Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

Scottsdale's Bentley Gallery to Close in October and Move to Bentley Projects in Downtown Phoenix

After 22 years of art business in Scottsdale, Bentley Calverley is on the move.

The director of Bentley Gallery, at 4161 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, has had a huge part in shaping the Scottsdale art scene. She served on the Cultural Council when the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was built, she's run a successful gallery alongside Marshall Way staples including Lisa Sette and Art One, and she helped revitalize vacant spaces in Scottsdale with a string of pop-up galleries in 2010.

In 2004, Calverley bought a warehouse and established Bentley Projects south of the train tracks in downtown Phoenix. And this October, she'll pack up her Scottsdale Gallery and focus solely on her Downtown venture. See why Calverley is making the move downtown.

--Claire Lawton

Tovrea Castle Now Open to the Public and Looking for Volunteer Docents

The small castle on the hill off Van Buren and 52nd streets that's viewable from Loop 202 is now open for tours and looking for a few smart volunteers to help direct traffic.

Tovrea Castle was built in 1929 by an Italian immigrant and sold in the 30s to cattle baron, E.A. Tovrea for his wife, Della. The estate was passed down through the Tovrea family, and wrapped up in one of Arizona's most sensational murder trials.

The building sat empty for years, and in 2010, plans to reopen the building to the public were put on hold because of budget cuts. A small group of community members joined forces, formed the Tovrea Carraro Society, and were able to register as an official non-profit corporation. And now, they need your help.

--Claire Lawton

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