The 16 artists currently in cooperation at Artists of the Rim Gallery have signed their second year's lease and are getting ready to celebrate.
"We are here to stay," Carolee Jackson said.
The artists are giving demonstrations and they invite the public to share their gallery's first birthday on Sept. 15 and 16.
"Being amongst each other, our creativity is working better than ever before and I think our current work is showing that," Jackson said.
"The constant response to the wild colors I use and can I do either glass or paintingsarger," are the gallery experiences with artists and art patrons that stand out in Glenda Roark's mind the most.That really makes me feel good," she said.
The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Secrets of technique on Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon -- Glenda Roark, "I will be painting something wild," Peggy Gould, oil painting; noon to 2 p.m. -- Dixie Guldner, gourds; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Donn Morris, Western themed painting; Jim Garrity, making jewelry.
During Guldner's demo, she will give those viewers, whose names are drawn from a box, the opportunity to design their own gourds, which she will then complete and give to them.
Saturday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m., entertainment will be provided by The Miracles.
There will be refreshments Saturday and Sunday.
The gallery will be open from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Secrets of technique on Sunday: noon to 2 p.m. --Carolee Jackson, clay mandalas; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Alan and Carole Snyder, painting and pottery; Jack Greenshield, painting a landscape in oils.
Keeping a cooperative art gallery a viable business entity requires the dedication of a team.
The creative team is building a float for the 125th Anniversary of Payson's Timeline Parade and they participated in the Demolition Derby at the Northern Gila County Fair.
"I am impressed by the cooperation of our fellow artists and their willingness to step up and volunteer when extra effort is needed," Jack Greenshield said.
What has been the biggest challenge in the past year?
"Overcoming the rumors in town that we are going to close; that the gallery is not working out. Those rumors are not true at all. The 16 of us are a family and we are so excited about the next year," Jackson said.
Artists of the Rim started with 21 original members. New artists must be juried in and Jackson said co-op partners plan to add new partners in the future.
Artists of the Rim is located at 408 W. Main Street, Payson.