Photographer, Fiber Artist Is Guest Of Gallery

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Photo courtesy Matalyn Gardner

Gerri Levine has been taking photos most of her life, but never seriously until about 2000 when she got her first digital camera and printer and saw how exciting it could be. She took a photo of her husband and dog that was printed in the San Francisco Chronicle and she’s been serious ever since. In October, Levine will be the guest artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street.

Gerri Levine has been taking photos most of her life, but never seriously until about 2000 when she got her first digital camera and printer and saw how exciting it could be.

She took a photo of her husband and dog that was printed in the San Francisco Chronicle and she’s been serious ever since. In October, Levine will be the guest artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street.

After retiring she and her husband, Howard, decided to move back to her home state of Arizona. Levine had grown up in Phoenix, but not wanting to deal with the hot weather, they went to Sedona to buy — that is, until her husband saw Payson. Levine told him what she remembered of Payson was “just a cow town at the end of a dirt road,” but they checked it out and moved here.

As a retired research biologist from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Levine was naturally drawn to photography. She has received several blue ribbons and best of shows in local fairs; her photos have been used as inspiration for artwork and featured in Arizona Highways Photo Workshop pamphlets. In 2009 she was a finalist in the first Arizona Highways photography contest. This year her photograph “Poetry in Motion” finished first in the People category, third overall and was published in Arizona Highways.

Levine believes that many of her best shots are “catch the moment” human-interest photos of people and animals. She has self-published two books — Hotel Saguaro and Hotel Hummingbird — of her nature photos. Her Web site is www.galevinephotos.wordpress.com.

Levine is an artist who has worked with other media as well, specifically in the needle arts (tatting, lace, weaving), and is best known for her hand-knitted scarves fashioned from repurposed silk. Her scarves will also be on sale at the gallery.

A part of Levine’s sales at the gallery will go to “Paws in the Park Second Chance Fund” to assist the Humane Society in paying veterinarian bills for the animals.

A reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with cookies, punch and wine served. There will be hot dogs and brats available outside and music by Fred Carpenter.

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Gerri Levine

In addition to the great art in the gallery, Artists of the Rim will be having a “bargain sale” under the gazebos in front of the gallery.

Co-op members will be slashing prices of original artwork, framed prints, fine jewelry and other items making it a great time to begin preparations for the coming holiday season by purchasing fine art by local artists at fantastic prices.

Other first friday events

Visit the Humane Society Thrift Shop for great bargains and help the homeless animals of our community at the same time. There will be special sales from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and refreshments will be served on Friday, Oct. 1 for First Friday festivities.

Oktoberfest comes alive during First Friday. For those over 21, Rim Country Brewers will be providing a free sample of craft beer at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. In addition, Gary and Diane Bedsworth will be grilling brats. Five dollars buys a brat from Charlie’s Meats, chips, and a soda. All net proceeds go to the Humane Society.

Scoops will be selling ice cream and coffee and the Soroptimists have Sees Chocolates for purchase. Music will be provided by Sounds Unlimited (Cindy and Lupe). Voter registration will be available as well.

Brewers will return from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 to continue the Oktoberfest competition.

At the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson will have a Soup & Salad Supper Friday night, Oct. 1. Enjoy great entertainment with the Starlighters as you dine with your choice of soup, a salad, roll, beverage and dessert for just $5 per person. Dine in or take out available.

Shop for homemade preserves, assorted wine jelly, crafts and more. Dinner proceeds go toward the Child Learning Center at the Community Presbyterian Church. Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

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