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April 19 is the last event of the 2013-2014 Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival season. Bring the family and pets down to see the festival’s talented local artists and their products, like artists Mike Shaw and Michelle Shaw, who share the same last name but specialize in very different artforms:
Sisters Diana Wells and Martha Glazier not only share their DNA, they also share a passion for crafting. The sisters’ handcrafted soaps won them the title of Festival Favorite at the Feb. 1 Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival, a free event held every other Saturday in downtown Mesa.
Sisters Diana Wells and Martha Glazier create and sell designer soaps through their company, Oakleigh Expressions LLC.
Men in uniform, pin-up girls, mermaids, comic strips, anime, skulls and crossbones, and various fruits are some of the enticing patterns Alexandria Padilla uses to create her hand-sewn aprons.
From wooden wine stoppers to mirrors, light pulls and more, Mark Svoboda, owner of Turning Heads Art Work, really does create pieces that cause fans to look twice.
In 2007, Marlies Mercil was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her radiation treatments, she took up beading as a way of passing time and keeping her mind occupied. She has been in remission for the last seven years, and her jewelry designs have taken off.
Theresa Alberico, owner and baker at Baked with Love, a small home-based business, is one of the vendors you’ll find at MACFest, a free street fair featuring unique artist creations and fun for the whole family the first and third Saturday of every month through April.
Artist or crafter? It doesn’t matter to Frank Biernier.
Plan now for an autumn full of fun in the East Valley.
Wyndsong Designs, an exhibitor at the April 6 and April 20 MACFests in downtown Mesa, is owned and operated by Karin “Kai” Sullivan. She has been a Master Beader, with a focus on spiritual semi-precious wearable art, for more than 30 years. Recently, Kai discovered polymer clay.
The Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival (MACFest) selected a “Festival Favorite” among its exhibiting artists recently for her eye-catching paintings. We asked the artist, Kathleen Maley, to tell us about her experience and what led her to her passion for painting.
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Fall is arriving, and residents of the Valley are starting to enjoy the outdoors again. Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival, starting up in October, is a good way to enjoy the weather, take a stroll, indulge in tasty treats, listen to live music and shop for art, jewelry and crafts.
Ron Floyd believes in Arizona artists. The Chandler man opened a gallery devoted to their work in the middle of the recession, and now he's bringing a festival that showcases homegrown art to Mesa.
Mesa is holding its first Downtown Historic Bicycle Tour Saturday, giving riders a glimpse of the city's various historic areas.
Through her role as Mesa's new arts and culture czar, Cindy Ornstein is one of the few people who has found some encouraging news in this long economic slump.
Mesa United Way and the Mesa Unified School District have come up with a way to help their community and teach an important civics lesson at the same time.
Patio season has arrived in the Valley, thanks to - finally! - a weekend weather forecast that doesn't call for rain. Here are our top picks for having a good time outdoors this weekend. Just don't forget the sunscreen.
Short on New Year’s resolutions? Take a cue from what our own East Valley has to offer, and resolve to live like a tourist in your own backyard. From getting back to nature (try bird-watching at Gilbert Riparian Preserve; spotting otters, beavers and eagles from a canoe on the lower Salt River near Mesa; or hiking at San Tan Mountain Regional Park) to going out on the town (think drinks and a show at Mesa Arts Center or fun, tasty dining in downtown Chandler), our nearest cities offer plenty to do. Here are our picks for four local things you should make a point to see or do in 2010.
Fabian De La Rosa has a simple rule for knowing who will stop in his downtown Mesa shop: If they park their car in front of his Lamb’s Shoe Repair, they’re going to walk through his doors.
MACfest goers listen to Christmas carols while shopping around. Dec 5, 2009.