Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

  • Fair’s fair: Prescott Regional SciTech Fest returns

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Judy Paris, president of the Children’s Museum Alliance and original organizer of the Prescott Regional SciTech Fest and Dr. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of Arizona SciTech Fest. The fourth annual Prescott Regional SciTech Fest is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Prescott Gateway Mall, 3280 Gateway Blvd.] ***** How did you get the Prescott Regional SciTech Festival started? Paris: Well, between 2004 and 2007, I’d organized a group of people, all volunteers to start a STEM-based museum for kids of all ages in Prescott. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. So, we had our own children’s science museum. We truly wanted to blend all of the sciences with the arts, so we added an art focus. They went smashingly together. As part of developing the museum — which, unfortunately, closed last June— I met Jeremy and went to a couple of informational sessions he had regarding SciTech fests. Flagstaff has had one for years. I visited that and that’s when I really decided we needed to make the jump for Prescott. STEM-based jobs aren’t only the future of our community but of the globe. I just wanted to show what Prescott actually has, as there are a lot of science-focused hidden treasures here. So much that’s going on locally in

  • Canvasing the community: High Desert Artists take art to seniors

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations with Pamela Lopez-Davies and Deanna Matson, the former of whom is the High Desert Artists communications director and the latter of whom is a new member of the group. Contact the High Desert Artists via their Facebook Page, High Desert Artists Inc.] What can you tell us about the High Desert Artists? Matson: The group has been active in Chino Valley as a nonprofit for 30 years. Right now, we have artists that represent painting — oil, acrylic, water color —and artists who draw, who create fine art, and who make jewelry. The goal of the group is to continue volunteer work to teach seniors how to paint at the Chino Valley Senior Center. We also do community outreach and have small grants for local nonprofit agencies. Right now we have 23 members, and another goal is to grow that number. Over the past 30 years, that number has changed. We’re looking for photographers, people who work with computer graphics, crafters, quilters, sculptors, and, really, all the arts and crafts are welcome in the group. The dues are $24 per year, and a family can join for $40. Meetings are on Saturdays. Lopez-Davies: There’s a business portion to the meetings. Sometimes there are activities or demonstrations by local artists. We talk about upcoming activities and shows. An example

  • One for the books: The Purple Cat celebrates one year turning pages

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Shari Graham, owner of The Purple Cat used books store. Their one-year anniversary celebration, replete with prizes and entertainment, is Feb. 3 and 4 at 3180 Willow Creek Road, 928-776-0116.] Can you give us a little background about yourself and the story behind The Purple Cat’s name? I had a tax accounting business in Prescott for 17 years, so this has been a nice departure for me, really, where I get to interact with people. That’s what I enjoy the most. Plus you get to hear good jokes. … The name is because, well, simply put, it makes me smile. When I was getting ready to open the shop, I had about two pages-worth of ideas for names and, honestly, they were all boring. I wanted something memorable and, when I saw the clip art of the cat we use for our logo, the name and that little guy’s face made me smile. That’s it. Looking back, a year in, what do you wish you would’ve known starting out a used book store? I wish I would’ve known more about what trends to expect, when are the slows times and busy times, things like that. Summer was a lot slower than I expected, then the fall started out slow then turned out to be

  • An open letter to Prescott

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    Over the last year or so, the Prescott City Council has considered adding fees to have a library card and to access the Prescott Public Library. Hours have been reduced – not significantly yet – but the decision to close on Sundays means an estimated 800-900 people don’t have access to the library at all. This may be the working mom who’s trying to take a class online or the student who needs the internet to complete a class project but whose family can’t afford home internet access, or someone looking for some respite by delving through the catalog of books. When Prescott City Councilmembers began suggesting that the library was not a “need,” and that if you wanted to use the library that perhaps you should pay for it, I became disappointed and distressed. So, I had 10,000 postcards printed to be delivered to City Council as they began the process of creating next year’s budget. This conversation was largely in part due to budget cuts and the city’s PSPRS (Public Safety Personnel Retirement System) liability. The city has two choices: increase revenue to pay down the debt or cut non-vital services. I feel the library is a vital city service. The concept and program are simple. Simply pick up a card, write a personal message on it, and we’ll deliver your thoughts on the Prescott Public Library to

  • Taking STEPS: Children have brush with art at the ‘Tis Annex, show at gallery

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and STEPS program art educator and artist Sue Lutz and ‘Tis maven Patti Ortiz. The STEPS Art Education Program for Children exhibit is Jan. 2-14 in the mezzanine gallery at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223. The artists reception is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.] This is supposed to start with me asking you what the STEPS program is. Why don’t you share one of the projects first and we’ll dovetail into that? Lutz: One of the things each student did in this class was a self-portrait that they cut out and put together to make a mural. That class was a mix of painting and drawing with a twist of history, for example famous artists. I also introduced them to different media. There’s some water color, crayons, pastels, paint, and marker. Even the little kids can do all of that. I also introduced them to famous buildings around the world, so they got architecture, too. Ortiz: You have to tell him about your song! Lutz: Well, there are five basic elements of art that I teach them and it has this song. … [Editor’s Note: A song and dance go here. Ask Lutz; it’s quite a show.] The little ones really love that. Anyway, it gets them moving and teaches

  • There’s no time like the present … except for maybe 1917

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century. Here’s a highly partial, by-no-means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year anniversaries to ponder in 2017. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this is a nearly identical intro to a similarly themed piece for the January 2015 and January 2016 issues of 5enses. Was it any less effective?)   ***** January, 1917 • J.R.R. Tolkien begins writing “The Book of Lost Tales,” the first draft of what later becomes “The Silmarillion.” January 10, 1917 • William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”) dies. (Was born in 1846.) March 2, 1917 • The enactment of the Jones Act grants Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship. March 4, 1917 • Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, becomes the first woman member of the U.S. House of Representatives. March 7, 1917 • “Livery Stable Blues,” recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, becomes the first commercially released jazz recording. April 1, 1917 • Scott Joplin, ragtime pianist, dies. (Was born in 1867 or 1868.) April 14,

  • Art for the arts: Arts Prescott Gallery raises funds for Skyview School arts

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Anne Legge, of Arts Prescott Gallery; Breanna Rogers, Skyview School dance and performing arts teacher; and Lisa Hendrickson, Skyview School visual art teacher. The Skyview School fundraiser show is Nov. 25-Dec. 21 at Arts Prescott Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717.] Could you give us an overview of the show and fundraiser? Legge: Every year, Arts Prescott does a fundraiser for a community-based charity, in other words, a charity based in the Tri-City area. We’ll have donated artwork on the guest wall for the entire month, donated by every member of the co-op as well as other community artists. The charity, itself, solicits work, so there’s an especially wide variety of art. This year, we chose Skyview School’s art and dance program. 100 percent of sales go to them. Sometimes, for fundraisers like this, it’s open to a very small group of people who actually see the items donated. One of the nice things about this is that it opens it up to the public. It’s to be featured on our guest wall for Fourth Friday, which is Nov. 25. There are gift cards, prints, and original pieces. They range from $5 to $500. There are art cards of students in dance, as well as art cards of students’ art. The show includes art

  • Notch on wood: Yavapai Toy Makers craft toys for children in need

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Perry Breitenstein and Mike Foster, board president and secretary of the Yavapai Toy Makers, respectively. Find out more at YavapaiToyMakers.Org.] How did the Yavapai Toy Makers get started? Breitenstein: Ed Harrison, who passed away in October — he was our founder. He started the group about six years ago. As I understand it, he couldn’t sleep one night, went online, and discovered how many children were diagnosed with cancer every hour of the day and how much time they spent at the hospital. So, instead of making furniture for our homes, we started making wooden toys for children who are sick. From there it grew, and now we give toys to kids in foster care, with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), for children who’ve lost their homes from fires, and just children in need…. When we first started, it was in the wood shop at Yavapai College making 15 toys a month. Now, we make about 700 toys a month and deliver them all over the state. The first group we ever donated to was the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and we still donate to them to this day. I should mention we’re incorporated as a 501(c)(3). We also donate toys to CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice) a couple of times a year, Stepping

  • Fancy footwork: Local youth take the stage in touring ‘Nutcracker’

    Nov 22, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Marina Rogova O’Brien, director and choreographer for the local portion of Ballet Victoria’s “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, YCPAC.Com, $18-$38.] How did you get involved in the production? I’m a professional dancer and choreographer. I’ve been teaching at Yavapai College for the past nine years — dance and fitness classes. About two years ago, we got a new dean in the Performing Arts Department, Dr. Craig Ralston. Since Craig has taken that position, we’ve gotten a lot more musical theater. He’s gotten the staff involved in a lot of artistic performances. Last year, I was involved in “The Secret Garden” show, and this year we’re getting “The Nutcracker.” It’s an adapted version called “The Gift of the Nutcracker” done by a professional troupe, Ballet Victoria company from Canada. They bring their professional dancers here, and they do most of the solo dancing and lifts, but the corps of ballet is local kids. Craig said it’d be a nice show for Prescott to feature local kids, but we needed to have a local choreographer. I agreed and started working with Paul Destrooper, the artistic/executive director on the Canadian end. I became 100 percent responsible

  • Encore, encore: Winter show highlights recent artists of The Raven Café

    Nov 4, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Maria Lynam, one of the art directors behind “Encore,” which is Nov. 19-Jan. 8 at The Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., 928-717-0009.] How did “Encore” come to be? Betsy Dally, my business partner and the other art director at The Raven, and I decided on it early in the year when we were setting up the calendar. We wanted a group show around the holidays that featured all of the artists who’ve had shows at the Raven since we both started about a year and a half ago. … They’re all excellent artists, and there’s a variety of media such as mixed media, oil painting, photography, and 3D art. It’s an exciting show. One of the nice things about The Raven is that they’re kind enough to let local artists hand their work in their gallery. We have very few public spaces for art, and this is an important venue. Bringing back the people who’ve already participated with us seemed like a no-brainer. Also, always thinking about what patrons of The Raven want to see, it makes sense to bring these people back. We’ve had a lot of sales from these artists, and they provide a lot of variety. Hanging a show with such diverse pieces must be quite the challenge. It is

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