Southwest Artist Brushing Up For Show

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Payson artist Rock Newcomb has been chosen to exhibit his work at the 48th annual Sausalito Art Festival. The Sausalito Art Festival is recognized as the No. 1 outdoor fine arts festival in America, and is rated as one of the top 10 festivals in the nation by ArtFair Source Book, the Harris List and Sunshine Artist organization.

Newcomb has been creating acrylic paintings and scratchboard etchings for more than 30 years and is one of 260 artists selected to participate in the three-day juried fine arts exhibit held in the San Francisco Bay Area during Labor Day weekend Sept. 2, 3, and 4.

Out of more than 5,000 artist applications requested from around the world, 1,200 qualified applicants are divided into categories and judged for excellence by a 16-member jury. The jury panel viewed more than 5,000 slides during a two-day period to select this year's exhibiting artists. The selected artists will all compete in the Sausalito Artist Awards.

Newcomb has received many awards and honors in juried shows and competitions over the years, including Best of Show and People's Choice in the Payson Art League's Fall Show, first-place for painting at the Art Walk in the Park hosted by the Payson Fine Art Guild, and 1999 Region III winner of the Arts for the Parks competition hosted by National Parks Academy of the Arts in Jackson, Wyo. Newcomb received his bachelor's and master's degrees in art from California State University, Fullerton, Calif.

The Sausalito Art Festival continues its long-standing mission of supporting the arts and community nonprofit organizations through grant programs, artist awards, scholarships and the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce's community service programs. Through this support, the festival has made a significant investment in the future of its community since 1952.

Newcomb's work can be viewed locally at the Wild Brush in the Swiss Village Shops.

The Sausalito Art Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2, 3 and 4. Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is held at the Bay Model Visitor Center and Marinship Park on the historic Sausalito waterfront. Advance tickets are on sale online at www.tickets.com, or by phone at BASS tickets, 415-478-BASS. The festival hotline is 415-331-3757, and the Web site is www.sausalitoartfest.org.

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