Take A Tour Of Rim Country Treasures

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Explore the man-made treasures of the Rim country this weekend. Join the third annual 'Neath the Rim Open Art Studio Tour.

Hosted by the Payson Art League, the self-guided tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 7, 8 and 9.

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Dan Basinski is one of the 29 artists participating in the 'Neath the Rim Open Art Studio Tour, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 7, 8 and 9.

The 19 studios on the tour are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

In numerous studios, more than one artist will be participating. The tour features 29 artists working in various media.

Debra Farrell, at 500 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson, operates Spirit Pots Studio and does hand-built, pit-fired pottery embellished with pine-needle weavings, handmade beads, inlayed stones, leather, fossils and feathers.

Michael R. Shane will also be showing at the Spirit Pots Studio. He works in a multitude of mediums, including oil, wood, copper and clay. His display will feature decorative screens.

"I believe and artist should try everything," Shane said.

Barb Bourscheidt, 111 W. Rancho Road, Payson, operates Nature's Lover Clayworks and incorporates natural elements such as birds and leaves into functional kitchenware, fountains and decorative garden items.

Jackie Bond will also be showing at Nature's Lover Clayworks. She does southwestern subjects on sandstone, incorporating the natural texture of the stone in her work. She also does oils on canvas.

Georgianne Smolenski's work will also be on display at Nature's Lover Clayworks. Smolenski creates wearable art with color, form and texture in her weavings from unique fibers such as llama, alpaca and mohair.

M. Sue Jones, 400 N. Pioneer Trail, Payson, has Abrigg Artistry. In her studio she paints on porcelain, using a 2,000-year-old hard-fired process. Jones also does custom tiles, glass lamps, jewelry and large florals in oils.

Jan Hodson, 504 N. Oak Ridge Road, Payson, will show works done exclusively by palette knife, specializing in western landscape.

John Finkey, who has J's Art Expressions, will exhibit his work at Hodson's studio. His work includes hand-wrought silver jewelry and welded sculpture.

Claudette Barker, 110 N. Forest Park Drive, Payson, has Barker & Barker Studio. In her work she explores a variety of subjects, specializing in landscape and working in watercolor, water-media and oil.

Jim Barker will also have work on display at the Barker & Barker Studio. An extremely versatile artist, his work ranges from traditional through contemporary styles in oil and mixed media pieces.

Donn C. Morris, 301 S. Arroyo Drive, Payson, has western art themes in his work and subjects related to world travel. He makes vibrant use of watercolor, pencil and mixed media and has both originals and prints.

CM Okerwall, 904 W. Rim View, Payson, Indian Hill Studio. Okerwall is a western artist whose works in acrylic, pencil and pastel reflect the life and mood of the Rim country.

Ruth Overton, 1311 Ft. McDonald Circle, Payson, Ruth Overton Studio. A love of the outdoors inspires Overton's landscapes and florals in oils. She has both originals and reproductions available.

Brenda Baker will display her work at the Ruth Overton Studio. She uses a wide variety of subjects ranging from realism to abstract, working in inks, mixed media, acrylic and collage. Originals and reproductions will be available for purchase.

Patricia Allebrand, 1308 E. Cedar Lane, Payson, does unique, contemporary jewelry, incorporating sterling silver, gold and semi-precious stones into original designs.

Donna Rokoff, 184 Union Park, Payson, Redearth Studio, uses red earthen ware and stoneware clays to create functional tableware, original tile murals and tables, mosaics and folk-art styled decorative pieces.

Mike Rokoff, of HumorART Studio, will be showing his work at Redearth Studio. A cartoonist, Rokoff is now offering black and white limited edition framed prints.

Edward J. Lazzeroni, of Lazzeroni Design Consulting, Inc., will also be showing at Redearth Studio. He specializes in plasma and water-jet cut metals that are hand-ground, chemically etched or oil painted.

Solveig (Sally) Myers, 809 N. Chaparral Pine, Payson, Sun Path Studio, does suggestive realism in oil on canvas, creating bright, glowing color using layers of paint.

Robert Barela, 126 Rolloff Way, Star Valley, The World of Rock Art, does sierra stone sculptures. He also will be showing wood carving and oil painting in southwestern themes.

Linda Nannizzi, 112 Seldom Creek Lane, Diamond Point Shadows, three miles east of Star Valley, The Nannizzi Pottery -- All About Clay, has sculptural, decorative and functional pieces.

"Embracing nature's spirit," Nannizzi said of the character of the work.

Dan Basinski will show his hand-formed wooden utensils at The Nannizzi Pottery studio.

His own studio is The Log Barn where he creates functional and ergonomic items from exotic woods.

Jim Garrity, 610 N. Luzern Circle, Payson, Jim Garrity, Goldsmith, creates contemporary jewelry incorporating unique stones and precious metals. He also welcomes commissions.

Delores Hartless, 1304 N. Camelot Dr., Payson, Camelot Art Studio, specializes in southwestern wildlife, deserts, mountains and canyons in oils.

Carole and Alan Snyder, 707 N. Matterhorn, Payson, operate Potters' Vision. Working as a team, they create stoneware pottery reflecting a wide range of functional, architectural and "out of this world" design.

Jay Kemp, 704 E. Skyway Court, Payson, Kemp Studio, describes his work as, "Different, creative, exciting."

James M. (Jim) Hagen, 46 Manzanita Way, See Canyon Homes, Christopher Creek, Hagen Enterprises. Hagen does oil paintings of rural life in the southwest. He also will have prints available for sale.

Marilyn Salomon, 46 Homestead Lane, Hunter Creek Subdivision (keypad 046), Christopher Creek, Batiks by Salomon, uses the ancient traditional Indonesian process of drawing with hot wax on silk, then dying the fabric.

As can be seen through this group of 29, the Rim country is attracting more artists than ever before. Clear skies, sweeping mountain vistas and availability of private forest hideaways provide inspiration for creativity and solitude in which to work, according to Barb Bourscheidt, co-chairperson for the studio tour.

'Neath the Rim provides a rare opportunity for patrons to get a glimpse into the private, workaday world of successful artists during the leisurely, self-guided, three-day tour, Bourscheidt said.

"Studios will feature demonstrations of various painting techniques, jewelry making, pottery making and sculpture," she said.

Work from the artists has been donated to a raffle to help fund art in the schools by providing materials, equipment and teacher support.

Maps for the tour and free tickets are at the businesses sponsoring the event: Buster Kittwhistle's Santa Fe Furnishings & Gifts, Payson Art & Frame, 614 N. Beeline Highway, Payson; The Wild Brush Gallery & Framing, 405 S. Beeline Highway, Suite E, Payson; Pearson & Company North, 513 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, which will have its grand opening in conjunction with the studio tour on May 8; Art & Antique Corral, 1104 S. Beeline Highway, Payson; and PostNet, 217 E. Highway 260.

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