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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.
A look at key Mesa facts and figures
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.
Farmer Jeff Scott can remember many a long afternoon when he sat alone on the plaza at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, offering his fresh-picked vegetables to a handful of regular customers and an occasional passerby. Solitude isn’t so much of a problem these days. The Willcox-area farmer’s bins of onions, squash and greens are the heaviest-hit attraction all night long at the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market.
Good news, art lovers: MACFest, Mesa's outdoor arts and culture fair, is coming back to downtown Mesa.
Whimsical sculptures greet visitors to MACFest, Mesa’s free outdoor arts and culture fair. Photography, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, glass work and memorabilia are among the many types of merchandise available at the festival.
Friday night in Mesa was not like Friday night in Mesa. People were everywhere. They were at the Mesa Arts Center watching free performances inside and out. They were crowding into the restaurants. They were winding through the SunDust Gallery for its grand opening at 48 W. Main St.
Jim Ripley: What turned a desolate, 11-block stretch near downtown Columbus, Ohio, into a vibrant arts, shopping and entertainment mecca and what, if anything, could Mesa learn in its efforts to make its downtown thrive? The Mesa Arts Center, a smattering of downtown galleries, the arts-and-crafts-centered weekly MACfest, Second Friday events, and nearby historic residential neighborhoods convinced me there are similarities and the question was worth exploring.
Jim Ripley: "A cool place" would not be yesterday's Mesa. A cool place would be a rambunctious place, drawing new crowds of different generations and ethnic groups and holding them.