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Celebrate The Arts

MARCH 2016

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t was a bitterly cold December day in Paris, yet the inside of The Louvre was filled with the warm glow of lights and the bustle of people. I remember just standing there in the corridor, absolutely speechless in the presence of such a great work. No, it wasn’t the Mona Lisa, it was something lesser-known to the general public— Antonio Canova’s Cupid and Psyche. I remember it was the first time a work of art had really spoken to me. I couldn’t explain what it was about that sculpture— maybe the way the cold, hard marble revealed such a depth of love and passion as the two figures locked in an embrace— that touched my soul so profoundly. As I traveled throughout Europe, I was lucky enough to experience many famous works of art—from Botticelli’s La Primavera, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Pieta, to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—yet none of them spoke to me the way this sculpture did.   During my year abroad, I not only gained a greater sense of appreciation for the works, but also for the artists. To this day, it still amazes me how someone could dream up something so spectacular and then translate it onto a medium. Take, for example, Michelangelo’s David. If you look closely at the sculpture, you can see each protruding vein on his hand, each curve of his throat and each ripple of muscle, as if he was about to be set in motion. And to think that one man created this masterpiece out of a piece of marble just amazes me. In this spirit, our March “Arts” Issue recognizes both North Scottsdale artists and their works, featuring stories on realist painters Priscilla Nelson and Don Clapper; Plumb Performing Arts Center, where dance becomes art in motion; and Verve Studio, which aims to create the next generation of actors.

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Departments 8

Good Times

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Around Town

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Local Limelight

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Open House

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Though Verve Studio offers a wide array of age-appropriate classes for kids, tweens and teens, and has always been the marquee place in the Valley for working actors to continually push themselves, they have also crafted a niche for adults who have always wanted to pursue acting but never allowed themselves the time. “In the past, they felt discouraged that perhaps the time had passed, or they just could not do it,” says Melby. “But now they feel that they are at a point in their life where they are ready and want to finally pursue acting.” The training at Verve Studio focuses on both the craft and the business side of acting, seeking to create a flexible and diverse actor.

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To give the space a lofted, open feeling, Rautbord painted the room one color, added beams to the ceilings, new lighting fixtures and long silk drapes. The existing stone surrounding the fireplace was kept intact, and Rautbord added a reclaimed beam to serve as mantle, making the area extra cozy. 16

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estled in a quiet DC Ranch community is a cozy home with

also a beautiful walk-in closet by California Closets that further

a simple, desert-inspired exterior and landscaping. The

extends the space.

homeowners are the Yates—Chicago natives who fell so

For the open-concept living, dining and kitchen areas, Rautbord

much in love with North Scottsdale that they decided to make it

once again returned to her neutral palate, keeping all the rooms

their second home.

one color and adding wood beams to the ceiling to create a feeling

“We have always loved Arizona—my husband and I were married

of palatial grandeur. She also put custom Ferrante chandeliers in

there and spent a lot of time vacationing there,” says Marisa Yates.

the living and dining rooms and raised the drapes to add height,

“So when looking for a second home we kind of went all over, but just

adorning them with raw silk coverings to allow for the gorgeous

kept coming back to this area.”

morning sunlight to filter in.

However, don’t let the home’s unassuming exterior fool you, for

“Lauren incorporated everything I asked for and really listened to

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consistent and keeping everything very light and open, so that the

We start at the back of the house, where the master bedroom is located. This lovely, open space makes the most of Rautbord’s distinctive use of neutral palates—the whole room, ceilings included, are

space looks a lot bigger than it really is.” Towards the front of the home are two guestrooms, and an additional den that can also be converted into a bedroom.

painted a soft crème color. The bed was custom-made by Rautbord’s

However, it’s the entryway that is by far the home’s most alluring

upholsterers, while the whimsical chandelier hanging over it is a one-

aspect, and a favorite of both Rautbord and Yates. It features a long rustic

of-a-kind piece by Nancy Corzine.

wooden table by Restoration Hardware and a vertical antique mirror.

“I love everything about this chandelier,” says Rautbord. “The way

“When you first walk into the house, to the right, is that beautiful table

the crystals shine at night gives it a feminine sparkle, but at the same

with the long mirror and two sconces—I just absolutely love it,” says Yates.

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With a brilliant eye for design and a natural talent for knowing how to create light, open spaces, Rautbord has certainly transformed this house into an elegant, yet comfortable, home.

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ENTRY HALL

A truly welcoming space, the entryway features a rustic wooden table by Restoration Hardware and a magnificent antique mirror.

DINING ROOM

Over the long wooden table hangs a gorgeous, custom Ferrante chandelier. To the side are three pictures, taken by photographer Michael Baxter, that are part of a series of 18 original works by designer Lauren Rautbord.

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Designated for the Yates’ twin girls, Rautbord added feminine touches to the room like white bedding and large horse pictures. She also took advantage of the room’s tall ceilings by adding an elongated vertical mirror, wood beams, silk drapes and a rustic-chic chandelier.

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This open and bright space features a lavish bed custom-made by Rautbord’s upholsterers, raised silk drapes and a whimsical chandelier by Nancy Corzine adorned with wrought-iron and crystals.

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Plumb Performing Arts Center Stays On Pointe When It Comes to Nurturing Dancers

urprisingly, the idea for Scottsdalebased Plumb Performing Arts Center was conceived in a small town in Iowa right near the Nebraska border. This is the hometown of the studio’s founder, Lisa Plumb, and the place where she first fell in love with dance. “At the time there was no dance teacher in my town, so my father had to drive me across the river into Omaha for dance twice a week,” says Lisa. “That’s all I could take, twice a week, but I loved it so much.” After teaching dance for a number of years in both Iowa and Nebraska, Lisa thought it was time for a change and headed west to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she opened Plumb Performing Arts Center as a neighborhood dance studio. However, big changes came for the studio when Lisa’s daughter, Jordan, started showing a serious interest in dance. Before long, they added a pre-professional training program and dedicated themselves to nurturing and helping their students grow as both dancers and individuals. BUILDING A SOLID BASE

ARTICLE DANIELLE ACCOVELLI PHOTOGRAPHY IMAGES BY MICHAEL

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Always committed to providing their dancers with a strong understanding of the fundamentals, the studio puts a strong emphasis on teaching ballet. “Ballet is the base; you can really do anything if you have a ballet background. That’s why our kids, depending on their age, are required to take a certain amount of ballet, so they can build upon it with other styles,” says Lisa.


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Not only is the studio committed to providing its dancers with the essential building blocks, they also bring in only the best when it comes to teachers. “We’ve really stepped up the program to the point where our goal is not just to have a recital, but to really build dancers,” says Lisa’s husband, Tom. “Now we are at the point where our kids have received close to $750,000 in college scholarships for dance. That’s what this program is really all about, helping our students obtain their goals rather than going after a trophy.” PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Plumb Performing Arts Center also brings in a host of master choreographers from New York City and Los Angeles to hold workshops with the dancers, ensuring that they are fully exposed to all different kinds of teachers, styles and techniques to become as well-rounded and adaptable as possible. “Almost every month we have someone here from the outside dance world to teach our students—from professional ballet and jazz dancers to commercial dancers from LA to musical theatre performers—and I think that it is such a valuable part of what we do here at the studio because it really benefits the kids,” says Lisa. THE JOURNEY AHEAD

What really makes Plumb Performing Arts Center stand out is their passion for not only helping students grow as dancers, but also for nurturing them as individuals. “We know that each student’s path is very different, and we really try to find what those paths are for them, then give them all the tools, support and networking we can,” says Lisa. 26

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One of the steps the studio has taken to do this is by building a strong relationship with NYCDA—a prestigious New York Citybased dance organization dedicated to teaching dancers the very best of technique and style, and raising college monies for aspiring professional dancers. Throughout the year, dancers at the studio train together, support each other and work together as a group while they travel and compete in NYCDA competitions, becoming a close-knit family along the way. “It’s really inspiring to be with the same people year after year and to see your fellow members grow,” says Lisa’s daughter, Jordan, who has been with the studio her entire life. “Its amazing to do something you love with the people you love.” LOVE OF DANCE

At the heart of everything the studio does is a profound dedication to nurturing those dancers who are truly committed to their art; who don’t just want to dance, but have to dance. Those dancers, the ones who are constantly pushing themselves to attain the highest level of their art, are the heart and soul of the studio. As Jordan says, “It’s about setting your mind to one specific thing; practicing day and night, sacrificing some things, and blocking out the world to really see the vision and path that you want to take.” Although the vision may be different for every dancer, there is no doubt that everyone at Plumb Performing Arts Center will do everything in their power to make it a reality. That is devotion to art. For more information on the studio, please visit PlumbPerformingArtsCenter.com.


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The

RENAISSANCE of Realism

Artists Priscilla Nelson and Don Clapper On the Genre's Recent Resurgence ARTICLE DANIELLE ACCOVELLI | PHOTOGRAPHY IMAGES BY MICHAEL

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lthough realism may depict people and objects as they appear in everyday life, it also has an uncanny ability to tell a story with each exquisitely-rendered detail “Realism is a lot like the movies, where it literally pulls you into the scene; or if you’re looking at a portrait, that person comes alive,” says artist Don Clapper. “To me, that’s quality realism because it brings you right into what the artist was thinking about.” “That’s when I know I’ve been successful, when someone looks at a painting and comes up with a totally different scenario than what I was thinking. They are still getting the story, but also putting a little of themselves into the painting,” says artist Priscilla Nelson, also commenting on realism’s ability to tell a story. Not only does realism tell a story with life-like quality works, it is also firmly rooted in precision, detail and the classical techniques of drawing, shading and capturing light. “When you shade with a pencil it’s really no different than shading with oil, acrylic or water color; all you’re doing is learning a new medium,” says Nelson. However, the technique of drawing seems to have begun slipping away in recent years, as Clapper comments, “A lot of realism painters come to me and say that they had to teach themselves drawing because the emphasis in school was put more on theory than the classical skills and techniques.” This might be one of the contributing factors that has led to the increased popularity of more modern genres like abstract expressionism, cubism and impressionism. “You see these genres a lot more in art shows and galleries now, and for a while it seemed that if you weren’t distorting the human figure you weren’t an artist,” says Nelson. Despite the heavy prevalence of these newer art forms, realism has experienced a revival of its own in recent years. At the forefront of this is the Scottsdale-based International Guild of Realism (IGOR), of which Clapper is a Founding Charter Member and Nelson is a member. The organization is dedicated to advancing realism in fine art and promoting the careers of its 340 international artists by holding at least one major show at a top realism gallery each year. IGOR doesn’t just accept anyone either, as members have to go through a rigorous process to be juried in and are required to submit works to each event. However, the advantages are well worth it. “I just find IGOR to be very dedicated and consistent, because they know how to educate the public and support their artists and the genre of realism,” says Nelson. Now, a closer look at two types of realism through the eyes of their respective artists. CONTINUED >

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PRISCILL A NELSON Contemporary Realism THE STYLE:

“I like the genre of contemporary realism because I can get to the point where the paining has one foot in super-realism and the other one still in the painting process; so that the viewer can tell that it’s still a painting.” THE SUBJECT MATTER:

Nelson’s inspiration comes from movement and the way light plays off of textiles in both real life and under water. “When I first saw the movement of textiles underwater and the way the light diffused off of them, it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.” THE TECHNIQUE AND PROCESS:

Utilizing her extensive training in classical techniques, Nelson’s process is very much rooted in drawing, shading and blending. “I thoroughly enjoy the process of drawing with a pencil first, whether its just key lines or planning in more detail,” says Nelson. “Blending is also a huge part of my process, and sometimes I can have up to 15-30 layers of paint on my canvas, all blended until every detail is smooth.” More information on Nelson and her works can be found at NelsonArt.com. 30

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DON CL APPER Dramatic Realism

DON CLAPPER: DRAMATIC REALISM THE STYLE:

“My new female figure paintings done in this style have many modern aspects like dramatic cast shadows, but are still painted with a very tight, realistic approach.” THE SUBJECT MATTER:

Clapper finds inspiration in what intrigues him most, including vibrant lighting, interesting composition, skillful technique and blends of exciting color. “For me, it’s about just setting up composition in the studio and using multiple light sources, because right now, light and color are the most important things in making a composition pop and snap.” THE TECHNIQUE AND PROCESS:

Clapper uses vivid, colorful lighting to create drama and add mystery to his figures. “I do a lot of thin layering with oil paints and glazing to build up the surface to where it becomes very luminous when lit correctly.” More information on Clapper and his works can be found at ClapperArt.com.

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Parting Thoughts

The Creative Process WORDS TARA MILLER

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sat there for a couple of hours, doing yoga, eating lunch, thinking about writing this article. What inspires me to paint?  Or write songs? The creative process. Hmmm, hmmm.... twiddle, doodle, blank page. Truth is, I don't know how the creative process happens, it just does. There is no one way that my creativity comes to fruition. Sometimes I can sit down and spit out a song or a painting in a short time. Other times, it's labored and takes weeks. I don't know how it's going to turn out in the end…never how I imagined it in the beginning. And that's okay; that’s what makes it fun. Sometimes I surround myself with inspiring images: a sky I want to fall into, flowers I think are pretty, a certain look or glance, a flowing dress, a movement, a regal animal, the curves of a beautiful instrument...  I paint what I want to see on my own walls. It's not for you. It's for me. Often they coincide with what is going on in my life. What inspires me to paint? People. Nature. Music. Poetry. Obsession.  Passion.  Sadness.  Death.  Heartbreak. Loving. Living.  I don't paint to make you want to stand up for some political agenda, or because all the designers say this style is the new trend, or because these are the sizes and colors consumers are buying at the moment. If I did, there would be no passion, no yearning, no desire to get it out.  Because then it would be for you, and not me. I'm selfish with my creativity. I'm only doing it to get it out of my system; because I need to. I can't ignore it. I don't feel right if I do. Sometimes I look at a freshly gessoed canvas, or sit in front of the keyboard with no lights, only candles, and say, “Whoever would like to be a part of this process right now, you are welcome to join.”  I've had people come up to me on the street and say, “That looks exactly like my dead sister!” The painting they are referring to is called “Life is Fleeting,” which I painted at a time in my life where a handful of relatives and friends all died in a short span of time. Coincidence?  I don't think so. Divine interaction is more like it. The music that I write and the paintings that I birth are like bookmarks, reminders of a time in my life where I loved deeply, was heartbroken, pensive, inspired, ebullient, missing someone, or happy to meet someone new. I live. I feel. Therefore, I must create. Living life is my muse. People betray you. They love you.  People you love die. People you love, love you deeply back. It's all worth it because music and art help us remember, and figure it all out.

For more information about Tara and her works, please visit TaraMillerFineArt.CarbonMade.com.

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