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World of Beer Tempe Goes ‘Pale’ and Artsy

He took some of the world’s most beautiful black and white photographs long before Instagram and digital cameras. His work was as real as a cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on a crisp day.

In the spirit of the Tempe Festival of the Arts held April 5 -7, World of Beer Tempe plans to host a special exhibit of two original portfolios of works by Ansel Adams, who was a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways magazine.

sierra Nevada tapThe portfolios will be set-up and displayed April 1 – 7 in the back of WOB Tempe’s historic Tempe National Bank building which sits at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Mill Avenue, and dates back 100 years.

Admission is $8 and includes one free draft of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, perfectly fitting as it pays tribute to one of Adams’ most revered work: Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, 1944.”

WOB Tempe will be discounting the admission fee for students from any educational institution.

Our WOB family likes to be involved with and promote the communities where we do business,” said Manager John Watts. “We are especially interested in promoting institutions of higher education and the arts and hope this will inspire some up and coming photographers.”

Watts says a portion of proceeds will go to benefit the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc.

World of Beer started in Tampa in 2007 by two friends who shared a love of beer. The franchise has since expanded to more than 30 locations across the country. The unique bar concept provides customers with a friendly and neighborhood atmosphere and offers more than 75 beers on tap, 500 different bottles of beer from more than 40 countries as well as premium wines and fine cigars.

WOB Tempe location: 526 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe, Arizona 85281.

For more information on World of Beer Tempe: Go to the Facebook page, follow WOB on Twitter @WOBTempe or visit our wobusa.com/Locations/Tempe.aspx

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace

12601 E. Hwy. 60,
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
(520) 463-2600
Escape the rigors of the 21st century and travel back into the past with Arizona’s Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. The festival showcases events such as a jousting tournament, a day-long feast and a 30-acre circus.

Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

16837 E. Palisades Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-1654
The Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & Crafts runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 and features nearly 500 artists, artisans, food, live music and a beer garden.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(602) 997-2581
The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, attracts nearly 225,000 guests and features more than 400 artists. Although the festival’s primary focus is on visual art and artists, it also includes musical performances, street artists, vendors and sponsored exhibits.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-2878
The Scottsdale Arts Festival runs March 8-10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and features nearly 200 jury-selected artists. Alongside the showcased artists are 22 bands and 12 food trucks.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

(480) 945-7193
This culinary adventure annually draws nearly 40,000 visitors who attend more than a dozen events. Featured within these activities are hundreds of restaurants, dozens of chefs and a large selection of wines and spirits. Takes place April 9-14, 2013.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Top 5 Arizona Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. Second St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-499-TKTS (8587)
The award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival – scheduled for March 9-11, 2012 – features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the U.S., top-notch live music and entertainment, delicious fare from the Valley’s gourmet specialty food trucks, fun activities for kids and families and much more.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
The twice-annual Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 200 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts is March 30-April 1, 2012. The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is November 30-December 2, 2012.

Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts is held in the second full weekend in November and features some 500 artists and artisans and gourmet food provisioners. More than 200,000 visitors attend to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and entertainment.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Civic Plaza,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
From April 17-22, 2012, you can look forward to numerous talented chefs, a larger variety of foods to savor and even more captivating entertainment. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival has something to satisfy every palate.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 E. Hwy 60,
Apache Junction, AZ 85118
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park attraction with a 12-stage theater, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, and jousting tournament all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. Saturdays and Sundays, February 11 – April 1, 2012.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival Of The Arts

On March 30th, 2012, the popular Tempe Festival of the Arts will return to the Mill Avenue District.

A bi-annual event, the festival typically draws in more than 225,000 visitors over a three-day period. The Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is considered to be one of the top art festivals in the country, is famous for attracting an abundance of talented artists from across the nation.

In addition to selling their works, some of the top artists compete in judging competitions in categories such as metalwork, glass, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, woodwork and even wearable art. More than 400 artists will be selling their works at the festival this year.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will also feature plenty of activities for attendees of all ages. Adults can check out the exhibits for the Arizona Wine Festival and the Art of Beer microbrewery, both of which will offer free samples and sales. Families will be able to make their own arts and crafts at the Kids Innovation Station.

Numerous entertainment acts will perform throughout the weekend, including Traveler, Chicks with Picks, and Jazz Alive. Hungry visitors will be able to buy snacks, such as kettle corn or caramel apples, from street vendors, or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants located on the Mill Avenue District.

The spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will be held from March 30th to April 1st. Admission is free, and dogs are welcome, provided they are well-behaved and on a leash. During the festival, Mill Avenue will be closed between University Drive and 3rd Street.

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2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts

Taking Frames At The 2011 Tempe Festival Of The Arts

Taking Frames At The 2011 Tempe Festival Of The Arts

Colors, shapes, big and small, perfect weather on a beautiful day — I couldn’t ask for much more! Once again I found myself on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, Ariz.

This time however, I was not there for dancing, food or drinks. I was there for the 2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts, which was held Dec. 2-4.

The entire main strip of Mill Avenue was packed with tents that were filled with all sorts of artists and their work. With items ranging from photography to sculpture, and cellphones to clothing, there was something for everyone!

The majority of the tents were lined up in the middle of the street facing the sidewalk. Some artists stayed diligently in their space with their work close by, while others roamed around talking to fellow art enthusiasts setting up their work in the immediate area.

I was taken back by the almost overwhelming amount of objects in all shapes, colors and sizes. It was a feast for the eyes, and I wanted to stop and look at everything. Every step I took, a new discovery was in my line of sight.

I enjoyed the contrast of seeing all of the small white tents that would only be there for a few days, surrounded by the buildings of Mill Avenue that have been standing for many years.

I was happy to see that local artists were getting a chance to showcase and sell their work away from all of the warehouse retail stores. This little stretch of culture lent itself perfectly to the festival, almost as if this was how Mill Ave. was meant to be.

Spirits were high as a never ending surge of art supporters made their way from one end of the festival to the other, keeping their heads on a swivel for anything that might catch their eye.

Check out these photos from the 2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts:

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[stextbox id=”info”]For more information about the Tempe Festival of the Arts visit tempefestivalofthearts.com.[/stextbox]