Art Benefit to Raise Money for O’Connor House

Featuring Artists Beth Ames Swartz, Hunt Slonem, and Wolf Kahn

Scottsdale, AZ, March 22, 2014 --( On Monday night PHX Architecture celebrated St. Patty’s day in style, transforming their office space into an art gallery to host an art sale to benefit O’Connor House, a non-profit organization. The event had a wonderful turnout with guests including the beloved Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, O’Connor House supporters, PHX Architecture staff, clients, and colleagues, and John D. Rothschild & Beth Ames Swartz and their guests.

Art work was displayed from the collection of John Rothschild, Owner of Rothschild Fine Arts, Inc. The exhibit included works from local artist, Beth Ames Swartz, as well as Manhattan based artists, Hunt Slonem and Wolf Kahn. Art was sold with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting O’Connor House.

“O’Connor House wishes to thank Nikal Conti, Erik Peterson and PHX Architecture for a remarkable evening of art, hospitality and generosity,” stated Sarah Suggs, O’Connor House President and CEO. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was so pleased with the St. Patrick’s Day coincidental date, it was delightful! We also wish to thank Beth Ames Swartz and John Rothschild for their impeccable art collection and gracious support.”

About the O’Connor House
The former adobe home of United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is the inspiration for O’Connor House, where Sandra Day O’Connor entertained Arizona’s leaders as well as national and international dignitaries. Using hospitality and civil discourse as a platform, she worked to build consensus and collaborate in solving complex issues. Today, O’Connor House continues Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s lifetime work of solving important social, economic and political problems through civil dialogue and civic action. O’Connor House is an Arizona 501©3 nonprofit organization whose programs include Civic Engagement & Civics Education, Public Policy, Social Justice and Sandra Day O’Connor Public History.

About PHX Architecture
PHX Architecture is an active Patron of O’Connor House, and friends of John Rothschild and Beth Ames Swartz. PHX Architecture agreed to transform their busy architectural firm into a Gallery, hosting the Art Benefit supporting O’Connor House. PHX Architecture specializes in creating dynamic design that is as unique as each client. PHX provides complete architectural services for traditional and contemporary residential projects, unique commercial, hospitality, restaurants, and clubhouse facilities. Projects are located throughout the West, including Arizona, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and California. With a talented staff of architects, designers, and project managers, PHX Architecture is dedicated to providing exceptional architectural service and design to a variety of clients.

About John Rothschild & Beth Swartz
Rothschild is an experienced art dealer. He has more than thirty-five years serving as President of Rothschild Fine Arts. Inc. in New York and now Arizona. He has also served as President of Vanier Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rothschild has collected throughout his career with a special focus on the works of Slonem and Kahn. He is offering these special pieces selected from his private collection, along with the works of his wife, Beth Ames Swartz, for this Art Benefit. He will be generously donating a portion of all art purchases to O’Connor House.

Beth Ames Swartz is an Arizona based Painter and Printmaker. She has received multiple prestigious awards, such as the Arizona Governor’s Art Award and the Veteran Feminists of America, Medal of Honor, and her work is included in the collection of several museums in locations all across the globe. Swartz creates her work in a series, stating, “each series concerns itself with a different ethical belief system.” In her unique artwork, Swartz often incorporates words; she hides those words beneath the paint, giving the piece a hidden meaning. Swartz will be debuting twelve never before seen pieces she has created especially for the O’Connor Art Benefit.

About Hunt Slonem
Hunt Slonem is an internationally acclaimed Painter, Sculptor, and Printmaker. Slonem is best known for painting tropical birds, often based upon birds in his personal aviary that includes as many as 300 birds of various species. His pieces are large in scale and vibrantly saturated with color. While he is currently doing his work in Manhattan, his artwork can be found in collections across the globe. In fact, more than 50 museums around the world feature Slonem’s artwork.
About Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn is a German Painter, Pastelist, and Printmaker. Kahn’s work can be found in museums in New York, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and California. He has received several awards, including the Fullbright Fellowship, and an American Academy Award in Art. Kahn, like Slonem, creates most of his work out of Manhattan. During the summer he stays in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he likes to draw “plein air”- in the open air. Kahn’s work is smaller in scale, yet rich in color; his love of nature is evident.

About Scottsdale Modern Luxury Magazine
Scottsdale magazine is the preeminent luxury lifestyle publication in Scottsdale, acting as the local authority on topics such as high-end retail, dining hot spots, design trends, and Scottsdale’s top tastemakers and personalities. As part of the award-winning Modern Luxury network of regional publications, Scottsdale magazine is able to deliver cutting-edge fashion spreads, international travel features and revealing celebrity profiles, ensuring its content consistently engages the cultured reader. Plus, thanks to a renowned team on the ground with its pulse on the market, interactive digital brand extensions and unrivaled events, Scottsdale magazine excels in capturing the metropolitan lifestyle, making it a valuable partner for companies wishing to reach Scottsdale’s most affluent consumers.
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Jaclyn Meads