The 2012 Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour will give participants a look into the heart of art in the Rim Country.
More than 20 artists will be sharing their space and work on the tour, which will be May 4, 5 and 6.
This week we are profiling April Bower, Evelyn Christian, George Lewis, Jan Ransom and Pat Sessions.
Starting silversmithing in art school, Bower later taught classes in silver work and lost wax casting, then went on to work in fine jewelry for many years. She later started a business with her partner and husband creating copper fountains.
Learning a lot along the way and always trying something new, a two-dimensional art form was developed using the chemicals that colored the metal of the fountains. Used like watercolors, her other passion, resulted in “Patina Paintings” done on copper sheets.
Along with these “Patina Paintings,” Bower is currently featuring copper, silver and mokume gane jewelry in a contemporary style.
Christian minored in art and taught acrylic painting for 10 years at Grossmont Adult School in San Diego, Calif.
She retired to Pine, Ariz. in 2006 and has been watercolor painting recreationally at Gila Community College ever since.
“The grandeur of the color found in the four corners country captivates me. Recently I am painting animals and not just landscapes,” Christian said.
Lewis was born and raised in Southern California and has been involved in photography since his high school days.
Currently he is retired from a medical pediatric practice.
“What I have presented is the result of a series of intensive workshops with Ansel Adams’ assistant, John Sexton, and other equally committed and well respected black and white fine art photographers,” Lewis said.
While he works in color, as well, his commitment is to achieve images, mostly in black and white, that convey a sense of the feeling he experiences in the creation of the image.
Lewis continues to work with large format film based processes involving a dark room, but is learning to work with digital as well.
He is currently represented by ‘Tis and Mountain Artists Galleries in Prescott as well as the Payson Art League.
Travel and magazines inspire Ransom to draw and photograph these experiences, then she works wet to wet, blending white into rich color shapes.
“Watercolor is a challenge. I think about the main subject and the background that is necessary for a balanced composition,” Ransom said.
“My painting career began with my retirement and it has become my passion! A day without painting is a day without sunshine,” Sessions said.
She adds she is endlessly fascinated by people, places and things and considers it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.
“I work toward ‘painterly realism’ and hopefully this is revealed to the viewer,” Sessions said.
See these and all of the other artists mentioned here and in recent issues of The Rim Review at the Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour Friday through Sunday, May 4, 5, 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be 16 studios and 26 artists in the show. Tour guides will be available at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce on Main Street and Highway 87; the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road; Down the Street Gallery and Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street.