Tuesday, September 16, 2014

arts

 

Tayron Polequaptewa

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Tayron Polequaptewa sold his first katsina doll from the back of a station wagon in a part of Arizona where “Don’t worry, be Hopi” T-shirts were bestsellers. The Hopi artist made $5 from the sale and returned to the reservation with a goal: to carve out a decent living by carving katsina dolls.

 

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Rebel Yell

The name Geronimo is loaded: One can use it as a pejorative for a blood-thirsty savage, or as a cry of abandon while leaping into the Salt River.


 Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience tells the story behind the name. The Heard Museum exhibit runs through January 20, 2013 and offers an unvarnished glimpse of the Apache warrior including Geronimo-bilia never seen by the general public.  

 

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Fritz Scholder

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

In 1969, when most Western artists were depicting sentimental scenes of spear-brandishing braves atop piebald ponies, Fritz Scholder – who was one-quarter American Indian – was startling audiences with “Indian with Beer Can,”  a simple painting of a man sitting at a bar with a can of Coors.

 

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Rose Guardian

The oldest mural along 16th street is “Prayer of St. Francis,” painted in 1998 by the late Rose Johnson. Located at Thomas Road, the six-panel mural depicts the cultural evolution of the Coronado community and includes inspirational quotes from Benito Juarez and St. Francis of Assisi. Over the years, it’s become a beloved street art icon, but it’s also been eroded by wind, bleached by the sun, and defaced by vandals. 

 

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State-ing the Facts

If your limited memory of third-grade Arizona history lessons just isn’t cutting it at all those Arizona Centennial parties you’ve been attending, a new book by historian Jim Turner is sure to bring your cocktail conversation up to par. 

 

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Frank Ybarra

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

The Valley has a roster of artists with a strong Arizona-themed repertoire, but Frank Ybarra – whose paintings adorn many posters and billboards trumpeting the Centennial – is uniquely suited to paint a fresh face on the state’s 100th birthday.

 

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James Sallis

novelist and teacher

James Sallis is a Renaissance man. Over the years, he’s worked as a musician, poet, translator, biographer, essayist, critic, magazine editor, creative writing teacher at Phoenix College and ASU, licensed respiratory therapist and science-fiction writer. For decades, he was also the best-kept secret in crime fiction – until his 2005 novel Drive was adapted into the acclaimed 2011 noir flick starring Ryan Gosling. Set in Phoenix, Sallis’ latest novel, The Killer Is Dying, is an oddly moving page-turner about a hit man’s last days. Driven, his sequel to Drive, will be published by Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen Press in April. We caught up with the Arkansas-born Sallis, 66, at a favorite coffeehouse, across a battered wooden table obviously AWOL from an interrogation room.

 

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