Step into the new home of the Artists of the Rim Gallery in Swiss Village and inspiration washes over you.
It is the same for the members of the cooperative that operate the gallery, founded by 18 local artists in August 2006. Their first home was on Historic West Main, and this year, the gallery moved to the Swiss Village at 618 N. Beeline Highway.
The participating artists offer a variety of two- and three-dimensional art, including gourds, oils, glass, acrylics, jewelry, sculpture, watercolor, beading, fiber art and turned wood bowls.
The artists hope for a big turnout at the grand opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27.
Only three of the co-op’s original 18 members are still involved: Dick Wolfe, Ruth Overton and Brenda Baker.
One of the new members, Betty Daily, came to the area a little more than a year ago from the Valley. She and her husband are rehabilitating a home, so at present Daily doesn’t have a formal studio space. She was juried into the co-op last fall.
“Art has been a passion since childhood. I won awards in grade school and had an art scholarship to Michigan State University,” Daily said.
Most of her study was at Glendale Community College though, and with noted watercolor artist Diane Maxey.
Daily has lived in Arizona for more than 40 years and worked for a printing company’s art department. She started working in oils and then moved into acrylics and now primarily works with watercolors. “I love the spontaneity of watercolors and the way they run together, you never know what you’re going to get.”
Nature has always been her primary inspiration. She mostly does landscapes and naturalist pieces — Daily is especially fond of incorporating butterflies into her work.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions with her daughter, Lucy Dickens, who is a noted artist in her own right.
Daily will have more than a dozen works in the gallery for the grand opening, along with prints and cards and some beaded jewelry.
She is enjoying her association with the Artists of the Rim cooperative. The most rewarding aspects are the personal relationships she has developed with the members. “Being around so many fine, creative artists has reignited my desire to get out and paint. So, the biggest gift has been getting my creative juices going.”
Come have fun meeting Daily and the other artists. The gallery’s regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
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