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Sky Harbor featuring Arizona flowers exhibition

Artwork in one of the display cases of the "Full Bloom" exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is shown on Thursday, April 3. (KTAR photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Interested in checking out some art this weekend?

You can do so by walking through Sky Harbor International Airport. It's one of the homes of the Phoenix Airport Museum.

No, it doesn't feature paintings of airplanes. Arizona flowers are now the focus of the "Full Bloom" exhibits that are on display.

"The work is in all of the display cases as you enter and exit concourses, which is real fun. There are eight (cases) of them," said museum curator Lennie Eller.

Exhibits from 28 Arizona artists being displayed, and Eller said the artwork is diverse.

"We have everything from gorgeous quilts, to ceramic work, to photographs, to painting and sculpture," Eller said.

She added she's pretty happy with what's on display.

"It's amazing how you can take a simple subject and make it so diverse, and so interesting and so complex," said Eller.

The Musical Instrument Museum is also preparing a display that will soon be available for viewing in Terminal 4.

Eller said that Sky Harbor isn't the only Valley airport where you can see Phoenix Airport Museum exhibits.

"It's also at Deer Valley and Goodyear. It's at the rental car center and Terminals 2, 3 and 4 at Sky Harbor."

You can also check out part of the exbition on the Sky Train as you make your way to and from Phoenix's busiest airport.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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