Art Gallery Offers Great Gifts

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Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, LLC, founded in August 2006 by 18 local artists, is a cooperative gallery encompassing a variety of two- and three-dimensional art.  Currently, the three-dimensional artwork includes fine jewelry by silversmiths Dick Wolfe and Patricia Allebrand, luminous handcrafted fused glass by Sandy Pendleton, and the sculptural and functional pottery by clay architect team Alan and Carole Snyder.

Carole Snyder has recently branched out into a new dimension with her scratchboard art, portraying Kachina dolls and hummingbirds. Dixie Guldner develops colorful Southwest-themed bowls and African masks out of the humble gourd, and Conrad Chapek has many tree designs utilizing silk foliage and real manzanita wood. He also creates whimsical table sculptures with the manzanita root and forms tiny trees and foliage for miniature railroad enthusiasts. A complete railroad landscape is encased in the gallery.

Two-dimensional artists include Donn Morris, with his well-known pen and ink and watercolor paintings of native people and rodeo scenes; Ruth Overton’s soft-hued oil paintings of florals and landscapes; Angie Cockle’s exquisite scratchboard wildlife art; Jack Greenshield’s Southwestern landscapes with panoramic views of the Grand Canyon; Brenda Baker’s brightly colored non-objective abstract/ realism in acrylics; and Peggy Gould’s renderings of the landscape, flora and fauna of the Rim Country.

More recent additions to the gallery’s collection are the magnificent, award-winning photography of Glenn Smith and Matalyn Gardner. The gallery also features the work of other local artists on a monthly basis with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception held on First Fridays. During the month of December, the gallery is offering a “save the tax” sale on every item in the gallery to assist with affordable Christmas giving. Shoppers will not find artwork of this caliber at these exceptionally low prices anywhere else around.

Members of the co-op would appreciate it if shoppers would remember those in need by contributing to its food box.

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