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Chandler author-artist to debut online show

September 8th, 2020 development
Chandler author-artist to debut online show


The pandemic has made it virtually impossible for people to attend most arts venues.

So, Chandler artist and author Laurie Fagen is launching a program next week to bring the arts to them.

The Fox Crossing resident will debut AZ Creates, a new web series, on at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

The twice-monthly, half-hour web series will highlight artists, writers, dancers, musicians, film, theatre or TV creatives and other artistic people in Arizona.

There will also be a segment with an Arizona writer who will read a short section from their book.

The series also will include an upcoming events segment called “Something to Look Forward To,” co-hosted by Cathy Beard, a Clemente Ranch resident, graphic artist and audio book narrator.

Fagen, founder and publisher emeritus of the SanTan Sun News, said she designed the program to highlight the many creative people in the state and to bring something positive to viewers during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Creatives are having a tough time during the pandemic, with galleries closed and shows closed,” Fagen explained. “We want to help support artists and bring them directly to art patrons. We also want to feature the creative ways people and businesses are helping their communities.”

On the first show, choreographer/dancer Pamela Cannedy will be featured.

Cannedy is a long-time musical theatre choreographer in the Valley, owned Cannedy Dance Centre for the Performing Arts with husband Stepan Oleksyn for 30 years.

It is now AZ Dance District and choreographing shows for the Prescott Center for the Arts and Yavapai College.

The author segment – called “What Are You Reading?” – will feature Lee Travathan of Queen Creek, who will talk about her new inspirational book, “Loved Beyond Compare.”

She says the book “opens you up to who and what you truly are beyond the lies of the ego.”

The program will close with a “Creative Quote of the Day.”

Sponsorships are available with reasonable rates and discounts for multi-show commitments. Sponsors for the premiere show include Sibley’s West, an Arizona and Chandler Gift Shop and Times Media Group, publishers of the San Tan Sun News.

Subscribe to the AZ Creates channel on, visit the Art Online AZ Facebook and Instagram pages or email for details.

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