Phoenix Art Museum Celebrates Sixty Years

Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona since 1959. The largest art museum in the Southwestern United States, it hosts critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions, which are shown alongside the Museum’s permanent collection of more than 19,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art and fashion design.

As the Museum marks six decades as a vibrant art destination in the Valley, it is celebrating with a weekend full of fun and special pricing — offering something for everyone from babies to seniors, history buffs, music lovers and art enthusiasts over three days, Nov. 16–18.

During the three-day celebration, memberships are available for a season low of $60, guests are invited to take advantage of $6 general admission Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, and $6 special-exhibition pricing for the highly anticipated Legends of Speed starting Saturday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Nov. 18. And on Monday, in commemoration of the Museum’s official birthday, general admission is waived, and the Museum is open from noon to 5pm.

1961 Birdcage Maserati. Sunchase Holdings. Photo: Peter Harholdt

Legends of Speed (on view Nov. 3 through March 15) is the first major exhibition of racing cars presented at Phoenix Art Museum, and features more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and more. The landmark exhibition showcases an unprecedented collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, including A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss.

Also on view are Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Design, a multimedia exhibition featuring more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines, and PhxArt60: The Past Decade, which features selected artworks from the departments of modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, American art, Asian art and fashion design.

Special programming for the three-day celebration includes a self-guided 60th Anniversary scavenger hunt, Make It! activities from noon to 4pm with a local artist, as well as special deals at The Museum Store and Palette. Sunday, during extended hours (10am–7pm), guests can explore the pop-up library in the Museum and digital interactive timeline. At 2pm, The Hip Historian, Marshall Shore will lead a fun 45-minute historical journey from 1959 to today regarding the arts in Phoenix, and from 3pm to 7pm, for one-night-only, musical performances will take to the PhxArt Amplified stage.

Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue. For additional information on the anniversary event and other exhibitions and special installations, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

PhxArt Open for Kids

Investing in arts and culture in the Valley

Photos courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

 In the last two years, an average of more than 25,000 children have visited the Phoenix Art Museum each year, and the Museum says that with an ongoing expansion of school field trip programs, that number is anticipated to exceed more than 35,000 children in the 2018–19 school year. According to a 2010 Arizona Arts Education Census, funding for arts materials and education in Arizona is approximately $0.005 per student (one-half cent) per day, and organizations like Phoenix Art Museum play a vital role in the community by providing a range of resources to aid both arts and general education educators, including free, on-site professional development programs for teachers.

And now, the Museum is offering free admission to children under the age of 18 visiting the Museum through September 30, thanks to a grant from the Steele Foundation. The generous gift provides vital funds and resources that enables the Museum to remove economic barriers that may prohibit Arizona families from accessing arts and cultural experiences. The program, which began in July and is known as PhxArt Open for Kids, presented by the Steele Foundation, provides free youth admission during normal admission hours, as well as free admission during voluntary-donation times to special-engagement exhibitions, which normally include a $5 ticket charge.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Steele Foundation for its profound generosity. In many ways, this is a gift from the Steele Foundation not just to Phoenix Art Museum, but to the children and teens of our shared community,” said Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “When community organizations make investments like this in arts and cultural institutions, they make it possible for us to reach so many more Arizonans and increase our impact on the lives of everyone in the Valley and beyond. The Steele Foundation is a model of that kind of visionary spirit.”

The Steele Foundation, founded in 1980, is a nonprofit, charitable foundation that is dedicated to serving causes that benefit the well-being of Arizona and its diverse residents, with a special focus on children and families.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Phoenix Art Museum to ensure that all young people have access to the largest art museum in the southwest,” says Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, president for the Steele Foundation. “Adding vibrancy to the lives of children through access to the arts is a priority for the Steele Foundation — as it has been for the Phoenix Art Museum. We know that through access to cultural opportunities and the arts we can help foster a sense of community pride, educate and continue to ensure Arizona is a great place to be a kid.”

For more information, call 602.257.1880 or visit

My Foodie Valentine:

Valley festivals abound

foodie-valentineBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s February, and love is in the air. However, it’s not cupid’s arrow that is hitting its mark, but rather purveyors of all things food and drink who are sending a delectable love letter to Valley foodies – so get ready to celebrate the delicious diversity that can be found in town and around the state.

Beverages take the spotlight early with Arizona Beer Week (February 9-18), followed by Street Eats Fest (February 11-12), Arizona Cocktail Week (February 17-24) and PHX Vegan Food Festival (February 25).

Rounding out the month is a Valley favorite, the Devour Culinary Classic. The premier week long annual culinary celebration is hosted by Devour Phoenix, Local First Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance at several distinct venues in Phoenix. The goal of the events is to showcase Arizona’s celebrity culinary talent as well as its fine food and drink producers and purveyors, all while furthering Metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige.

The Devour Week of events will be held February 26 – March 5 with a series of events celebrating Arizona’s unique culinary talents. The main event, the Devour Culinary Classic, will be held Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, at Phoenix Art Museum, where the Dorrance Sculpture Garden will come alive with tastings of food, wine, beer and cocktails, as well as cooking demonstrations and interactive stations where attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with Arizona chefs.

This year, Devour introduces the Devour Excellence Awards, culinary demonstrations and workshops, exciting new restaurants who have been invited to participate and an expanded local foods experience.

Not only has the Classic weekend of offerings expanded, Devour Week pre-events offer more opportunities to indulge, including Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition (kicking off February 26); the 7 chef Singh Along (March 1), which includes the Arizona Seven: Cullen Campbell (Crudo, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails), Kelly Fletcher (El Chorro), Josh Hebert (Posh Improvisational Cuisine), Scott Holmes (Little Miss BBQ), Stephen Jones (the larder + the delta), Bernie Kantak (The Gladly, Citizen Public House) and Gio Osso (Virtù Honest Craft, Nico); Palette to Palate (March 2), which pairs Valley chefs with local artists; and a new event, Devour Film Screening: Elements at FilmBar (March 3).

veganSo whether residents like it shaken or stirred, sashimi or shishkabob – and everything in between – February and March will offer a delicious distraction for just about every palate.

For complete information on Devour Phoenix 2017, visit

Three Ways To Eat, Drink Or Go Vegan In February! Read more about Arizona Brew Week, Street Eats Festival and PHX Vegan Food Fest, click here and see page 40.


Ripe Awards Honor Culinary Excellence


The 2015 Ripe Award winners

The Ripe Awards honor the rising stars of the greater Phoenix food scene, and this year’s recognition ceremony is slated for Saturday, July 30.

Now in their fourth year, the Ripe Awards will once again recognize cutting-edge chefs and a bartender from across the Valley who are expected to make a major culinary impact in the year to come. Winners were chosen by representatives of the Phoenix Art Museum and The Arizona Republic following an open-to-the-public nomination process. Ripe nominees are acknowledged for their unique contributions to the local culinary scene and their ability to best represent the essence of Phoenix through food.

Award ceremony attendees at the event can sample winners’ creations, sip on locally made wines and celebrate the best and brightest of the Phoenix food community. Winners of this year’s awards will join the likes of past honorees such as Justin Beckett, Charleen Badman and Gio Osso. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit

Get Ready To Devour The Valley’s Best

Culinary Classic returns

DevourPhoenixFood, drink, art and artistry – all local, all ready to be devoured by Valley residents. The annual Devoured Culinary Classic returns to Phoenix Art Museum March 1-8. The event is about more than just food and drink – it is a celebration of the best that the Greater Phoenix area has to offer.

“This event has helped create local pride for both Phoenix and Arizona, contributing to the growth of Phoenix’s culinary reputation,” says Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona and the Devoured Culinary Classic. “This positively impacts both tourism and local investment in new restaurants and businesses to serve those restaurants. That all translates to economic development and local job creation.”

This year’s events bring together Arizona’s top chefs, restaurants, winemakers, mixologists, local growers and specialty food producers that will be serving up unique dishes and libations representing all areas of Arizona’s culinary scene. Showcasing the best and brightest, the Devoured Culinary Classic will demonstrate the most inspired chefs and local restaurants for four days of local culinary, wine and libations events.

“The 2015 festival is shaping up to be quite an exciting showcase of local culinary, wine and spirits talent,” says Lanning. “In the past three years, we’ve experienced unprecedented growth and sold out events, so we have decided to expand the Devoured programming to further showcase the best of Arizona’s culinary scene.”

The Devoured Culinary Classic will feature the following events:

  • Bartending Competition: Crescent Ballroom – March 1, 2pm
  • Palette to Palate: Renaissance Hotel – March 5, 6:30pm
  • Devoured Culinary Classic: Phoenix Art Museum – March 7-8

For additional information, call 602.956.0909 or visit

National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum Presents “The Audience”

the-audience-smThe Phoenix Art Museum will present a National Theatre Live performance of Helen Mirren in The Audience on June 27 and 28 at 2pm.

For 60 years, Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries, The Audience.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

As a part of the National Theatre Live series, The Audience was recorded live in London. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays.

Cost: $15 Museum members, Arizona Theatre subscribers and students with ID; $18 general admission. For additional information and tickets, visit

SAVE THE DATE: Devoured Culinary Classic

The Devoured Culinary Classic returns to Phoenix Art Museum March 9-10. Devoured Culinary Classic is a premier annual culinary event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix. Its goal is to showcase the fine food and drink producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering Metropolitan Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige.

Expect lively food experiences, partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet the makers of your favorite edibles and drinkables while tasting an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers and vintners.

In addition to enjoying the best food and wine Arizona has to offer, guests of Devoured Culinary Classic receive general admission to Phoenix Art Museum, the Southwest’s preeminent destination for world-class visual arts. View the latest exhibitions including Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. Visit or to learn more.

For The Procrastinators: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Yes, we know how you feel. The hectic pace of the holiday season just kicked into high gear and there are still a lot of items unchecked on that seemingly never-ending list of to-do’s. If you are still looking for that special, unique, perfect, unusual gift idea or holiday experience, here are some gifts to consider, places to shop and events to check out – this season and well into the New Year.

Götz Doll Collection at Pottery Barn KidsHearkening Back To Christmas’ Past

While electronics seem to dominate many wish lists, it is heartening to see that there are still plenty of “old-school” toys that will spark a child’s imagination. One such toy that came across our editorial desk was “Marianne” from the Götz Doll Collection, made exclusively for Pottery Barn Kids. These dolls will become an instant favorite with any little girl on your list. The 18” high dolls are lovely, with blushing cheeks, long hair that can be washed styled and brushed, eyes that close and arms and legs that can be moved up and down. Each doll comes dressed casually in a blouse, sweater, jeans, shoes and purse (the color varies depending on the doll), but can be dressed up in outfits ranging from a ballet tutu to party dress, (sold separately along with other accessories).

The detailing on Marianne is wonderful, from her cross-body shoulder bag and canvas sneakers to her soft eyes and delicate little fingers (see more here). This doll is ready for any adventure with her new owner.

Remote Control Wooden Utility Vehicle at Pottery Barn KidsAlso from Pottery Barn Kids is the Remote Control Wooden Utility Vehicle. This retro inspired vehicle is made of solid wood with a natural finish, and comes fully assembled along with an easy to use remote control (cleverly designed as a gas can). There are two styles available: a Jeep, which was received as a tester, and a motorcycle. While this toy may not have the tricky moves that some remote-control toys come with these days, the delight here is in the retro look and feel of the toy, and it drew oohs and ahhs when taken out of the box. It looks like a 3-D wooden puzzle, except it is a fully functioning remote-control vehicle complete with engine sounds. Older kids will enjoy this toy – especially those who enjoy constructing wooden puzzles – as much as the younger ones will. Overall, it’s a great gift that is modern, yet with an old-fashioned Christmas appeal.

Visit Pottery Barn Kids online at or in-store. There are two Valley locations: in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Fashion Square,7014 East Camelback Road (480.423.3813); and in Chandler at Chandler Fashion Center,3111 West Chandler Boulevard (480.899.7155).

Hit The Ice

Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix brought back its outdoor NRG Ice Rink this year. It’s a great way to get outdoors with the kids over winter break. The rink is open now through January 11, but if you go from December 26-31, $1 from each skate rental will be donated to the Phoenix Parks Foundation. ( Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. For more information, call 602.772.3900 or visit the website.

Keeping It LocalPhoestivus Market at Phoenix Public Market

Phoenix Public Market has teamed up with Get Your Phx to present something a little different this season; the Second Annual Phoestivus Market. Head to Downtown Phoenix on December 21 for a holiday market with an all-local focus; shop for unique gifts, drinks and locally grown and produced food in a festive atmosphere that will include the Phoestivus Pole, Feats of Strength, Airing of Grievances, plenty of food truck fare and holiday carollers. The event runs from 4-8:30pm. For more information, visit the Market’s website.

Treat The Foodie On Your List

The Devoured Culinary Classic returns to the Phoenix Art Museum March 10-11. The event featuresArizona’s finest local restaurants, chefs, wineries and industry purveyors, all set in the Museums beautiful Dorrance Sculpture Garden. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Arizona culinary talents, taste and discover a variety of chef creations, enjoy cooking demonstrations and learn more aboutArizona’s pioneering wine makers. As a special incentive to get tickets early, now through January 1, the price for a daily ticket is only $59.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 602.257.2124 or visit

Bears at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Two of the three young Black Bears who reside at Southwest Wildlife’s Nature Center can often been seen at play.

Go A Little Wild

Two North Scottsdale sanctuaries for native Southwest and other wildlife are offering an opportunity to get a close-up view of the wildlife they house and learn more about their various roles in Western ecosystems.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife, and provides homes for animals that cannot be released. The sanctuary is the only facility in the Southwest that is capable of handling large mammals, and also serves as a holding facility for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. The Center is home to coyotes, foxes, raccoons, wolves, mountain lions, javelina, mule deer, bobcats, bears and other species.

Tour Details: December 28-31; 10am-12pm each day; $10 for adults, $7 for children ages three through 15. Send an e-mail to or call 480.471.3621.

Black Mamba at Phoenix Herpetological Society

Visitors to the Phoenix Herpetological Society can get a good look at the Black Mamba, one of the world’s most lethal snakes, thanks to a state-of-the art “venom room”.

Phoenix Herpetological Society is home to more than 1,400 native and non-native reptiles, some of them endangered. Animals include snakes, lizards such as green iguanas and Asian monitors, alligators, crocodiles, Desert and Galapagos tortoises, turtles and more. A glass-enclosed venom room houses one of the largest collections of venomous snakes in the western United States, with 82 species and subspecies.

Tour Details: December 26-31 and January 2-7; tours start at 1pm each day; $20 for adults, $15 for children ages three through 18; children younger than 3 are admitted free. Call 480.513.4377, and select option 4, or send an e-mail to

Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition Opens At Phoenix Art Museum

 “A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

FLW at Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright was a champion of organic architecture. His visionary designs emphasized the use of natural materials, harmonious integration of building and landscape and high functionality. Many concepts developed in Wright’s revolutionary work are central to today’s sustainable, green architecture movement.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century explores the tenets of Wright’s organic architecture – appropriateness to time, place and people – through the current perspective of green building; specifically, the concepts of energy, materials, site, climate, space efficiency, pre-fabricated technology, transportation and urban planning. It is the first exhibition to explore Wright and his relevance today through a survey of more than 40 projects, including his vision for the decentralized city, presented through rarely seen drawings, scale models, furniture, films and photographs.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and opens at PhoenixArt Museum on December 18. The exhibition closes on April 29.

For more information, call 602.257.1222 or visit

Fallingwater FLW – Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, “Fallingwater,” Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 1934-37 © 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
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