7 Things to Do This Mother's Day in Metro Phoenix

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Spend at Day at the Phoenix Art Museum

The Valley has been abuzz with the arrival of Andy Warhol -- his portraits, that is.

On loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, "Andy Warhol: Portraits" is a must-see for those who love pop art, pop culture, or simply American history. This collection chronicles forty years of his work, from the 1940s to the 1980s, during the defining moments of the pop art movement. The exhibition includes Polaroids, silkscreen, paintings, and film, featuring more than 200 pieces depicting everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Jones, Sylvester Stallone to the artist himself. Warhol's portraits are on view through Sunday, June 21, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Museum members are free; general admission $15 with various discounts.

Other ongoing exhibitions include "Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag," on view through Sunday, August 9, in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery inside the museum. Groag re-introduced the dress-wearing public to the whimsy of color and pattern in a post-WWII era. The collection includes both drawings and dress fabrics.

The downtown institution will also screen Bolshoi Ballet's Ivan The Terrible, a haunting, dramatic portrayal of life in 16th century Russia under, well, Terrible rule. The two-hour film screens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Tickets are $15 for members, $18 for the public.

Paint Your Own Masterpiece at Art of Merlot Gone are the days when you could get away with a hand-crafted card -- colored outside the lines, of course -- as a go-to gift for mom. Instead, get creative with mom, at a side-by-side painting party.

Art of Merlot's annual Mother's Day Van Gogh series draws out the artist in you. Professional painters guide patrons are guided through the impressionism era of the 19th century, providing paint, canvas, and encouragement. Though bottles of red, white, and domestic beer are available for purchase through the studio, would-be painters are also encouraged to BYOB to keep the inspiration flowing. Some events are alcohol-free, so call ahead to confirm at 480-945-1108.

Three classes Saturday, May 9, including Van Gogh's 12 Sunflowers (noon to 3 p.m.); Van Gogh's Iris (4 to 6 p.m.); and Springtime in Paris (7 to 10 p.m.). Special evening session Mother's Day of Van Gogh's Red Poppies, from 4 to 7 p.m. Classes are at Art of Merlot's Old Town Scottsdale Studio, 7036 East Main Street. Tickets are $25 to $35 with discounts for groups and those under 21. Visit for reservations.

Shop and Stroll in Historic Downtown Glendale

Mom is queen during the West Valley's 8th annual Mother's Day Celebration. Make crafts and cards and snag shopping steals from participating vendors along white-picketed Historic Catlin Court and the brick buildings of Old Towne. The first 250 moms will get to spin the wheel to receive special prizes.

The day-long shopping soiree is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in Historic Downtown Glendale. Information booth and event maps available at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 West Glenn Drive. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable, essential products toiletries, sunscreen, and feminine hygiene products of will be collected for Operation Women Warriors, which sends care packages of like items to female soldiers who are stationed overseas. Call 623-930-4500 for event and activity information. Click for details.

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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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