THE AEAZ TEAM

We’re not just any Art or Cultural group!

Our events within are hosted by an AEAZ Host in good standing who abides by a code of ethics and standards and upholds our tenets of being reliable, friendly, and helpful.

Our Hosts arrive early to each event to secure seating and welcome each attendee. You are introduced to our members who delight in meeting new people and finding commonalities. You will never feel alone in our small and comfortable groups at our Select Events.

We seek out the more unusual activities that you might not otherwise find. We strive to create events that are exclusive to our group such as lunch with a famous artist at their place, dinner with a chef in a private home, private museum docent tours, and special art or architectural tours. These and many more Select Events with Art Explorers AZ are at once different and a complement to our Art Explorers Meetup group of general, common events. We welcome you to join us in one or both.

EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE WITH ART EXPLORERS AZ!

KAz
Founder

A lifetime of intrigue with world cultures and a curiosity about how things work, Kaz is interested in many art disciplines, science, the brain, quantum physics, mechanics, nature, natural healing, spirituality, people, indigenous cultures, and traveling, for starters…and brings that driven curiosity to Art Explorers AZ with the diverse events that she arranges.


Kaz earned a BS in Sociology and a BAEd in Art Education, cum laude, from Arizona State University, has had five different art careers and owned three successful art businesses. She has taught college-level Beginning and Advanced Drawing, and Design and Composition classes, and occasionally teaches art classes through AEAZ.

Hosts

Traci
Host

Traci is a people person and has never met a stranger! She enjoys getting to know their stories, likes, sharing similar interests, and alerting them to something they may enjoy. Her special interests are plays/theater, historic homes, and environmental wonders.

 

Bob Golden
Host

Bob G wonders what happened to his retirement as he has dipped most of his fingers in various pies, from developing webpages to writing books to organizing a large singles group back east to ushering plays at the Herberger Theater and other volunteer positions. He Hosts an occasional event for us, helps out when he can, and monitors our Meetup website.

KAZ
Host

Kaz lives and works at the intersection of art, technology, and social entrepreneurship. Her expertise is in art & culture, teaching, and holistic living. She weaves her degree in art and a lifetime of art and business experience into the fabric of Art Explorers AZ.

Joan
Host

Retired from a career in Aerospace Engineering where she supervised work on the International Space Station, Joan comes full circle in exploring her lifelong love for the Arts. Our “techie” person, Joan excels in hosting Architecture, plays, and musical events.

Instructors

Rodger Labrash
Instructor

Rodger is a Blacksmith Artist who loves to create art pieces out of forged steel. Rodger owns and operates a real Iron Forge (Blacksmith Shop) with his son Jason, who create and fabricate only custom works for homes, businesses, and developments. His Blacksmith workshops are an uncommon opportunity for our members to try their hand at an ancient skill and make a useful and unique item.

Theresa Lillian
Instructor

Theresa’s expertise and love is in creating large scale mosaics on property walls. Her community project of a 120′ x 7′ block wall mosaic united an undeserved neighborhood in South Phoenix. Theresa rounds out her skills by producing and teaching mixed media workshops in her art studio. She also frequently offers her home for AEAZ monthly art gatherings.

Kaz
Instructor

Kaz earned a BS in Sociology and a BAEd in Art Education, cum laude, from Arizona State University, has had five different art careers and owned three successful art businesses. She taught college-level Beginning and Advanced Drawing, and Design and Composition classes, and occasionally teaches Guaranteed Drawing, Color Mixing, Watercolor and Ink Plein Air Sketching, very different Wine and Painting workshops, Mixed Media classes using special materials, and her specialty, a Faux/Painted Finish course through Art Explorers AZ.