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  • Going Places: Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour returns

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindi Shaffer, participating artist and executive member of the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour, and Johanna Shipley, first-time participating artist on the tour. The 11th Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. The opening gala is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Visit PrescottStudioTour.Com for a complete list of participants and more.] Cindy Shaffer, Astral Glass Studio, 697 Sixth St. Suite 106, AstralGlassStudio.Com, AstralGlassStudio@Gmail.Com. What is the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour and how does it work? You visit artists in their studios and actually get to see how they work. With my own medium, people often don’t understand that I start off with sheets of glass and stack them and fire the piece multiple times. The studio tour allows you a different way of looking at mediums and interacting with artists and finding out more about what you’re looking at. A lot of us do demos, and that education piece is a big part of this. … I think the more the public realizes how much time you put into the process, the more people appreciate the final result. Also, the demos help expose the kids and the big kids to more parts of the

  • Meeting of minds, cultures: Prescott Powwow returns to Watson Lake

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Manuel Lucero IV, chairman of the Prescott Powwow, of the Cherokee Nation. The Prescott Powwow is Sept. 21-23 at Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Road. Find out more at PrescottPowwow.Org.] What is the Prescott Powwow? A powwow is a gathering of native people. Most powwows, these days, are inter-tribal powwows with people coming from all over the continent to dance and pray and trade. These have been going on for hundreds of years. It’s usually in the summertime. It’s a time to see old friends, make new friends, meet relatives you never knew you had, trade, and, some times, marriages come out of the meetings. It’s about sharing with other people, about having a good time. We’ve been doing the Prescott Powwow for 12 years. Unlike some other powwows or social gatherings you may go to, there are no contests or money to be made. People come to our powwow because they love to do it. … The powwow usually starts with the grand entry, which is like a parade with all of the dancers from all over the different regions of this continent, which we call Turtle Island, which is North America. It goes into dance demonstrations of different styles from different regions, and from there, there are social dances as

  • Life, death, & strange dreams

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell On April 12, 1992, Joe died. Actually, he’d been mostly dead for a couple of weeks, laying in a coma in a hospital. His injuries were the result of severe trauma, multiple skull fractures, and his brain was effectively disconnected from his spinal cord. Joe was in his mid-30s when he met his end at the hands of an angry teenager with a bad attitude and a 2×4, but this story isn’t about the senseless death and violence that is so common in America. I met Joe in 1982 when he reluctantly hired me to be a computer artist and photographer at a company where he was the production manager. We didn’t exactly get along. He was playing the corporate game at the time, and I was a rather opinionated and arrogant young man fresh out of college. We had opposing views of the corporate world but similar artistic sensibilities. The difference between him and me, art-wise, was he was a trained artist working in a business environment and I was a practicing artist who worked to fund his art. After a year working in a field of cutting-edge art, but for a shortsighted and low-paying company, I bailed out and moved on to another job. Joe stayed and played the corporate game until the company went bankrupt and he found himself in the market for a

  • Imaginationings: The Tale of Shovelman

    Aug 12, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russ Miller “Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.” ~The Shoveler, “Mystery Men” When Ms. Troglodyte turned to her mate and said, “Grog, if that pile of saber-tooth bat guano was just six feet to the left, I could watch the herd migration so much clearer from the cave entrance.” Mr. Grog, being a dutiful Neanderthal and wishing to keep peace in the cavern, attempted to move the daunting pile with his massive callused hands. This may well have been the moment his eye fell upon the mastodon scapula left over from the ceremonial cookout which inspired the critical prehistoric notion of the shovel. He was also the ancestor of my father. My dad knew his way around a shovel and, consequently, so do I. Alongside my father, I have shoveled truckloads of manure, sawdust, gravel, topsoil, rocks, sand, and mud so thick and deep it would suck the shoes off a horse. And I’m talking Percheron, here. Since our ancient ancestor’s discovery, the purpose of a shovel hasn’t changed. We use this basic tool to move a pile of stuff from one location to another. Even if a shovel is being used to dig a hole, the principle remains the same. Setting posts, digging a footing, planting trees, cutting irrigation channels, or removing snow or ice from driveways: “in situ” material locations

  • True as steel: The art of Natalie Krol

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Natalie Krol. See more of Krol’s art at NatalieKrol.Com.] Were you into art as a kid? I took a journalism class in junior high school, and that’s where I learned I loved expressing myself through prose. Poetry, though, became my favorite. I wrote a lot of poetry and tackled all the “why” questions. Why is there war in the world? Why are people unhappy? That’s big stuff to get into, right? And it was great fun. … When I moved into high school I got into literature. When I got married, I wanted a career that would let me stay home with my kids, so I started writing children’s stories. I remember one about a little cloud that talked to children about how the rain came. I decided one day that I would illustrate my stories. I’d met a gal who’d taken classes at the Chicago Art Institute, and I asked her to teach me to illustrate. I was about 21 at the time. I had one baby and another one in the basket. So, I went to her home and took eight lessons. Realizing I knew about as much as she did about art, I decided, hey, I’m going to art school, and I fell madly in love with the art world.

  • Simmyology: Why Not? Bellydance returns with ‘Beat the Heat’

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Lisa Hendrickson of Why Not? Bellydance. The troupe’s annual free “Beat the Heat” public performance is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Holiday Courtyard, 150 Montezuma St., on Whiskey Row. Workshops are held Saturday at the Holiday Courtyard and Elk’s Theatre. Register for $10 plus $5 for each class at WhyNotBellydance.Com. Workshop space is limited and first come, first served.] What is “Beat the Heat”? It’s a weekend devoted to bellydance workshops and a public performance. This August will be the third year we’ve done it. The basic idea is to bring together different bellydance troupes throughout the state of Arizona so we can just connect and learn different movements and watch each other perform. The workshops are open to dancers, even those who’ve never done bellydance before. They take place throughout the day Saturday in the Holiday Courtyard and at the Elks, then, at night, we have the public performance. That’s so we can enjoy each other’s performances and expose the public, at large, to bellydance. That part is always free and open to the public. That public part of this — what are some of the misconceptions surrounding bellydance? Sometimes there’s a notion around bellydance that it’s very cabaret like, just a solo artist who’s dancing and often there are glittery

  • Clothes Encounters: ‘Drag Time’ returns to Prescott

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    It’s that time once again, and 4AM Productions has an exciting new venue … Thumb Butte Distillery! Here are the deets and, of course, the glamor shots. Drag Time • 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25: 4AM Productions presents “Drag Time,” hosted by Aimee V. Justice with the talents of Aubrey Ghalichi, Sasha Bratz, and, for the first time in Prescott, Nikki Knowles. (Thumb Butte Distillery, 400 N. Washington Ave., DragTime.BPT.ME, $10 online, $15 door) *The bar will be open and lite fare is included in the ticket price

  • Imaginationings: Tales From the Attic

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell When Grandma died somebody had to clear out her home, get rid of all her stuff, and sell the house. Nobody wanted the job, and every member of the extended family had some reason — or excuse — not to do it. So they dumped it on me. My Granny had always been very kind to me, so I was extra careful and respectful when I went through all her belongings to determine what needed to be saved, what would be sold by the estate sale company and what would be thrown out. As much as I wanted to get the job over and done with, I couldn’t just randomly toss things in the trash; no, I was sifting through a lifetime’s collection of what she’d saved as important. I was careful to examine everything. The housecleaning started easily enough, mainly because during Granny’s extended illness someone or somebodies had already collected all the things of obvious value. The jewelry, fine china, silverware, and valuable antiques were already gone. What was left were the things that had been put away decades ago, unseen and forgotten ever since. The last place to clear out was the attic, and I put it off as long as I could. It required the right mindset and a little courage to pull that old rope, hear the creak of rusty springs, and

  • On the Rocks: Take a tour of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Maggi Lieber, co-chairman, life member, and newsletter writer for the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club. The club’s 15th annual Prescott Gem & Mineral Show is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3 & 4 & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. , $4-$5, children under 12 free with paid adult. Find out more at PrescottGemMineral.Org.]   What exactly is the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show and what can you tell us about the vendors? This is our 15th annual show and sale. There’ll be more than 60 vendors selling a variety of things, all lapidary-, rock-, gem-, mineral-, and jewelry-related. Some of the vendors are members of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club, others come from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. We even have one coming up from Texas. They’re mostly coming from all over the Southwest. We have an approximate 80 percent return rate on vendors. It’s a good indoor show, climate control, and you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing away the wares — not that rocks wound blow away, mind you. To make sure we have quality vendors, they have to have at least 80 percent rock-/mineral-/gem-related materials.   The event seems to cater to rock hounds and jewelry people alike. What’s

  • Antelope Canyon Shootout: Just another ‘bucket list’ place to shoot a selfie?

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell Earlier this year, I found myself guiding a group of photographers to some of the more obscure photographic locations in Arizona. They wanted to photograph the well-known sites, too, including Antelope Canyon. It had been years since I’d been to Antelope Canyon — so long ago that I’d photographed it on film — so I joined the guys for an Antelope Canyon photography tour. I’m glad I did, and I wish I hadn’t. Compared to my previous visits to Antelope Canyon, this time it was uniquely unpleasant. Popularity isn’t always a good thing. Even if you’re not familiar with the name Antelope Canyon, you’ll recognize the photos. The images of the undulating sandstone walls and light beams of the slot canyons near Lake Powell have become iconic. Pre-2000, few people had ever heard of the place, which was also known as “the slot canyon” or “the corkscrew.” Post-2000, it seemed as if everyone in the world knew about Antelope Canyon and had to go there. In a very short amount of time, photographs of Antelope Canyon transitioned from rare and beautiful to commonplace — beauty gone banal. My own discovery of Antelope Canyon was via photographs in a book by photographer Bruce Barnbaum. His 1986 book featured a chapter of photos from an unnamed slot canyon. Although Barnbaum didn’t discover Antelope Canyon and didn’t disclose its location, he

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