Artists Open Studios To The Public

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Artists speak to their public during the three days of the annual Payson Art League ‘Neath the Rim Open Studio tour.

Patrons who take the time to visit with local artists can discover why the tactile experience of clay drives the art of Gary Houston and Alan and Carole Snyder and what glazes Carolee Jackson uses to add colors to her ceramics.

Look inside the studios of James Bayles, Rita Pochert, Robert Barela and Don Harmon for three-dimensional art.

This is Bayles' first time in the tour. He is showing his stained glass clocks. Pochert is another artist who creates in many mediums. Decorated gourds and handmade clay pieces complement her water and oil color paintings.

Harmon captures the leap of a fish and the flight of an eagle with his bronzes. He also draws and paints.

Barela's studio is full of slabs of spirit stone. He redefines the naturally occurring whorls in the stone to sky and mountain landscapes complete with animals and birds.

Three goldsmiths and three silversmiths on the tour create wearable art with semi-precious stones.

Jim Garrity, Patricia Allebrand and Gino Ater make custom gold and silver jewelry.

Ater also makes rustic furniture. Garrity and Allebrand also sculpt.

John Finkey and Bob and Glenda Roark nest their stones in intricate beds of silver.

Garrity enjoys toying with abstract shapes. Allebrand considers jewelry miniature sculptures. The graceful shapes she creates reflect nature and her background in dance. Ater uses hollow forms to get mass without weight in his inlaid pieces.

John Finkey's intricate style with silver is different from the Roark's molten silver over rock salt castings. Where Finkey uses semi-precious stones, the Roarks often add fused glass.

Fused glass and mixed media are just two of the mediums the Roarks also use.

The visible, tactile fabrics Georgianne Smolenski produces on her loom come from natural fibers. She can weave any design she wishes to create a garment.

Silk fabric provides the base of Marilyn Salomon's work. She uses the traditional Indonesian batik process to create Southwest and nature-themed work in intricate detail.

People in search of florals, portraits, wildlife, landscapes or abstract art will find plenty of each on the tour.

The strength of the West is revealed in the portraits of Donn Morris, Jim Strong, Jim Hagen and C.M. Okerwall.

Rock Newcomb's realistic style breathes life into ancient Indian pottery.

Ruth Overton is known for her lush florals in oil, inspired by her own garden.

Jan Ransom uses oils and watercolor to bring the bright garden in her mind to life.

The beauty of animals and birds unfolds on the canvases of Pat Sessions, Mary Goddard and Delores Hartless.

Abstract styling defines only a portion of the art created by Jay Kemp and Brenda Baker. Kemp also makes metal sculptures.

The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

Tour guides and maps for the show are available at: Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Library.

Signs will point the way to the different studios from Pine through Payson to Christopher Creek. Maps are available at each location.

Each studio on the tour will have a raffle item. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds go to support arts at Payson Head Start, JRE, FES, Payson Community Christian, Shelby, Payson Center for Success, Payson Community Kids, Tonto Basin School, Son Shine Club, Whispering Hope Ranch, and Shining a Light in Pine. Payson Art League provides hands-on art experiences and library books in area elementary schools.

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