Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

  • Artfully giving back: Les Femmes des Montage return with 13th annual show

    Jun 18, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Barb Wills of Les Femmes des Montage. The 13th annual Les Femmes des Montage show is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 8 in the Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Room, 122 E. Gurley St. Find out more at LesFemmesDesMontage.Weebly.Com.] What’s the origin of Les Femmes des Montage? This is a group of female artists that originally started out as teachers who donated 10 percent of their sales to art programs in elementary schools. Over the years, it’s evolved into a group of eight or nine women and we work with a nonprofit and we also donate 10 percent of our sales to that group. Why an all-women group? That’s just how the group started out. It was a group of art teachers and it just happened to be a group that was all women. We liked the name Les Femmes des Montage and figured if we were going to keep the name, we should probably keep the group all female. We do have guest artists every year, though, and have had males in that spot. So the group was all-female because of circumstance. Still, does the group’s makeup affect the art in any way? I think that just by our nature of being all woman, we come at art with a different esthetic. There are probably

  • Screen time: Prescott Film Festival returns for eighth run

    Jun 2, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon Has it really been eight years since Helen Stephenson launched the Prescott Film Festival? (Hint: Yes, it has.) This year’s event is June 9-17 — a longer, leaner week bolstered by two jam-packed weekends, plus an assortment of special events, workshops, and student films. You can find screen times and purchase tickets at PrescottFilmFestival.Com, but if you’re reading this you’re either looking for more info or want some context. So, here goes. … Everyone loves big, dumb blockbusters. They’re fun. And exciting. But small independent films have heart and soul. And, hey, some of them are fun and exciting, too. (Some of them are also big and dumb, but that’s neither here nor there.) Heart-warming or heart-wrenching, cerebral or emotive, an indie film has the power to move you. It can broaden your horizons or provide a refuge of escapism. It can challenge your world view or suggest a new facet of perspective. See all of those aphorisms? Films are so varied and effective that you can string all those trite expressions in a row and they still retain currency. That’s the power of film. But don’t take my word for it. Here, for your consideration, are some musings on the Prescott Film Festival from the reviewers and programmers who watched dozens and dozens of films in anticipation of the annual event to help cull the proverbial

  • ‘Usually they’re just fun & whimsical’: The art (and gallery) of Sean Goté

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon A stoic Easter Island idol, a mesmerizing wind turner, a classic Greek statue — there’s something everywhere at Sean Goté Gallery. And that’s just the outside. Inside, the doors to the building on 702 W. Gurley St. yield to a cavernous room filled with more treasures. Here a life-size lion. There a bust of Dante. And then there are the paintings. From realistic ravens to imaginative mountains to … is that Sideshow Bob/Mayor Terwilliger?! Sean Goté Gallery hasn’t been in Prescott that long, but its eclectic, stylized art and décor is already making an impression. Owner and resident artist Sean Hart discusses how he and his wife, Dolores, came to Prescott and reflects on painting, commerce, and community. … Sean Goté Gallery seems to have just materialized out of nowhere. How long has it been here and where were you before this? We actually purchased the building in September two years ago. We’ve been here for a year and a half and officially opened in November of last year. We had a gallery-slash-bar-slash-restaurant in Laramie, Wyoming for 20 years prior to this. I’m Wyoming born-and-bred from a little town of 1,800 people in Big Horn County called Greybull. Dolores, my wife, is from Texas. Why move to Prescott? And why this building? After 20 years of Laramie winters my wife said we were no longer doing winters

  • A table at the place: Senses enriches foodie life in Prescott

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Chef John Panza and Pastry Chef Cassandra Hankison, the team behind Senses. Visit Senses online via Facebook or SquareUp.Com/Store/Senses. Reach out by emailing SensesLLCInfo@Gmail.Com or texting SENSES to 22828.] What is it that Senses is and does? Panza: There’s three parts to what we do. We do popup dinners in and around Prescott, restaurant takeovers, and in-home dining experiences. The popup dinners are probably the most unique event we do. You purchase tickets to the meal without knowing where it is or what you’ll be eating. Twenty-four hours in advance, we disclose the location and the menu and let you know if it’s BYOB and things like that. When you arrive at the event, it’s up to 30 people all seated family style at a big table. It’s dinner and a show — I’m out in front and talk about the meal and there’ll be Q-and-As. It’s very intimate and very interactive. Some of the places we’ve done that have been the Groom Creek Schoolhouse and Studio 12, which is a photo studio, and the Thumb Butte Ramada in the Prescott National Forest. For the restaurant takeovers, you know a little bit more about it, specifically where it’s at. We work with small businesses and adopt our menu and meal to them. It’s not

  • A matter of record(s): TRAX Records returns to Prescott three decades later

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood The interior of TRAX Records looks exactly like what you’d expect from a small-town indie vinyl shop. The walls are lined with classic and new records beneath which runs row after row of LPs. A central island is buoyed by CDs, and, in the corner, rests an assortment of record players, concert DVDs, and various music-related errata. It’s cozy and unassuming. The music playing over the stereo is familiar and behind the counter stands a friendly guy who looks a bit like Paul McCartney. Often clad in a band T-shirt, sometimes donning a suit coat, he’s all smiles and is, naturally, excited to talk about music. TRAX Records has been at 234 S. Montezuma St. since November of 2016, but longtime Prescott residents might think it sounds a bit too familiar. Owner Daryl Halleck talks about his store’s storied history. … How long have you been in Prescott and how long has TRAX Records been here? Trax Records has been here since November of last year. I’ve been here since 1986, so that was 31 years in March. It’s all come full circle for me. When I first came to Prescott it was for a summer to visit family and I fell in love with it. I loved the downtown, I loved the courthouse, which looked a lot like the clock tower from “Back to the Future,”

  • Chalk It Up!: Hit the streets with Prescott’s premiere chalk art festival

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    What: Annual chalk street art festival When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23 Who: All ages & skill levels Where: Parking lot of National Bank of Arizona, 201 N. Montezuma St., Prescott Why: Art, culture, music, & more, benefits the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation Web: PrescottChalkArt.Com Worth: Free, plus premiums with donations BY THE NUMBERS Last year’s Chalk It Up! Event included … • 4,632 attendees (approx.) • 1,544 registered chalkers, namely … • 696 children • 233 youth • 615 adults • 1,250-plus boxes of chalk handed out • 1,457-plus squares colored • 11 guest and featured artists • 14 entertainers • 99 official sponsors • $12,000-plus raised for community mental health programs Source: Wes Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. GUEST & FEATURED ARTISTS • Lisa Bernal Brethour, Tempe • Dana Cohn, Prescott • Jeff Daverman, Prescott • Dani Fisher & Stephane Leon/Clayote Studios, Prescott Valley • Tywla Johnson, Imperial, Calif. • Scott Mackenzie, Litchfield Park • Lea & Ian Rankin/Rather Be Chalkin’, Youngtown (featured) • Tim Ritter, Orlando, Fla. • Holly Schineller, Tempe • Jamie Tooley, Queen Creek • The Van Patten Family, Prescott (featured) • Kim Welsh, Prescott Valley • Cass Womack, Brandon, Fla. • Willie Zin, Long Beach, Calif. By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Meredith Brown, development assistant at West Yavapai

  • Choose your own adventure: Sedona Open Studios Tour offers myriad paths

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    What: Sedona Open Studios Tour When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 28-30 Who: 59 artists from the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Where: Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, & Camp Verde Why: Art, culture, commerce, & socialization Web: SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org, Facebook Worth: Free ***** By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and artists on the Sedona Open Studios Tour as noted. Find out more about the tour, April 28-30 at studios in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde, at SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org and via Facebook.] No. 44: Mike Upp, potter and Sedona Open Studios Tour organizer Earth & Fire Ceramic Design, 1525 S. Aspaas Road, Cornville EarthAndFireCeramicDesign.Com, MJUpp10@Gmail.Com, 503-789-4437 How about an overview of the Sedona Open Studios Tour? Basically the studio tour is an event that gives people the opportunity to go inside the private workspaces of artists who are on the tour. It’s very different than an arts festival or gallery show where you’re looking at art but typically not meeting the artist or seeing their workspace. It gives you a chance to talk to the artist about their process, about how they do their work. You also get to see demos at some of the studios. It’s much more in depth than what you see at an arts festival or at a gallery show. You talk to the artist, you talk

  • 12 steps from Prescott: Prescott is your portal to … well, anything

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney It’s 2 a.m. and you’re reading a Wikipedia entry entitled “List of people who have declined a British honour.” Wait — how’d you get here? Weren’t you looking for info about how telescopes work? And what’s Sir Alfred Hitchcock doing on a list of people who’ve rejected the title?! As someone or other once said, “everything’s connected … especially on Wikipedia.” There’s a (practically) endless source of (partially vetted, mostly true) information just a few swipes and/or clicks away. But where to begin? How about at home, right here in Prescott. Using the Wikipedia article on “Prescott, Arizona” as your starting point, you can take a tour of tangentially related art, science, history, philosophy, economics, and even the film career of Christopher Lee. Tribes, plants, & seaman 1. Yavapai-Prescott Tribe 2. Indian Reorganization Act 3. John Collier 4. John Collier Jr. 5. San Francisco Art Institute 6. Dogpatch, San Francisco 7. Dogfennel (links to Anthemis) 8. Cultivar 9. Plant Breeders 10. Genetically Modified Food Controversies 11. Greenpeace 12. Sailormongering History, slurs, & fast food economics 1. Arizona Territory 2. Gadsden Purchase 3. Franklin Pierce 4. Historical rankings of presidents of the United States 5. James Buchanan 6. Doughface 7. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 8. Imperial presidency 9. Economic globalization 10. Cultural globalization 11. Big Mac Index 12. KFC Index Pros, prose, & political advisors 1. Red-light district

  • Seeing 2.0: A matter of perspective Neil Orlowski’s storied art career yields insight in sight

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Neil Orlowski. Check this story online at 5ensesMag.Com for an update about Orlowski’s forthcoming website. He also plays keyboard in Funk Frequency, who plays regularly around Prescott.] How did you end up in Prescott? I cam here for recovery, for treatment. It’s not something that I’ve intentionally hidden or anything, but, yeah, I came here in 2007 and have been here ever since. Originally, I’m from Leavenworth, Kansas, where I grew up. I went to school at Washington University in St. Louis, majored in illustration and got a BFA. Then I moved back to Kansas City and lived there until 2000, when I moved to Tucson, where my parents lived. I was there until 2007, when I moved to Prescott. How far back does art go in your life? I was drawing ever since I was a little kid. I’d draw anything, really. I remember when I was little, my mom would suggest I draw a bird or something like that. I used to draw on the church bulletins every Sunday. I was an incredibly shy little kid, so art and drawing was something I could do on my own. I got recognized for art at a pretty early age. I won tickets to a show in Kansas City for a drawing I did

  • Networking opportunities: Prescott PC Gamers Group take gaming to the next level, dimension

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Justin Agrell, aka quadcricket, founding administrator of the Prescott PC Gamers Group. Find out more about PPCGG’s monthly LAN parties at PPCGG.Com or vis Facebook. The monthly fee is $10.] When and why did you form the Prescott PC Gamers Group? We started on Feb. 15, 2014. That’s when I started the group, which used to be hosted at Game On in Prescott, back when it was there. A little after that, we made it official. The idea is for local PC gamers to have a place to meet up and talk. It’s not just a LAN party; it’s a community. We’re active on Facebook and have forums online, too. … I moved here from Florida in 2007, and I used to help administer a LAN party there. I missed the community and there wasn’t a LAN party scene here except in Phoenix. So, if no one else is going to do it, you’ve got to do it yourself. I figured, let’s see if there’s any interest whatsoever and let’s see what happens. I started spreading the word and got a few people together. It was small, but nice, and it kept going and grew from a party to a community. Some of the members on site aren’t even in Prescott anymore; they still

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