Pine Has Strong Art Culture

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Editor:

My husband, Jim and I have owned property in Pine since 1998, and we finally built our future retirement home last year in Portal III. We carefully weighed this decision, considering the water and fire issues, but in our minds, the natural beauty of the area, the warm and friendly people, and the small town charm greatly outweighed the other issues.

One of the most charming and attractive things about Pine is the outstanding local art culture, and Myra's Art Gallery and Studio is a hub for this. In addition to her own extraordinary paintings and prints and her husband's metal art sculptures, Myra features the work of a surprising number of local artists in a wide variety of media. When one visits the gallery, Myra proudly announces that there are more artists who live locally in the Payson-Pine-Strawberry area than in Sedona.

A number of really nice Pine galleries and gift shops have gone out of business in recent years as a result of the lack of tourism due to forest closures necessitated by fire danger. Myra has so far stuck by her commitment to our local art culture, and we would like to encourage the members of our community to support her by stopping by her art gallery and sharing their appreciation.

Sue Lewin

Pine

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