The PHiX Blog

In addition to writing for the magazine, I also contributed to a weekly roundup of the top 5 arts event in and around the Valley during the spring and summer. Over the summer I learned how to input the stories onto PHOENIX's CMS. This included learning how to format the text as well as photos. …

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The First Lady of Outlaw Country

The First Lady of Outlaw Country Mirriam Jennings – better known as ‘70s country superstar Jessi Colter – recounts her love story with the ultimate country outlaw, her late husband, Waylon Jennings, in her memoir An Outlaw and A Lady (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, $26.99). She grew up in Mesa in the 1940s-1950s, and her words …

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Studio Snapshot – Fausto Fernandez

Fausto Fernandez’s vivid collages swirl together paint and portraiture. Diving into the nature of relationships, society and identity, Fausto Fernandez’s work causes heads to contemplate after they turn to admire his art. He’s moved around a bit – he lived in the Valley for a decade before picking up a two-year residency in New Mexico, …

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Studio Snapshot: Sarah Madeline Jewelry

A hobby that began in middle school blossomed into a paying job for Sarah Morrison. When she was a preteen, her father gave her a pair of pliers to tinker with. She gathered some jewelry-making materials and taught herself how to put beads and wires together to create fun, one-of-a-kind accessories. Now, her Sarah Madeline …

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Studio Snapshot: Matt Pfeilstucker of PeaboPots

It wasn’t until after Matt Pfeilstucker moved from his hometown of Detroit to the Valley of the Sun that he took his passion for cement pottery to the market. He made his first pot in 1999, and about eight years ago he started selling them at Phoenix Public Market’s Open Air Market. PeaboPots was born. …

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Melrose District aka Vintageville

Located on Seventh Avenue between Camelback and Indian School roads, the phoenix-like Melrose District is having yet another moment. With the help of the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA), beleaguered business owners have worked together over the past two decades to clean up the ‘hood and “improve the quality of the district and build good …

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