Exhibit gives the public an opportunity to bring art home



Artober Fest in full swing with artists, patrons, and art work everywhere.

Look around your home and your office. Could this autumn be the time to finally freshen them up with something really special?

You might find that special piece that is just right for your environment at the Artoberfest of the Payson Art League. You could also find a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or artwork to give as a gift during the coming holidays.

The PAL Artoberfest Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale is Oct. 21, 22 and 23 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center (the old casino) and showcases the work of 17 artists. The majority of the participating artists are from the Rim Country, however Prescott and Scottsdale are also represented; photographer George Lewis of Prescott and acrylic and mixed media artist Pat Stacy of Scottsdale were juried into the show.

The featured artist of the 2011 Artoberfest is Georgianne Smolenski of Payson, whose specialty is hand-woven wearable art.

Smolenski goes beyond the typical materials for creating her fabrics; she has woven dog hair, llama, soy and bamboo into material from which she has made garments.


The Artoberfest offers a chance for Payson Art League members, including Larry Trotter, to exhibit their work and to meet with the public. The event takes place Oct. 21, 22 and 23 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s event center.

Other Rim artists in the show are Jan Ransom, Pat Sessions, Angela Cockle, Jack Greenshield, Glenda Roark, C.M. Okerwall, Jim Strong, Larry Trotter, Melanie Capps, Don Harmon, Sharon Kennedy, Darlene Younker, Jon Gunzel and Rock Newcomb.

Several of the artists work in different media; others have chosen to stay with a single by which to express their creativity.

Those working in a single medium are Pat Sessions, oils; Angela Cockle, scratchboard; Jack Greenshield, oils; Jim Strong, oils; Larry Trotter, acrylics; Sharon Kennedy, beaded jewelry; George Lewis, photography; Jon Gunzel, photography; and Rock Newcomb, acrylics. Working in multiple media are Jan Ransom, watercolors and ceramics; Pat Stacy, acrylics and mixed media; Glenda Roark, oil, ceramics, jewelry and glass; C.M. Okerwall, acrylics and watercolors; Melanie Capps, wire, gold and silver jewelry; Don Harmon, bronze sculptures, oil and acrylic paintings and pen and pencil drawings; and Darlene Younker, watercolors and acrylics.


Conrad Okerwall is one of 17 artists participating in the Payson Art League’s Artoberfest Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale.

The PAL is a nonprofit organization with programs designed to broaden awareness and appreciation of the arts in the Rim Country. Toward this end, artists in each of its major events, this month’s Artoberfest and the spring’s ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour, create a work and donate it to the PAL Education Fund for a raffle. The money collected through the raffle proceeds, approximately $2,000, is used to purchase art supplies for Payson Head Start, Julia Randall Elementary School, Payson Community Christian School, The Shelby School, Payson Center for Success, Tonto Basin School, The Son Shine Club, Whispering Hope Ranch, library books for three elementary schools, plus hands-on art experiences in the elementary schools.

The Artoberfest is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23.


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