There are two talents I’ve always wished I had—to draw and to sing. Those talents run in my family (in fact, both my kids have the genes!), but me? There are certain talents that I can only admire from afar.

And admire I did with this issue.

February is our arts issue, and we had the honor of interviewing several extremely talented artists.

I spoke with Lucia Micarelli, the famous violinist, who will be performing this month at Chandler Center for the Arts. She was only 5 or 6 when she knew that music and the violin were her calling. How amazing to be able to pursue that dream!

Speaking of knowing what you want to do at a young age, we also profile Matthew Albert, who, at 14, is the youngest certified piano tuner in the country. Wow!

And, both Karolina Adams and Matt Sterbenz show off their amazing artwork.

We also showcase some of Chandler Lifestyle’s own talented photographers. We challenged them to pick just a few of their favorite snaps from their own shoots over the years—see their incredible images and learn a little about the people who help make the pages of this magazine so wonderful month after month.

Of course, art takes all forms, which is why we checked in with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. If you’ve ever given a thought to the art of dancing, they offer lessons and classes for everyone from beginners to those already advanced in the art.

Rounding out the issue, we showcase one of Chandler’s staples—the upcoming Ostrich Festival—and our owner and publisher, Joyce Selk, shares her take on Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson. It’s the perfect place to visit, whether you want a dude ranch experience or some quiet time to reflect amongst beautiful scenery. Maybe a visit will inspire your creativity?

As you read about the local artists in our community and their stories of passion and self-expression, we hope that you too are inspired to pursue what you love. After all, February is the month of love.

So, Chandler, while you fill your home with chocolate truffles and roses this month, remember to fill your heart too. Find what makes you feel alive—and don’t forget to share it with us. 

Yours,

Michelle Glicksman