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.

Visit to support the Phoenix Art Museum and other Arizona Arts and Cultural organizations.