Arizona Arts & Culture News: Artist Ed Mell dies; Flagstaff murals; High school state poetry competition

March 8, 2024

By brianpowell

Western art legend Ed Mell of Phoenix leaves a tremendous legacy/ Phoenix New Times

Ed Mell, a world-renowned artist and longtime Valley resident, died on Feb 21. He was 81 years old. Mell leaves behind a legacy that includes “Jack Knife,” a sculpture at the intersection of Main Street and Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale. Read more: Arizona artist Ed Mell dies following cancer battle

Multitudes of murals: Stories from the walls of four public art projects in Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff is a city of murals. Stories filled with history, fantasy and emotion adorn the walls that locals and tourists pass by each day and engrain themselves into Flagstaff’s identity. But within the brush strokes of each mural is another story, one of the artists and their journey in painting the city.

Shark, baby stingrays transported to new home at Phoenix Zoo / Daily Independent 

Sea Life Arizona Aquarium and the Phoenix Zoo partnered on an aquatic animal transfer from Tempe to Phoenix, welcoming 4-year-old-male epaulette shark, Roosevelt, as well as 9-month-old twin male blue spotted ribbon tail rays to their new home in the zoo’s Stingray Bay exhibit.

High-schoolers compete in state poetry recitation competition at Northern Arizona University / Arizona Daily Sun

Nine high school students from across Arizona competed in the 2024 Poetry Out Loud state finals at Northern Arizona University. Isabel Teran of Sahuarita High School won the competition for her recitations of three poems, earning her way to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.

Arizona Science Center’s Dorrance Planetarium to see ‘next-generation’ update / KTAR

With the help of Cosm Technology, the Arizona Science Center is making a significant investment in its Dorrance Planetarium including a full update to an LED dome display with 8k+ resolution spanning nearly 60 feet in diameter.

Western Spirit Museum uses $12 million donation for expansion / Phoenix Business Journal

The Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, a Smithsonian affiliate located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, broke ground for major expansion in January after receiving a $12 million donation from Louis “Buzz” Sands IV, an entrepreneur and owner of several car dealerships across the Valley.

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