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Explore DOWNTOWN MESA

Explore DOWNTOWN MESA Share what brings you downtown and use the hashtag #DowntownMesa EVENT SCHEDULE 4.1 CycloMesa Bicycle Festival 4.1 Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival 4.7 Motorcycles on Main 4.13 Tiny Tots Egg Hunt 4.14 2nd Friday: IMP Fest 4.15 Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival 4.21 Mesa Movies on Main 5.6 Free Comic Book Day on Main St www.downtownmesa.com Weekend Brunch · Lunch & Dinner · Happy Hour · Late Night LivingRoomWineBaR .com

ART CITY By Robert Sentinery BUZZ Phoenix is become more and more of an art town, with many creators and cultural institutions coalescing. Movements are started by people willing to pursue a belief with a force that borders on obsession, and Grant Vetter is bringing that kind of energy to the scene. Having cut his teeth as a gallerist in Los Angeles, Vetter moved to the Valley in 2013 with a mission to purchase a building (after many fruitless attempts in L.A.) to house his gallery. Upon his arrival, it was only a matter of days before he located a space for his Tempe Fine Art Complex (FAC). Besides running his own gallery, Vetter manages all of the student galleries on ASU’s main campus, he guest curates other spaces around town and does critical writing for the Arts Beacon, Phoenix’s online arts journal. Vetter already has one PhD and is pursuing another. His focus on ideas and critical thinking combined with a laid-back style (he can explain even the most complex ideas in layman’s terms) makes him the perfect candidate for a leadership role in the arts (see “Grant Vetter: A Man with a Plan for the Phoenix Art Scene,” p. 8). Rosemarie Dombrowski is Phoenix’s first Poet Laureate. She was granted the title by mayor Stanton, and her two-year term, which started Jan.1, 2017, is supported by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Phoenix Public Library. Dombrowski is also an instructor at ASU’s downtown campus and holds a PhD in American Literature. She is very active in the poetry scene, hosting the monthly Get Lit! salon at Valley Bar and is cofounder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series. The poems in her first book, The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), were driven by the challenges of raising a son with autism, and in some circles, she become know as the “autism poet.” As Phoenix’s inaugural Dombrowski role will include giving at least four public readings per year, composing poetry for special occasions and doing literary based community outreach (see “Rosemarie Dombrowski: Phoenix’s Poet Laureate,” p. 12). James G. Davis passed away late last year. As one Arizona’s most important artists of the last several decades, Davis was known primarily for his striking oil-on-canvas paintings and master printmaking. In a serendipitous turn of events, Davis’ first posthumous exhibition will take place at the newly reborn Mountain Shadows resort. Walking through the minimalist lobby gallery, one can’t help but think of notions of resurrection. Independent curator John Reyes brought the show together with the help of the artist’s son Turner Davis and it is a stunning representation, both artistically and architecturally, of what Arizona has to offer (see “James G. Davis: Inaugural Exhibition at the New Mountain Shadows,” p. 34).

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