A very special show
Whenever someone mentions Shriners, I can’t help but conjure up an image of an old guy in a tie and a fez driving around in a go-kart that looks like an Olds Cutlass. But with the Shriners, the goofiness ends there. The fraternal organization has a hospital in town that provides free care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal-cord injuries and burns. Shriners are good folk. Patients at the hospital participate in an artist-in-residence program, sponsored by Very Special Arts, through the hospital’s on-site public school. This month, the Phoenix Gallery is having a show of the work these kids produce through the artist-in-residence program. Money raised from sales will be donated to Very Special Arts. The show is titled Olé VSA!, and the Second Saturday reception will have a south-of-the border slant. Catering will be provided by Habañero Cava Latina, and entertainment will be by “Aztec Dancers” from Alice Birney Elementary School. The gallery is located at 1901 Capitol Avenue.