Three Artists Featured At Gallery During First Friday

Artist of Rim feature eclectic array of pottery, glass, paintings and decorative crafts

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Artists of the Rim Gallery presents First Friday featured artists Glenda and Bob Roark and Jack Greenshield on July 4.

The gallery features an eclectic array of pottery, glass, paintings, and decorative crafts.

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The three artists featured this month at the Artists of the Rim Gallery offer a body of work that has wide diversity. Featured this month are, from left, are Jack Greenshield, Glenda and Bob Roark.

July's First Friday starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and on-street parking along Main Street in Payson.

And of course, art.

The Roarks create their own jewelry, melting sterling silver to organically create shapes. The only guarantee, Bob said, is that the backside will flatten.

"If you don't like what happens, you melt it again," said Glenda.

They melt the silver in a ceramic crucible at 1,850 degree heat before dropping it into tap water, where it cools and shapes.

Another technique the Roarks use consists of a can of rock salt that sits in water. They drop the silver in, which then filters through the salt, creating crystal-like silver jewelry.

"No two are alike," Bob said.

Silver necklaces, pendants with embedded stones and earrings are available.

Prices start at $35 for earrings, and most other pieces are available for $75 to $100.

Glenda's work includes seemingly Asian-inspired abstract paintings. Reds, blacks and whites heavily prevail.

Glenda said she often begins with a color scheme, which leads to shapes.

Shapes add 3-dimensional artistic qualities to otherwise ordinary serving silverware. An oversized spoon and fork set feature copper wire wrapped around the handles, with colorful stones to accentuate.

Glenda also fuses glass to create colorful plates she says are both decorative and useful.

The glass is twice-fused, once to meld colored glass shapes to the clear glass underneath, and a second time to curve the edges.

The pieces fire for about 14 hours.

"How's your electric bill," Greenshield asked her.

"Always high," Glenda answered.

Greenshield paints landscapes. "I take my own photographs and do it from those," he said. "I don't paint from imagination."

Many of his paintings are Indian inspired. One shows several colorful kachina dolls -- religious symbols for the Hopi and Navajo -- dancing across the canvas.

One landscape entitled "Spring Explosion" features pink cactus blossoms and purple flowers.

"What I try to do is put atmosphere in my paintings," Greenshield said. By painting clouds, wind or moisture, and paying attention to color saturation, Greenshield dabs life onto canvas.

For distant objects, Greenshield dilutes their hue, creating that impression. In one photograph-turned-painting, he included a wind-blown tree with fall leaves.

Greenshield says he doesn't keep track of how much time each painting takes. Sometimes, work must be finished in stages. For example, sometimes one layer may need to dry before Greenshield can paint another layer.

He likes the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies a completed painting.

The gallery features 17 artists. Come enjoy their work on First Friday.

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