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Agnese Udinotti: The Body and Beyond

2016-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Writer Katherine Braden   When most people think of contemporary art, they think of abstraction.   But Agnese Udinotti wants to make it clear she’s not an abstract artist — she’s a figurative artist.   The first thing she does when I visit her studio is give me a history lesson. It’s a fire hose of information as she details the history of abstract art, the difference between abstract and figurative, and the man behind the promotion of figurative art as a major mode of visual expression: Peter Selz.   The thing is, abstract art academically appeals to Udinotti, but her heart has always been in portraying the human figure. It’s her passion.   “I never considered anything else,” she tells me. “To not do the human form is boring.”   For Udinotti, figurative art doesn’t mean a realistic representation of the human form, however.   “You have to consider that we as human beings are an embodiment of emotions, intellect and all kinds of sensitivities and senses,”... More

Small Is Beautiful: Emily Randolph Fine Art

2016-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Emily Randolph
Writer Grace Hill   You won’t find Emily Randolph photographing the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon or the expansive Arizona desert landscape. You won’t see her stepping back during a photoshoot. And you won’t come across her taking the big picture. That’s not Emily’s style. Not, at least, when it comes to her art.   You will, however, see her zooming in as far as her camera will allow. She sees what many do not. She sees the beauty in some of the smallest details that this world has to offer.   This desire to centralize her artwork on details stems from her love of textures, shapes and colors — a love that she observed in her grandmother and mother. Both women had an enthusiasm for fabrics, furnishings, antiques, interior design and art. Through their mentorship, Emily was able to develop a sharp eye for what makes an art piece worthy of admiration. While art is beautiful as a whole, Emily learned to appreciate all the small details that work together to bring about... More

In the Spotlight: 2016-17 Arts Season Preview

2016-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Arizona Opera
Writer Grace Hill   The lights dim. The curtain begins to lift. The music commences. Your eyes fixate on the stage. A feeling of anticipation and excitement rushes through your soul.   If those words transport you back in time, then you have had the pleasure of experiencing one of the most beautiful forms of entertainment: a live performance of the arts.   Only there can you witness the passion and intensity of a professional dancer or be moved by the depth and skill found in a seasoned theater performer. It is there you can fully experience the breathtaking sounds of a classically-trained opera singer or be swept away by the movement of music created by a renowned orchestra.   The 2016-17 arts season promises to light up the stages and your senses once again, and Images Arizona is pleased to present you with a listing of the upcoming productions.   Note: Most listings have been included; however, for companies with an extensive production list, a complete listing has not been... More

Amanda’s Hope: ComfyCozy’s for Chemo

2016-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


Photo Credit: Photographer Michele Celentano
Writer Shannon Severson   When Lorraine Tallman lost her young daughter, Amanda, to cancer in 2012, she took inspiration from her child, and turned a devastating experience into a mission to help other children and families facing life-threatening illness.   Lorraine founded the Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels (AHRA) Foundation and began making the organization’s signature ComfyCozy’s for Chemo — brightly colored T-shirts with zippers, pockets and slits that grant caregivers, nurses and doctors easy access to a child’s ports and tubes, preserving the privacy and dignity of the patient. The shirts themselves were Amanda’s concept, as she hated having to disrobe in front of strangers and wanted to create adaptive tops for other children. Amanda was endlessly giving and had a huge heart for everyone. That spirit continues in AHRA.   “I think God gave Amanda to me to teach me how to be a human being,” says Lorraine. “She taught me so many lessons. We have helped more than... More

Labor of Love: Wine Photo Essay

2016-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Photographer Jenelle Bonifield
Writer Lara Piu Photographers Featured: Jenelle Bonifield and Brenna Zumbro   By the time the day’s first light washes over the vineyard, granting it warmth, the volunteers have been working for several hours. They are mothers, daughters, workers, lovers of wine and other people of the harvest tapestry. It’s an eclectic group, but in this moment, the grapes unite them.   It takes a large crowd to harvest, yet those who show up remain among an elite group of wine lovers who get to meet the fruit face-to-face and send her on to her destiny. They know she endured a long metamorphosis to meet them. Yet unlike the harvesters, her grapes come from the same walk of life.   In the beginning, she is nothing really, pruned down early each spring for a fresh start. Within weeks, she chirps a teeny-tiny sprout that marks the beginning of her transformation. The bud break will reveal if and how the weather has affected her. A mild winter could make her uneven; a wet one could lead to... More

Red Rocks Music Festival

2016-08-27 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Red Rocks Music Festival
The Red Rocks Music Festival has three upcoming concert dates for Phoenix. Located at the Jewish Heritage Center, the concerts will feature masterful performances by some the world’s most acclaimed musicians. Check website for event details. $28 general admission. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., 602-402-4551, redrocksmusicfestival.com.... More

Red Rocks Music Festival

2016-08-27 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Red Rocks Music Festival
The Red Rocks Music Festival has three upcoming concert dates for Phoenix. Located at the Jewish Heritage Center, the concerts will feature masterful performances by some the world’s most acclaimed musicians. Check website for event details. $28 general admission. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., 602-402-4551, redrocksmusicfestival.com.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-25 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-20 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: flickr
Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-18 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-13 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: flickr
Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-11 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-08 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: flickr
Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-04 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Built to Last: Meet the Wedge Family

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
Writer Grace Hill   The Wedge family loves to build. It’s in their blood.   A resident of Arizona for nearly 40 years, Greg Wedge Jr., the patriarch of the family, currently lives in North Scottsdale with his wife, Kathleen. Not too far away from them live their three children: twin sons, Greg III and Josh, and daughter, Sydney.   While the family loves the outdoors and spends that time mountain biking, camping or fishing, it is the indoor spaces they have created that set them apart. The need to create homes first began when the elder Greg was just a young man, and decided to follow a similar path as his father.   “I love building and working with wood,” he says. “When I graduated from high school, I started working with my dad doing basically the same stuff that I do now.”   He never stopped building. For more than 32 years, the elder Greg worked as a framer. But about five years ago, after some restructuring of the company he worked for, he was let go. Instead of... More