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Refresh Glass will be featured in documentary

After years spent working in the automotive and aerospace industries, Ray DelMuro quit his job and set out to combine his passions for engineering and art.

Now, DelMuro and his business Refresh Glass, which creates beautiful products from recycled wine bottles, is getting national attention from Deluxe Corp. and its Small Business Revolution documentary project. The Small Business Revolution, which also features “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec, is a yearlong campaign that celebrates the vibrancy, variety and community impact of small businesses all across the country. Its latest story is a photo essay profiling Refresh Glass, one of 100 profiles of inspiring small businesses that will debut throughout 2015 at SmallBusinessRevolution.org.

DelMuro designed a machine that cuts wine bottles more efficiently and handles more shapes and sizes than previously developed equipment. He first began creating products to share with friends but soon graduated to selling at farmers’ markets and art fairs. Now, Refresh Glass creates products like vases to candle holders, and its creations are carried in major restaurant chains such as Wolfgang Puck and Four Seasons. The business has rescued more than 600,000 bottles – and DelMuro is also chair of the local “Conscious Capitalism” group, which gives back to the community. His ingenuity and commitment to the community is exactly the type of small-business impact that the Small Business Revolution set out to capture.

Deluxe developed the Small Business Revolution to focus on the importance of personal touch and local involvement in an era when business is becoming increasingly impersonal. The campaign is capturing the stories of small businesses and their customers, families and friends – all of whom are a crucial part of what makes our communities whole.

“The hands-on customer service, the entrepreneurial spirit and the deep community involvement people find in the small businesses they frequent make all the difference,” said Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe Corp. “Telling these moving, inspirational stories and putting a spotlight on these owners is our way of celebrating the best parts of American business.”

The Small Business Revolution will unfold throughout 2015, as a part of Deluxe’s 100th anniversary celebration. Since 1915, Deluxe has helped small businesses and financial institutions grow and thrive by providing a range of business services, from websites and logos to social media and email marketing to checks and other financial services.

Shark Tank’s Herjavec is helping spread the word about the Small Business Revolution, and he’s leading a contest in which consumers nominate their favorite small businesses. The winning business, selected by Herjavec and Deluxe experts, will receive $25,000, and people who submit nominations are entered to win a weekly $100 Mastercard gift card.

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Local artists get creative in Spring Chalk Art Festival

On April 18 the sidewalks of Westgate Entertainment District, Desert Ridge Marketplace and Tempe Marketplace will be transformed into spectacular outdoor galleries as crowds gather to watch the incredible chalk artwork unfold before their eyes.

As professional artists cover the sidewalks with murals, children ages 3 to 12 are invited to create their own original pieces at the KidsZones. These progressive murals will be based on a single theme and grow into a super-sized street image, with the help of attendees, as the event unfolds.

The professional murals and KidsZones will be located throughout the properties, maps will be posted at each location to identify where each mural is being created. Presented by Vestar and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), the second annual Spring Chalk Art Festival will take place Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each featured mural artist will create an eight by six foot piece, based on themes from desert landscapes and cultural inspirations to natural history and space.

Spring Chalk Art Festival 

When: Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., murals on view April 18 to 30 (weather permitting)

Tempe Marketplace: 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

Westgate Entertainment District: 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale

Desert Ridge Marketplace: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

Cost: Free

Online: http://saaca.org/PHXChalkArt.phphttp://shopdesertridge.com/chalk/http://www.tempemarketplace.com/chalk/http://westgateaz.com/chalk/


Westgate Entertainment District Featured Artists 

Anne Marie Perry

Elver Galvaz

Jenna Tomasello

Marisa Salazar

Wesley Creigh

Willie Zin

Meghan Menke (KidsZone)


Desert Ridge Marketplace Featured Artists 

Alexandra Jimenez

Ignacio Garcia

Katy May Goodson

Linda Harrison Parsons

Martin Quintanilla

Matt Cotton

Laura Horochowski (KidsZone)


Tempe Marketplace Featured Artists 

Kanoelani Addison

Carolyn Watson Dubisch

Judith Gary

Martin Sequoya

Rhonda Steele

Ian & Lea Rankin

Victor Navarro (KidsZone)

The Spring Chalk Art Festival is currently recruiting volunteers who are enthusiastic to get involved and participate in this great community event. Interested individuals can visit: http://saaca.org/Volunteer.html


Sonoran Arts League celebrates 40th year

The Sonoran Arts League, a dynamic group of over 470 artists and volunteers, celebrates four decades as the premier art organization supporting the arts, artists, and art education.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held on March 21, 2015 in downtown Carefree within the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion area. The fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. with 400 attendees expected at the event.

Event highlights include:

  • Silent Auction Fundraiser – with unique original artwork from Sonoran Arts League artists.
  • Musical entertainment by The Sahnas Brothers.
  • Outstanding food from local restaurants.
  • Three Arizona wineries will be on site including Arizona Stronghold Winery and Vineyard.  These wineries are generously donating 50% of all sales back to the Sonoran Arts League.
  • Sonoran Arts League Float (featured in the Fiesta Days Parade in Cave Creek) will be on-site for guests to view.
  • Hosting a ‘Name the Lizard’ mascot contest. The League’s mascot is a “Sonoran Whiptail Lizard” and has remained nameless for the past 40 years. This year, the lizard will get a name. The ‘Name the Lizard’ contest starts March 1 and runs through June 30, 2015. Details on how to register will be online.
  • The League has partnered with the Town of Carefree for its annual presentation of the Spirit of Carefree Award. The award, presented by the Town of Carefree, highlights a Carefree citizen who has demonstrated an exceptional spirit of community service and volunteerism. The handcrafted art glass sculpture award, created by Sonoran Arts League member and artist Peggy Pettigrew Stewart, will be on display in the Carefree Town Hall lobby up until the event.

General admission tickets are $20 and go on sale starting February 16 on the League website at sonoranartsleague.org or by calling 480-575-6624.


Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Phoenix Art Museum

Andy Warhol: Portraits opens at Phoenix Art Museum on March 4, 2015. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement and known for his brightly colored images. This exhibition examines Warhol’s interest in capturing the likenesses of celebrities, as well as himself. On display will be more than 170 objects, including more than 90 screen print paintings, and more than 30 drawings, videos, paintings and photographs from his student days in the 1940s to the New Wave-era 1980s. Also on view will be an installation of Warhol’s reflective Silver Clouds, helium and air-filled metalized balloons.


The portrait subjects range from Prince and Queen Elizabeth II to Jackie Kennedy and Sylvester Stallone, along with many whose 15 minutes of fame has since faded. There are also several paintings, photographs, photobooth pictures and Polaroids of Warhol himself that predate today’s fascination with “selfies.” In working closely with The Andy Warhol Museum, Phoenix Art Museum was able to secure this exhibition of portraits. “This is a great opportunity to explore a single aspect of Warhol’s art, that spans the entirety of the artist’s career,” said Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at Phoenix Art Museum.


More than 25 years after his death, Andy Warhol undeniably remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. If he was alive today Warhol undoubtedly would be heavily involved with the fame, celebrities, reality television, ”selfies”, blogs, the Internet and social media with which modern day culture is obsessed. “Warhol recognized early on the growing trend of celebrity worship in our society, and of the powerful cult of famous personalities that dominates popular culture today,” said Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director at Phoenix Art Museum. She added, “He documented his social circle of society swans, movie stars and the demimonde of the 1960s and 1970s, providing a glamorous view of that era.”

Andy Warhol: Portraits will be on view at Phoenix Art Museum from March 4 to June 21, 2015. The exhibition was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Support was made possible through the generosity of Sue and Bud Selig, JPMorgan Chase & Co., J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Contemporary Forum (a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum), APS, Cohn Financial Group, LLC, Sharron and Delbert R. Lewis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Sharon and Lloyd Powell, Heather and Michael Greenbaum, Cox and The Phoenician. For additional information about the exhibition please visit phxart.org/exhibition/warholportraits.

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Things To Do In Arizona: The Scottsdale ArtWalk

In Arizona sometimes the heat of the evening has folks taking shelter within their homes. The Scottsdale ArtWalk, however, is an event that seems to bring everyone out on a Thursday night if even for a few hours.

The hustle and bustle of Scottsdale invites shoppers to its fabulous stores and unique restaurants, but another event that appeals to natives and visitors alike is a chance to see the diverse creations that only the Scottsdale ArtWalk can feature.

ArtWalk is held each Thursday night from 7-9 in Downtown Scottsdale. Seeking a way to spend a fun evening together, my boyfriend and I set out to experience ArtWalk for the first time.

We started our visited with the Ostrovsky Fine Art Gallery that had the featured artist present. The more galleries we visited the more there seemed to be at least one of the artists present. Some artists had new pieces that they were completing or were working on while visitors searched the gallery.

Many of the art pieces depicted the landscape of Arizona in ways that show the beauty of our great state that is not often depicted.

What makes this experience amazing is the versatility from what you chose to explore and how the galleries change. Adding wine tasting or even a quick bite to eat at a restaurant can only enhance the experiences that await at every turn.

The food options are an art form of their own, as we soon discovered. There are a variety of restaurants within driving distance. Another treat is hearing the clip-clop of what can only be the sound of horses approaching as policemen patrol on horseback. Too tired to continue your journey? No problem. There are helpful people in golf carts that offer visitors a ride to their cars.

Being cooped up during most of the day due to the heat or work, it was nice to be able to be outside no matter how briefly. My boyfriend loves photography and took advantage of Scottsdale’s beauty. He even captured magnificent night shots in between galleries. After an hour we found ourselves sitting on a bench, gazing up at the stars. This allowed us a break as well as another opportunity to further enjoy the many sights the ArWalk had to offer.

I was glad I was given the opportunity to experience the ArtWalk as well as share it with my boyfriend. New experiences? They await each Thursday night in Downtown Scottsdale.

For more information on the Scottsdale ArtWalk, visit their website at www.scottsdalegalleries.com/events.html.

BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Speaker: Sonja Bochart ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Sonja Bochart, SmithGroup

Sonja Bochart, SmithGroupSonja Bochart, a green design advocate, has more than 15 years of experience as an interior designer and is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Living Building Institute.As an associate at SmithGroup, she actively promotes holistic design approaches and healthy work environments for commercial design projects and is NCIDQ Certified and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ms. Bochart is knowledgeable on how green design affects clients’ biggest bottom line—their employees—as well as the benefits of green design, the biggest obstacles faced for “greening” interior spaces and identifying resources to streamline change.Striving to expand the boundaries of conventional design practices, she strives to send a message that well designed projects respect and support their surrounding environment, and in turn these projects promote the health, wellness, productivity of their occupants and nourishes their spirits.

To continuously expand her insight into the latest developments in the field of design and share her knowledge, Ms. Bochart actively participants in several industry organizations, publishes and speaks frequently on related topics, and teaches at Arizona State University. Her portfolio includes educational, community and international medical facilities as well as corporate spaces and mixed use structures.

Through her efforts to synthesize the latest research into her designs and teaching, her contribution has helped to shape happier, healthier and more sustainable interiors.

Topic: An informative presentation on Biophilic Design, nature-inspired architecture, and how it is the next great design journey of our times.

Conference Speaker
Friday, April 15, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 155

BIG Green Conference 2011


BIG Green Expo
Friday & Saturday
April 15th & 16th 2011
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Mill Avenue tempe fidelity national building

Snapshot: A Slideshow of Tempe by Marisol Muñoz

Mill Avenue’s majestic appeal is at the heart of Tempe’s thriving cultural and entertainment district. From local favorites to new additions, Mill Ave has many treasures to offer visitors and residents alike.

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