Annual Pal Studio Tour Has Something For Every Taste

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Given entrance into an artist’s studio is close to gaining entry into their deepest of hearts, because a studio is where they create.

And any creative endeavor is rooted in the artist’s heart-felt passion.

More than 20 artists from throughout the Rim Country will give the area’s residents and visitors entry into their special places of creativity during the annual Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 4, 5 and 6.

The past three issues of the Rim Review has devoted space to profiling the artists scheduled to participate in the studio tour. The profiles continue this week, with introductions to Melanie Capps, Tina Crabdree, John Finkey and Susan Palmer.

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Melanie Capps

Melanie Capps

Melanie Capps discovered wire-wrapping 10 years ago and she has not stopped creating one of a kind jewelry since.

Capps recently moved to the Rim Country from North Idaho where she was featured in fine art galleries in Spokane, Wash. and Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She participated in juried art shows in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

She has studied under noted wire-sculpture artists and teaches classes in wire-wrapping.

Capps can be reached at (928) 478-6900; e-mail: melanie@jewelrybyme-lan.com or see more about her on her Web site: www.jewelrybyme-lan.com

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Tina Crabdree

Tina Crabdree

Tina Crabdree has spent a lifetime observing and studying Southwest rangelands and animals. She has degrees in both range science and wildlife biology, and has worked in both fields professionally.

Her art reflects her interest and love for the natural world that surrounds us. She specializes in wildlife art and her work has drawn collectors from as far away as Africa. One of her favorite subjects to paint is the annual Payson Pro Rodeo.

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John Finkey

John Finkey

John Finkey started his art studies in Japan, learning lapidary techniques while serving with the U.S. Air Force.

He studied welding at Mesa Community College and uses that training to create his sculptures.

Finkey began jewelry and lapidary classes at Mesa Art Center in the early 1980s. He studied silversmithing, jewelry design and fabrication with master metalsmith Wendell Waters.

“Designing jewelry has allowed me to express my love of nature and animals,” Finkey said.

He uses everything from lady bugs to the great cats in his jewelry designs and his work can be found in many galleries around Arizona.

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Susan Palmer

Susan Palmer

Susan Palmer said she loves the simple act of creating — making something interesting and beautiful out of raw materials.  She loves the way paint flows off the brush; the way ideas come when needed; the way a painting seems to create itself sometimes.  

Palmer has a vivid imagination and currently enjoys painting abstracts, flowers and landscapes and loves strong colors.  

Her motto is “Art That Makes You Happy” and her work can be seen at Down The Street Art Gallery or on her Website: susanpalmerart.com.

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