Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Marshall Shore, Arizona's Hip Historian, has launched a series of postcards highlighting classic neon signs by Phoenix sign designer, Glen Guyett.
Phoenix is a Gas postcards include:
#1 - Designer collector card
#2 - Bill Johnson’s Big Apple
#3 - My Florist
#4 - Courtesy Chevrolet
#5 - The Buckhorn Baths Motel
#6 - Mr. Lucky's
Created in collaboration with local photographer Leland Gebhardt and artist/designer Stephen Farley, nostalgic postcards capture the beauty of these iconic commercial signs as they continue to define the landscape of the Valley.
Phoenix is a Gas are limited edition collectibles done as an homage to the classic Petley view postcards. $2.00 per postcard or $12 for the complete set of six. A percentage of the proceeds from sales benefit neon sign preservation in the Valley. Postcards are available locally at The Clarendon Hotel, Made Art Boutique, Antique Sugar, and Etsy.
Buy the set
Friday, April 25, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Viva Aunt Rita's was a Casino Fundraiser on April 11th, of this year, that raised money for Aunt Rita's Foundation.
Marshall Shore was MC sharing the stage with fabulous show girls, Bad Cactus Brass Band, and even a Hypnotist. Check out the fun!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
For information to book Marshall through the AZ Humanities. Contact Whitney Klotz, Programs and Grants Coordinator. Her Phone # is 602.257.0335 x23 or Email email@example.com.
Here are the available programs from the AZ Humanities catalog:
Signs of the Times: The Golden Age of Neon in Arizona
The rise of car travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s meant that thousands of people were
traversing the broad expanses of the Southwest looking for new landscapes and
adventure. As the cars sped past, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations
needed large, bright signs to make an impression. This informative and entertaining
visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon
signs, and references the designers whose signs became iconic images that defined the
West in the age of the automobile.
POP-Pourri: Pop Culture in Arizona
Post-war Arizona really popped and added to the pop culture known as Americana.
The housing pop for the returning military personnel who were moving to Arizona
changed the landscape. Iconic restaurants such as KFC, McDonald’s, and Bob’s Big
Boy owe Arizona for their POP culture status. Vestiges of these post-war days are still
around and Shore tells their stories, ensuring that the memories of our vibrant past
Speakers in the Schools Arizona Speakers Standards
Category: Social Studies; Strand 1; Concept 9
Through the vehicle of true crime and spine-chilling Arizona lore, this presentation
highlights macabre stories and their historical background, including the tale of
Winnie Ruth Judd, Arizona's most infamous murderer, and the tale of the Red Ghost
and the release into the wild desert of unknown animals (today, we know them as
camels). Shore uses a blend of storytelling magic, old photographs, ephemera, and
artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in this entertaining and educational
presentation. The audience will leave with a unique perspective of Arizona.
Arizona Kicks on Route 66
U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago
to L. A. During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path by which
people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore
shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state
during its prime, and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of
the towns that drew life from the road. This multi-media presentation includes music,
video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic.
Look here for the complete AZ Humanities catalog
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I am sure you have noticed the increase in tight fitting jeans, better known as skinny jeans. Before skinny jeans, people wore jeans as tight as they could get them, giving life to a urban legend about death by shrinking jeans. I would like to think that we can all thank an American artist who lived and created art right here in Phoenix for making tight jeans a long standing pop culture icon: a relatively unkown artist named George Quaintance. What, you’ve never heard of him? You’re not alone. The art publisher Tacshen recently released a book chronicling Quaintance’s art career. In the early 1950s, he set up his own studio in Phoenix, Arizona, where he created the works of male figurative art he is best known for today. Prior to Arizona, he studied drawing and painting in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in painting and photographing male athletes for popular physique magazines such as Physique Pictorial, edited by Bob Mizer of the famed Athletic Model Guild, or AMG. George Quaintance died of a heart attack in 1957, leaving a legacy of tight jeans and bulging..... muscles.
What if you wanted to dress like that today? One option would be Nu-Parr of Arizona, started in the early 1950s by local architect Ralph Parachek. At Nu-Parr, men and women of today can have custom undies, posing straps, swim suits, even jeans made just for you, some utilizing patterns created 50+ years ago. A pair of custom Nu Parr of Arizona jeans are on my bucket list! Check out their history.
June 3rd is George's Birthday. Let’s celebrate his well-deserved place in
Phoenix and art history.