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  • southwestNET Shizu Saldamando

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 East Second Street
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    southwestNET Shizu Saldamando

    SMoCA premieres new work by artist Shizu Saldamando as part of the eighteenth iteration of a series that presents mid-career artists from the Southwest region of the United States and Mexico. Through intimate and provocative paintings, drawings, and video, Saldamando presents a contemporary take on portraiture that explores and challenges the constructs of identity.

    She works from informal snapshots of friends and family, focusing on often-overlooked communities of color: punks, queers, activists, and artists. Challenging the traditional conventions of wealth and prestige in portraiture, Saldamando presents work that allows the underground crowd to see themselves reflected and affirmed in contemporary culture, while making them visible to new audiences.

  • Mining for Minerals

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Mining for Minerals

    The Lower Verde River Valley is home to two mines. The historic Little Dixie is located in the McDowell Mountain Park accessible by hiking trails. The Four Peaks Amethyst mine is privately owned and is actively mined twice a year.

  • Rio Verde Ranching

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Rio Verde Ranching

    In the early 1900’s the land west of the Verde River was used for cattle ranching. As rules governing resources changed ranching became less profitable and The Box Bar and P Bar ranches were sold to create the communities of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde.

  • New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

    This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh take on Western art through 100 works by 70 well-known artists including those from the Taos Society of Artists and less-recognized artists, who were living and working in the 1920s and 1930s in Santa Fe and Taos, N.M. – important art colonies then and now. The New Beginnings exhibition, which makes its debut at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and will travel to four additional institutes across the U.S. into 2021, features paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures and a furniture piece from the celebrated Tia Collection including never-before-shown works. This is the first time three-year-old Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is debuting another organization’s traveling exhibition. The exhibition offers a crisp view of artwork covering nearly a century, from 1888 to 1983, showing the evolution of art in New Mexico from 19th century Classicism and Romanticism to early 20th century Modernism with a focus on artworks and artists who operated on the transnational stage. Several years in the making, the New Beginnings exhibition features artists who were originally from outside the American West and also includes a significant number of women artists.

  • Heritage Hall

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Heritage Hall

    A legend of the American West, Wyatt Earp is immediately connected to the notorious gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Earp was a Pima County Arizona Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Town Marshal in Tombstone at the time. Earp and two other lawmen killed three outlaw cowboys during the shootout. In addition to his time as sheriff, he also was known for being a gambler, buffalo hunter, miner, teamster, and saloon keeper.

  • Wonderspaces: Point of View

    Scottsdale Fashion Square
    7014 E. Camelback Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Wonderspaces: Point of View

    In Point of View, 13 artists explore how new perspectives expand our concept of the world. Through their art, they play with the definition of perspective, flip its rules, and present abstract and literal forms. Though the methods and media are all different, each artwork opens us up to the views of others.

    Point of View is an art show that welcomes all ages to explore the concept of perspective. An approximately eighty-minute experience spread across roughly 16,000 square feet, it is a place to gather with friends and family.

  • Building a Fountain Founding a Community

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Building a Fountain Founding a Community

    Throughout human history desert dwellers have found ways to create an oasis in arid environments. In Arizona's Lower Verde River Valley, developer Robert McCullough envisioned a community surrounding the largest fountain in the world and on December 15, 1970 the Fountain Hills' Fountain was turned on for the first time.

  • Janel Garza: Environ

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 East Second Street
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Janel Garza: Environ

    As the title suggests, the new mural unveiled at SMoCA, Environ was designed to reflect multiple features that directly surround the space. Each aspect of the courtyard where it resides is taken into consideration—from the colored light of James Carpenter’s glass scrim wall to the ever-changing view of James Turrell’s skyspace, Knight Rise, as well as the nearby native plant life. Pulling simple abstract shapes and colors from each of these influences created one cohesive and fluid design. The intention of the artist is to complement the space and welcome visitors to spend time within the courtyard walls.

  • Summer Concerts in the Park

    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
    7301 E. Indian Bend Rd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    Summer Concerts in the Park

    Rock and roll at the Railroad Park! Enjoy free concerts every Sunday evening with a variety of local bands. Recently recognized as one of the best live music venues in Arizona by Best of American Towns, Sunday’s at The Railroad Park are the place to be in Scottsdale this summer. With Classic Rock, Retro 80’s, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Retro 90’s, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Bring a blanket or chair and relax in the park. Food is available for purchase. The park’s iconic steam engines pull the Paradise & Pacific Railroad. Train and Carousel rides are $2. Children two and under ride free with a paying adult.

  • All Shook Up

    Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre at Fashion Square
    7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 0586
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    All Shook Up

    Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

    ALL SHOOK UP Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY ® Book by JOE DIPIETRO Originally Produced on Broadway by Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff, Clear Channel Entertainment, Harbor Entertainment, Miramax Films, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Stanley Buchthal, Eric Falkenstein, Nina Essman/Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Jean Cheever, Margaret Cotter, in association with Barney Rosenzweig, Meri Krassner, FGRW Investments, Karen Jason, Phil Ciasullo Conard. Originally produced for Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer, Sue Frost, Associate Producer.

  • Summer Concert Series 2019

    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
    7301 E Indian Bend Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    Summer Concert Series 2019

    Rock and roll at the Railroad Park! Enjoy free concerts every Sunday evening with a variety of local bands. Recently recognized as one of the best live music venues in Arizona by Best of American Towns, Sunday’s at The Railroad Park are the place to be in Scottsdale this summer. With Classic Rock, Retro 80’s, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Retro 90’s, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Bring a blanket or chair and relax in the park. Food is available for purchase.

  • Superhero Summer at the Princess

    Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    7575 E. Princess Dr.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Superhero Summer at the Princess

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Summer #AtThePrincess! From Memorial Day to Labor Day join us for an adventure of heroic proportions as we invite families to enjoy special superhero-themed activities and photo ops, dive-in movies, fireworks and so much more at Arizona’s original endless summer destination. With Arizona’s only white sand beach, five sparkling pools* and two rip-roaring waterslides, luxurious guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, a world-class spa and championship golf…why staycation anywhere else?

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