Crafters, Artists And Antiquers Gather For East Verde Art Fair


The residents of East Verde Estates have held an annual rummage sale for many consecutive summers, but this is the first time they have hosted an art, antique and craft showcase.

The showcase, which will take place Dec. 1 and 2, is at the East Verde subdivision, located five miles north of Payson and across the Verde River.


Marguerite Young, Sue Hinton, the artist known as Gail, Angela Cockle, Peggy Gould (behind the tree), Leslie Reeves and (not pictured) Matalyn Gardner have come together to present the first arts, crafts and antique show at East Verde Estates.

"To think that this little community has 15 artists in it is amazing to me," the bronze sculptor known as Gail said.

Women in unguarded moments are the subjects of Gail's work.

Angela Cockle, an artist with a special love for animal portraits, will be at the show. Her medium is ‘Claybord,' an inked board where the subject comes to life as Cockle scratches the surface.

The landscape oils from the brush of Peggy Gould will be on display.

Photographer Matalyn Gardner will have originals and prints of her wildlife and landscapes at the show.

Lushly scented herbs will be available from Leilah Breitler, owner of the Herb Stop in Pine.

Debbie McDonald will bring floral arrangements and gifts to the tables.

Handcrafted items, including pillows are Sue Hinton's contribution to the show.

Mauricia Balzerzak is bringing handcrafted jewelry and beaded scarves.

Marguerite Young, dressed as a fairy, will be signing her great-aunt Sybil Kane's illustrated children's picture book, "The Insect Wonderland."

Quilts, bonsai trees, home décor, collectibles and Christmas items will also be for sale.

"The Showcase will give people the opportunity and see this community and perhaps pick up a Christmas gift while they're at it," Gail said.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Follow the signs to the clubhouse.

There will be refreshments to match the time of day.

There are door and raffle prizes. Maggie Means contributed a one-night stay at The Rock House, a bed and breakfast inn.

Means, Claire Wall and Lesley Reeves will have antiques for sale.

"There is so much to this community, we wanted to try this kind of event and see if it would bloom. It will be a good opportunity to sell things or one heck of a party," photographer Matalyn Gardner said.

For more information contact Maggie Means at (928) 472-4304.

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