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High school premieres Arizona theme

New Way Academy student art recently exhibited at Scottsdale's Calvin Charles Gallery

The Hamilton High School Band presents a free premiere performance of the “Arizona Centennial Overture” this evening, Dec. 13 at 7pm at Hamilton High School in Chandler. The overture is being conducted by its composer, Sy Brandon of Cottonwood– whose music you might have heard on NPR, MTV’s “Never Before Seen” and the Discovery Channel’s “Animal Planet.”

The “Arizona Centennial Overture” was commissioned by the Arizona Commission on the Arts to help celebrate Arizona’s centennial. It “pays tribute to the unique blend of the various cultures that had a part in shaping Arizona into what it is today.” The overture, six and a half minutes in length, is divided into three main sections.

The first section begins with “fanfares that announce the celebration,” then transitions to music paying tribute to the pioneers who migrated to Arizona. It’s rustic quality reflects “the pioneering spirit of the ranchers, farmers, miners, and merchants who came to Arizona seeking a better way of life.”

The second section pays tribute to “the various Native American cultures that are a large part of Arizona’s history and its present way of life.” It begins with flutes and percussion instruments representing the Native American respect for nature, which are followed by “a ceremonial dance that increases in intensity.”

The third section is “influenced by Mariachi music to recognize the Hispanic influence in Arizona.” It includes “an original rollicking tune” followed by “a lyrical melody.” A brief ending then “brings the work to a rousing close” with a mixture of fanfare, Native American and Hispanic elements.

“Turquoise and Thunderstorm,” a work for chorus, was also commissioned for Arizona’s centennial celebration. It’s the work of composer James DeMars of Tempe, whose works have been performed by the Phoenix Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, New York Choral Society and many others — and librettist Alberto Rios of Chandler, author of numerous collections of poetry and winner of the 1981 Walt Witman Award.

Both musical compositions are available for performance by a wide variety of musicians — including high school, college/university, community, faith-based, semi-professional and professional ensembles. To learn more about these works or tonight’s premiere of the “Arizona Centennial Overture,” visit the Arizona Commission on the Arts website at www.azarts.gov.

— Lynn

Note: Visit www.az100years.org to learn about additional centennial celebrations — which you can search by category (arts, educational, festivals, history, outdoors and more).

Coming up: Celebrating the centennial — arts and culture style


Scottsdale school joins Scottsdale ArtWalk

Faculty, students, friends and supporters of New Way Academy in Scottsdale gathered during Thurday night’s ArtWalk in Scottsdale for an exhibition of artwork by students, with a few fun teacher works — including an amazing quilt by school librarian Janet Caruth — thrown into the mix.

New Way Academy serves K-12 students living with dyslexia and other learning challenges, and understands the role of art in communication, imagination and self-expression. There’s always plenty of art lining the halls of the Scottsdale campus, but it was nice to see some of it on display for others in the community to enjoy.

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Students created works with various themes — like flowers or desert scenes, and used particular approaches, such as still life and surrealism. The diversity of their creations beautifully mirrors the unique individuality of each student. Exploring children’s art is like opening a window to the heart and mind. It’s breathtaking.

While attending Thursday’s exhibition at the Calvin Charles Gallery, I spied lots of intriguing works by grown-up, professional artists too. Some dense, some light. Some neutral, some bright. Some abstract, some traditional. A lovely variety, really, that leaves me eager to return again to explore the full measure of the gallery’s offerings.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about New Way Academy and ways you can support their work with students facing dyslexia, AD/HD and other learning challenges.

Coming up: Art classes for children and teens

Scottsdale gallery exhibits student artwork

Artwork by student at New Way Academy in Scottsdale

The Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale will be exhibiting work by students from New Way Academy during this month’s Scottsdale ArtWalk, taking place on Dec. 8. New Way Academy is a private school in Scottsdale serving K-12 students with learning differences including “dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and language based learning differences.”

Art by New Way Academy student

Student works will be exhibited from 6:30-8:30pm and many pieces will be available for sale, according to New Way Academy art teacher Linda Bonnell — who led the students in creating this collection. The Scottsdale ArtWalk, presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, takes place from 7-9pm.

The Calvin Charles Gallery website notes the it “brings together an eclectic blend of international artists living and working in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan, modern masters from Europe, Australia and the Americas, as well as mid-career nationally recognized artists, and local emerging treasures.”

This is the third time the gallery has partnered with New Way Academy to exhibit student artwork and raise funds for the school. Proceeds will directly benefit the New Way Academy art department to continue its support and education of children with learning differences.

Note: The Scottsdale Gallery Association is opening a “Holiday Small Works Show” on Dec. 1. Click here to learn more.

Coming up: The making of a Munchkin

Art adventures: Scottsdale ArtWalk

The Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday from 7-9pm, and features access to art sorts of galleries.

During a recent evening spent at the Scottsdale ArtWalk, I ran into plenty of families — including children and teens eager to show me their favorite pieces of art.

The event had a very casual, friendly vibe. The art exhibited was diverse and interesting. And it’s a fun event for both art afficianados and folks who just want to get out and try something new.

I took photos of my Scottsdale ArtWalk adventures — which I’m sharing below in the hopes that you’ll feel inspired to head out to Scottsdale yourself some Thursday night.

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Visit the Scottsdale Galleries website to learn more about galleries featured in this post, as well as other galleries that participate in the Scottsdale ArtWalk every Thursday evening.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn about Scottsdale Artists’ School, which offers classes for children, teens and adults.

Coming up: What’s new at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art?

Update: After writing the post, I received two related e-mails, a “thank you” from the Scottsdale Gallery Association — a classy gesture that’s always appreciated. And another from the Calvin Charles Gallery, who invited me to drop by their gallery next time I’m in what’s now called “The Original Scottsdale Downtown.” Here’s a link to their post, which features all sorts of photos of their gallery.