Things are blooming down at the Artists of the Rim Gallery as March’s arrival is heralded with the First Friday celebration, March 5.
First the gallery is featuring Pjay Evans for March and will have a reception for her during the First Friday festivities. The gallery is also welcoming a new member to the cooperative, Pat Stacy. And finally, the artists are saying goodbye to long-time members Alan and Carole Snyder, who are picking up stakes and moving away from the Rim Country.
Pjay Evans works in natural wood, creating pictures and portraits.
Although Pjay Evans took every art class given by her high school art teacher, she has only recently started creating her art with natural woods. When she took over as caretaker for a close friend’s father, she needed something to do with her hands while sitting. She found wood was easy to work with.
“I started with napkin holders, cat dishes, chickens, ducks and simple things like that until it became boring,” Evans said.
Then Evans saw a picture created out of balsawood. She was impressed by the art form, but wanted more color and variety in her pictures. She began collecting all kinds of wood wherever she could find it — firewood, logs, scrap wood — and anything friends and family brought to her. She then began reading about the various woods.
Evans’ husband cuts the wood into boards when needed and she selects the appropriate board based on the effect she wants to portray in her picture. At that point, she has already drawn her pattern on paper and determined the direction of the wood grain for each section.
Evans started designing pictures from wood with basic pictures such as a cowboy boot or an iris, and then began doing portraits of family and friends from photos to give as gifts. Except for work she sold through Myra ’s Gallery in Pine, all of the portraits she’s done so far have been requested through family and friends and word of mouth.
Pjay Evans and her natural wood art will be featured at the Artists of the Rim First Friday reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 5.
In conjunction with guest artist Pjay Evans, in March the Artists of the Rim Gallery welcomes a new partner, Pat Stacy, who does abstract and contemporary art.
Stacy is a native Arizonan who loves the colors of the purple mountains, rich sunsets, and living deserts.
“It is color that begs me to paint as well as the desire to share my inner world through the color and texture that I love,” Stacy says.
She paints every day, getting lost for hours in the creation of her work.
“Painting has become my passion, a gift of the great Creator that brings me much joy. I have studied with master artists, learning as much as I can in order to better share this expression of myself,” she said.
Stacy said her work is representational and abstract, very colorful, and it often evokes emotion in those who see it.
“Because I am sharing my deepest self, I am delighted when viewers feel or see something meaningful in my art. Abstract and representational contemporary art is meant for the viewer to read into and see whatever they wish.
“It is their dance with the art, their pathos, their crescendo, passion, love — whatever they see and feel in the color and rhythm of their moment.”
Stacy is a licensed professional counselor with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State University.
She is relatively new to the world of art, saying she has only painted for two years and seriously for only one.
Still, she is a juried member of Arizona Art Alliance and was juried into the Fountain Hills Great Fair, Thunderbird Artists Wine and Art Fountain Hills, Via Colori Glendale, which are all large fair type shows held and to be held in February and March 2010.
Stacy’s work has also won prizes: first prize in acrylic, Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association Juried Show for “Sunset II,” a 30-inch-by-40-inch acrylic on canvas, January, 2010; honorable mention, Brio Fine Arts Student Show, a juried show, for “Happiness,” a 22-inch-by-30-inch acrylic on paper, March, 2009.
She is currently showing in the juried Fountain Hills Art Association Show at the Radisson Hotel the Ft. McDowell Casino and has work in the Franciscan Renewal Center Gift Shop, Scottsdale.
Also in March, the Artists of the Rim Gallery has two partners, Alan and Carole Snyder, who are moving away from the area and leaving partnership in the gallery in mid-March. The March 5 First Friday celebration will be a good opportunity for people to see what’s new and say goodbye to Alan and Carole.
The Artists of the Rim Gallery is at 408 W. Main St., Payson.
A variety of festivities will be featured at different businesses all along Historic Main Street for the First Friday festivities, from 5 p.m. (4 p.m. in some places) to 8 p.m., Friday, March 5. Park at the Community Presbyterian Church, where they will be serving Irish stew for the event, with entertainment by “Anything Goes,” a terrific new musical group. So plan a couple of hours of fun for Friday, March 5.