Crowds Invited Into The Oxbow After Day In The Sun


The Oxbow Saloon on Main Street welcomes four artists and the public to a spring wine tasting and fine arts show.

Taste a new wine and visit with the award-winning artists on the Oxbow's courtyard patio from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Natalie Jetter's finished pots have the texture of raku, a Japanese form of low-fired pottery that leaves the clay feeling dry and porous.

"Come in and see the dining room, one of the oldest parts of the historic Oxbow that we have opened again," said Joni Alexander, manager of the Oxbow.

The event will feature six wines.

"For those who like zinfandel, we are serving liebfraumilch, a light, white German wine," Alexander said.

Sip a Little Black Dress Merlot. Pinot grigio, chardonnay and Johannisberg Riesling by Mondavi round out the wine selection.

Scratchboard artist Angela Cockle, oil painter Jim Hagen, potter Natalie Jetter and photographer Jim Tunell will be at the show to answer questions about and, of course, sell their creative work.

Angela Cockle

Cockle employs knifelike tools to scratch the surface of an inked board to create a picture. Wildlife and animal portraits are her specialty.

"I will be working on a new piece while I am sitting at the show," Cockle said. "It is easier to explain what I am creating if people can actually see me scratching."

When she was working at a "boring office job" in London's West End, the native Brit would wistfully recall the encouragement her art teachers had given her.

The company she created since then, Cat Scratches, was not born until the late 1990s after she had married, raised a family, lived for a while in New Zealand and worked as a professional upholsterer.

Cockle's art adorns the walls of Down the Street Galley in Payson. She can be reached at (928) 474-4553 or by e-mail at

Jim Hagen

What is an aerospace engineer to do as he faces retirement? Jim Hagen's answer in 1980 was to attend art workshops and teach himself to paint the Western landscapes, cowboys and wildlife he loves in oils.

His painting, "Comin' Home," of cowboys crossing a meadow at the end of the day, took first place at the 1981 George Phippen Memorial art show in Prescott.

Visit his Web site, He can be reached in his Christopher Creek Studio at (928) 478-4552.

Natalie Jetter

When Natalie Jetter brought home the first pot she had ever thrown, her husband Jim said, "You didn't throw that. It's too perfect."

Jetter had gone back to community college to take art classes and it turned out she had a natural gift for pottery.

When a fellow classmate showed her the technique of using horsehair in her work, Jetter was keen to experiment.

"I place the hair on (the clay) in a long strand, with a design in mind," Natalie said. "I am a dramatic personality and I like to reflect that in my work."

Within the last year she won three Best of Show awards, one in Pinetop, one in Patagonia and the most recent at Tucson's Fourth Avenue Fair where she was in competition with 500 artists. Diamond West Gallery in Pinetop carries Jetter's work.

Jim Tunell

Photographer Jim Tunell recently sold his Prescott home. Now he is on the road full-time in pursuit of what he calls, "the vanishing West."

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the tourism industry dried up and Tunell's photojournalism career took a different turn.

"I decided to focus on what excites me as a photographer," he said. "My goal is to capture working cowboys, buffalo and horses in all the states West of the Mississippi."

Tunell is inspired by the work of Edward Curtis.

Curtis added copper and gold dust to his photographs of vanishing North American Indian tribes in the early 1900s.

Tunell also shoots film, and, after he scans the film, he digitally adds copper tones to the photographs.

Tunell's Vanishing West images are online at

"There are no walls or ceilings around (art)," said Jay LeBow of Integrity Arts International. He and his wife, Cassandra, coordinated the show with the artists and the Oxbow.

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