Robert Barela Artwork Featured At Fall Art Show



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Robert Barela

The members of the Payson Art League are honoring the late Robert Barela at the 2008 Fall Art Show and Sale.

Mr. Barela died this summer leaving an inventory of some of the finest stonework ever produced and seen locally.

He carved in a variety of mediums focusing on wood, flagstone, and Sierra stone. He also had the eye and ability to paint in acrylic. In each piece of Sierra stone, Mr. Barela saw the spirit within and worked meticulously to express what he saw and felt. He allowed each piece to determine its outcome and functionality.

Nancy Barela, with family and friends, will have Mr. Barela’s magnificent artwork on display and for sale at the show. The public is invited to experience one man’s creative destiny as never seen before.

The Payson Art League Fall Show and Sale is being held at the Mazatzal Casino Events Center, Oct. 24 through Oct. 26.

The Mazatzal Casino Events Center located on Highway 87 on the southeast side of Payson.

The juried fine art and fine craft show will feature 22 artists offering a variety of mediums. Guests will enjoy oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, fiber art, bronze sculpture, scratchboard drawings, handcrafted jewelry, weavings, stained glass and mixed media works. Each participating artist will be present to share their passion in the arts and share their stories.

The exhibition opens with a gala premiere from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. Tickets to this portion of the event are $5 at the door.

An art raffle of one of each artist’s works, open to all attendees, will benefit Payson Art League’s art education projects in area schools and programs for children. The art league has purchased art supplies for Payson Head Start, Julia Randall Elementary, Frontier Elementary, Payson Community Christian School, The Shelby School (Tonto Village), Wolf Impressions (Enrichment at Frontier Elementary), Payson Center for Success, Marcy Rogers and Payson Community Kids, Tonto Basin School and Whispering Hope Ranch.

The event is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Everyone is invited to the gala Friday night premiere from 5 to 8 p.m., with $5 tickets available.

For more information, contact event co-coordinator Glenda Roark at (928) 468-6965. Be sure to visit the art league’s Web site at http://


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