Where are they now?

Edward Jones advisor, Michael Pameditis, is throwing down the gauntlet.

“Fountain Hills,” he said, during the FHCF’s recent social media video shoot. “You’re officially on notice that the Pameditis kaleidoscope is not complete.”

The Pameditis collection

The Fountain Hills financial advising duo decided a butterfly or two would be a great way to decorate their Palisades Avenue office. The couple won Dark Sky Butterfly by Kathleen Dietz, Passing Time by Memory Bradley, and Dreamy Desert Rose by Lydia Quinones in the 2021 Flutter at the Fountain auction, but only after losing out on a “number of them,” Mike said. “I decided I really wanted at least one big butterfly and ended up getting two smaller ones as well. I really have a passion for the Dark Sky community. It’s an aspect of this community that we find really compelling. It was such a beautiful butterfly and we were the winning bidder.”

A large gathering of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, and although the Pameditis’ Edward Jones office only houses three at the moment, the Pameditises says that will change at the 2022 auction. But doesn’t think of the auction as a competition. Quite the contrary.

“Winning wouldn’t mean as much if the art wasn’t from local artists and the butterflies didn’t have stories,” Mike said. “Every time you look at the butterfly, we are reminded that the arts are alive and well in Fountain Hills. All of this is to inspire people to support this community, which then goes directly back into it. The creativity behind this goes so much deeper than just financial support for local organizations.”