Via Voyage Phoenix— “I create work in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. I work in watercolor, micron pens, acrylic metallics and organic stains. I enjoy the contrasting variations of mediums on cotton watercolor paper. Along with selling my original pieces, I offer my artwork in other mediums such as giclée prints, stickers, temporary tattoos, postcards and greeting cards. In addition to my paintings and illustrations, I also love making ceramics. Most of my work is created with terra cotta stoneware and earthenware.”
Via Carrie Mae— Carrie Mae Rose is currently focusing on building wings out of collected and found agave leaves. She believes we humans are 1/2 animal and 1/2 angel. The wings represent a personal healing transformation of our more spiritual parts, a release and expansion beyond trauma, fear and protection. Rose began working with the Arizona desert-grown agave plant in the 2000 while living in Prescott.
Don Guerra of Barrio Bread is a skilled artisan baker and forward thinking entrepreneur who has worked diligently to develop Barrio Bread, a true neighborhood bakery that showcases the art and science of Don’s passion for baking and his commitment to community. The bakery is dedicated to exceptional quality ARTisan bread, created with centuries-old baking techniques and locally grown heritage grains. Don also works to promote the local food movement, and showcase heritage grains.
Robert is a proud Tucsonan deeply in love with the Sonoran region. He has been studying, exploring, and documenting the region's biological and cultural diversity (often with violin in tow) most of his 32 years. He considers himself a third-generation follower in the footsteps of botanist Howard Scott Gentry, the father of, and still the greatest authority on, Agave study. Finally, Robert is a mezcal disciple. He believes that to drink mezcal is to imbibe the highest expression of Mexican terroir. Indeed, our distinctly Sonoran bacanora and lechuguilla may be considered a love letter to the land where north and south embrace.
Dr. Jonathan Mabry is Director of Community Engagement for the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Arizona. He received his doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. His archaeological investigations have documented new information about the transition to agriculture and development of irrigation in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands during prehistory. He was an early leader in the local and heritage foods movements in southern Arizona, and was co-author with Gary Nabhan and others on the application that obtained designation of Tucson as the first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in the U.S. He serves as the President of the community-based non-profit organization managing the designation.
Via Spirits of Mexico — Master Mezcalier Khrys Maxwell is a driving force and personality in the world of agave. His work with Fortaleza Tequila has led him to become one of the foremost authorities on agave in the industry. Also an avid educator of industry professionals in Jalisco and Oaxaca, Khrys has traveled to over 50 distilleries studying all aspects of agave production and flavor. His efforts in education and agave advocacy were awarded in 2012 with a DISTINTIVO T by the CRT. Khrys continues to travel the world discussing the emerging agave categories and preservation of this threatened raw material. He remains at the forefront of the agave narrative as an educator and public personality.
Ben Wilder’s research is broadly focused in desert ecology and botany. He is the acting director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill. Wilder also works with Dr. Christopher Scott in the administration of CAZMEX, the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments. Wilder values the incorporation of diverse perspectives and the powerful results made possible via collaboration. In his role as director of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers, he strives to create opportunities for collaboration across borders and disciplines and a more holistic understanding and appreciation for the Sonoran Desert.
Via 3 Story Media— David Clark has been the lead mixologist at Hotel Congress for over 10 years. He loves it when his customers say, “Make me something.” Like many bartenders, he loves to get to know and be tested by his customers. “I enjoy making things based on what people like,” he says.
Via City of San Antonio — Colleen Swain was appointed Director of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office on April 1, 2016. As visitation increases as a result of the UNESCO World Heritage Designation to our five Spanish colonial Missions, Ms. Swain is responsible for the overall leadership of the World Heritage Office, as well as promoting the Missions through the implementation of the World Heritage Work Plan, a dynamic document that sets short- and long-term goals and is a direct result of community input.
Via Visit Tucson — Tucson-based beekeeper Noel Patterson runs Dos Manos Apiary. Three years ago, Miraval Resort and Spa brought Patterson in to start an apiary. Currently, 60 beehives are hosted on the property, at the site of an old dude ranch, and resort guests can take classes from Patterson both in the apiary — learning about bees and the production of honey — and in the dining area — tasting honeys from around the world.
Dan is the Director of Bat Conservation International’s Habitat Conservation & Restoration Program and oversees BCI’s new Bats and Agave Restoration Initiative. Dan has more than 30 years of experience working on wildlife and conservation in the U.S., Central America, and Africa and has been with BCI for 20 years, the last 15 focusing on bats and water, rangeland, and forest conservation in the Southwest. Dan was formerly a Forest Service biologist in Arizona, Oregon, and Montana and served as the first director of the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a Master’s of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, where he studied bats and seed dispersal in the rainforest canopy of West Africa.
Founder and Director of rezpiral, artisanal mezcal import project that realizes an agave nursery and profit share practice. Alex started rezpiral as a means of creating marketplace inclusion for independent artisans and their traditional spirits traditionally excluded. The project also strives to give importance to economic redistribution, transparency and ecological responsibility in international trade.