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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ISA is Headed West

Go west ISA, go west for an exciting, entertaining, educational and enriching experience to the Annual Conference: Turning Up the Heat! Assets 2012.   Start preparing and packing your saddle bags to board the coach and escape to our Arizona Western hospitality for a “rootin’ tootin’ highfalutin’ good time”!

As one of your hosts, we have planned a Friday tour schedule that will make it difficult for you to choose which tour experience to take --- either the Antiques and Residential Contents package tour with lunch taking you to the world famous Heard Museum followed by the Musical Instruments Museum housed in a fifty thousand square foot musical mecca, or The Fine Arts package tour including lunch with a special behind the scenes look at museum storage at the Arizona State University Art Museum followed by the Phoenix Art Museum that is presently highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright. We guarantee that either one will leave you “wide-eyed and open-mouthed” and saying “WOW”!

A brief synopsis for each of the venues are …

a.    The Heard Museum:   Since 1929, the museum has educated visitors from around the world about art, artifacts, and decorative arts with its 40,000 items and changing exhibitions such as Navajo Textile: 100 years of weaving and Bola ties: the Ultimate Neckwear, and Around the World Collections.

b. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM):  As an introduction to the newest world famous two-year-old museum, it is like “a jewel rising from the desert, MIM is an inspiring venue for sharing the world’s music. Pass through the majestic courtyard into the bright and soaring atrium. Follow “El Río,” the flowing river form that creates the path linking the museum’s galleries. With an interior designed to convey the graceful lines common to musical instruments, MIM is bright, open, and dramatic in scale. It’s a magnificent destination befitting the discoveries inside.”

c. The Arizona State University Art Museum (with the adjacent Ceramics Research Center): The 57,000 square foot building houses a 12,000 piece collection that includes works from the 14th century to the present featuring paintings sculpture, prints drawings, ceramics and photography. Contemporary, Latino, Southwestern artists are well-represented.

d. The Phoenix Art Museum:  With over eleven galleries, you could spend two days and still not finish as you explore American, Western, Contemporary artists, fashion design, miniature rooms, photography, and special collections.

Of course, you will have an expert docent with a customized tour for each museum to help personalize your experience.  Sign up NOW as spaces are limited especially the “pre-conference bonus” offered below to the first 28 early arrivals.

Tom Helms ISA-CAPP
Annual Meeting Chair

A PRE-CONFERENCE BONUS offered by your hosts from A-Z Appraisal and Estate Consultants would like to invite you to sign up for a $20.00 bus charge for an all day Thursday, April 19th  no-host “Behind the Scenes Exploration of Greater Phoenix”.
Get to know the area with some possible stops such as a quick visit to the rarely visited “Mystery Castle” or a visit to famous “Paolo Soleri Cosanti Bell Studio” or a stop at “Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West” or a look at “Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art”, or just to stop at one of Phoenix’s premier antique malls or shop the galleries in Scottsdale or just listen to me chat about the good, bad and the scandalous “Valley of the Sun”.  We will pick you up at the hotel at 9:00 and bring you home by 6:00.  Of course this no-host experience will stop at “MacAlpine’s1929 Soda Fountain” for lunch as we unravel the mysteries of the area as we continue to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial.

 Hopefully, you will be the first one of the 28 to email Tom Helms at the to say, “count me in as I am coming in on Wednesday and will be raring and ready to hop aboard and explore.”  It will be a fun day leaving you exhausted for your next day’s event leading to a memorable 2012 Conference.

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