Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.
Before each Your Art Party event, the studio's coordinator creates an environment that's conducive to creativity; she sets out canvases, paints, and brushes for participants, and switches on the music. As groups arrive, they can sip wine and and beer, storing their beverages in the studio's cooler if desired. Then, the party host guides them through the step-by-step creation of their own works of art.
In its 75-years of life, MacAlpine's has seen a lot: a stock market crash, the Great Depression, a World War. It's watched as Phoenix grew from a small town to a bustling epicenter, and, most recently, it also served as the setting for a music video from a local performer. So it's fitting then, that those looking to own a piece of the past now flock here for more than just a malted milk. Today, the old-timey soda shoppe–-complete with its checkered floor, high-topped counter, and abundance of retro Coca-Cola signs––is also a modern-day vintage clothing and antique store, named, appropriately, MacAlpine's Vintage and Antiques. A perfect setup really, considering nothing beats an afternoon of sifting through A-line skirts and colorful ties, or vintage train sets and furniture, quite like a frosty milkshake or the chance to dance the hand jive in socially-acceptable setting.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Southwest Gardener is a Phoenix retail shop specializing in useful gardening tools, creative garden art and garden-inspired home décor. Our customers are people who are serious about gardening or just seriously in love with nature. Gardening in the desert is not for sissies,so we also offer classes to green up your thumbs.
Don't let the name fool you?The Painters Lounge is for people of all artistic tastes, even if those tastes are non-existent. That's because the artists on staff lead students step-by-step through each painting project during relaxed sessions held in a social atmosphere, teaching them techniques such as shading and composition. As they paint students relax, have a drink, and meet new friends. By the end of the sessions, students learn to replicate paintings that may include Halloween pumpkins, a tree at dusk, or a pair of birds discussing whether the phrase "for the birds" is derogatory or not. In addition to scheduled events, students can stop by for open lounge time to work on their newfound skills.