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Around Town February 2018

Author: Rachel Eroh
Issue: February, 2018, Page 52
Enjoy a variety of boutique wines while strolling along the winding paths of Desert Botanical Garden at Corks & Cactus, Feb. 10 and 11. Sample 80 different vintages—a selection of 40 wines will be available each day—and chat with representatives from the wineries. Live entertainment and cooking demonstrations will also be presented. All 80 wines will be available for purchase, and guests may mix and match 12 or more bottles and receive 10 percent off the total price at the Garden’s wine retail store. All purchases benefit the Garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs. Those who attended this event in 2017 may bring back their reusable wine tote to receive an additional 10 percent off six or more bottles. $40/general admission, $35/members (

FASHION FORWARDIn its final and western-most venue in the U.S., “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum Feb. 24-May 13. The exhibit spotlights 45 futuristic ensembles created from 2008-2015 by the architecture- and technology-inspired Dutch designer. Van Herpen, who has dressed celebrities, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and
Scarlett Johansson—and whose 3-D printed dresses were named one of Time magazine’s “Best Innovations of 2011”—is renowned for her out-of-this-world creations. The minimalist installation will also include a selection of her innovative shoe designs and runway show footage. Visit website for ticket information.

AFFORDABLE ADVICE While remodeling and updating a space can be stressful and expensive, you don’t have to go it alone. The Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers is offering homeowners the chance to consult with local design professionals at a reduced rate from Feb. 1 through April 30. The Interior Designer for Hire program matches individuals with a specialist who has a compatible aesthetic style for a one-on-one consultation in their own home. The experts volunteer their time, and all fees collected are used for student scholarships and educational programs. “This is a great way for people to try us out, and it gives them a little taste of what we can do,” says Chapter President Tabitha Evans. “I think there’s this idea that professionals are just for the ultrawealthy, and it’s not that way at all.” $75/hour; maximum of two hours (
HIGH-END LIVINGContour on Campbell, a new contemporary condominium project in the heart of
Phoenix’s Biltmore neighborhood, has launched its first model home—furnished by Est Est Interior Design—for prospective buyers. The residential community comprises single-level condos ranging in size from one- to three-bedrooms, as well as 27 Garden Collection homes with private 600-square-foot patios. “People living in Arizona are accustomed to having an outdoor lifestyle,” says sales manager Mark McCloskey. “Our patios are unique to the city and are meant to cater to those who want to enjoy nature but also want to live in an urban area.” Amenities include multiple areas for relaxation and socializing, including a pool, rooftop terrace and outdoor fireplace. The location is in close proximity to restaurants, shopping and nightlife destinations. Contour on Campbell is located at 2300 E. Campbell Ave., with prices starting in the $200,000s. (

Phoenix’s own Marlene Imirzian, FAIA, president of Marlene Imirzian &
Associates Architects, was recently awarded a $100,000 prize as winner of the Sustainable Home Design Competition, a contest to create a “near net-zero energy” single-family dwelling that has the best potential for widespread adoption in this region. Working in tandem with architect Jay Atherton and a team that included local engineering and construction experts, Imirzian designed a 2,170-square-foot energy-efficient midcentury Modern-inspired home that can be built at a cost of $158/square foot. “In the Southwest, we can lead the way to limit both energy and water use, which is essential to maintain our beautiful Sonoran Desert,” says Imirzian. “This is all achievable, and you don’t have to be a rich person to do it. We could be—and should be—implementing these practices in every piece of new construction.” The competition was sponsored through a partnership between the City of Phoenix and the American Institute of Architects. (
photo courtesy Marlene Imirzian & Associates
HORSING AROUNDThe 63rd annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo is returning to WestWorld from Feb. 15-25. More than 2,400 horses and their trainers travel from around the world for a chance to compete and win prize money. Along with competitions, there will be a variety of events for the whole family, including an ice cream social, Arabian horse meet-and-greets, art contests, behind-the-scenes barn tours and educational round pen demonstrations. For avid shoppers, more than 200 vendor booths will offer jewelry, clothing and works of art. “It is so much more than just a horse show,” says Executive Director Taryl O’Shea. “Whether it’s the car exhibit for dad, shopping for mom or the petting zoo for the kids, we truly have something for everyone.” Tickets are available at

Living Little and Living Well
In an effort to foster the desire to live smaller in our cities and communities, the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix presents the 2018 Southwest Microliving exhibition, weekends from Feb. 17 to March 10, which showcases sustainable living designs and concepts. The juried exhibit will feature up to 12 juried micro housing and garden structures built by business and city leaders, as well as students from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, that address and share ideas for living smaller with the environment and its future in mind. Each weekend’s festivities will also include artist demonstrations, workshops, live music, food vendors, a micro art raffle and micro brews. $10/general admission, $20/family admission (

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