Posts Tagged ‘Robert Blood’

  • Active Visions: Introducing … Save the Dells

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Active Visions: Introducing … Save the DellsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Joe Trudeau, the chair of Save the Dells. Find out more at SaveTheDells.Org.]   What is Save the Dells and how did it get started? Save the Dells is a local citizens advocacy group advocating for the protection of the Granite Dells as a publicly available space. I started this group two years ago when we learned about a major development that was in the conceptual planning phase that involved several hundred acres of the Granite Dells. A few of us got together at a coffee shop downtown and talked about the rumors we’d been hearing and decided it was the right time for us to take a close look at the proposed development. So, we did that and what we found was really troubling. At that point in the conversation with the Prescott City Council — that is, between the developer and the city council — it was looking like it would be a really bad thing: probably the largest development in the history of Yavapai County and certainly the largest in the history of the Granite Dells. We had to do something.   So what’s happened since the group was formed? We spent about a year just trying to educate ourselves on the issues and getting to know the key players and

  • Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki Museum

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki MuseumRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Manuel Lucero IV, assistant director of the Smoki Museum, member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a participant in “Storytellers,” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org., $6-$7, free to children 12 or under and native people.] Why tell stories at the Smoki this time of year? Traditionally, with most native people, wintertime is the time we tell our stories. It’s a time for our elders. It’s usually too cold to go outside to work or play, so you can eat some good food, maybe play some games, and then you say, “Grandma, Grandpa: Tell me a story.” It’s usually during this time our creation stories are recited. There are stories about the way you should or should not behave, stories about love, and sometimes scary stories. Were you brought up with that as a child? Absolutely. When I was a kid, my favorite story was how Bat got his wings. It’s a story about animals playing a game of stickball — what we call lacrosse today. And, in this story, little Mouse wants to play the game but all the other animals tell him he’s too small. So, Mouse goes over to the winged ones, the flyers, who are picking teams, and they

  • By torchlight: Introducing … Freefire Glass

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Matt Faulkner, artist and owner of Freefire Glass. Contact him at FreefireGlass@Gmail.Com or at 928-235-7910.] How did you get started doing glasswork? The long version is that I was going to school at Louisiana State University, it was my freshman year, and I was in a dorm. The dorm sucked, so I found someone to rent an apartment that was in a ghetto outside of the LSU campus. It was super shady, but one of the neighbors told us they knew someone who wanted to set up their glass torch in a room nearby. We had a kitchen we weren’t really using, so we said sure, why not. I watched him and, in retrospect, this guy had no idea what he was doing and was just basically learning himself, but I was 19 years old, had never seen that before, and was really into it. We weren’t using eye protection, which is a big no-no, and after watching the torch for something like eight hours straight, I my vision was black and white. Luckily the color came back, eventually, and after that I freaked out and got the proper glasses. … I wanted to learn more, so I saved up and after a few years was able to buy my first set up with

  • Arizona District 4: Introducing … Dr. David Brill, Prescott Candidate for Congress

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Dr. David Brill, Democratic candidate for Arizona Congressional District 4. Find out more about his campaign at BrillForCongress.Com.] How did you end up in Prescott? My family came as caregivers for my mother-in-law. She was a social worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was a strong woman and, after her husband died, she decided to move to Prescott so she wouldn’t constantly be babysitting grandchildren. Fast-forward 20 years and each of the six kids is flying out for a week or two every year to take care of mom because her health is failing. At the time I was working at the VA in New York, so I was pretty much free to move around the country in the VA system. The roots came up from the ground for all three of my kids and my wife, so it was kind of miraculous. I took a position in Telehealth for the Hopi and Navajo Nations from the Prescott VA. We came out in 2010. For two years I built up that telemedicine program and, finally, for all of the Southwest from Arizona to western Texas. Did your perception of Prescott match what you experienced when you first moved here? Before I came, I got rid of all my gardening tools and tree-pruning

  • Cut (or, better yet, collect) a rug: Navajo rug auction returns to Smoki

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture. The annual Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15. The mini-auction is 5 p.m. Sept. 14, the main auction preview is 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15, and the main auction is noon Sept. 15, all at Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org.]   So what can you tell us about the Smoki’s Navajo rug auction? It’s now in its 22nd year. The rug auction is a fundraising event for the museum, obviously, but also an opportunity to introduce the public to the incredible art of our native people. Navajo weaving has been the lifeblood of their economy since the incursion of Euro-Americans onto this continent and it’s still a major economic factor in what they do every day. It’s important to make sure the Navajo weavers are still weaving and markets like ours ensure the public has access to their creations. How’s the art form changed over the years? A lot of weaving started with simple, basic patterns. Now, native people are doing incredible works of art that are constantly evolving. As new weavers are coming onto the scene, they’re changing designs. It’s no longer specific areas doing specific simple patterns. Now

  • On the Walls: ‘Faces & Figures’ + ‘2 Creative Cronies from Cordes’

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Two shows featuring two artists swapping places in the middle of the month on the middle, mezzanine floor in the middle of downtown Prescott. It’s two too much, I tells ya, two too much! The first show is “Faces & Figures” and features clay works by Saveria Judge and paintings by Maryhelen Ewing. The show runs from the time you read this through Aug. 14. The second show is “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” and features mixed media by Judy Kaufman and welded steel by Darrell Woods. The show runs from Aug. 15-Sept. 14. Both shows are in the mezzanine at ‘Tis Arts Center & Gallery. The opening reception for “Faces & Figures” already happened — thus is the curse of a printing schedule — but, thankfully, you can probably make the reception for “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” — as well as for another show, “Highlands Center for Natural History and ‘Tis Fine art Photography” during this month’s 4th Friday Art Walk. It’s time to double down on art. ***** Visit “Faces & Figures” through Aug. 14 and “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Opening reception for the latter is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 during the monthly 4th Friday Art Walk Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer

  • On the Walls: Les Femmes des Montage

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Art for art’s sake is all well and good, but isn’t it even better when it benefits nonprofits and e’er-do-wells? For the third year in a row, Prescott’s Les Femmes des Montage have used their annual show — incidentally, in its 14th iteration — to raise money for the Highlands Center for Natural History. The artists span the gamut and include women who exhibit locally, nationally, and internationally. Here’s a brief list to stoke your interest: Cindi Shaffer (kiln-formed glass, photos, and printmaking), Patricia Tyser Carberry (handmade glass beads and jeweler), Jo Manginelli (weaving, wearable art, and other textiles), Carolyn Dunn (photographic art), and Barb Wills (wearables and accessories). New artists in this year’s Les Femmes des Montage show include Diane Brand (oils and acrylics), Deanne Brewster (pottery), Jody L. Miller (photography), Pam Dunmire (acrylics), and Leslee Oaks (metal and clay). Here’s your mid-year chance to stock up on holiday gifts and give back to the community at the same time. The show and sale run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 in the Marina Room of the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St. That’s fairly early in the month, so mark your calendars after you finish reading this sentence.   ***** The 14th annual Les Femmes des Montage show and sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St

  • Show & Tell: Natalie Krol at Sean Goté Gallery

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

    By Robert Blood Absorbing, boisterous, captivating, divine, ecstatic, fecund, grandiose, halcyon, illustrious, jovial, kinetic, lustrous, masterful, nourishing, optimistic, passionate, quenchless, redolent, sensuous, transcendent, unyielding, votive, winsome, exultant, youthful, zestful. Natalie Krol’s sculptures. At Sean Goté Gallery. All July.   ***** Natalie Krol’s sculptures will be on display all July at Sean Goté Gallery, 702 W. Gurley St., 928-445-2233. Find out more at NatalieKrol.Com and SeanGote.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com.    

  • (It’s) For the Birds: Central Arizona Land Trust campaigns for Coldwater Farm

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

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jeanne Trupiano, Coldwater Farm project manager with Central Arizona Land Trust. Find out more at CentralAZLandTrust.Org.] So what is Coldwater Farm and how did it get involved with the Central Arizona Land Trust? It’s 20 acres of land along the Agua Fria River in Dewey-Humboldt owned by Garry and Denise Rogers. They approached the Central Arizona Land Trust in 2017 with the desire to permanently protect their acreage, which spans the river there. The property contains a major Cottonwood-Willow gallery forest and perennial water, so it’s very lush, like an oasis, with very dense vegetation. They also have two large ponds that waterfowl like to use. Also in 2017, the Arizona Game and Fish Department observed two threatened or endangered bird species nesting and breeding there: the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. This is private property, though. Why does it need protection? The property has zoning that would allow for one unit for every two acres. So, whoever has the land, down the line, could develop it to that density. Eventually everything sells, and this is a way for property owners to protect sensitive areas. … Typically, it’s the landowners who approach us about this. We do some outreach and education, but typically it’s such a big decision that landowners think it

  • On the Walls: Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Bugs were always fun, but it was the chandelier in our dining room that really got me. The repetition of brass and lights in geometric designs was … well, for lack of a more incisive description, really, really cool. Well that’s my short story; do you remember any of your childhood kaleidoscopes? Though often proffered to children, they’re quite remarkable optical implements. The physics behind them is straightforward, but can get much more advanced when you look at deluxe models. Speaking of deluxe models, you’ve just got to see the “Moon Dog Kaledioscopes” at Arts Prescott Cooperative this month. With skillfully crafted stained glass, these pieces by Linda Bellacicco can literally change the way you see the world. Looks like the artist’s reception was during the May 4th Friday Art Walk — whoops, my bad — but the show runs through June 20 . There’s plenty of time to catch this one. Upon further reflection (and, depending on the individual design, some refraction), it looks like you’re all set. Enjoy! ***** Visit Moon-Dog.Com to find out more about Linda Bellacicco and Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes. Visit “Moon Dog Kaleidoscopes” through June 20 at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBoby5@Gmail.Com

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