It's called oils on sandstone, and it's one of the more unusual mediums that will be on display this weekend at the Payson Art League Fall 2000 Show at the Tonto Apache activity center.
Artist Jackie Bond, a relative newcomer to the Rim country art scene, says the stone is quarried near Taylor by Southwestern Stone Company. "It's a special stone called Sierra stone, and it has its own natural design brown lines and swirls that look like mountain ranges," she said.
She uses that design as a background.
"I paint cowboys, Indians, elk, deer, old barns, just about anything," she said.
Southwestern Stone makes pieces of Sierra stone into such functional items as coasters and tabletops. Bond's work ranges from small refrigerator magnets that sell for $10 to $15, to large, framed wall hangings that can be as large as three or four feet across and sell for $600.
Originally from the Show Low area, Bond moved to the Rim country about a year ago when her husband retired.
"We came here," she said, "because we love the Payson area, and to be closer to our children who live in Mesa."
She has been very pleased with the positive reception her work has received from Rim country art lovers.
"In my first PAL show a few months ago, I was awarded third-place People's Choice," she said.
Bond will be joined at the PAL fall show by some 30 fellow artists from the Rim country, including some national award winners.
They include Rock Newcomb who works in paints, scratchboard and acrylics. Newcomb's work has been featured in several national art magazines, and he leads workshops all over the country.
Another noted artist who will be at the show is cowboy artist Mel Bradshaw. "Mel always demonstrates," said PAL spokesperson Barbara Bourscheidt. "He always has a work in progress."
Show visitors may even get to hear Bradshaw sing a cowboy ballad or two.
"He brings his guitar to shows," Bourscheidt said, "and when he gets the time or the mood strikes him he breaks into song."
In addition, Linda Nannizzi's work, which also has been well received, will be on display this weekend, Bourscheidt said.
"Linda works in a medium she calls high-fire stoneware, and she does sculpture as well as making functional items like pumper bottles and bird feeders," he said. "Her work was recently featured in a book called 'Ceramic Design.'"
Other artists at the show include Don Harmon, who does bronze sculpture; Payson Vice Mayor Dick Wolfe and Patricia Allebrand, jewelers working in silver and gold and both semi-precious and precious stones; Jimmy Garrity, another jeweler whose work reflects his love of the African plain; and Sally Myers, Delores Hartless and Ruth Overton, all of whom specialize in landscapes and florals.
Show attendees will be able to participate in a raffle for several works of art, with the proceeds going to the PAL's Art in Schools program. Through the program, art supplies are purchased for schools throughout the area to make up for budget shortfalls.
The Fall 2000 Show and Sale opens Friday, Nov. 3, with an artists reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served and attendees will be able to meet the artists and have the first opportunity to purchase their work. Admission is $5.
Show hours on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on those days, and a special Kidzart Korner will be manned by local Western artist Donn Morris. It features a display of art work by young children, plus a table with art materials and guided instruction so children can express their own creativity while their parents browse the show.
Show judges will be Jewel Hoffman, a noted artist from North Dakota who works in oil, watercolor, and pastel, and D. J. Bykowski, an award-winning artist who operates out of her own studio-gallery, Just Montage, in Scottsdale.