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Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival 2013

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival 2013: Renowned Artists, Wine Tasting, Live Music

Justin Coopersmith, Waterfront Fine Art & Wine FestivalThunderbird Artists’ Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, taking place February 15-17, 2013 at the Scottsdale Waterfront, will feature Justin Coopersmith, known for creating one-of-a-kind pieces using a unique combination of textures, hues and shapes.

The Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival will showcase a juried selection of renowned artists, such as Coopersmith; one of the largest wine tasting event in the Southwest with fine wine from participating wineries from around the world; and live music, including guitarist Scott Helmer.

Justin Coopersmith, Waterfront Fine Art & Wine FestivalCoopersmith has more than 40 years experience as a published professional designer, illustrator and mixed-media fine artist. With more than 200 paintings published in print as an artist, Coopersmith has kept busy creating custom painting commissions and projects, traveling around the country exhibiting at juried fine art shows. Coopersmith’s true passion is creating abstract expressionistic paintings as well as landscapes, still lifes and figurative motifs.

In addition to browsing paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, lay sculptures, photography and jewelry at the Waterfront Fine Justin Coopersmith, Waterfront Fine Art & Wine FestivalArt & Wine Festival, attendees have the chance to take part in a wine tasting. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines ― the finest wines in the nation, as determined by Thunderbird Artists and top wine experts. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the festival will take place on the pedestrian walkway of the Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge, next to Nordstrom’s and Olive & Ivy. Admission is $3, and parking is free.

2nd Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival

When: February 15-17, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Admission: $3 for adults
Parking: Free; valet parking is offered for an additional fee
Contact: (480) 837-5637
Online: thunderbirdartists.com

Photo: Hotel Valley Ho

Ultimate Art And Cultural Tours: Discover The History Behind Your Favorite Spots

For those Phoenicians who want to know more about the city in which they live and the history of its local buildings, museums and even fashion boutiques, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers a behind-the-scene look at areas in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours was founded by Ace Bailey, who created it after participating in other local and national art tours. Bailey has worked in the tourism business for 16 years, and with her extensive knowledge, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers more than 30 different types of tours.

Because Scottsdale is a city known for its architecture, among other things, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers six tours that would please any architect lover. One of the tours of which attendees can take advantage is through Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Taliesin West, where he apprenticed new architects at his school and also created a home that was harmonious with nature. Another one of the tour’s hotspots is Hotel Valley Ho, designed by Edward L. Varney, who created other notable structures such as the Sun Devils Stadium. Hotel Valley Ho was later remodeled by architect Mark Philip but has stayed true to its past. Visitors will learn about the history of the hotel, and how it was a hotspot for celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner with Natalie Woods.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours even offers free tours the second Saturday of each month. Attendees will take one of the Scottsdale trolleys and learn about the Scottsdale Art District, Hotel Valley Ho, the Waterfront and SouthBridge. On these tours, attendees not only learn about the history of Scottsdale, but they also get inside tips about which restaurants are the best to eat at and where they should stop to shop. These tours fill up quickly, so reservations are required.

To find more information the Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours and to make reservations, visit ultimatearttours.com.

 

Olivy and Ivy dining review

Olive and Ivy Restaurant: A Comfortable And Sophisticated Eatery

Local foodies know that if you want to visit a trendy, happening spot, you usually can’t go wrong with a Fox Restaurant location. Monday, being the stressful day that it is, put me in the mood for a good lunch in a great atmosphere. I decided to join my colleagues for lunch at Olive and Ivy Restaurant and Marketplace at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

When you enter into the restaurant you immediately feel as if your “cool” meter went up a few notches. The atmosphere is beautiful and modern. The bar area is large and comfortable, and the multiple dining areas offer sophisticated, roomy seating.

Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived, so the patio was unavailable. Overlooking the Scottsdale Waterfront, the patio is a perfect area for a girl’s night out or a first date; sorry guys, the patio is probably not your scene unless you are looking to impress your girl. Additionally, as a parent of a three year old, I’d tend to keep my child at home and save this location for date nights and grown-up meals.

There are two options for dining at Olive and Ivy. You can dine in or order from the Marketplace, which is like a chic neighborhood market — think baked goods, cheeses and other fancy-feeling food.

As enticing as the Marketplace side of the venue is, we chose to dine in. The dining room was full and bustling with a variety of clientele offering a pleasant, adult atmosphere. The wait time was short, and the service was courteous and timely.

We ordered from the lunch menu. I chose the bruschetta, chopped chicken salad, a cup of tomato soup and cheesecake. We were also served bread and house pesto, which was a great-tasting way to pique our appetites.

Bruschetta: Choice of three for $11

We chose the Prosciutto-Fig, Apple Caponata and the Funghi. The portions were sufficient, but the menu — or rather the server — lacked appropriate descriptions. I was disappointed that the Funghi was not described as cold. I love mushrooms, but prefer them hot rather than cooked and cooled.

However, the Apple Caponata was a nice alternative to the traditional apple-and-brie on many bruschetta menus across town. Although two of the three were interesting, I think Phoenix offers better bruschetta in other venues, so I would most likely pass on Olive and Ivy’s version on my next visit.

Chopped Chicken Salad: $11

I am now in love with this salad! It was a mixture of chicken, blue cheese, bacon, avocado, buttermilk dressing and granola — yes, granola. Olive and Ivy really took the basics of a chopped salad and elevated it with a sweet, unique twist. I decided to split this dish with my co-worker, and there was plenty for both of us.

Tomato Soup: $4

Let’s face it; tomato soup, done traditionally, is either good or bad. This version was robust with flavor and perfect for the chilly, rainy day of my visit.

Cheesecake: $5

This dessert was described as having a brown butter crust with seasonal fruit. It was delivered in a mason style jar with no crust as described on the menu. It was simply a jar of cheesecake, and the cranberry topping was too tart to compliment the sweetness of the cake. Once I realized there was no crust involved and scraped off the topping, the cheesecake was the same as any other that you would find on a dessert menu. I would not order this dessert again.

Overall our lunch was a good experience, meeting the expectations that I have come to expect from a Fox concept. I would recommend Olive and Ivy for any social dining date or business lunch. They also provide an impressive wine list and private party area that could be perfect for your next corporate event.

Olive and Ivy rating:

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

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If You Go: Olive and Ivy Restaurant

7135 E. Camelback Rd., #260, Scottsdale
(480) 751-2200
foxrc.com

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