While newcomers Jay and Kasandra LeBow are stirring up the art scene, noted local artist Conrad Okerwall has been creating Western masterpieces in Payson since retiring here in 1988.
Now Okerwall is contributing to the revitalization of the Rim Country art scene with the recent opening of a mini-gallery inside Granny's Attic Antiques at 800 E. Highway 260. The mini-gallery also features collectible books by Zane Grey and other authors, as well as antique furniture.
Okerwall, a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, owned his own advertising agency before moving to the Rim Country.
"I always had an interest in Zane Grey and I was always attracted to the West," Okerwall said. "Bev and I started coming out here in 1975, back when there was only one traffic light in town."
While his favorite medium is acrylics, Okerwall is also known for his watercolors, pencil sketches and pastels. He has served six terms as president of the Payson Art League.
Okerwall can be reached at (928) 474-0745 or visit his website at www.cmoart.com