Third Art Gallery Opens On Main

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On May 26, when Integrity: An International Art Gallery opens its doors, Payson's Main Street will boast its third art gallery in barely 10 months.

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Jay LeBow sits in the newly opened Integrity: An International Art Gallery, which will open this weekend in a room adjacent to the Oxbow Saloon.

"This is a gift from the Universe through Mike and Debbie Robinson, owners of the Oxbow, and their manager Joni," said Jay LeBow of the art venture he and his wife Kasandra are opening inside the historic Oxbow Saloon.

"The room was wasted space, and (Integrity) has some very classy artwork that I believe should be shown," said Oxbow manager, Joni Alexander.

Integrity gallery has its own separate entrance, east of the bar entrance on Main Street.

The grand opening of Integrity: An International Art Gallery will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 25.

Springtime scenes that recall more laid-back days hang on the East wall of the gallery.

The paintings come from the L'Ecole de Rue de Rivoli, an art collective in Paris, France. Integrity trades Southwest and Indian work with the collective.

Portraits on the South wall are hand-pulled, signed serigraphs by Royo, an artist Jay characterized as the second most important Spanish artist after Salvador Dali.

The turn of the century romantic street scenes are the work of Rodolfo Monier, a South American master.

"Monier is in museums around the world," LeBow said. "Depending on which piece you look at you will see different architecture reminiscent of Paris, Chinatown, San Francisco or New York.

"As far as we know, we have the very last 27 originals that exist in the public sector," he said.

Integrity has one painting of an adobe village created in what people in the states often refer to as Sante Fe colors. But, the work is by Juan de la Cruz Machicado, an artist from Cusco, Peru.

Integrity has small portraits and larger, limited-edition serigraphs by John Nieto.

"What distinguishes John Nieto (he created art for the Olympic games) from Native American artists past and present are his infusions of color bursts," Le Bow said.

One landscape of a barn near a stream with autumn hay fields simply glows. It was painted by D. Gibbs.

"We have only been lucky enough in the 20 years or so we have been in the art business to have two or three of Gibbs' works come through our hands," LeBow said.

The center of the gallery is filled with antique and estate jewelry, pottery by Natalie Jetter and bronze sculptures by national award winner, Hal Stewart.

There are color-burst still life originals by Russian painter Andrew Banari.

As part of the gallery's opening celebration, Integrity is offering 50 percent off everything on display, except what is on consignment by artists.

"First and foremost, we have always believed in Main Street," LeBow said. "Watching what has started to take place, we knew that the only place for an art gallery, if one is trying to make an art destination for not only locals, but tourists, this is the dream."

The grand opening will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

Refreshments will be served at Integrity's celebration.

Fireside Espresso will provide their house coffee, along with their signature brownies. Joni Dalton, owner of the Sugar Shack, has prepared chocolate pretzels, mini-coconut haystacks, fudge bites and dark and light chocolate mint wafers for the event.

The Oxbow is providing wines by Cavit Collection, Robert Mondavi and Little Black Dress.

"Come and see us opening night," LeBow said. "We'll raise the bar, because that is the only way we know how to do things."

Integrity will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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