A Tempe musician and a Chandler author are among the four creatives scheduled to kick off the new season of AZ Creates!, a YouTube web series television show highlighting artists and authors, produced and hosted by Fox Crossing resident Laurie Fagen. Devon J. Hancock of Tempe is featured with author Lynne Hartke of Chandler, along with visual artist Casey Cheuvront from Scottsdale and author John J. Rust of Prescott.
In Episode 9 launching Feb. 11, Hancock talks about his career path as an audio engineer, producer and visual content creator. As a jazz guitarist, he performed in downtown Chandler restaurants for several years with a former bandmate, Matt Vandal, as the Vandal Hancock duo. Hancock is also the son of Fagen and her late husband, Geoff Hancock.
The show also features Hartke, who tells the story of her personal cancer journey in “Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places” in “What Are You Reading?” She also discusses the cancer diagnoses of both parents.
In Episode 10, which premieres Feb. 25, the Creative Connection artist is Cheuvront, who talks about her life as a visual artist in a variety of mediums.
Also on that program is Rust, a sci-fi/action adventure published author and sports director for KYCA radio.
In the program’s regular arts events segment, called “Something to Look Forward To,” co-host and graphic designer Cathy Beard of Clemente Ranch will highlight Valentine’s Day and other art happenings from around the state.
The featured nonprofit for the Episode 9 will be the Cancer Support Community, an organization that ensures those with cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community; and Episode 10, Art Resource Center that collects reusable discards from individuals and industries and offer them free of charge to schools and other nonprofit entities for the purpose of making art.
The programs all close with a “Creative Quote of the Day.”
AZ Creates! is a twice-monthly, half-hour web series to highlight artists, writers, dancers, musicians, film, theatre and TV creatives, and other artistic people in Arizona. Fagen, former publisher of SanTan Sun News, an artist and crime fiction novel writer, designed the program to connect art patrons with artists, and to work on a positive project during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Show #9 airs at 7 p.m. MST Feb. 11, and Show #10 on Feb. 25. All episodes are available on the AZ Creates! YouTube channel at any time, along with other video content.
Sponsorships are available with introductory rates and discounts for multi-show commitments. Sponsors for the show include Times Media, Sibley’s West, an Arizona and Chandler Gift Shop and Mary Contreras State Farm Insurance.