Mixed-Media Art At Reception Saturday


Cowboys and cowgirls discreetly dance across an acrylic desert in one of Brenda Baker's paintings at Artists of the Rim Gallery.

In another, the silhouette of an Indian is hidden what upon first look is a painting of a horse.


Brenda Baker (right,) and Bob and Glenda Roark, are featured this month at Artists of the Rim Gallery. Bob created the Model A Ford he is holding out of fused glass.

She is a featured artist in the gallery this month with Bob and Glenda Roark.

Baker has made a living as an artist all her life as a technical illustrator, teacher and freelancer.

Baker has filled her gallery space with contemporary Southwest lithographs, paintings, laser copies and giclee prints, in support of the 125th Anniversary of Payson.

Experimentation with different papers, techniques, canvases and subjects makes Baker a prolific artist.

Her non-objective paintings reside in her home studio.

The Roarks

"Everything is new," Glenda Roark said of she and her husband Bob's creative works at the gallery.

Glenda's latest technique is painting a landscape in the center of an unframed canvas then painting a "complementary" frame around the subject.

Lately, she and Bob have also focused on large home d├ęcor pieces using dichroic glass. There are tall sculptures in wrought-iron frames, large 19 inch bowls and glass made to give the illusion of cracked ice, Glenda said.

The couple makes contemporary silver jewelry by pouring molten sterling silver over rock salt.

"The jewelry has become popular. Every piece is one of a kind," Glenda said.

The reception for Baker and the Roarks is from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13.

It is a chance for art patrons and the public to ask the artists questions about their work.

Light refreshments will be served.

The cooperative gallery has hosted receptions each moth since it opened just over a year ago.

"I am sure it's going to be a good reception again," Baker said.

Artists of the Rim is located at 408 W. Main St., Payson, (928) 472-1159.

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