Monday, May 25, 2015



Ron Burns


In 1991, Ron Burns turned to painting as an artistic respite from his dog-eat-dog corporate career in marketing and design. Looking down at his beloved mutt, the self-taught artist found his muse. “I was looking for something I could paint that would inspire me for the rest of my life,” says Burns, 58, whose Burns Studio is based in Scottsdale. “When I started, no one else was doing it. It was like a new art movement.”


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Readers Photo Contest: On The Road

For our third annual reader photo contest, “On the Road,” you submitted fantastic photos from around the state. We selected the top 10, and readers voted for their favorite. The winner received a getaway to Four Seasons Resort.

Our grand prize winner received three days, two nights in a premier casita at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North; dinner for two at its new Proof restaurant; and two 50-minute massages at the Four Seasons Spa.


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Two-Step Program

Embrace your inner honky-tonker at the Valley’s newest country bar, The Western. Located at “Cowboys and Indian School” in Old Town Scottsdale, this live-music-deluged watering hole aims to conjure the dirty-fun essence of a vintage Texas roadhouse, complete with an oak dance floor big enough for a legion of line-dancers. Nightlife mogul Tucker Woodbury and music promoter Charlie Levy, who previously collaborated on the Crescent Ballroom,


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Goulding’s Lodge

For Annie Lopez, creating art is a way to neutralize her inner demons. Call it art as exorcism. “If something bad is going on, I put it in my artwork, hang it on the wall and release it,” says Lopez, who took solace in her craft after the death of her first son. “It lightens my burden.”


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Lauren Strohacker


A herd of 14 deer have taken over an empty lot in Downtown Phoenix. The life-sized animals are part of artist Lauren Strohacker’s ongoing attempt to reconnect man and nature by creating imagined habitats lost in the wake of human expansion. The sculptural installation, titled “Encounter,” is located at 408 E. Roosevelt St. and is part of InFlux, a temporary public art project.  


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Carolina Escobar


The Desert Botanical Garden has sprouted a series of surprising sculptures that somehow appear both alien to the Valley and perfectly at home amid the garden’s desert flora.

“Whispers of a New World: Sculpture by Carolina Escobar” features abstract caricatures of desert plants such as saguaros and barrel cactuses. 


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Instrumental Text


The story of blues guitarist Buddy Guy as a boy, using a necktie pin as a phonograph needle to play a 78-rpm record of John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillin’” – by holding the pin between his teeth, no less – is one nugget in a gold mine of anecdotes in the book Guitar Masters: Intimate


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