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The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.
Take a free, self-guided tour of more than 50 professional artist studios throughout the Phoenix-metro area on the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center 13th annual Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour. You can also view wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing demonstrations. This event benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank; those donating non-perishable items are eligible for a ceramic gift.
There’s a new crop of art to behold at Mesa Contemporary Arts, the sleek museum on the campus of Mesa Arts Center.
On Jan. 25-26, the quaint copper mining town of Superior, an easy 30-minute drive east of Apache Junction, celebrates its sixth annual Home Tour, Antique Show and Art Show.
With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
The Mesa Arts Center campus will turn into a virtual winter wonderland over the weekend for the city’s ninth annual Mesa Arts Festival.
The Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation will hold its 10th annual Holiday Arts Festival in Chandler on Dec. 14.
Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button.
Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue.
It was my first real glimpse of Arizona that wasn’t through an airliner window. And even though over the years much of it has become obscured, I hope somehow it is preserved and removed to a place where it can continue to welcome wide-eyed and wondering children to their new home.
You don't need to live on the prairie to have a prairie garden. Natural landscapes featuring mainly native plants are being sown in yards across North America as environmentally friendly alternatives to turf grass.
Like a lot of modern decor, children's rooms are enjoying a rethinking.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's capital is perfectly positioned as a halfway point between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, but visitors often decide to extend their stopovers once they get a feel for the city's burgeoning art scene and its accessible hiking, biking and skiing trails.
This June 4, 2013 photo shows a view through the Potter's Shrine to shuttered beehive kilns at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts near Helena, Mont. The foundation offers artist residencies and free self-guided walking tours on the grounds of a former brick factory. (AP photo/Matt Volz)
This June 4, 2013 photo shows sculptures scattered across the 26-acre grounds of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts near Helena, Mont. The foundation offers artist residencies and free self-guided walking tours on the grounds of a former brick factory. (AP photo/Matt Volz)
Not so long ago, there was a certain image associated with being vegetarian. It usually involved Birkenstocks, lentil loaf and an agenda.
Perhaps to alleviate the dreariness of long northern winters, Scandinavian style tends toward folk-art florals, crisp checks, plaids and stripes, and wood furniture left natural or painted in colors that evoke the region's natural beauty.
Water still bubbles and the sharp scent of chemicals still fills the amber-lit darkroom at Mesa High School as students — years after the advent of the digital camera or the camera phone — develop film into photographs in the time-honored method.
Don't worry if you've yet to find something special for loved ones this Valentine's Day. You can easily and inexpensively add extra heart to gifts by making them at home.
If art can be a window to the world, a new art show in Mesa gives a peek at six teeny, tiny and very specific realms.
Kids with a penchant for Play-Doh or modeling clay can follow in the footsteps of a master artist on Saturday.
Tempe resident Jeanie Thorn glazes her pieces during a ceramics class Tuesday night at the Mesa Arts Center. [Michelle Reese/Tribune]
While theater patrons took their seats at the Mesa Arts Center on a recent Tuesday evening, just feet away ceramics students put the final touches on their projects, analyzing glaze colors, crafting bowls on the wheel or sanding pieces before they would go into a kiln. Just a few doors down, a pair of students worked in an outdoor studio, shaping glass glowing red from its recent placement in fire.
One trip to Chandler Fashion Center, a call to Ticketmaster, two online transactions and several stops at East Valley mom-and-pop shops in the bag, and my Christmas shopping is complete.