It's a time to see and be seen. The Payson Art League's Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale is the Rim Country's version of the Easter Parade, except maybe without the fancy hats. But with any luck, you'll even see a fancy hat or two.
For sure, you'll see plenty of fancy art, because the Rim Country is home to a stable of artists as good or better than most any art community you can name, including Sedona.
The PAL show unfolds Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at the Tonto Apache Activity Center on Highway 87, across from Mazatzal Casino. Besides artists like Donn Morris, Conrad Okerwall, Brenda Baker, Rock Newcomb and many more, the mixed media, juried show sports a holiday theme with great ideas for gift giving and even offers a free gift-wrapping service.
The show will open with wine and refreshments Friday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a $5 donation. This preview reception is the social event referred to earlier, where Payson's great, near-great and not-so-great promenade around the hall, stopping to greet old friends, meet their favorite artists, and discuss the nuances of their work.
On Saturday and Sunday, show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle of participants' artworks will be held Sunday afternoon with proceeds going to benefit Rim Country schools.
Judges for the show will be Jay and Kasandra LeBow of Integrity Arts International. This year's sponsors are APS and Chapman Auto Center.
For more information, call Sally Myers at (928) 472-8651, and be sure to visit PAL online at www.paysonartleague.com.
The Payson Art League was formed in 1978 by 22 creative-minded people.
At present, it has more than 100 members proficient in a variety of media.
The art league's purpose is to present the most creative fine art and fine crafts to the public through programs and exhibitions.
The organization supports art education in area schools by providing art materials and classroom art experiences to students of all grade levels.