Myra Kraemer will be the featured artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery during June. A reception will be held for her during First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 4.
Kraemer, born in Butte, Mont., and raised on rustic cattle ranches in near quaint Wisdom, Mont., learned Western realism living with her cowboy dad who often reminisced about card hustling his barroom buddy, Charlie Russell.
Kraemer studied art, preschool education and graphic design in California, and then worked in advertising art until moving to Arizona in 1992.
“My style is realism, my color is impressionistic and I love being a lifetime student of art,” Kraemer said.
Techniques developed during 35 years’ experience as an artist and graphic designer lend a special quality to Kraemer’s pastels and watercolors, vibrating with rich, vivid colors, striking contrasts and intense values not normally associated with these media. Layering color on top of color and heavy use of primary colors creates the vivid color.
Kraemer was owner and operator of Myra’s Gallery in Pine for 17 years with husband, Ed, until they lost their lease in 2009. The gallery featured artworks by more than 75 artists, most local, including famous photographer Bernadette Heath, who also does dichroic and fused glass, Bill Ahrendt, Rock Newcomb, Jack Greenshield, Frank Miller and Jason Huffman.
The impressive array of prints, original paintings, sculpture, photography, handcrafted gifts, wind chimes, dream catchers, Indian jewelry, pottery, stained and etched glass and greeting cards were constantly changing. Silhouette art was very popular in standard or custom designs.
Services of the gallery included custom framing in barn wood, silhouette art and mirrors. The couple continues to provide custom framing and silhouette art, but Kraemer spends much of her time painting new pieces, something she had little time for as a business owner.”
Kraemer’s work will go up in the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main St., Payson Tuesday, June 1.