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AZ Creates! Wrapping up successful first season

May 11th, 2021 development
AZ Creates! Wrapping up successful first season


A Chandler artist is among the four guests scheduled in May for the final episodes of AZ Creates!, the YouTube web series television show highlighting artists and authors, produced and hosted by Chandler resident Laurie Fagen.

“We are so proud to have produced 16 episodes since the first season in September 2020,” said Fagen. “We have enjoyed talking with so many different artists, authors and creatives, and hope we have connected them with art patrons.

“We will continue to promote fine art and fine artists on our social media pages at Art Online AZ.”

In Episode 15, which launched last week, multi-media artist Asi Panoutsopoulou of Chandler shows her one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry and discusses the transition from a hobby to a business.

Born and raised in Greece, she discovered the medium while on a trip there, and says “polymer clay became a passion and a way of expressing myself.”

The show also features mystery author Betty Webb of Scottsdale, who has published 17 books in two different series.

Webb, a former journalist, talks about how stories she covered in her newspaper career became themes for her novels.

Webb is also a popular writing instructor, a former syndicated book reviewer, and a member of National Federation of Press Women, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

In Episode 16, which premieres May 27, the Creative Connection artists are actors Harold and Maedell Dixon of Tucson.

Husband and wife, both have performed off Broadway, where Harold also directed. They’ve worked in theatre, television and films, and both are long-time Actors Equity members.

Also on that program is author Connie Cockrell of Payson, who has written 20 books, is in five anthologies and published online.

Following a 20-year Air Force career, she writes in many genres, and will be discussing her cozy mystery series.

In the program’s regular arts events segments, called “Something to Look Forward To,” co-host and graphic designer Cathy Beard of Clemente Ranch will highlight in-person and virtual art happenings from around the state.

The featured nonprofits for Episode 15 are the Arizona and Tucson Polymer Clay Guilds. On Episode 16, the Arizona Professional Women nonprofit will be highlighted.

The programs all close with a “Creative Quote of the Day.”

AZ Creates! has been half-hour video web series to highlight artists, writers, dancers, musicians, film, theatre and TV creatives, and other artistic people in Arizona.

Fagen, an artist and crime fiction novel writer, designed the program to connect art patrons with artists, and to work on a positive project during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fagen is resuming her work on “Bleeder,” book three in her mystery series. Her son Devon Hancock, an audio and video content creator, is editor of the program and composed original music for it as well.

All episodes are available on the AZ Creates! YouTube channel on demand, along with other video content.

Sponsors for the show are Sibley’s West, an Arizona and Chandler Gift Shop and Times Media.

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


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