Art Tour Featured 30 Local Artists


Seventeen Rim country art studios opened this past weekend for the ‘neath the Rim Open Studio Tour.

The tour offered a rare glimpse into the work-a-day world of the professional artist, as well as some highly accomplished hobby artists.


Local artist Debra Farrell displays one of her Spirit Pots, a work that incorporates natural materials into pottery.

Sponsored by the Payson Art League, the annual tour included 17 open studios featuring 30 artists.

Many artists demonstrated their medium, explaining techniques and sources of inspiration, and offering their work for sale.

Debra Farrell's "Spirit Pots" home, garden and studio, at 504 E Tyler Parkway was on the tour for the first time this year. Farrell incorporates natural materials into her pottery at all phases of the process. She has been hand-building clay vessels for more than 20 years, and pit firing them with various types of combustible materials to achieve the beautiful smoky patterns the fire leaves on the clay.

Other Payson studios on the tour included:

Floorcloths by Bj: 1103 Sierra Ancha Lane. Bj Sherrill and Seena Ritchie, paintings, table runners and tree skirts;

Patricia Allebrand, jewelry, 1308 E. Cedar Lane;

Annelle Henson Studio at Eagles Nest Gallery, 216 W. Main Street;

Indian Hill Studio, 904 W Rim View Drive showing work of C. M. Okerwall, western artist;

Ruth Overton Studio, 1311 Fort McDonald Circle, featuring water colors and oils of Ruth Overton, and mixed media paintings by Brenda Baker;

Donn Morris Studio, 301 S. Arroyo Point, originals and prints in mixed media;

Barker and Barker Studio, 110 N. Forest Park Drive, Claudette paints in oils and watercolor, Jim showing selections in oil, acrylic and mixed media assemblages;

Abrigg Artistry, 400 N. Pioneer Trail, Sue Jones painting on porcelain;

Le Petit Atelier, 201 E Forest Drive, Alberta Cook, Joy Layton, Elisabeth Kwik and several other friends and students of Ms. Cook showing two-dimensional work in a variety of media;

Lola Dunaway Studio, 602 N. Granite, landscapes and animal themes;

Potters Vision, 707 N. Matterhorn Road, stoneware pottery;

Kemp Fine Arts, 704 E Skyway, Jay Kemp oil, acrylic and sculpture and Jim Garrity, Gold and silver jewelry;

Nature's Lover Clayworks, Barb Bourscheidt pottery, Jan Hodson, oils, Rosemeri Barabe, pottery.

Studios located out of town, East on Highway 260 are: RedEarth Studio, 184 Union Park Drive, in the Knolls, ceramic tile, murals, etc, Claudette Hudson, solar watercolors, Dick Wolfe, Southwestern silver jewelry; Nannizzi Pottery and the Log Barn, 112 Seldom Creek Lane, at Diamond Point, Linda Nannizzi sculptural pottery, Dan Basinski hand-made wooden utensils, and Gail, bronze sculpture; and Hagen Enterprises Studio, 46 Manzanita Way, Christopher Creek, oils on canvas.

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