Artists' Reception On Friday

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Silversmith Tim Hummer's and surrealistic painter Albert Goldman's passion for art has not faded since childhood.

Tim Hummer is still capturing horned toads, as he often spent hours doing as a boy.

Now, instead of the live lizards, he captures their likeness in silver to adorn a jacket lapel or a hat.

He has an eye for the familiar, made special and wearable, as translated into sterling silver and often adorned with turquoise or other gems. Hummer's favorite subjects include wishbones, snowflakes, spiders, and perhaps his namesake, the hummingbird.

These small works of art, aka jewelry, are fabricated by Hummer's large hands -- hands that look toughened by many years in the construction and drywall business, but are skilled and nimble enough to assemble the numerous small components that he soldered together.

One slight miscalculation with the torch and many hours of labor can fall apart or roll up into a ball of molten silver.

Albert Goldman's years of practicing medicine has surely influenced his view of human nature.

His interpretation of mankind is through oil paintings, abstract with human forms. They make one stop and ponder the message of the social commentary.

Goldman finds inspiration viewing the topography of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

Realistic or surrealistic trees appear against an abstract background in some of his paintings. Other landscapes are more realistic. He prefers vibrant colors to muted ones.

A Chicago native, a pediatrician, a graduate from University of Iowa School of Medicine, Goldman now enjoys the vistas of desert and mountain from his homes in Scottsdale and Payson.

Goldman began expressing himself by drawing and painting in watercolors in childhood. In 1971, he became more intensely involved in art, turning to acrylic and oils.

Goldman and Hummer are the featured artists for November at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St. in Payson.

The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson (928) 468-6129.

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