Artists Of The Rim Features 2-D And 3-D

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The mountain will still be there tomorrow but a burst of orange color against what was a night-black sky is a one-time only shot.

Glenn Smith, photographer and the newest co-op member at Artists of the Rim Gallery captured a firecracker during Payson's Independence Day show this year.

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Glenn Smith (pictured) and Dick Wolfe are the featured artists for December at Artists of the Rim Gallery.

In Smith's photo, the firecracker streaks a white feather of light through the sky and explodes in waves of light like blonde hair in the wind.

"It is the shot you take and don't know you took it until you load it off the camera.

Smith is the newest co-op member at Artists of the Rim Gallery.

He framed the captured pyrotechnic moment in a wood frame that looks like copper.

Smith is recently retired from the Town of Payson as its chief fiscal officer.

Now, he has the time to pursue his avocation.

"It was a hobby until I retired in June. Having my work in a gallery was one of my retirement goals," Smith said.

He met it last month.

A Sony DSL100 is the current camera snug in Smith's bag, but he has loved creating pictures for the past 45 years.

Except when he is running around town, Smith carries the Sony with him any place he travels, camps or fishes.

The scenic byway in Kodachrome, Utah, the sunset on Green Valley Lake, the delicate roses of a garden, are among the natural subjects that attract Smith.

"When you take a picture, the human eye is going to see the rose, the leaves and what is around the plant," Smith said.

Yet, in "Sleeping Red Rose," Smith caught the late afternoon shadows as they fell on the flower.

Smith and silversmith Dick Wolfe, are the featured artists for December at Artist of the Rim Gallery.

Dick Wolfe retired from a career in law enforcement 14 years ago and decided his creative side needed an outlet.

An old lapidary journal gave the occasional rock hound the impetus to combine stones and silver into jewelry.

He taught himself the right amount of flame to use when bending the silver to the will of his design.

Now, in addition to commissioned pieces he creates abstract and realistic one-of-a-kind pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings.

A Southwest theme runs through many of Wolfe's designs that incorporate turquoise stones, or depict animals, native to this land.

Artists of the Rim will hold their December reception for Smith and Wolf during First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 7. The gallery is located at: 408 W. Main St., Payson, (928) 472-1159.

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