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A plethora of Fridas You may be seeing double – or


quadruple – as Vision Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “I Paint My Own Reality: In Frida’s Garden,” features the Valley’s well- known Latina art collective, The Phoenix Fridas, from June 15 through Aug. 3. Famed Latina artist Frida Kahlo spent many hours enjoying the gardens at La Casa Azul, interpreting the natural world around her through her personal filter, which was colored by passion and pain. Butterflies, flowers and wild creatures were a normal part of Kahlo’s surrealistic vision of the world. In “I Paint My Own Reality,” the Fridas created their own personal interpretations of the natural and supernatural. The Chandler-based gallery hosts the exhibition along with several informative and entertaining programs to complement the exhibit. The Fridas will share their inspiration


for works in the show during an Artist Salon set for 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., June 15. The salon will feature an artwork tour and gallery talk. Then the Fridas will put a twist on historical Mexican recipes during a cooking demo, Sat., June 16. Cost is $30; reservations are required. Two workshops for Vision Kidz


are scheduled to teach craft making. Children can exercise their artistic muscles with terra cotta birdbaths either at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Sat., June 23. They can also try their hand at glass painting at workshops set for 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Sat., June 30; reservations required for all workshops.


Arts Tooting his own horn Dan Reed Submitted photo Trumpeter Dan Reed will be blowing


up a storm with the 52nd Street Jazz Band during a special concert 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., June 24 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Reed currently is the featured musician in many bands, and will shortly be forming some of his own bands. He


Four SanTan Sun area authors, Erin Best of all, a birthday party to honor


Frida coincides with the late artist’s birthday in July. Celebrate with Vision Gallery and The Phoenix Fridas from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., July 7 with free admission, live performances and children’s activities. Vision Gallery is located at


10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Call 480-782-2695 for details or reservations. Learn more about the Phoenix Fridas at www.thephoenixfridas.com.


Kellison, Deena Remiel, Amber Scott and Ann Videan, will join 16 others in telling about how to pitch your idea for a book as featured speakers at the second annual Arizona Dreamin’ readers conference Sat., June 2 at the Windmill Inn, 3535 W. Chan- dler Blvd., Chandler. The four are among 20 who write in a variety of genres with a romantic thread. Arizona Dreamin’ commences at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and each author will participate with 10 readers at a time in six, 30-minute “Book Club” sessions,


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Concluding with an evening performance


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also conducts and coaches bands, and gives private lessons. Reed was born and raised in St. Louis and started studying trumpet at age 9. His love of traditional jazz began while he was in high school. The school band played in Preservation Hall in New Orleans and that’s where Reed met Al Hirt, a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter who toured with the likes of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Cost to see this great musical event


is $10 for Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) members; $15 for non-members; and those younger than age 18 are admitted for free. Join ACJS on June 24 and get in for


free. Yearly membership is $35 per couple, $25 for a single membership. For more information, go to www. azclassicjazz.org or call 480-620-3941.


National authors share tips


in which readers may ask questions and talk about the writer’s books. Gail Delaney from Desert Breeze Publishing and Lea Ann Finley of Decadent Publishing will be available to take book pitches.


The $35 fee includes a buffet dinner


Saturday night with a “Man of Our Dreams” cover model competition, free goodie bags, several raffle baskets and a bookstore. For tickets and additional information about Jimmy Thomas, authors, publishers and the hotel, visit www.arizonadreamin.wordpress.com.


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