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Phoenix Art Museum and The Arizona Republic Name Next Crop of “Ripe” Award Winners Anticipated to Lead Culinary Scene in 2015/16
Chefs Scott Holmes, Lori Hashimoto, Cullen Campbell, Stephen Jones and Jeff Kraus will receive this year’s prestigious Ripe awards from the Phoenix Art Museum and the Men’s Arts Council. Ross Simon joins the group as the winner for the first-ever Ripe award specific to the bartending and spirits industry.
Tickets are on sale for the Ripe Culinary Fest & Awards Presentation scheduled for July 25th at the Phoenix Art Museum to raise funds to support the arts.
This year, the public was invited to submit chef nominations to be reviewed by judges from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Art Museum and Men’s Arts Council.
Winners exhibit the very best of the greater Phoenix dining scene through their culinary creativity and passion. These stand-out chefs are anticipated to open new restaurants and culinary projects — or continue to earn recognition for existing projects — for years to come. Past winners cannot be considered.
Ripe Event Details:
WHAT: 2015 Ripe Culinary Fest + Awards Celebration
WHEN: 7:00PM, July 25, 2015
WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
COST: $55 per person, tickets can be purchased at www.RipePHX.com
CHARITY: Proceeds go to support arts programming at Phoenix Art Museum
SPONSORS: Whole Foods, Noble Bread, World Life Music, Awe Collective
MORE: The 2015 Ripe winners will be honored from 7 – 9 pm Saturday, July 25 at an award ceremony and event at the Phoenix Art Museum. Attendees will enjoy music and tastes of signature dishes from the five winning chefs while sipping on fine wines and cocktails. Tickets are $55 and are available for purchase at www.ripephx.com.
2015 Ripe Award Winners:
Chef Scott Holmes — Little Miss BBQ
Chef Lori Hashimoto — Hana Japanese Eatery
Chef Cullen Campbell — Crudo, Okra
Chef Stephen Jones — yard bird + the larder
Chef Jeff Kraus – Crêpe Bar
Bartender Ross Simon — Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Phoenix’s Midtown District is known for its collection of artistic venues, including the Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum, and The Arizona Opera. By next spring, that list of artful spaces will grow with the addition of a new architecturally unique residential project called ArtHAUS.
ArtHAUS will fill in a portion of the vacant lot on 1st Avenue, near Central Avenue and McDowell Road. It will feature a total of 25 units, including seven three-level townhomes, 15 two-level lofts, and three single-level flats. The project will break ground this month and is anticipated to be completed by May of 2016.
According to Jason Boyer, the architect and developer of ArtHAUS, the concept behind his project is to “provide an attainable, well-designed, well-located urban infill residential choice.”
ArtHAUS residents will be able to live in an artistic and thoughtfully-designed urban dwelling in the cultural center of Phoenix, with easy access to light rail and the many restaurants, galleries, shops and events that are drawing more and more people to Downtown Phoenix.
Boyer has lived and worked in Phoenix for the past 20 years and was inspired by the transformation he’s witnessed downtown. In that transition, he also saw an opportunity. “As I’ve watched it mature, obviously one of the things that’s been missing is residential opportunities.”
Greg Kilroy of The Velocity Group real estate team is the sales representative for ArtHAUS, rounding out a team that is dedicated to enriching Downtown Phoenix with artfully designed spaces that contribute to the soul of our city.
ArtHAUS caters to the need for residences that are tailored to the true needs of the community and the people who want to live there. As a believer in context-based design, Boyer designed ArtHAUS to blend with the existing neighborhood and to be optimized for community-building.
“We wanted to be a good neighbor and a complement to the neighborhood, paying attention to scale and how the units address the street. And creating a place that had the ability to build a sense of community amongst its residents,” says Boyer.
The smallest unit in ArtHAUS is approximately 550 square feet and the largest is around 1900 square feet. Prices range from $156,000 to $490,000.
All the units within the building are connected at the second level with courtyard spaces. “You can sit out and have coffee and conversation while neighbors are going to work, walking their dogs,” says Boyer.
The design also complements our regional climate, with large overhangs and the use of glass within the units that maximize the Arizona indoor/outdoor feel. And according to Boyer, the interiors of the units are created to be as multifunctional as possible. For example, smaller units have islands that double as a dining table: “The kitchen tends to be the gathering point anyways, so why not make that the centerpiece?”
Boyer’s focus on attainable, well-designed living spaces was inspired by Phoenix, but he also took some cues from projects in Southern California, where “a more attentive eye to design and the living experience” proved to be favorable amongst buyers. Boyer hopes to infuse this idea into Downtown’s fast-evolving residential landscape.
Boyer and Kilroy hope to attract a variety of residents to this project. “We would truly love it to be mixed, really a representation of what we want downtown to be.”
ArtHAUS is set to be an architectural point of interest in Midtown Phoenix, contributing to the personality and value of the neighborhood, while creating a sense of place for those who live in and around it.
The sales center for ArtHAUS is located in the Porter Acme building at 1425 N. 1st Street. You can find out more about the development and make reservations at arthausphx.com.
Images courtesy of ArtHAUS
In 2011, funding became available from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for cities to do smart growth planning. Phoenix had forward thinking civic leadership, staff, and community partners poised and ready to collaborate and seized the opportunity with a proposal for a bold, transformative program called Reinvent Phoenix. Curt Upton (pictured right) of the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department was a key leader in the design and creation of this long-term collaborative project with two main goals: create an attractive investment environment in transit-oriented development (TOD) districts along the light rail, and maximize the community benefits from these investments.
Upton points out, “These were very competitive grants. Hundreds of cities applied and only 8% were selected.” Not only that, he adds, “Phoenix was awarded $2.9M, the 4th largest grant in the country.”
At the time of the grant application (2011), Upton contends that Phoenix was still hurting from the recession and “there was a strong feeling that we needed to try something different, to have a time out and think about how to develop our city differently. We’d just invested in a huge light rail project, and we needed to make the most of it.”
Thus was born Reinvent Phoenix. The Planning Department was the lead applicant, but “it was very much a collaborative process,” said Upton. “We needed about eight other city departments to participate in the process – streets, parks, art & culture, public works, etc….and we also had to reach out to community partners.”
They began by asking a bold question, “Can we create and implement a vision that can demonstrate a better Phoenix?….As the light rail expands, through this vision can we create a new model for how we develop our city that includes best practices, walkability, and equity – where everyone benefits?” The vision was “not just a place where wealthy people go, not just a café scene or art scene, but daycare facilities, decent housing and healthcare for the people who work in the cafes and neighborhood businesses.”
“HUD awarded us the grant because of both the ideas in the plan and the partners that were brought into process,” said Upton, who emphasizes that these partnerships are significant not just for the purposes of the grant, but in order to have a long-term impact on the city. “That was the hope,” said Upton, “to bring partners into almost a movement, using civic leadership to create coalition.” From Upton’s perspective, “building these partnerships upfront means that everyone has ownership in the outcome. Everyone is invested in the vision and the road map that creates investment and equity for the long term.”
This collaborative model helps dispel what Upton calls “every planner’s fear….that we’ll spend hours, months, energy and dedication to create a plan that just collects dust on a shelf. No one wants that.”
Reinvent is a transformational program – so it needs to have legs over decades. In order to do that it required upfront civic leadership and community engagement instead of top down planning. Upton says, “It’s much harder to do, but if you put the upfront work in, it pays dividends going forward. It’s important to build broad community ownership, so that many people support the plan over time.”
What are Curt Upton’s thoughts about the long-term impact on the City from the Reinvent Phoenix program? He says, “I hope that it helps position Phoenix to benefit over the next couple of decades. There’s a unique historic occurrence in cities going on right now. Two large demographic groups – millennials and baby boomers are converging on the real estate market and they both want the same things – walkable neighborhoods with amenities close by.”
Regarding baby boomers, Upton notes that “A whole generation will be over 65 in the next two decades. Increasingly they will be looking to get out of the suburbs and find ways to live that aren’t as costly and are easier to navigate if you don’t want to or can’tdrive.”
He adds, “At the same time you have the millennials coming in with a different set of preferences than the previous generation. And it’s not just going to be a fad. This younger generation is looking for a different product than in the past.”
Upton just returned from a conference in Seattle where he heard the phenomenon described by a real estate fund manager described as “planes in the air, looking to land.”
He explains, “Investors want to invest, but they are looking for good places to land. Cities can position themselves for investment by creating the right conditions for investors to land.” He adds, “Reinvent helps Phoenix take advantage of this historical opportunity to make our city better.”
Upton is a Phoenix native and has spent the last nine years with the City Planning and Development Department. Wednesday, April 29, was his last day, however, as he has been lured to a new job in planning in Denver.
“Denver is similar to Phoenix, but a little ahead of us. It’s an opportunity. I’m a Phoenix native and have lived here my whole life, but I respect the work they are doing in Denver and it is a chance to learn stuff.”
“Nine years ago I took the job with the city for the opportunity to do important work.” In reflecting back, he is grateful for the entrepreneurial, hands off management in the department that empowered him and his staff to do just that.
For 27 years, Artlink has worked with artists and galleries to present the annual two-day free celebration in downtown Phoenix known as Art Detour. Visitors from throughout Phoenix and the entire Valley will be welcomed into studios and spaces throughout downtown this weekend to see working artists in their natural habitat, buy their work, and enjoy the creative energy of our thriving arts community.
While much of the activity during Detour is concentrated in downtown and on Grand Ave., increasingly the borders of Detour are expanding, and interesting artists and spaces can be found beyond where the trolley route can currently cover. Never fear, however. Using a combination of Metro Light Rail (get a day pass!), bikes and shoe leather, these destinations are within easy reach, and we can help you “connect the dots” to get there. So, with pith helmets firmly snapped in place and our trusty map in hand, we offer a multi-modal guide for intrepid explorers to get the full Detour experience.
Using light rail stations and GRID bike hubs as our guideposts, here are some “beyond the trolley route” spaces you’ll want to incorporate into your weekend Art Detour adventure.
Located on the southwest corner of Camelback Road and Central Avenue, the light rail station is a great place to consider starting your “beyond the trolley” adventure. There is ample parking both at the station and in the Uptown Plaza parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.
First Stop – Practical Art, 5070 N. Central
Less than a block north of the light rail station on the west side of Camelback you’ll find Practical Art, a hybrid store/art gallery featuring functional artwork by more than 100 Arizona artists, along with monthly exhibitions of fine art. For Art Detour they will be featuring an exhibition of paintings by Lee Berger called “Indispensable Dispensables – Lessons to Still Be Learned.” In addition, on Saturday they will host some of the instructors from the Bergamot Institute, who run their summer kids classes.
Take the Light Rail to the Indian School and Central station (1 mile south of Camelback).
This is a good location to grab a GRID Bike, as there are a handful of great artist studios and galleries within blocks of this station. The GRID Bike lot can be found at the entrance to Steele Indian School Park. If you have a GRID bike membership you can reserve your bike for pick up, but if you don’t, there is still a chance that there will be bikes available at this stop. This weekend, however, is chock o’block with activities and at Steele Indian School Park, the Arizona Hemophilia Association will be hosting their 31st Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge on March 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. You might want to stop by for a salsa snack before starting your Art Detour adventure.
So, chow down on some salsa, then grab your bike and head east on the south side of Indian School Rd. to:
Collective Gallery @ The Artery, 623 E. Indian School
The Artery features work by many different artists, including pastels, paintings, photography, woodcuts, jewelry and more.
Studio 6 @ The Artery, 625 E. Indian School
Upstairs in The Artery are six studio spaces where artists welcome visitors to see works-in-progress.
After your visit to both spaces at The Artery, it’s time to head west on Indian School and south on Third Ave. to The Clarendon Hotel & Spa, 402 W. Clarendon.
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa lines its public spaces with the work of local artists and presents an annual art “happening” in May called ARTELPHX, featuring local visual and performing artists. For Detour, the Clarendon will be featuring large scale paintings by local artist Bill Dambrova in the lobby. And just off the lobby, you’ll find The Bolles Gallery, A Historical Reflection Space which commemorates Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic journalist who was murdered in the parking lot of the hotel back in 1976. So, stop by and catch up on a little of the dark side of Phoenix history. And, if you’ve worked up a thirst or an appetite, before you leave for the next location, you can get a drink and nibbles at Cafe Tranquilo.
After you’ve scoped out everything the Clarendon has to offer, hop back on your bikes and head south and west to Willo North Gallery.
MAP CORRECTION – There is a slight error on the Art Detour map that we need to address here. While it’s shown as an orange dot with a 32 on it, it is actually the dot for Willo North Gallery (#30) on Gallery list. It’s in the correct place, but the number is incorrect.
Willo North Gallery, 2811 N. 7th Avenue
This popular gallery is off the beaten track, but well worth the effort. It’s only a short bike ride from the Clarendon. For Art Detour the gallery will be featuring a solo exhibition of paintings by Fred Tieken called “For the Birds.”
The Hive, 2222 N. 16th Street
The Hive is an eclectic art space that is part shop, part studios, and part gallery and it is well worth the ride. The midcentury modern Hive is in the historic Coronado neighborhood and hosts unique shows throughout the year. During Art Detour they will be featuring work by local artists Thomas Breeze Marcus and Dwayne Insano.
For the TRULY adventurous – there is one more out of the way stop we have to mention: Gary Beal’s artist studio at 2030 N. 17th Avenue, North of McDowell and West of 15th Avenue. It’s a little off the beaten path and he didn’t make it onto the Detour map, but he will be open and if you are a fan of glass/sculpture, you won’t want to miss Gary’s work.
On the final leg of this part of your Art Detour adventure, you can ride back towards Central Avenue and head south to leave your GRID bike at one of the GRID lots along Central, near the Heard Museum or the Phoenix Art Museum. During Detour weekend, the Heard Museum will be hosting the 56th Annual Indian Fair & Market, a ticketed event and the Phoenix Art Museum will be hosting Devoured, a popular, sold-out local food event.
Burton Barr Public Library, 1221 N. Central Ave – Art Detour Park and Ride Trolley Hub
Just one block south of the Phoenix Art Museum, at the Burton Barr Public Library, you’ll find an Artlink Trolley hub, where you can jump on a free trolley and hit all of the great venues along the route. Trolleys will circulate throughout the downtown all day on both days. Waits at each stop are about 15 minutes between trolleys. There will be volunteers and maps to help guide you the rest of the way.
Enjoy Art Detour this weekend, both on the trolley and beyond. Discover how the arts can help “connect the dots” to your unique downtown adventure.
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To celebrate the Andy Warhol: Portraits exhibition that opens at Phoenix Art Museum on March 4, the public is invited to the Exploding Plastic Inevitable with live interpretations inspired by Andy Warhol from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Museum.
- Light works
- Wooden Indian
- Four Chambers Press
- Liliana Gomez
- Yai Cecream
- Francisco Flores
- Jar of Buttons
- Tumble Tees
- Palabra | hair.art.collective
- Vintage fashions
Exhibitions on view:
- Andy Warhol: Portraits - $2 (only during the March 6 #phxff)
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and The Power of Observation - $8 for Adults, $5 for youth 6-17 after 6 p.m.
- PLATINUM: Contemporary Photography – free after 6 p.m.
- Mysteries from Europe: Works by Unidentified Artists – free after 6 p.m.
- All That Glitters is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography – free after 6 p.m.
- Fashioned In America - free after 6 p.m.
- Sacred Stories and Images of the Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll - free after 6 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum is one of four Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs. Park and enjoy the Museum then take the trolley tour and explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations. The Museum is conveniently located by the Central and McDowell Valley Metro Lightrail station.
Enter to win a Museum Membership:
- Share the party on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #Warholphx + #EPI for a chance to win a free Museum Membership.
- One winner will be selected and notified by March 13.
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If you go
When: Friday, March 6, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: Free general admission