BEST ART AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE 2006 - Shemer Art Center and Museum
This lovely stucco home with the breathtaking mountain view was built in the 1920s and donated to the City of Phoenix as an arts center in 1984. Its historic/pastoral/funky/luxurious vibe is unique in a part of the city that's better known for big houses and expensive resorts than for serene public areas. Whether you're looking at exhibits in the front room, taking an art class in the sunny kitchen, or strolling the sculpture garden, you'll be nurtured and inspired. Even the glistening tiled bathroom, with a jungle of pothos draped over the window and tub, evokes an enchanted, dreamy ambiance. Not that it's always quiet ? November's annual Sunday at Shemer festival kicks things up a notch, and we have friends who got married one spring on the rolling green lawn ? but it just feels so good having the Shemer Center in our town.