The long hot summertime is traditionally when many Valley establishments renovate and spruce things up for the fall, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is no exception.
Plans are in the works for the stylish new SMoCA Lounge to open inside the museum on October 15, which will function as a combination education facility, event space, and nightlife destination.
"It's going to be a very versatile space that can become a lounge one night or place for bands or other cool things," Oliver says.
During the daytime, SMoCA Lounge will serve as more of an education space for students and children to participate in art projects and crafts, or working with cutting edge technology.
The lounge's layout and decor is in the hands of Janis Leonard, interior designer of downtown's Hanny's and the mind behind avant-garde art installations at AZ88 (including her annual Christmas trees adorned with unique objects or greyhound statues studded with rhinestones).
Oliver says that the designer has been meeting with museum staff all this week and is currently dreaming up the lounge's look.
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