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Yoga in the Gardens

2016-01-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


The Town of Carefree and Desert Foothills Family YMCA partner to provide this free yoga class open to all levels. Explore yoga movement with the added beauty of Black Mountain and the gardens as a backdrop. Free. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., carefree.com, valleyymca.org.... More

Living with Urban Wildlife

2016-01-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Darren Julian, urban wildlife specialist for Arizona Game and Fish Department, Region 6, discusses how we can coexist and prevent problems with Arizona’s wildlife in our urban areas. $5 donation requested. 9:30 a.m. Carefree Town Council Chambers, 100 Easy St., 480-488-3686, carefree.org.... More

Black Mountain Star Party

2016-01-29 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Come view the night stars through high-powered telescopes and learn about constellations, meteors and other celestial events. Free. 7-10 p.m. Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, 34250 N. 60th St., 602-493-2600, paradisevalley.edu/blackmountain.... More

Meet The Dibella-Haley Family

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
When it comes to four-legged fashion, there’s a new top dog in town.   Misty Dibella is a former Bellevue, Washington entrepreneur who became a Scottsdale resident and business owner. She’s also the brains behind Bella Cane, a luxury dog boutique now open in Carefree.   The former salon owner and longtime real estate professional settled on a life in the Arizona sunshine after marrying her high school sweetheart, Patrick, a career fisherman who, since 1981, spends many months a year on the Bering Sea. Given the choice of where she’d like to reside while he is frequently away on the job, she chose the warmth and easygoing lifestyle of the desert. The rest is a story grounded in dog-loving history.   The longtime pet lover (mother to pooches Olive Oil and Cherry Bear, both Yorkshire terriers) and self-proclaimed “girly girl” noticed a serious lack of Fido-friendly shopping opportunities in the North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek areas, and set out to try and fill the... More

Getting Real - Don Clapper & Priscilla Nelson

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Visual arts are experiencing a resurgence of realism, an approach in which subjects are masterfully depicted in as straightforward a manner as possible, without idealizing them.   The resurgence may be due in part to the universal appeal described by Frederick Ross, noted author, art collector and chairman of the Art Renewal Center.   “Realism is a universal language that enables communication with all people and to people of all times — past, present and future,” he says.   Realism can range from classical, based upon traditional, academic-style painting techniques, to contemporary, where cutting-edge techniques and subject matter are used to comment on today’s world.   Donald Clapper and Priscilla Nelson are two exceptional contemporary realistic artists whose work can be seen locally. Each artist has a studio/gallery nearby where their art and their passion for realism are shared with the public.   Donald Clapper Realism artist Don Clapper has received national as well... More

Phoenix Phabulous Experience

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


An indoor mural series currently on view at the Phoenix Convention Center tells the story of Phoenix in nine time periods, providing a unique way to learn the fascinating history of the sixth largest city in the country.   From the early Hohokam civilization to the imagined future, 16 large painted murals capture notable events throughout Phoenix history as told by historians, researchers, authors and residents of all ages. Local artists created these intricate paintings about their assigned time periods to depict major Phoenix landmarks, leaders, issues and urban legends.   “The collection reflects commitment by talented local artists to learn about and illustrate the unique and dramatic story of Phoenix,” says Carol Poore, Ph.D., president and producer of the Phoenix Phabulous Experience. “The murals create unique opportunities to show the fortitude it took to create and sustain a desert community.”   Hugo Medina, a well-known local artist who has served on several arts... More

Meet The Carter Family

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
It’s very easy for a family to fall into a black hole of darkness, epecially when it feels like you are being hit one time after the next with bad news, hardships and health issues.   For Jeni Carter and her two daughters, trying times have built nothing but strength and character, which definitely shows from the inside out.   A North Carolina native, Jeni found herself in Anthem after getting into the real estate business 15 years ago. She began looking for homes for her investor clients and fell in love with the Anthem community. In 2004, she and her husband purchased a home so she and her daughters could lay down new roots.   “We lived in Las Vegas for some time and loved the atmosphere and the weather here in Arizona,” says Jeni. “I knew Arizona would be a better place to raise our girls.”   In 2011, Jeni and her husband decided to divorce. It really took a toll on the girls, but their faith and positive attitudes prevailed. As if divorce wasn’t enough to shake up... More

Up Close with Arabian Horses

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


See the exotic beauty, stamina and spirit of several Royal Arabian horses at this special event featuring a delicious continental breakfast and artist quick draw, where artists draw and paint pictures of the horses within a brief timed period. $10; $8 for seniors and military. 9-11 a.m. Arizona Fine Art Expo, 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-837-7163, arizonafineartexpo.com.... More

Where Cars Compete: Arizona Concours d'Elegance

2015-12-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


The manicured lawns of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa will become the backdrop to some of the world’s most beautiful cars come January 24. Polished chrome will contrast against the Biltmore’s bright green grass as more than 90 vintage automobiles compete at the Third Annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance.   The event kicks off Arizona’s collector car week, a weeklong series of classic car auctions and events that celebrate automotive design and engineering with collectors from around the country. Modeled after such great events as Pebble Beach in California and Villa d’Este in Italy, the Arizona Concours brings together rare and valuable automobiles that are judged in classes ranging from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. The winners of each class then compete for the coveted Best of Show.   This year’s event highlights three special classes: Coachwork of Zagato, Duesenberg and Exceptional Cars of Great Britain. Among the lineup of Duesenbergs is a rare... More

Sharing The Secrets of Golf

2015-12-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


There are few, if any, pastimes that are as addictive as golf. Once the so-called golf bug bites, its victim often becomes obsessed with the game, practicing for hours, playing at every opportunity and thinking about the game when unable to be at the course.   The reason for the obsession is undetermined, or perhaps different for each individual. Is it the fact that the game can never be mastered? Is there a technique to the perfect swing that remains undiscovered? Or is there some intrinsic part of humans that loves that moment when the ball leaves our control and is suspended midair, headed toward its target, while all we can do is wait and watch the outcome, like watching the plot of a suspense thriller unfold without knowing the ending?   Whatever the reason for the obsession, people throughout history have chased the secret to an improved golfing ability as fiercely as others have chased Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth or James Hilton’s Shangri-La. For some, it is a... More

Bringing Fine Dining Home for the Holidays

2015-11-19 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Give your family the ultimate gift this year: a belly-pleasing, five-star holiday meal cooked and savored amidst the comforts of your own home. True to the spirit of the season, three executive chefs from well-known restaurants around Cave Creek and Scottsdale are sharing deliciously doable trade secrets, straight from their kitchen to yours.   Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Fusing Southwestern ingredients with top-notch beef and game meats and the best quality seafood available, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House takes pride in honoring the legacy of settlers of the American Southwest. This appetizer and entree selection from executive chef Brett Vibber is sure to evoke an atmosphere rich in Sonoran flavor.   Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, 85331 480-488-8031 cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com   Crustless Bacon, Spinach and Smoked White Cheddar Quiche with Roasted Pepper Coulis   Quiche ½ pound spinach, blanched, dried and chopped 2 eggs 2... More

Norma's Walk to Remember

2015-10-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


I sat there with the brush in my hand, focusing intently on the blank coloring book that lay in front of me. I dipped the brush into the cup of paint and then carelessly ran the brush over the entire page. I picked up my head to admire my fine work of art and heard my grandma chuckle. She grabbed my hand and helped me direct my new approach.   “Here, you hold it like this,” she said, fixing my hand position on the brush, “and try to stay in the lines. That’s what they’re for.”   I tried again, this time painting circles inside each set of lines.   “Better,” she smiled. “Only this time, stroke the brush in one direction. It’s much neater that way.”   When I finally finished she said, “Now you have to sign it.”   With much concentration, I wrote my name as best as a 3-year-old could. Grandma stood back and exclaimed, “What a masterpiece.”   As a child, this is how I always thought of my grandma; very alert and happy. She was quite the artist. She had... More

From Ancient Clay To Contemporary Sculpture

2015-10-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
Artist Mary Lynch lives by her credo: “No matter what age you are, you can continue to explore, grow and give your gifts to the world.”   At age 73, Lynch is happily entering a new phase of her life, one where each day is full of possibilities and the potential to explore new discoveries. Living in Anthem for the past seven years, she has had the opportunity to expand her artistic interests while experiencing the positive energy of being with other Valley artists.   Before coming to Arizona, her art was primarily painting. Here, at a pottery class run by Marjon Ceramics, she learned the joy of working with clay, that most ancient of all mediums. Entering this whole new world, a new path was created.   Ever curious, Lynch began her exploration with gusto. She knew that throughout history and around the world, people have developed the art of forming clay to make ceramic objects or pottery. Different kinds of clay contain different minerals that affect how it is to work with and... More

Romancing the Stone

2015-10-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Photo Credit: Brandon Tigrett
Rocks and minerals often exert a powerful influence on humans, especially when the minerals are gemstones. Donna Armstrong fell in love with gemstones while on a trip to Brazil many years ago. While there, she visited the city of Ouro Preto, a former colonial mining town and World Heritage Site, located in a region renowned for its gold and colored gemstones, including the imperial topaz, a stone found only there. The visit was the beginning of a lifelong passion and led to her work as a jewelry artist.   “Gemstones from the highest mountains, the depths of the ocean and the center of the Earth completely mesmerize me,” says Armstrong. “They are the heart of my designs and keep me constantly striving to do them justice.”   Crafting the metal portion of the jewelry to embrace and enhance the stone, her aim is to also have the stone complement the metal. The result is a creation that captivates and intrigues.   A photo of one of Armstrong’s rings is on the cover of this... More

On Nature's Path

2015-10-30 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


Gourd artist Elizabeth Cox has never kept nature at a distance. Instead, she immerses herself in it, spending vast amounts of time outdoors. She enjoys the fresh air while mountain biking, hiking and kayaking, but even more than that, she enjoys observing its inhabitants up close and personal. She relishes creatures great and small, including the creepy crawly ones often avoided by others. She brakes for Gila monsters, warm-blooded four-legged critters and winged ones, as well. Flowers, trees, tarantulas and butterflies interest her, whether dead or alive.   Cox has always lived in rural settings where, surrounded by natural beauty, she developed a passion for it from an early age. Her love of the outdoors, her powers of observation and her artistic skills inherently led to expressing nature in her art. As her work evolved over time, she ultimately combined not only imagery from her observations, but also natural materials that come directly from the earth. The end results are... More