Local artist Delores Hartless has put away her brushes and is awaiting the opening of the Payson Art League's Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale Friday evening.
"I've finished what I'm going to show," Hartless said. "I wouldn't dare wait until the last minute."
Hartless says this is one show you don't want to miss.
"We have a great selection of all kinds of art," she said. "Some part of it would be interesting to everybody."
For Hartless, whose oils include mountain landscapes, wildlife, florals and western art, painting is a high priority.
"Let me put it this way," she explained, "It is the greatest part of my life.
"I love doing it. It takes me clear out of everything."
A resident of Payson for 12 years, Hartless hails from Kearney, where she lived for 30 years. Her art has won many awards, including best of show at the Apache County Fair.
She expects stiff competition from a cadre of Payson artists who are as good as any she's been associated with.
"It's a challenge whenever you see other people's work," she said. "It's inspirational to me, too."
For people looking for a piece of art for their home, Hartless offers this advice:
"I find that usually it's the subject and the colors that appeal to people," she said. "It's what really touches your heart that you're going to fall in love with."
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 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with a $5 donation.
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 Chevrolet.
For more information, call Sally Myers at (928) 472-8651, or visit PAL online at www.paysonartleague.com.
About Payson Art League
The Payson Art League was formed in 1978 by 22 creative-minded people. At present, it has over 100 members proficient in a variety of media. PAL'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.