Phoenix Airport Museum presents new works honoring state’s centennial

The works of one of Arizona’s most prolific and well-known artists are now on display in Sky Harbor’s Terminal 2, pre-security.

The art, titled “Arizona Vast & Intimate: Merrill Mahaffey Landscapes,” will be on display through March 2012.

This exhibition is one of several to be presented throughout Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of the Arizona Centennial. These diverse exhibitions will showcase the beauty, culture and history of our state.

Merrill Mahaffey’s work celebrates the dramatic landscape for which the state is known. He hikes the trails and rafts the rivers of Arizona, seeking his inspiration.

Mahaffey takes a sketch book and camera everywhere he travels and brings the sketches back to his studio, where he paints large versions of his sketches.

Using the drama of shadow and sunlight, his works interpret the amazing geologic formations of this region.

For more information about exhibitions at 25 locations within six buildings at three airports, visit


Recycle-palooza at Phoenix Muni Stadium

The Public Works Department will partner with Keep Phoenix Beautiful, and dozens of other local organizations, for the “I Recycle Phoenix Festival” 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 24, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 56th and Van Buren streets.

This recycle-palooza offers the convenience of one central location to recycle electronics, books, toys, clothing, toner and ink jet cartridges, pens and pencils, even golf balls.

Watch as your old computer hard-drive and personal documents are shredded before your eyes. Disney Radio will provide entertainment for the kids.

For more information, visit or call (602) 262-4820.


Local show nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy

Michael Hammett, a Phoenix public information officer, has been nominated for a 2011 Rocky Mountain Emmy award for a “Building Phoenix” segment on PHX 11, the city’s news and information station.

Hammett was nominated for excellence in television production in the “Historic/Cultural” segment category. Hammett wrote, produced and hosted the piece, which explored the transformation of a 1960s bank into the Vig Uptown, a restaurant at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road.

The building was designed by famed Arizona architect Ralph Haver. The segment highlighted the Adaptive Reuse Program, which streamlines the process of turning older buildings into new businesses.

“Building Phoenix” premiered in 2006 and is produced by the Public Information Office, Planning and Development Department and PHX 11.

The program has received previous Rocky Mountain Emmy Award nominations and several Telly Awards, among other honors.

PHX 11 is broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 11 and accessible on As the city’s primary source for news and information, PHX 11 produces feature stories, specials, community news programs and interview/discussion shows with elected officials.

For more information, visit Residents also may follow PHX 11 at or become a fan on Facebook.

• Briefs compiled from staff and wire reports.

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