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Philanthropic pair sponsors MIM’s Israel exhibit

If the names Ira J. Gaines and Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines are familiar to you, it isn’t surprising. You will see them included in donor listings in playbills and for myriad charities, causes and institutions in the Valley, nationally and internationally, including Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Hillel and AIPAC. One of the popular local points of…

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Sindi Schloss: A gem of an expert

A jewelry appraiser by day and gemstone teacher by night, Sindi Schloss sizzles with enthusiasm at the mere mention of beads, jewelry, or gemstones. A Colorado native, and self-described Type-A personality, Sindi is the owner of International Gemological Services in Scottsdale and a graduate gemologist with GIA (Gemological Institute of America). A tour-de-force in the…

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Barbara Becker creates art…and fun

Pictured above: Andrea and Barbara Becker. Art for Fun Studio and Gallery, located at the intersection of “fine arts” and “crafts” in central Phoenix, could not be more aptly named. AFF gives off an eclectic gallery vibe, but in essence, it’s a teaching studio where students can let their imaginations run wild with possibilities. Visitors…

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Sculpture Garden Opening Celebration & Brunch

In 2009, the Tucson Jewish Community Center established a Sculpture Garden on its campus with a four-fold purpose in mind: to craft a public space that celebrates the appreciation of sculpture; to create an atmosphere of tranquility; to promote educational opportunities; and to enhance community fellowship. The JCC’s garden currently contains over 40 sculptures by local,…

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Deena Goldstein: Pop Art Pets

Deena Goldstein is an artist who loves “capturing moments from life’s inspirational journeys.” A creative dynamo, with an intense passion for multimedia, digital, acrylic and salvage art, Deena created Pop Art Pets a little over a year ago, adding to her already thriving fine art endeavors. With PAP, Deena turns photos into art, enabling her…

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Allan Naplan: Valley of the Sun’s own Music Man

He’s living proof that America’s Got Talent – and he definitely has The Voice! He is Allan Naplan, executive and producing director of Arizona Musicfest, the unique concert experience based at various venues in and around North Scottsdale. Prior to his current position, and following his professional singing career, Allen served in senior management roles…

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