programs in your community and inch them along towards the day they’ll be the ones making lightning.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to find family-friendly events any day of the year from Raising Arizona Kids magazine. If your April poetry event in Arizona isn’t listed above, you can comment below to let our readers know.

Coming up: Musings on “Dance Moms Miami,” Movie review: “Bully”

Art camp alert!

Artwork by students of the Scottsdale Artist's Studio Youth Academy, which has a summer fine arts program for ages 6-18

Fond as I once was of stringing macaroni necklaces at the kitchen table with my three young children, there were times I longed to actually serve food on the darn thing.

My children are grown now, but for those of you who still find the surfaces of your home layered in crayons, origami paper, beads and sculpting clay, I offer a sampling of art camps in the Valley and beyond.

The “Art For Fun! Studio and Gallery” in Phoenix offers drawing, painting, mosaic, ceramics, mono-printing and collage classes for grades 1-12.

Art Intersection” in Gilbert offers crafts, photography, silk-screening and more for ages 6-11.

The Art Institute of Phoenix” in offers a variety of visual arts workshops, plus career exploration, for grades 10-12.

As You Wish Pottery” in Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe offers pottery painting classes for ages 5 & up.

Carrie Curran Art Studio” in Scottsdale offers painting, drawing, design and other options in a studio atmosphere for ages 6-12 — plus teen drawing and painting workshops.

City of Glendale Public Art Program” offers screen printing, print making, art around the world and more for ages 6-13.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Taliesin West” in Scottsdale offers architecture, design, stained glass, ceramics, sculpture and more for grades 2-12.

Mesa Arts Center” offers a variety of thematic classes in art for grades 1-12.

Phoenix Center for the Arts” offers a visual arts program with end-of-session gallery exhibitions for ages 6-14.

Scottsdale Artist’s School” offers classes in a variety of media using professional art equipment and lighting for ages 6-18.

Shemer Art Center and Museum” in Phoenix offers a variety of visual arts sessions for ages 7-12.

Summer Art Academy” in Gilbert offers drawing, painting, cartooning, clay, scupture and jewelry for grades 1-9.

Tucson Museum of Art” offers cartoon art, origami, print making, mask making, painting, book making, drawing, photography and more for ages 5-12.

Vision Gallery” in Chandler offers painting, ceramics, art history and more for ages 8-14.

Looking for more art classes for children or teens? Check with your local art galleries, art schools, public libraries, schools and museums for ideas — plus local art venues and city park/recreation or public art departments.

For a comprehensive list of summer camps in the Valley, click here.

— Lynn

Note: Museum meets mall as “Splendid” opens next month at Scottsdale Fashion Square — and celebrates with a June 25 crafting event for kids and parents, plus a three-day exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Coming up: Combat meets canvas