#ArtLitPhx: Draw-A-Thon

Participate in an indoor festival celebrating the arts and sciences of drawing on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.

Family Focus: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Booths include exhibiting artists Brandi Lee Cooper, Emily Ritter, Abbey Messmer and Maria Salenger and organizations including Crayola Experience Chandler, Edna Vihel Arts Center, Tempe History Museum and Xico Inc. Activities include printmaking, Suminagashi floating ink painting, topography map drawing and a fantasy station dedicated to dinosaurs and unicorns.

Teen Focus: 2–6 p.m.
Booths include exhibiting artists Jerry Jacobson and Justin Rodier and organizations including Architekton, ASU School of Art, Tempe Public Art, Scottsdale Artists School and FABRIC of Tempe. Activities include virtual reality drawing, portfolio reviews, animation, costume design, fashion design and open studio sessions with a live model and artist Matt Dickson.

Adult Focus (with live music and happy hour): 6–10 p.m.
Booths include exhibiting artist Laura Spalding Best and date night activities including competitive drawing games, fashion show by FABRIC designers and open studio sessions with live model and artist Matt Dickson.

For a complete Draw-A-Thon schedule, click here.


Summer Parking: Enjoy free cart rides from your vehicle to the Tempe Center for the Arts’ front door! Due to construction, the parking lot is located at Hardy Dr. and Rio Salado Pkwy. Just follow the signs.

#ArtLitPhx: Moments of Color

Royse Contemporary is proud to present Moments of Color, a group exhibition examining artists’ use of color and the effects color creates on both the artist and viewer. This exhibition showcases the work of six noteworthy artists including Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Nigel Clouse, Charmagne Coe, Gennaro Garcia, Daniel Shepherd, and Onna Voellmer.

This exhibition offers an eclectic selection of work with artists working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing, photography and mixed media.

“I am delighted to bring this enchanting collection of work to Royse Contemporary, featuring artists whose work offers a vibrancy, distinctive voice and vitality that captivates viewers.”

Owner/Curator Nicole Royse


Moments of Color will open to the public Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m., coinciding with the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk. This special artist reception will feature a wonderful evening of art, the opportunity to meet the artists and curator, along with light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Moments of Color will be on display at Royse Contemporary from June 13 through July 21, 2019.

Royse Contemporary is located at 7077 E. Main St., Suite 6, Scottsdale. Royse Contemporary summer hours are Thursday 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and is available by appointment. For more information about Royse Contemporary, our featured artists or available artwork visit roysecontemporary.com

Authors Talk: Benjamin Soileau

Authors Talk: Benjamin Soileau

Today we are pleased to feature Benjamin Soileau as our Authors Talk series contributor. With jazzy Louisiana music playing lightly in the background, Ms. Kennedy Soileau—Benjamin’s wife, first reader, and editor—interviews Benjamin about his writing process and recent fiction piece, “What Paul Would Do,” published in SR’s Issue 23.

Benjamin explains that the idea for his short story stemmed from an old family memory: one where his father would send Benjamin and his little brother outside into the garden with a jar and list of bugs to catch for some pocket change. From here, writing “What Paul Would Do” came naturally, unlike some of Benjamin’s other stories. However, he explains that the biggest challenge in writing “What Paul Would Do” was working with the interrupted grief in Gayle’s character. In reflecting on Gayle, Benjamin notices nearly all of the characters in his story grapple with “a grief interrupted.”

Kennedy remarks that she finds the protagonist’s simultaneous likability and reprehensible action to be an interesting “balance act.” To this, Benjamin acknowledges, “We’re all capable of terrible things. Just like, you know, we’re capable of good things. Terrible. Beautiful. We’re all mixed up.”

Benjamin and his wife also take time to discuss the way he captures cajun-style dialogue and story structure with his language. Although some of his inspiration may have come from Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus stories or Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” (which he read around the time he composed “What Paul Would Do”), Benjamin explains that his ability to construct the voices in his stories comes from listening to the family voices in his grandmother’s kitchen who “spoke French half the time.” He believes this particular voice is dying while the “land is slipping away” and “the culture, of course, is going with it.”

Benjamin and Kennedy also consider their unique relationship, with Benjamin acting as a writer and husband and Kennedy acting as his editor and wife. Benjamin mentions the challenges of this editing process, but he notices it gives him someone to write for and impress. Kennedy explains how their relationship dynamic switches to a writer-editor relationship during this editing phase. While she feels apologetic about marking up his story with a red pen, she likes to see how the stories change between the first and last drafts. Benjamin concludes, laughing “They usually do [change], quite a bit. I wish they’d change a lot quicker.”


You can read Benjamin’s work, “What Paul Would Do,” in Issue 23 of Superstition Review.


#ArtLitPhx: #PhxLitServ Inaugural Meeting

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 
Piper Writers House, 450 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe
Cost: Free

About this Event 

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for the inaugural meeting of #PhxLitServ, a network for creative writing community organizers in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe.

At the meeting, community organizers, teachers, and other individuals providing creative writing programs and services to the local community will come together to meet each other, share goals, and collaboratively determine what #PhxLitServ should be.

#PhxLitServ is open to any individual organizing a recurring event, teaching a class, or providing some other kind of creative writing program, product, service or space with a six month history of actively serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. All genres and forms are welcome. Organizations may send up to two individuals to participate. Registration is required. Membership is free.

For more information about #PhxLitServ or membership eligibility, click here or contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or jake.friedman@asu.edu.

Contributor Update, Eric Maroney: ‘The Torah Sutras’

Join us in congratulating past SR fiction contributor Eric Maroney. Eric’s latest novel, The Torah Sutras, was published early this year with Albion-Andalus Press, a publisher that features works covering spirituality, religion, philosophy, psychology and the arts.

The Torah Sutras imagines a collection of Chinese “lost books” of the Torah, presenting Judaism through a unique Chinese spiritual lens. Maroney explains, “This is a book for those who wish to stretch their spiritual muscles—to move beyond what they think they know of God and the Jewish religion and tradition, and move into new and unexpected territory.” 

More information about Eric and his book can be found here. You can find his fiction piece from Issue 8 here.

Congratulations, Eric!

#ArtLitPhx: Found in Translation

Found in Translation: Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez

Changing Hands Book Club

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This month we’ll discuss Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature. Sometimes visiting other countries doesn’t always give travelers an insider’s view into foreign cultures; sometimes we are still too outside, too different, to get at the heart of a place. Often the best way to understand distant lands and peoples is to read their literature, to get inside the head of a foreign author, to hear their myths and fairy tales molded around words they penned in their mother tongue.

In Found in Translation, we will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located in Changing Hands Phoenix.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online by clicking “add to cart” below) to get your copy of Blood of the Dawn for 10% OFF.

Then meet us at First Draft Book Bar to discuss the pick and enjoy happy hour prices all through the event.

FREE PARKING / LIGHT RAIL

  • Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

ABOUT THE BOOK 
Blood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what’s known as “the time of fear” in Peruvian history when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak. The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose.

Claudia Salazar Jimenez (b. 1975, Lima, Peru), critic, scholar, and author, founded PERUFEST, the first Peruvian film festival in New York, where she lives, and won the 2014 Americas Narrative Prize for her debut novel, Blood of the Dawn.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix 

Date: Wednesday, June 12

Time: 7 p.m.

For more information about the event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: Read Better Be Better Film Screening

Read Better Be Better and Save Our Schools AZ are teaming up to host a free screening of the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash,” for film lovers and education advocates.

This film, narrated by Matt Damon, examines the effects of the growing trend of privatizing public education. This film can only be accessed through private screening. Bring folding chairs, pillows or blankets to fully enjoy your spot in the gym as there is no formal seating. Read Better Be Better will serve popcorn and soft drinks.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Montecito Community School Gymnasium, 715 E. Montecito Ave., Phoenix

Date: Friday, May 31

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Click here to register.

#ArtLitPhx: Writing Workshop with Sandra Marinella

Writing Workshop with Sandra Marinella

The Story You Need To Tell: Embracing Your Creative Voice

book cover

Author Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring the power of your personal stories to heal, grow, and transform your life.

Your story matters. Ignite your passion for finding and writing down your stories in ways that will reveal your unique voice and unleash your personal creativity. This four-session workshop will share prompts to guide you to the stories you want to tell, explore writing that will show you how to develop your voice, and experiment with creative strategies to enhance your writing. This workshop will engage writers of all levels and provide opportunities to share your writing in a positive environment. Enrollment will be limited.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • Cost: $80 for four sessions, 10am-12pm Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24
  • Register below or on the Eventbrite page.
  • No refunds within one day of the event.

ABOUT THE HOST 
A local, award-winning writing teacher and author SANDRA MARINELLA, MA, MEd, has taught thousands of students and fellow educators and presented hundreds of workshops to veterans, teachers, writers, and cancer patients about the power of our personal stories to heal, grow, and transform our lives. Sandra founded the Story You Need to Tell Project which provides workshops on the power of transformational story telling and personal writing. Profits from her book support cancer research and provide educational scholarships as well as writing workshops for those in need. She lives in Chandler, Arizona. Discover more at www.storyyoutell.com.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix 

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, and 24

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

For more information about the event, click here.

Intern Update, Ofelia Montelongo: ‘Five Guys’

picture of Latino Book Review

Today, we are pleased to share an update for former SR student editor-in-chief Ofelia Montelongo. Since her work with SR, Ofelia has graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing), founded Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, taught creative writing in Spanish at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, and completed freelance writing projects for the Phoenix New Times, So Scottsdale Magazine, and Phoenix Magazine.

Recently, Ofelia published a short story titled “Five Guys” with the Latino Book Review. Join us in congratulating Ofelia on this exciting news!

#ArtLitPhx: LACDA Art Competition

Are you an artist? Enter the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

Forty artists and photographers will be selected! The selected winners receive one print up to 24×36 on museum quality paper to be shown in an international group exhibition in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. Multiple entries are permitted, separate entry fee required for each set of three images submitted.

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Deadline for Entries: May 27, 2019
Winnners Announced: June 3, 2019
Exhibit Dates: June 13-July 6, 2019


LACDA Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 15, 6-9pm

Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 13, 7-9pm

Curating Jurors: 

Bryan Barcena, 
MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art

Nicholas Barlow
LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Complete information: http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html

Online registration only. 
For questions email us at lacda@lacda.com