Pal Fall Show Features Six New Artists

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Six new artists will be among at least 33 others exhibiting this weekend at the Payson Art League's Fall 2003 Fine Art and Fine Craft Show at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.

The popular event will feature two- and three-dimensional art, including oil and water media using realism, abstract and non-objective painting techniques, sculpture, fine arts and fine crafts in a variety of subject matters.

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The Payson Art League's two shows are always a hit with Rim country residents. This year's fall show opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.

Artists exhibiting at the show for the first time include:

  • Jim Edgerton -- water media.
  • Alan Blake -- photography.
  • Jim Strong -- western oils.
  • Donna Rokoff -- clay, pottery and wall hanging.
  • Debra Farrell -- pottery with basketry.
  • Janice Burns -- oils.

Works by students at Gila Community College also will be on display in a special area.

In addition, more than 25 works of art will be offered at a raffle table for a drawing Sunday afternoon. Raffle proceeds help to purchase art supplies and provide artist demonstrations in Rim country schools.

"We will have a silent bid on a Bonnie Casey limited series wildlife reproduction at the raffle table," show coordinator Brenda Baker said. "She is a marvelous artist who was a demonstrator here at a recent art league meeting."

PAL president Jan Hodson says it is vitally important to support the local art community.

"Payson has some excellent artists, some fine, fine artists, and a lot of new ones are coming in," she said. "We have the opportunity to put Payson on the art map just as Prescott and Sedona are becoming. It's so important that our small community strive for the highest caliber of arts we can attain. We can go as far as we want to go."

The show opens with the traditional wine and dessert artists' reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Donation is $5.

Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission.

Samples of some of the artists' work can be viewed at www.paysonartleague.com.

For more information, call (928) 474-8658.

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