Rim Artists As Varied As Scenery

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The "art" season is year-round in the Rim Country. But there are two big events the Payson Art League presents each year to give the area's artists special exposure.

The first weekend of May the group presents a studio tour, 'Neath the Rim, then in the fall it will host an exhibit of work.

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Don Harmon is one of the Rim Country artists working in a variety of media -- sculpting and painting the dramatic landscapes found in such places as Sedona, Monument Valley and the Chiricahuas.

The works of area artists can be found around the communities of the Rim Country throughout the year at galleries and more unique venues.

For instance, three of the antique and collectible shops featured in the guide on Page 30 -- Granny's Attic, Git A Rope Antiques and Our House Art Gallery and Emporium -- also display the work of local artists.

Many of the area's restaurants and a number of businesses use pieces from local artists to decorate.

And there are actual galleries in the area. Among the galleries in Payson are The Wild Brush Gallery & Framing, 405 S. Beeline Highway, Suite E, (928) 468-8696; East Verde Trading Company, 801 E. Highway 260, (928) 474-4100; Eagles Nest Art Studio, 705 E. Park, (928) 468-60221; and Master Frameworks, 613 W. Wade Lane, (928) 472-4414. Pine venues include Myra's Art Gallery, (928) 476-2256 and Blue's Gallery, (928) 476-5600, both on Highway 87.

Hours vary, so call first.

Not all Rim Country artists are members of the Payson Art League, but many are. The PAL is a nonprofit organization with the sole purpose of broadening awareness and appreciation of the arts in the Rim Country.

Artists participating in the May studio tour were: Alan and Carole Snyder, Patricia Allebrand, Georgianne Smolenski, Bob and Glenda Roark, Jan Hodson, John Finkey, M. Sue Jones, Eve Smith, Dorene Davidson, Dixie Guldner, Rock Newcomb, C. M. Okerwall, Ruth Overton, Brenda Baker, Donn C. Morris, Jack Greenshield, Jim Strong, Robert Barela, Jim Garrity, Jay Kemp, Don Harmon, Sally Myers, Mike Rokoff, Donna Rokoff, Linda Button, Bernadette Heath, Delores Hartless, Dan Basinski, Linda Nannizzi, Peggy Gould and Marilyn Solomon.

Some of these residents open their studios by appointment, such as Jim Strong, but ask that visitors call first. Strong can be contacted at (928) 474-6071. Check at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515, for information about contacting other artists, some of whom have brochures at the chamber office.

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