First Friday

Main Street galleries highlight a variety of artists for First Friday

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Photo courtesy Artists of the Rim Gallery

The objective in Jack Greenshield's landscapes is to create atmosphere and depth.

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Photo courtesy Down the Street Art Gallery

This jewelry is donated by an area artist to Down the Street Art Gallery's Payson Humane Society benefit silent auction to be held June 5.

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Photo courtesy Down the Street Art Gallery

This painting is donated by an area artist to Down the Street Art Gallery's Payson Humane Society benefit silent auction to be held June 5.

Artists of the Rim Gallery is featuring three longtime members for the month of June. They are Ruth Overton, Jack Greenshield and Dixie Guldner — all well-known local artists. Meet them and other members of the Artists of the Rim cooperative at First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 5.

Ruth Overton trained in drawing, watercolors, acrylics and oil painting when here children were small and has continued with her artwork ever since. Overton and her husband retired to Payson in 1988 where she has been involved in the Payson Art League and the Artists of the Rim fine art gallery, as well as many Arizona art shows throughout the years. Her paintings hang in locations all over the world. Her oil landscapes, florals, still lifes and wildlife are painted in soft peaceful colors, much like the scenery of the Southwest which has always inspired her to paint. "My goal in life is to capture the beauty that God has created," Overton said.

Jack Greenshield was fascinated as a child by an older cousin's drawing ability and was challenged to create drawings of his own, a talent he practiced over the years with an emphasis in painting with oils. After moving to Arizona, he began to take his art seriously, painting horses, portraits, American Indian culture and, more recently, landscapes. Greenshield's objective in landscapes is to create atmosphere and depth. "I paint from photographs of Arizona scenery taken over the years, then apply colors for realism," Greenshield said. "Most of my oil paintings are done with brush, and occasionally with palette knife for texture."

Dixie Guldner uses many shapes and sizes of gourds as her canvas for exciting subject matter and use of brilliant colors. Gourd art is one of the fastest growing forms of art today, reflecting an extremely wide variety of themes and locations and is particularly suited to the Southwest. Guldner's Southwestern gourd art takes such forms as masks, patterned gourds and "storytellers.” After a career in music and psychotherapy, Guldner turned her avocation into a new career in creative art. She currently lives in Payson and Mesa and focuses on her gourd art and pastel landscapes. In addition to being a partner in the artists of the Rim Gallery, Guldner is an award-winning member of the Arizona Gourd Society, the American Gourd Society and the Payson Art League.

The Down the Street Art Gallery will have works by many area artists available in a silent auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society as part of its First Friday program June 5. The work has been donated for the benefit.

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