The Payson Art League's spring show and sale opens tonight (Friday) and runs through the weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.
The Friday night Artist's Reception, a traditional Rim country social highlight, runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission to the reception, at which wine, coffee and light dessert will be served, is $5.
The show, featuring fine arts and crafts, continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on these days.
A total of 34 artists will be featured at this year's event, including such local favorites as Jackie Bond, Jim Garrity, Jim Hagen, Don Harmon, Annelle Henson, Conrad Okerwall, Alan and Carole Snyder, Dick Wolfe and Pia Wyer.
Artists exhibiting for the first time include Sue Jones, who does hand-painted porcelain, and Claudette Hudson, who works in water media and mixed media.
"Her work is very abstract and very nice," show committee chairperson Brenda Baker said. Baker also does water media and mixed media.
Oil, mixed media and pencil artist Donn Morris will once again offer his popular KidzArt Korner where young people can work on their own creations while their parents tour the show.
"We usually feature artwork by kids, and this time we'll have work by kids who take part in Wolf Impressions, an after-school enrichment program at Frontier Elementary, plus some pieces from Marcy Rogers' Payson Community Kids," Morris said. On Friday evening will have demonstrations by students who participate in the Payson High School pinhole photography program."
Funding for the art league's educational programs is provided in part by the show raffle, featuring donated works by a number of participating artists.
"The raffle drawing will be held at 2:30 on Sunday, and all the money will go to the education funds," Baker said. "We more than support art education in town."
Show judges are Alene Rucker and John Skurja. Judging will take place Friday afternoon, so ribbons will be on the winning entries during show hours. Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite artist in the people's choice competition.
Show sponsors include American Family Insurance, Sally Randall and Nancy Malmberg of Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty, ILSC (International Logistics Support Corporation), David and Denise Meck, John W. Peel CPA and SRJ Homes.
Others providing support and assistance include Sunstate Equipment Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank, the Roundup, Cousins Subs, radio stations KMOG and KRIM, Payson Perk Espresso, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Joe Harless - Shaker Microphone, and Plant Fair Nursery.