See The World Through The Eyes Of 26 Artists

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Donna Rokoff shapes red clay into functional pieces, garden art and collectibles.

Get ready to decorate your life with art ... Or, just enjoy the journey, viewing art and learning more about the creative process from artists on the annual 'Neath the Rim Studio Tour.

Need art for your home or office, jewelry to grace your frame or dishes to grace your table, a silk tree, gourd or pot of clay to lend pizzazz in a corner or furniture to complete a room?

You can find it all on the 2007 ‘Neath the Rim Self-Guided Art Studio Tour.

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Patricia Allebrand

May 4, 5 and 6, 26 artists will be featured in 16 locations, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The tour is free.

The artists come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including illustration, engineering, education and homemaking.

"All the artists find inspiration in Payson's quiet mountain environment," publicist Kay Runbeck said.

"When you sell through galleries, you don't always get to meet the people who buy your art; it is a little like letting your children out to be adopted," floral and landscape artist in oils, Ruth Overton, said.

On the studio tour, artists and patrons can meet with ample time for the give-and-take of questions, answers and compliments.

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Brenda L. Baker

Overton's Payson studio has been part of the tour for several years.

"I love meeting new people and I love it when people who purchased a painting the year before come back and tell me where they put it or who they gave it to as a gift and how much it meant," she said.

Maps of studio locations may be obtained from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at the corner of the Beeline Highway and Main Street and at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Artists' studios can be visited in any order patrons please. Look for:

Glittering gemstones set in silver and sometimes gold or other precious metal at Studios 1, 5, 7, 16, 11 and 17.

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Robert Barela

  • Animals, kokopelli and geometric designs are shapes often found in John Finkey's jewelry.
  • Bob Roark takes his inspiration from the Southwest to craft his original contemporary designs into wearable art. Bob works with his wife Glenda to create abstract jewelry in silver or fused glass jewelry, dishes and wall art. Ask them about the special way they pour molten silver to create abstract pieces.
  • Jim Garrity has set precious and semi-precious stones into his many new bracelets, pendants and earrings. He tries to offer beautiful jewelry across a range of prices.
  • Photographer Bernadette Heath discovered glass fusion six years ago when the tourism industry dried up. Happily, she is now able to create in both mediums. She makes fused glass wall art and jewelry and is an award-winning Southwest photographer, with several books to her credit.
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    Georgianne Smolenski

  • Patricia Allebrand started her working career in art as a sculptor. "Jewelry is wearable sculpture," she once said. Her non-objective designs incorporate gold, silver and semiprecious stones.
  • Gino Ater uses geometric pieces of stone into his silver and gold designs. He also inlays hand-cut stone, slate and travertine into his rustic wood and log furniture.

Some of the artists on the tour create in 3-D. Find them in studios: 17, 9, 8, 11, 14 and 4.

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    Don Harmon

  • Robert Barela blasts stone away to reveal the picture he sees in it.
  • Jan Ransom takes inspirations from her travels, then returns to her Payson studio and infuses them into her fiber art, watercolor and oil paintings.
  • Dixie Guldner makes masks and pots out of gourds.
  • Conrad Chapek adds silk flowers on at a time to lacquered manzanita branches to create new trees.
  • Don Harmon sculpts people and wildlife in bronze. He also paints people, wildlife and landscapes.
  • Jay Kemp crafts metal into contemporary and realistic sculptures. His paintings can either be realistic or somewhat whimsical.
  • Sue Jones hand-paints nature and florals on fine porcelain dishes.
  • Georgianne Smolenski uses different textiles and textures to create hand-woven wearable art.
  • Donna Rokoff shapes red clay into functional pieces, garden art and collectibles.

Artists drawing or painting a colorful world in oil, acrylics or mixed media are at studios: 14, 1, 13, 3, 2, 12 and 17

  • Mike Rokoff's pen-and-ink drawings have evoked laughter ever since he worked for Hallmark.
  • Sally Myers studied art in Chicago and loved the city's galleries and museums. She calls her work, "suggestive realism."
  • Brenda Baker was a graphic illustrator. She paints across a broad subject matter.
  • Capturing human emotion in portraits are just part of Pat Dobeck's forte.
  • Former art teacher, Donn Morris, could not imagine setting his brush to canvas in any other town. His works often have a Western theme.
  • Tourists will discover landscapes and wildlife (not cards) in Delores Hartless' Aces High Studio.
  • World-renowned acrylic artist, Rock Newcomb, tries to complete 100 paintings a year, in between shows.
  • Marilyn Salomon creates in mystical batiks through a wax resist drying process.

The studio tour is free and so are the maps.

BENEFIT RAFFLE

Each artist will offer a piece of his or her work for the Payson Art League raffle. Tickets cost $1 each or $5 for 6. The tickets may be purchased from any studio on the tour and may be placed in any raffle jar the buyer wishes.

A benefit raffle of the 26 art pieces will take place Sunday, May 6. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Payson Art League's programs of art education as an aid to learning. PAL uses the money to purchase art supplies for the three elementary schools, Payson Community Kids, Whispering Hope Ranch and other area schools and after-school programs. Members also provided hands-on art experiences for these same programs.

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