Wednesday, June 3, 2009


With just over two weeks left in a pilot fund-raising campaign to provide a financial bridge for the 16 largest arts and cultural organizations in Maricopa County, all Phoenix-area California Pizza Kitchen restaurants (CPK) (NASDAQ: CPKI) and have committed their support.
On Thursday, June 11, CPK will donate 20 percent of all food and alcohol sales, purchased by customers who bring in the official pre-designed flyer, back to Flyers can be downloaded in a PDF format for printing from and must be presented at the restaurant in order for 20% of their meal to be donated. Visitors to the site also can make a direct contribution to one of the 16 participating arts and cultural organizations or to an undesignated fund.
CPK restaurants participating in the fund-raising event are located at:
• The Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback in Phoenix
• The Tempe Marketplace, Rio Salado Parkway and the 202 in Tempe
• Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd in Scottsdale
• Chandler Fashion Mall, Chandler Blvd. and Loop 101 in Chandler
• Dana Park Mall, Baseline Drive and Val Vista Drive in Mesa
• 10100 N Scottsdale Rd in Scottsdale
Donations from CPK will be placed in the undesignated fund. All funds for the campaign are being collected and managed by the Arizona Community Foundation., a locally-designed web site that helps college students and professors sell their work online to national and international clients, will donate 10 percent of all sales through June 15, the end of the campaign, to the Phoenix Art Museum.
Adam Rosepink, who helped develop the concept for, said that selecting Phoenix Art Museum to receive the donations “is a win-win partnership.”
MyArts is a six-week web-based pilot fund-raising campaign based on the concept that many small donations add up to big dollars.
If the effort is successful, the concept, proposed by Valley businessmen Bob Delgado of Hensley & Company and Mike Cohn of CFG Business Solutions, LLC, will be used in the fall for a statewide campaign for than 300 arts and cultural organizations across Arizona.
Visitors to the web site use a drop-down function to select the organization they wish to donate to or they can write a check.
Arts and cultural organizations selected for the campaign were chosen based on very strict criteria including, but not limited to, an operational budget of at least $1.5 million.

Arts and cultural organizations include: Actors Theatre, Arizona Opera Company
Arizona Science Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, ChildsPlay, Desert Botanical Garden, Free Arts of Arizona, Heard Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, The Phoenix Zoo, Scottsdale Cultural Council, West Valley Arts Council and an undesignated fund.

For more information or to donate, visit

Monday, June 1, 2009

Support the Phoenix Art Museum

Charting The Canyon: Photographs by Klett & WolfeNorton Photography Gallery 
March 21, 2009 – September 6, 2009

Arizona's Grand Canyon—natural wonder, national park, tourist attraction, sacred land—is perhaps the world's best “photo op.” The collaborative photographic team of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe have set out to explore this celebrated place of dramatic beauty, and Phoenix Art Museum is proud to be the first to show a comprehensive look at their powerful, thoughtful, and playful approach to the Grand Canyon.

Drawn from two seasons of fieldwork, Charting the Canyon will include about 30 photographs ranging from a modest 20 by 20–inch print to a panorama nearly 10 feet wide. Mark Klett, a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, and Byron Wolfe, a former student of Klett’s who is now a Lantis’ University Professor teaches at California State University at Chico, have been interested in rephotographing historic images since their collaboration began in 1997.

Now the pair combines their own color photographs with imagery by 19th-century photographer J. K. Hillers and artist William Holmes and by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, who worked at the Canyon in the early 20th century. Klett and Wolfe respond to the historic images and the Canyon itself, yielding artworks that reconsider an icon, challenge how we perceive the land, and bring a new perspective to its portrayals.

Charting the Canyon offers visual delights: the humorous layering of a 19th-century drawing with contemporary photographic details, the extension of an Ansel Adams view into a serene panorama, and the illusion of three-dimensions with a stereopticon viewer built for the twenty-first century, among others to be discovered in this unique exhibition.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lisa Sette Gallery

Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor


Above Left: Avalokiteshvara, Daguerreotype, 11" x 9"
Above Right: Memories of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum 3, chlorophyll print on nasturtium, resin,
12.75" x 9.75"

Dates: May 7th , 2009 – June 27th, 2009

Reception with Binh Danh: Thursday, May 14th, 2009 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lisa Sette Gallery is pleased to present In The Eclipse of Angkor, an exhibition of chlorophyll prints and Daguerreotypes that explore themes of memory, mortality, and spirituality by Vietnamese
artist, Binh Danh. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 14th from 7:00-9:00pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist.

The artist’s interest in science and photographic technique led him to the discovery and invention of what Danh termed the chlorophyll print, a unique process for transferring photographic images onto the surface of leaves by the use of photosynthesis. This process is as important to Danh’s work as the imagery itself. He states, “The histories I search for are the hidden stories embedded in the landscape”.

His stories are memorials, whether portraits of executed Vietnamese and Cambodian victims of war or images of the Buddha. Cast on the surface of a leaf to observe death and convey its influence on the living, each piece is both reverent memory and a renewal. Danh's work is especially timely because of the recent trials of senior Khmer Rouge commandants who were responsible for the torture and killing of thousands of people in the Tuol Sleng prison.

The exhibition will draw from Danh's series Iridescence of Life and Memory of Tuol Sleng. Also included are unique Daguerreotypes created from Danh's photographs of Buddhist monks and the landscape of ancient Cambodian temples. These Daguerreotype images create a dialog with historic portraits of executed prisoners and sites from the Killing Fields, the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge.

This great sense of storytelling in the work of Binh Danh not only communicates his exploration into the worn-torn history and memory of his native country of Vietnam, but also his interest in science and the interconnection of matter. This path of thought leads to a shared interest with the viewer in the act of transformation, both physically and spiritually; a notion that invokes the past and comments on the way actions continually shape the future, a continuum that presents itself with poetic exploration in each body of his work.

Lisa Sette Gallery maintains a very active exhibition schedule, mounting approximately 10 exhibitions a year ranging in theme and genre. For more than 22 years, the gallery has been committed to showcasing a range of contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, installation and performance art.

To request high resolution images, please contact us at (480) 990-7342 or use the email links below.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Childsplay: Supported by

Childsplay has performances of 'The Neverending Story' through May 17 at the
Tempe Center for the Arts. Described by Kerry Lengel of The Arizona Republic
as "neverending wonder ... mesmerizing ... jaw-dropping," this is a
production not to be missed! or 480-350-2822 for tickets.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Arts Community and the Heard Museum

MyArtsCommunity.Org supports the Heard Museum to save programs like these:

Evening also features DJ Brazilia and the Arizona Roller Derby

When: Friday May 15th 5:30-9:00pm

Where: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Az

Cost: Free!

WHAT: NU: (Native + You) at the Heard Museum

      The third Friday evening series called NU (Native + You) continues in May with the panel discussion, Women: Sex & the Arts, music with DJ Brazilia and the Arizona Roller Derby. The panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Cindy Dach, an award winning artist, teacher and arts advocate. Dach is also owner of MADE Boutique and was a co-founder of the Eye Lounge art gallery. She is an integral part of the revitalization of the downtown Phoenix arts scene.

      Panel participants include Erin Kane, former Assistant Curator at SMoCA; Kathy Cano-Murillo, the “Crafty Chica” and writer; writer and Casino Arizona curator Aleta Ringlero, Pima; and Interdisciplinary Artist & Assistant Professor of Intermedia in the Herberger College of the Arts Angela Ellsworth. All panel attendees will receive a swag bag full of discounts and coupons to local women-owned businesses such as Fairytale Brownies, Dolce Salon, Bold Avenue and Fluerish. Prior to the panel and throughout the evening a selection of wines and beer can be enjoyed in the Heard Museum’s courtyard.

      From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., DJ Brazilia will spin the Crossroads Gallery. There will be an appearance by the women of the Arizona Roller Derby, who will be on the museum’s campus from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Audiences are invited to a scrimmage at 6 p.m., held in Steele Auditorium.

      From 5:30 to 9 p.m., visitors can enjoy the museum, outdoor courtyards and cash bars. Patrons are invited to view the new contemporary exhibition Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay featuring work by three mother/daughter teams from New Mexico.

      From 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Berlin Gallery will open its summer show The Nature Of It: Animals in Art featuring work by many artists including emerging artist Marla Allison, Laguna Pueblo, who has created smaller works of animals in her distinct cubist style.

      The Café and the Heard Museum Shop are all open until 8 p.m.

      Admission to NU is free. NU is presented by JP Morgan Chase. Additional support comes from Desert Living Magazine as well as the following organizations: Arizona Humanities Council, IKEA, Local First Arizona and the Phoenix Arts & Business Council.

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WHEN: Friday, May 15, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz.

INFO: For more information, call 602.252.8840 or visit

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Another Organization You Can Help Through My Arts Community: Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center Upcoming Events:
May 9: Saturday Science at Arizona Science Center. 10:00 - 11: 30 a.m. To register call: 602-716-2056. Pricing for one parent and one child: $15 Member; $20 Non-Member; $5 per additional child.
TOPIC: Have You Used a Mineral Today? Minerals are in your toothpaste, on your fingers and ears, in your powder, light bulbs and cars. From the rock cycle to mined minerals, see how we have learned to use Earth materials in almost every aspect of our lives.

May 9: Member Appreciation Days. Arizona Science Center celebrates its members with an exclusive hour from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and daily specials and exclusive member deals & demos throughout the day.

May 15: Science Café at Arizona Science Center. Presented by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. 5:30-6:30 p.m. FREE.
Science Cafés are informal discussions that bring together members of the community and university scientists to discuss how science and technology can change the future. This week’s topic: To Drink or Not to Drink: What Should We Do to Have Good Tasting, Safe and Sustainable Water in the Future? GUESTS: Dr. Dave White, Associate Professor, School of Community Resources and Development,
State University. Troy Benn, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University. This cafe will explore the complex challenges to obtaining good tasting, safe AND sustainable water: Can all three goals be obtained? Are they equally important? Do different stakeholders have different priorities? For example, perhaps "safe water" is equally important to politicians and academic researchers, but how does each constituency view "sustainability"? How do we reconcile differences? Moreover, are there technologies related to good-tasting, safe and sustainable water that could pose ethical or social dilemmas? Are there other unintended consequences that are difficult to foresee?

May 24: LEGO® Castle Adventure
, presented locally by J.P. Morgan and Chase, will open at Arizona Science Center on May 24th. Free with general admission. Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in our newest traveling exhibition – LEGO® Castle Adventure! In this exhibit kids and their families are transported to a LEGO kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time – LEGO bricks.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

One of the beneficiary organizations My Arts Community is dedicated to helping: Desert Botanical Garden. To learn more visit

Desert Botanical Gar
den Upcoming Events:

CHIHULY: The Nature of Glass
Desert Botanical Garden
Now through May 31st

A stunning exhibit of new and unique works of glass sculpture displayed
throughout Desert Botanical Garden.

Reservations required - visit or call 480-481-8188.

Mother's Day Concerts with Esteban
Sunday / May 10 / Dorrance Hall
Bring Mom and the family to the Desert Botanical Garden to celebrate
Mother's Day with the unbelievable musical talents of Esteban in concert.
Sunday / May 10 / Dorrance Hall

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Concert & Lunch Only:
$85 (doors open at 10 a.m.)
4 - 6 p.m. Concert Only:
$50 (doors open at 3 pm

Tickets and more information available at or by calling

Jazz in the Garden

Jazz up your Friday nights at the Desert Botanical Garden's spring concert
series. Enjoy evenings surrounded by desert beauty and the sounds of the
Valley's premier jazz musicians.

For more information or to Purchase Tickets:
Order online at
Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday)
Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

Find more beneficiary organizations at