#1: “Cats & Guitars” Artist Reception at Chartreuse Gallery, Jan. 15
Nine lives meets six strings in this “Exhibition Celebrating the Feline Form and the Lure of Luthiery.” More than 37 artists from 11 states and five countries will get “catty” with works in a range of mediums from whimsical watercolors and photoshopped portraits to acrylic paintings and mixed media sculptures. Curated by Hauspanther founder Kate Benjamin, the show runs through January 29 and features pieces from artists including Barbara Lipp (Peekskill, NY), Jenny Fontana (Beaverton, OR), Mark Bell (Torquay, United Kingdom), Stine Kaasa (Oslo, Norway), and Phoenix creatives such as Baron Dixon, Cindy Schnackel, Richard Bledsoe, and Stacey Gordon. The portrayals of kitty ditties aren't limited to guitars – ukuleles, bass guitars and banjos may also make appearances. A free artist reception takes places from 6-10 p.m. at Chartreuse Gallery in Phoenix. Visit catsandguitars.com.
Each December, thousands of people flock to Miami Beach for Art Basel’s large-scale, self-titled exhibition presenting modern and contemporary art. The organization has been hosting art events since its inception in 1970, and the Miami Beach fair began in 2002. That inaugural event featured nearly 300 galleries from around the world and drew in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people, a big mix of whom were art collectors, gallerists, artists, and members of the media.
Along with losing weight and eating healthfully, saving money is one of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Counting pennies usually means cutting down on daily extravagances like morning lattes and trading nights on the town for Netflix and chill.
You only need one look at Deborah Hodder’s current exhibition at downtown’s Five15 Arts Gallery to completely understand its title: Entangled. The show features the artist’s figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which fuse together multiple subjects into one piece.
Have you ever driven by an interesting neighborhood and wondered what the houses looked like inside, or why they all have a similar architectural feature? If so, you’re in luck: Many historical neighborhoods are staging home tours in 2016.
Heavy metal band Slipknot and hip-hip duo Insane Clown Posse popularized the creepy white mask as a gimmick to draw crowds. While the 12 or so percent of Americans suffering from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) likely steer clear of these bands, 51-year-old singer Michael Geier hopped on the literal clown bandwagon when he donned a circus-worthy look for Atlanta-based band Greasepaint back in 1999.
“Dinner, DJ and Dancing” at jade bar
DJ Hybrid spins dance tunes in the stylish jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain resort. Dinner & Entertainment packages (includes dinner, party favors and a bottle of Dom Perignon) are available for groups of four people ($1,000) and six people ($1,500).
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