Pine Canyon, a private master-planned golf course community in Flagstaff, is hosting a Showcase of Homes, an event that invites the public to tour and experience the luxury homes that are available in the community. The community typically hosts its Showcase of Homes on holiday weekends throughout the spring and into summer timed with Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
A number of elegantly appointed homes will be open for tours May 25 and May 26, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
The Pine Canyon community is located at 1201 E. John Wesley Powell Blvd. in Flagstaff. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, call 928.779.5700 or visit www.pinecanyon.net.
Scottsdale Public Art and local artist Shachi Kale will unveil a new exhibition, “Before Ever After: My American Fairytale,” on June 3 at the Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale.
The series of paintings addresses the artist’s journey after marriage, from Mumbai, India, to Chandler, Arizona, through the lens of fairytales — the lonely and difficult parts, before the princess gets her “ever after.” These rich watercolors have the detailed allegorical feel of Indian miniature art, with a modern twist.
Kale described the exhibition as autobiographical in nature as she tells her heroine’s journey: fighting her fears, dealing with loneliness, and a loss of identity as she learns to negotiate a new life in Arizona. From learning to drive to raising her two boys far away from her own parents and extended family, Kale’s story is presented as a modern fairytale with all the classic elements of dragons, forests and fairy godmothers.
“It is both so personal and also at the same time universal, so it felt fitting to show it through the lens of fairytales, where one can identify with the princess who has a difficult, if ultimately satisfying, journey towards her ever after,” Kale said.
Kale said her immigration tale does not have the same themes of escape, hardship, or desperation found in the stories of others who have left their homelands, yet she has still faced struggles within that transition. This exhibition illuminates a quieter, often untold struggle of isolation and despair that might be hidden behind the walls of a lovely home.
“I wanted to tell that story, if by telling it I could say to anyone who is there or has been there that you are not alone,” she said. “My art is introspective, and I hope that by expressing my thoughts, my hopes, my fears and my journey I am able to reach out an invisible to hand to someone who needs to see or hear this,” Kale said.
At the center of the exhibition is a message of home and community, where individuals become “fairy godmothers” as they reach out in kindness and make a profound impact on the lives of others. Additionally, Kale’s depictions of the female form are both autobiographical and universal to women grappling with their place in the world.
Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, said, she was taken with the colorful, intricate and clear design sense in Kale’s paintings.
“She demonstrates with her artwork the importance of telling one’s own story, knowing that many others might see themselves in it and become comforted and understood,” Raisanen said.
Kale is a visual storyteller, graphic designer and children’s book illustrator, using watercolors, acrylics, embroidery and digital arts. She is fascinated by folk art from around the world and the use of flat colors, simple perspective and storytelling that they employ. Kale is also influenced by Indian miniature art and their use of patterns, decorative elements, motifs and vibrant color.
Kale trained as a graphic designer at a leading design institute in her native Mumbai. After starting a career in advertising, she soon opened her own design studio. Following her move to the United States in 2001, Kale began working as a designer for the Maricopa Community College District and illustrating children’s books. Her art was recently selected to be used on all printed and commemorative materials for the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards. For more about the artist, visit ShachiKale.com or follow her on
“Before Ever After: My American Fairytale” is Kale’s second solo exhibition. A free opening reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Appaloosa Library. For information, visit ScottsdalePublicArt.org/events.
Join the ALS Association Arizona Chapter on Saturday, June 15, to help raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The tenth annual Bite Nite will be its biggest to date, showcasing signature dishes from top chefs across the Valley. Guests experience signature tastes while enjoying cocktails and live entertainment. In celebration of the event’s 10 year anniversary, guests will also be treated to a surprise performance and the association’s top donors will be recognized.
WHO: The ALS Association Arizona Chapter, along with many of the Valley’s most popular restaurants. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit devoted to the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease on all fronts.
WHAT: The tenth annual Bite Nite. Upwards of 800 guests will experience live entertainment, refreshments and delicious food. Money raised from this event will benefit patient and family services, community outreach and research. Yearly expenses for those living with ALS average $200,000.
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 | 6 – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Arizona Biltmore
2400 E Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
COST: Table of 10 - $1,500 ($1,000 tax deductible)
Individual tickets - $150 ($100 tax deductible)
Tickets can be purchased on the Bite Nite website at bitenite.org