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  • (e)Motions: Dance class seeks seniors

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the Frame16 CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino Do you see certain groups of people working together successfully more often than others? What do they have in common? Mutual respect and understanding. Well, thanks to a dance course taught by Delisa Myles and Breanna Rogers, you’ll be able to see two seemingly unlikely community groups come together this spring. The “Choreography in the Community” class has been taught six times through Prescott College, the first being in 2000. This is the second time that Myles and Rogers are collaborating on the class. If you’ve been following the local dance scene, you may’ve seen these two dance together before. They’ve been choreographing and performing in pieces for five years together in and around Prescott. This upcoming class and performance combines men and women 60 years or older who register through Prescott College, where Myles teaches, and high school-age youth from Spring Ridge Academy — a therapeutic boarding school where Rogers works as a dance and yoga teacher.   Worlds apart, together Recently, I was lucky enough to sit down with Myles and Rogers and talk with them about the “Choreography in Community” project. I asked them why they come back to this project again and again. It’s the “intergenerational qualities of this project,” Myles said. “It is rare to find these two groups working together and they are usually interacting with their own age groups.” They

  • Cast of characters

    Nov 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the Frame18 CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino On a crisp fall day with leaves falling all around, I walk up to a Prescott house, through the front door and am greeted by a rather large mountain lion. Luckily, this particular mountain lion is a sculpture by Jesse Homoki, so I don’t need to remember any of my “What To Do When Confronted By A Mountain Lion” training. That’s a particular skill set you might need while hiking in Prescott, especially on the Brownlow Trail, which happens to be the home of another one of Homoki’s mountain lions. You may also remember a mountain lion sculpture that lives at the Prescott Public Library; it’s another part of Homoki’s sculpture family. Art & the artist Bronze and wax figures dot Homoki’s home and backyard studio. Each bronze sculpture starts life as a wax carving cast into what becomes a mold. These wax renderings are intricate and precise. I can only imagine how much time and meticulous attention to detail it takes to create them. Sculptures aren’t the only things I’m here to talk about. As you may’ve guessed by his last name, Homoki’s Hopi. He grew up in the Window Rock area on the Reservation, and he credits that upbringing with some of his artistic inspiration. Homoki attended Northern Arizona University as a mechanical engineering student and had never taken an art class. He took one, though,

  • Step x step

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the Frame15 CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino Flash forward to 1995, when Hardwick saw an article in the paper about contra dancing in Prescott. He went, looking for something different to do and never looked back. Hardwick connected with Folk Happens, the local contra and English country dancing group here in Prescott. He’s been involved ever since and has chaired the board for the past four years. What is contra dancing? It’s a type of pole dance originating in New England in the 19th century. It enjoys popularity worldwide but especially in North America. Dancers form two lines — men on one side, women on the other — with the partners across from each other creating a hall. Some dances can also be done in squares. At the beginning of each dance, a caller has couples call off one-two-one-two down the line. Couples with the number one switch sides so both lines are male, female, male, female, etc. The live band, which usually plays northern Celtic string music, starts up and the caller calls five or six particular sets of moves. Those calls propel couples up or down the hall. At the end of each line, couples are out for five or six calls, but still dance and repeat the sequence before that dance ends. Each dance is between 10 and 15 minutes and is intricate, graceful, beautiful, and, most of all, fun. Sound

  • The electric company

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino “Greetings.” “Get Well.” “Happy Birthday.” “Thinking of You.” These, and many other expressions, are how we reach out to those we care about no matter how close or far apart we live. You no doubt remember when we all looked forward to waiting for the mailman and checked our mail boxes to see what they held. With the invention of the Internet, email, and social networking websites, you could argue that handwritten letters and cards have taken a backseat. But what if we could combine thoughtful correspondence and the Internet? And what if a digital card could transport you somewhere else? “I think about people sitting in offices that haven’t seen a tree or ventured out in nature in a long time,” says Prescott artist Debanie Hael. And that’s the jumping off point for her new ecard business, eCard Art, which launched Aug. 20.   Digital greetings If you haven’t been the lucky recipient of an ecard, you don’t know what you’re missing. Ecards are animated versions of paper greeting cards. Hael personalizes the concept through her use of beautiful images and videos shot in the Southwest. Looking at each one is like opening a window into the beauty of the region we’re so lucky to live in. Just take a moment to sit back and venture out on a mini vacation. Hael has a history of

  • Outside the Frame: Once an Artist …

    Jul 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    Sadira DeMarino Melody McConaughy. I know her.  McConaughy has been a vibrant, enthusiastic member of the Prescott community for more than 19 years. She’s closely involved with Arts Prescott Gallery and ’Tis Art Center & Gallery’s STEPS program — a free after-school art education program for children. This comes as no surprise: McConaughy was formally a professional educator who taught every grade before high school and was principal. McConaughy minored in art in college. She laughs as she talks about being an artist at heart but needing a backup plan. In an isolated area in California, McConaughy brought her love of art into the classroom and was also an art education speaker, consultant, and mentor teacher. Today, she realizes it was her lifelong passion for art and her drive to be an artist that gave her an advantage at a time when there were fewer women in administrative positions. In Prescott, McConaughy finds herself fortunate to be in a gallery with 24 people who are grounded and part of the community she now calls home. Then & now Walking into her detached home studio, McConaughy stopped to show me a pin that she found in the desert of the small California town where she used to live. It’s a small, rectangular piece of metal, worn and old, but it glows with a life of its own. McConaughy says it’s been

  • Outside the Frame: Tiny stories

    Jun 27, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino A small medieval village in Mexico. Día de los Muertos. Intimate family gatherings. Decorating the cemetery for your ancestors. Children. Parades. Arms overflowing with flowers. Singing. Honoring, loving, and remembering. Tradition. Folk art. Art. “I’m not sure why I make the art I do, but there’s so much to be done,” says Prescott artist Dawn Reeves Elliott. Elliott works in mixed-media. If you were to see her entire body of work, you could identify any given piece as hers. The turquoise, ochre, and reds she uses are dead giveaways, but Elliott works in myriad mediums, connecting and choosing every aspect with thoughtfulness. Her pieces are collages, assemblages, wall hangings, sculptures.   This and that Elliott grew up in Tucson in a family where everyone worked with their hands one way or another. She was a teacher for 25 years and explored different cultures with her students, but not as an art teacher. She’s not a “trained artist,” but enjoys having more time to create now that she’s retired. “Retired.” She laughs as she says it and talks about the many activities she enjoys now that she’s got the time to entertain herself. One part of the new life she’s created is “finding.” Elliott’s art consists of found objects. She gets them at swap meets, yard sales, and thrifts. Friends find things and give them to her. She

  • Outside the Frame: Bits & pieces

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino On one wall stands a table covered in beads, stones, and jewelry. On the next, a large cabinet houses block prints, printed wood, and paper. On still another wall sits a table under a large bulletin board filled with pictures, quotes, and pure inspiration. Each surface is carefully covered with supplies, wire, stamps, findings, and tools. Strands of colorful beads and stones big and small hang on the walls, and finished pieces and works in progress alike coil in trays and on shelves. This is the creative space of jewelry designer, print maker, and artist Megan Dean. Working from her home studio, Dean enjoys a healthy variety of creative endeavors. Eleven years ago, while attending art school in Tucson, Dean saw a Help Wanted sign in the window of a well-known jewelry store. Though unfamiliar with this medium, she got the job. While researching the history of beads, something clicked. “This is going to change my life,” she thought. And thus began her love affair with beads. While working at the store, she took beads home and practiced working and designing with them. She became further acquainted with beads while working hands-on with them in the store’s museum. She soon began buying beads and crafting her own jewelry. Since then, it’s evolved along with her life as an artist and woman.   Intent and purpose Recently, she’s

  • Outside the Frame: The stage is set

    May 7, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the Frame5,985 CommentsRead More »

      By Sadira DeMarino The stage is set. More particularly, the main stage at Prescott Center for the Arts is set with 1950s-style beds, a table, chairs, gym lockers, and bookcases. To my immediate left sits a vintage TV and, beyond that, a desk with a typewriter. I also notice a coat rack with several hats and a jacket, a Bakelite radio, a Brownie box camera, a small American flag, trophies, and nautical art. Anticipation and excitement build inside me as I absorb the set for “A Thousand Clowns.” I remind myself that I’m not here to see this show. I don’t believe me. This set’s details invite the audience to interact. I look at the desk again and, after noting the nearby oriental rugs, spot a pocket watch and a pair of glasses. I realize I’m getting lost in the details when I count the clocks. Six. Six clocks. This is the art of set design. A door opens. Randy Faulkner steps through, smiles, and offers his hand in greeting. Faulkner’s the artist behind the magic of this set. He’s the man I’m here to see. “As you can see, I dressed up,” says Faulkner, who’s wearing white painter’s pants and shirt, each splattered with paint stains that match the set’s walls and windows.   Staging productions It took about a week to build the set for “A Thousand

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