The Modern Phoenix Home Tour Explores Sunnyslope

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The official kickoff to the week’s events will actually take place Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. with a exhibition called “Drawn to Modernism,” showcasing original drawings inspired by Vintage Mid Century and Scandinavian Furniture. Featured artists will include Stu Biscoe, Laura Cohen-Hogan, Jay Hall, Eric Hodgins, Joan Thompson, Audrey Van Kirk and Augustin Vargas. The event is free to attend and will be held at Phoenix Metro Retro (708 W. Hazelwood, Phoenix, 602.279.0702).

On Saturday, April 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., you can head to the eclectic Sunnyslope neighborhood — celebrating its 100th anniversary this year — for an Art Walk, during which artists will have their original artwork available for sale along North Central Avenue, between Dunlap and the canal. Local restaurants, galleries and other businesses will be open especially for the evening as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about the historical Hotel Valley Ho, located in downtown Scottsdale, there will be tours held April 9, 16 and 17. The famed resort was designed by Ed Varney in 1956 and rehabilitated in 2004 by Mark Philp (of Allen + Philp). The Hotel Valley Ho has played host to a number of Hollywood elite, including some from Hollywood’s Golden Era, such as Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, Zsa Zsa Gabor and others. Tours will meet at the Valley Ho. Valet parking is available, and tickets are $19.56 and can be acquired by calling 480.994.ARTS. (Press 2 for the Box Office.)

On Saturday, April 16, you won’t want to miss the Modern Phoenix Expo and Seminars, held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. In the Modern Marketplace (in the SCPA’s atrium) guests will discover new products and services related to Modernism, architecture, interior design, literature and home renovation. Vintage fashion, jewelry, furniture, lighting and accessories will also be on hand for browsing.

But save the browsing and shopping for in between workshops, because the organization has some great seminars and slide shows prepared that are all free to attend, including “Research Your Modern Midcentury Home Using Primary Sources,” “Modern Scottsdale” (by Doug Sydnor with a book signing), “The Trouble With Teardowns in Arcadia,” and others. There will be door prizes given away throughout the day.

And the event everyone’s been waiting all year for — the Modern Phoenix Home Tour — will be held on Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 6 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to walk through a dozen rehabilitated midcentury homes (including a few contemporaries) that will be open to ticketholders only. The homes will be representative of some of the very best architects of the era, including Ralph Haver, Paul Christian Yeager, James Trahan, and others. Vintage cars will be on display as well at most locations, adding to the fun and the feel of the appropriate time period.

The Home Tour is $20 for SMOCA members and $25 for non-members. Call 480.994.ARTS (press 2 for the Box Office) for tickets.

Visit Modern Phoenix online for complete details.

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