Art Is Part Of Western Heritage


A buck stands still in a ponderosa pine forest, Indian women weave baskets; a cowboy drives his herd across a lonesome range. These scenes have one thing in common -- the West.

Adventurous souls opened up the territory that would become the Western United States. Artists recorded the expansion on canvas in print and later, on the silver screen.


Conrad Okerwall, Art in the Park chairman

Art in the Park will be part of Payson's 125th birthday party.

"Many, very talented, western artists will be featured," Conrad Okerwall, Art in the Park Chairman, said.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 in Green Valley Park.

There will be many Western artists, but here is a preview of what to expect:

  • Popular local artist, Jackie Bond -- Bond paints mostly on "Sierra Stone," a stone that has its own natural design. A mining company commissioned her to do as many paintings as she can for them. Bond is a frequent winner of "Peoples Choice" awards at local shows.
  • Extraordinary scratchboard artist, Angela Cockle -- Cockle is well known for her pet portraits and wildlife scratchboard art. She won the coveted Zane Grey Cabin Foundation award in 2006. Her work is in collections worldwide.
  • Local artist, Peggy Gould -- Gould is known for her vibrant, naturalistic, landscapes. She has taught classes for the Portland Oregon Community College, as well as in her personal studio.
  • Western artist, Jim Hagen -- Hagen's art has been displayed in numerous invitational art shows and galleries in Wickenburg. He took first place for oil in the 1981 George Phippen Memorial art show in Prescott.
  • Silversmith, Justin Morris -- Justin Morris with quality Navajo jewelry is back again. "His jewelry was a big hit last year," Okerwall said.
  • Western artist, C.M. Okerwall -- Okerwall paints and draws in the mood of the Rim Country. His favorite medium is acrylics and he is a member and past president of the Payson Art League.

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