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SunDust Gallery and Art Center moves to Gilbert BY MEGHAN MCCOY

SunDust Gallery and Art Center owner Ron Floyd moved his business from Mesa to Gilbert with the customer in mind. “We are really excited, this is a great thing,” he says about the decision to move to 207 E. Williams Field Rd., Building H, Suites 102-103. “We are getting such a good response from everybody.” Many of his customers have already shared their excitement about painting in the new location. After all, 70% of his customers travel from Gilbert and Chandler. “We wanted to move to where our customers actually lived,” he explains. The construction of the light rail in downtown Mesa, which is expected to continue for the next two years, was also a contributing factor in the move. “A lot of our customers are complaining about barricades and road closures,” Floyd says, adding that many of them failed to return. In addition, Floyd explains that he wants to expand the retail side of the business. Although the new location is about the same size, it has more of an open floor plan, as well as a kitchen. “It allows us to make things fit better,” he says, as well as have ice cream cakes and cold drinks for birthday parties. The business opened four years ago in downtown Mesa, so Floyd could cross the item off his bucket list. As a retired

PAINT AND WINE: SunDust Gallery and Art Center offers BYOB paint parties for the community. They have been a huge hit among the gallery’s customers. Submitted photo ON THE MOVE: SunDust Gallery and Art Center moved its business to 207 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, on Tues., Sept. 3. Submitted photo

art professor, the gallery and art center provides him with the opportunity to stay in the art world. Although the gallery showcases many local artists from the East Valley and Arizona, a large portion of its business focuses on the studio. “We are a kind of an art center,” he says. “We have some funky stuff...local art that adds to the ambiance that makes you feel like you are in a real art studio.” For example, the studio offers Walk in & Paint during regular business hours. “We get a lot of families with kids that come in and adults that want to experience painting in a studio environment,” he says.

He encourages parents to bring in their children to indulge in art. Floyd says his center has a lot of books with images to help its customers decide what they want to paint. He says gallery employees will help their customers sketch the image. BYOB paint parties have become a huge hit for SunDust Gallery. In that creative opportunity, individuals paint for two hours while sipping their wine. Because the party typically sells out quickly with 30 to 40 people attending, registration is required. Those who participate must be at least 21 years old. With the new location in Gilbert, Floyd says they will be able to offer

BYOB paint parties on additional nights. Normally the class is held on Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. Additional opportunities will be held on Thursday night, as well as Friday afternoon for Happy Hour painting. Floyd also hopes to expand his classes in clay, painting, drawing, jewelry and creating clay pots for children, teens and adults. For more information about SunDust Gallery and Art Center, which is located at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Williams Field roads, call (480) 464-6077 or visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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September 7 – 20, 2013

AriZoni Awards tickets on sale Tickets are on sale for the 23rd annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence 2013 ceremonies, to be held Mon., Sept. 16 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The Youth Ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. and the Adult Ceremony is at 8 p.m. All nominees must call and purchase tickets by phone from the box office to obtain Preferred Seating. Cost is $19 per ticket for the Youth Ceremony or $21 per ticket for the Adult Ceremony, or $35 per ticket for both ceremonies. Group discounts are also available. To purchase tickets by phone, call 480-350-2822. To purchase tickets online or to learn more, visit The box office is also open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Photo exhibit shows love of cars A new exhibit at the Chandler Museum showcases the special relationships local residents have had through the years with their cars. The “Rollin’: Me & My Car” exhibit, on view through Nov. 16, lets visitors recall memories of themselves and their own cars while viewing more than 30 black-and-white historic photographs highlighting Chandler families and their cars. “As we looked through our photograph collection, we noticed a universal theme — people love to take pictures with their cars,” said Museum Administrator Jody Crago. “The exhibit shows a variety of makes and models of historic automobiles and their owners and other people posed in the photos.” The public can also participate in the exhibit online by sharing a favorite photo of themselves with their automobile through the Chandler Museum Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest with #rollinmeandmycar. Photos can also be sent through email to

ROLLIN’ IN STYLE: Chandler resident Delfina Vega poses alongside her car in 1951. The photo is part of a new exhibit at the Chandler Museum featuring the special relationships people have with their automobiles. Photo courtesy of the Chandler Museum and the museum staff will add the photos to the exhibit. The museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit, or call 480-782-2717. View the online version of the exhibit at

Photo installation highlighted at Art Walk The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is coordinating a temporary art piece called “Photo Flags” that will highlight the city of Chandler’s identity through the photographic eyes of its residents. Original photography will be displayed in Downtown Chandler Sept. 19 through 26 and also will be showcased at the Third Friday Art Walk held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20. The public will have an opportunity to vote on the best photo that represents Chandler and the winner will receive a gift certificate to a downtown Chandler establishment. After taking a brief hiatus in August,

the Art Walk returns to entice and entertain shoppers with home décor, crafts, artwork, kids’ activities, live music and more. The monthly event continues to ride out the summer swelter inside the air-conditioned comfort of Gangplank, a collaborative workspace located at 260 S. Arizona Ave., north of Frye Road. Hours remain the same: from 6 to 10 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Once temperatures cool down, the art walk will return to the sidewalks of Boston Street and San Marcos Place. For more information, visit chandlerartwalk. com.

Artists encouraged to demonstrate their work at Indian Art Market Organizers of the fifth annual Indian Art Market are looking for the very best Native American art, craft and jewelry vendors for this event set for Oct. 11 through 13 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Five N. Arizona Pl., downtown Chandler. The market will feature traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, Katsina carvings, photography, paintings,

native food and tribal arts and crafts, as well as entertainment, artist demonstrations and more. Vendors who agree to demonstrate their craft at their booth will receive a break on their booth fees. Submit vendor applications early by filling out the online form at or contacting Niki Tapia at 480-782-2214 or


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International music, dance event returns to CCA A performing arts event and musical concert, led by the American-Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association, will take place 3:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. With “Ode to Peace,” artistic director/conductor/soprano Yayu Khoe seeks to educate audiences in making art and bringing ethnicities of people together in peace—contributing to the wholeness of people that America stands on today. The program features the Arizona Chinese Chorus, Arizona Chinese

Music Ensemble and the Ode To Peace Children’s Choir & Symphonic Orchestra in American and Chinese traditional choral music. Other guests include Sichuan facechanging master Zhigang Chen, the Eastern Academy dancers, and the Korean Samulnori Drum Group. A special pre-show begins at 3 p.m. with the Chinese Instrument Ensemble. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased at the CCA Box Office, 480-782-2680 or, and also at

Exploring art pieces, large and small, at Center for the Arts “Micro/Macro,” a new art exhibit by Kevin Caron, addresses the size, heft and the visual perception of 3-dimensional forms while exploring the demands of scale on materials and creation. The exhibit runs through Oct. 26 in the Exhibition Hall at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. It is free and open to the public. A longtime Valley resident, Caron

focuses much of his work on the sensuality of shapes and the rise and fall of their sides and junctures while creating sculptures that range in size from palm-sized to monumental. Two 10-foot-tall sculptures are among those included in this exhibit. For more information about the exhibit, call 480-782-2695 or visit

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A hero for the people comes to Tempe The beloved adventurer “Robin Hood” arrows onto the stage of Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on Sun., Sept. 8 to open Childsplay’s newest season of theater for families. The center is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,Tempe. Kids ages 7 and older will be on the edge of their seats as they head to Sherwood Forest to join Robin Hood, Maid Marian and their band of merry men on an unforgettable high-octane adventure. The Sheriff of Nottingham will do whatever it takes to bring down Robin, but the heroes have more than a few surprises in store. The play is quite silly in places, and serious in others. There will be fights and chases, rescues and escapes, love and friendship. “Robin Hood” continues through Oct. 6, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. A special $12 Storybook Preview performance, 4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 8, is sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family that attends this General Admission

FUN WITH ARCHERY: Childsplay’s production of “Robin Hood” features Andy Cahoon as the title character and Kate Haas as “Maid Marian.” The show is directed by Childsplay Associate Artist and Playwright-in-Residence, Dwayne Hartford. Photo courtesy of Childsplay

preview performance will receive a free book. Other show tickets start at $12 and are on sale now at or at the TCA Box Office, 480-350-2822, ext. 0, or tca.

Chandler artists exhibit at gallery Chandler resident and artist John Gleason and his studio partner, Jacque Keller, are newly juried members of the Arizona Art Alliance gallery located at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9011 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. Gleason will be at the gallery on Wednesdays through September discussing and demonstrating his multimedia artworks. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit Gleason and Keller’s studio website at QuantumArtInc. com.


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Chandler resident performs in Hungary Chandler resident Dave Peterson has 30 years of experience playing the drums. He’s played more than 5,000 gigs and has racked up over 40,000 hours behind a drum kit. But this month he gets to do something he’s never done before: perform to a variety of audiences in Hungary. Peterson is a session player with Arizona-based The Dina Preston Band, which has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest to perform throughout Hungary from Sept. 6 through Sept. 14. The goal of the tour is to expose Hungarian students and the broader public to authentic American music genre such as country, rock and blues. The band’s touring highlight includes a patriotic performance in Debrecen, Hungary to commemorate 9/11. The band also will perform in Budapest, Eger and the city of Pecs. Peterson’s drumming style can be described as heartfelt, soulful, steady, and simplistic. This approach to the drums combined with a top-notch professional attitude has allowed him to work consistently for more than 30 years. He’s also taught students of all ages and skills for more than 10 years. Whether the gig calls for rock, blues, jazz, funk or country, the Elkton, MD native is versatile enough to adapt to nearly any musical situation. “To succeed at any level as a drummer you must be willing to let your ego down and play precisely what the song, the band, and especially the singer, wants,” Peterson says. “Just because you have great chops won’t get you the gig if you don’t know how to harness those chops. You need to be all eyes and ears.” “Many drummers make the mistake of playing too many notes, stepping all over the vocals and other instruments,” he explains. “You’re focus is not to see how many cool licks you can squeeze into a bar of

TRAVELING BAND: Traveling to Hungary this month are members of The Dina Preston Band, including, from left: Chandler resident Dave Peterson on drums, Mark Newberry on bass and vocals, Dina Preston on lead vocals and Don Ortiz on lead guitar and vocals. Photo courtesy of Dina Preston

music. It’s to pay attention, listen, and be sensitive to what’s going on in the music and provide a solid foundation for the band. For my money, this is really the essence of successful drumming in popular music.” As “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” The Dina Preston Band has represented Arizona and the United States in more than 36 countries through 20 world tours. The award-winning band has received many distinguish service awards for its work abroad, including The United Nations Protection Force Distinguished Service in support of Peace Keeping Operations. To learn more about The Dina Preston Band, visit dinaprestonband. com.

‘Deviant Darlings’ portrayed in mixed media Allegorical figures, femme fatales and other iconic images will take their place in Emily Costello’s new exhibit, “Deviant Darlings: The Fine Art of Emily Costello,” opening Fri., Sept. 13 at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St. in Chandler. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Culling inspiration from her Mexican heritage and its cultural icons and imagery, Costello brings forth the rich FEMME FATALE: This and vibrant colors of folklore acrylic-on-canvas painting and mythical tales found in by artist Emily Costello storybooks and tales handed is part of her “Deviant down through the generations. Darlings” exhibit, opening These mixed-media and Fri., Sept. 13 at Vision Gallery. Photo courtesy of painted creations will be Emily Costello brought to life to tell their own stories. Costello invokes humor, irony, social conscience and a sense that although we all engage in behaviors that differentiate ourselves from one another, we are all still connected to one community. Costello is a member of the Valley’s art collective, The Phoenix Fridas. In 2012 BIC released special edition lighters featuring her art images. She volunteers at Maricopa del Artes/YMCA and also teaches youth art classes in the Vision Kidz youth program. The exhibit continues through Oct. 26. For more information, including gallery hours, call 480-782-2695.

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ON STAGE “Rent,” through Sept. 15, PT. Based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” “Rent” follows a group of impoverished, young Bohemian artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Filled with humor and poignancy, love and laughter, these voices sing out to us about the struggles we all face today. “The Odyssey,” Sept. 6-21, MAC. Adapted by Charlie Bethel from the epic poem by Homer and presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Shipwrecks, sirens and mythical creatures meet adventure, magic and revenge. Magician Eric Giliam, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7, HCPA. Alaskan native Giliam will showcase his award-winning magic and illusions in this all-ages show. Giliam has received numerous awards, among them winning an International stage performance competition in Las Vegas and receiving an award from Siegfried and Roy for the most innovative magic act. Russian Masterpieces for Viola, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9, SCPA-VGPT. Violist Nancy Buck and pianist Russell Ryan present a program of viola and piano music by Glinka, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. A preconcert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $10, free for students and veterans. “Seussical the Musical,” Sept. 13-29, HTC. In this original Broadway version of “Seussical,” presented by Valley Youth


Theatre, the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos. Horton must protect them from danger and guard an abandoned egg. Ultimately, friendship, loyalty and community are challenged but emerge triumphant. Solas, The Shamrock City Tour, 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13, HCPA. One of Irish America’s most influential bands, “Shamrock City” offers a multimedia stage show featuring remarkable photos and stories from turnof-the-century copper boomtown Butte, MT. Join bandleader Seamus Egan as he takes you on the unforgettable journey of his great-great uncle Michael Conway’s life in Ireland and mysterious death in America. Back to School Bash Featuring R5, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14, QCPAC. Ask the members of R5 about the best way to play their music and you get a one-word answer: Loud. Whether on stage or in the studio, siblings Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch, along with best friend Ratliff, tend to crank it. If Riker and Ross look familiar, it’s because the former is a regular on “Glee” (as a member of the a cappella group, the Warblers) while Ross stars in the Disney Channel Original smash hit series, “Austin & Ally.” “Fiddler On The Roof,” Sept. 14-22, ST. Scottsdale Community Players (SCP) is returning from hiatus to present one of the most celebrated musicals of all time. Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his

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tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Palma Violets in concert, 8 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15, PRL. This four-piece rock band from London has created a cult following in the United Kingdom and hopes to keep the momentum up as it tours stateside.

Comedian Jay Mohr, Sept. 19-22, IMPROV. Comedian, actor, radio host and bestselling author, Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 16 years old. With a career that has spanned over three decades, Jay has become an artist that is difficult to define. SEE ON STAGE PAGE 68



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“Becky Shaw,” Sept. 20-Oct. 6, TAS. A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, 7:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 26, SCPA-VGPT. Grammy Award winner Harris has recorded more than 25 albums and lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. Crowell is a multiGrammy winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James and the Grateful Dead, among others. Harris and Crowell perform songs from their acclaimed collaborative album, “Old Yellow Moon.”

Scottsdale Showdown, Sat., Oct. 19, WW. The inaugural event is action packed with a two-hour Championship Bull Riding (CBR) show featuring the best bulls and riders, followed by a star-studded concert by country music acts Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Presented by the Scottsdale Charros. Boston Pops, 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16, HHKS. The world-famous orchestra will play its way through a variety of American music, from blockbuster Broadway show tunes to Hollywood silver screen classics. The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s “Overture of 1812” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

High comedy theater for a low cost Mesa Encore Theatre’s season line-up for its own Black Box on Brown Theatre opens Fri., Sept. 6 with the satirical adult comedy by local playwright Matthew Crosby titled, “After All These Years, I STILL HATE YOU.” The show continues through Sept. 24. The Black Box Theatre is located at 318 E. Brown Rd., Suite 101, Mesa. This first inaugural season boasts something for everybody—from chills and spills to the classy and crass. Brett Aiken, technical director for Mesa Encore Theatre and manager of the new Black Box Theatre, explains, “We want the new Black Box to be a cost-effective means to see live theater—for only a few dollars more than the price of today’s movie ticket.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission for these shows are $12 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 1-800-838-3006. Additional information on Mesa Encore Theatre’s season and other MET productions can be obtained by visiting

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX HTC – Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-254-7399, herbergertheater. org HCPA – Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, HHKS – Hohokam Stadium 1235 N. Center St., Mesa Info: IMPROV – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Info: 480-921-9877, MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MesaArtsCenter. com PT – Phoenix Theatre LT – Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

PRL – Pub Rock Live 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4985, QCPAC – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Box office: 480-987-7469 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, ST – Stagebrush Theater 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., #406, Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, WW – WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale Info:

Children’s theater has a ‘secret’ The East Valley Children’s Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with “The Secret Garden,” on stage Sept. 26 through Oct. 6 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. Ill-tempered and demanding 11-year-old Mary Lennox loses her parents to cholera and is sent to live with her two uncles in England, Archibald and Dr. Neville Craven. Archibald readily admits that the house is haunted by the memory of his wife, Lily. Mary, spirited and curious, discovers the key to Lily’s garden. She inspires her broken family by rejuvenating the garden and releasing the magic and adventures locked inside, changing everyone’s lives forever. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the show, visit To purchase tickets, call the Mesa Arts Center box office at 480-644-6500 or go to


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