Artistic Expressions 'Neath The Rim


'Neath the Rim Fine Arts show has brought together 29 artists who will share their creative zeal with the public and each other.

There is acrylic painter Barbara Scarff, who is inspired by faces.


Forrest Wellington's wood carving, "Old Faces, Old Memories."

"There are so many colors in a human face. I never get tired of looking for a unique hue, highlight or expression," she said.

Scarff studied under internationally renowned Ted Blaylock.

Blaylock recently moved to the Rim Country. This is his first year in the 'Neath the Rim show.

"It has been a lifelong process to paint what I like and hope the public likes it," said Blaylock, whose career began four decades ago in Missouri.

Trains, eagles and Western landscapes are features of his paintings.

Coincidentally, at about the same time, Rock Newcomb, another artist with international patrons, began his career in California.

Newcomb said he is looking forward to being in the show with his friend Ted.

Newcomb seeks out the Indian pottery featured in many of his still life paintings at museums and in private collections.

This is a show full of a variety of mediums and dimensions.

Art in 3D includes the sculptures former architect Harvey Bream creates from recycled material, the wearable art by John Finkey and Dick Wolfe.

"I enjoy teaching and sharing with buyers and other artists," Bream said.

Shaping metal and semiprecious stones into the image he sees in his mind has been Finkey's passion since 1982.

For Wolfe, silversmithing was the natural progression of fixing the bodywork on the racecars he crashed in his younger days.

There are bronzes carved by Don Harmon and the wood turned bowls made by Carl Harp.

"I love wood because of the wide variety of colors, textures and smells. When it is finished, it has a friendly feel that people love to touch," Harp said.

Eve Smith and Georgianne Smolenski both work with fibers, but their styles are different. Smith weaves natural fibers into home décor while Smolenski weaves her textiles into stylish garments.

The oil paintings and clay sculptures of Robert Ramey will be at the show. He supported his college education doing oil portraits.

"I have always painted. I enjoy everything about oils. By this time I think I have linseed in my blood," Ramey said.

Jan Hodsen and Delores Hartless also paint with oils.

The most fulfilling moment Hodson said she has had as an artist was the sale of her first painting.

"It was of a cow moose I saw outside my window in Wyoming. It is the one painting I wish I hadn't sold," she said.

Hartless said her biggest moment as a professional artist came when Kearny, the town she came from, hosted a show just for her.

Photographer and author Bernadette Heath will have her latest fused glass creations and striking Arizona landscapes at the show.

The silk fabric Marilyn Salomon creates her nature and Native American themed batiks on is dyed, many times over. The artistic process did not evolve in the West. It is ancient process from Indonesia.

Like Scarff, Donn Morris' favorite subjects are people.

He carries his camera to rodeos then translates their high-flying and fence-sitting moments in watercolor.

The 2007 'Neath the Rim Fine Art Show and Sale is this weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

  • Reception: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2; $5 admission.
  • Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4. Free admis

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