Payson Art League’s February meeting guest speaker is jewelry artist Melanie Capps.
Capps recently moved to the Payson area from northern Idaho to escape the severe winters.
Growing up in a career military family, Capps moved and traveled a lot. To occupy her time, she did arts and crafts. She tried knitting, crocheting, needle point, and more, but grew bored with much of the routine and felt she could not create pieces of which she was proud.
And then 10 years ago she found wire-sculpture – it was something new for her mind to explore and caused her creative juices to explode.
She uses 14k gold-filled wire or the Argentium silver wire creating heirloom quality jewelry. Each wire-sculpture piece is one of a kind, often inspired by the gem stone being used and expresses the artist’s soul in creating its design and form.
Capps continues her artistic education by attending master classes. She has also created an online retail venue: Jewelry by Me-lan.
She has exhibited with the Payson Art League at ARToberFEST at the Mazatzal Casino and is a member of Down the Street Art Gallery on Main Street.
Capps will be demonstrating her wire wrapping techniques and will be offering workshops in future as well as showing at the 'Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour in May.
The PAL meeting featuring Capps is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn, Payson. The public is invited.
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there is a Show and Share of members’ artwork and a social reception with light refreshments; the presentation by Capps will be at 6:30 p.m. after a short business meeting.
Call to artists
Applications are now being accepted for artists wishing to participate in the Payson Art League’s annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour to be held May 4, 5, 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Local artists open their studios to the public to meet the artist in his/her own environment and to learn about the creative process. Artwork is available for sale and during the tour artists are encouraged to hold ongoing demonstrations.
Application forms are available on line at www.paysonartleague.org or contact Jan Ransom, show coordinator, (928) 468-8593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 1.