Myra Kraemer, gallery owner and artist, has been a fixture in Pine for the past 20 years. So, she and her husband, Ed, are having a 20th anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at the gallery located on Highway 87 in Pine. Saturday’s event will feature music by Trouble in Paradise, great refreshments, book signings, a demonstration of throwing pottery by Alan and Carole Snyder and a silent auction of work by local artists.
Myra’s Art Gallery first opened in April 1993. When she first started, Myra taught art classes for both adults and children in the community. Between 1993 and 2004, she taught art to Pine/Strawberry School students. The gallery has changed and moved to different locations within Pine over the years, but has always worked to be a part of the community and has made contributions to numerous local organizations over the years.
Myra has always prided herself in responding to all requests for help and providing art-related auction items when requested. Some of the organizations Myra has donated to over the years include Boys Ranch Arizona, Time Out Inc., Pine/Strawberry School, Take Pride Chairish event, and the Red Cross with a framed Frank Miller painting. She has made contributions the Rim Country Friends of Ferals and the Payson Humane Society — selling hats and bags for them at the gallery.
In 2006, Myra held a dyslexic artists show — Shining a Light in Pine — resulting in $4,000 going to the schools.
Myra organized and headed up the first Shop Hop in Pine in 2008. During the Shop Hop in 2011, Myra had a Children’s Art Activity Day with the children panting two murals in honor of all firefighters. The murals will be presented to the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department at the celebration at 6 p.m.
At the present time, Myra is representing over 47 local artists. She has always given new artists in the area a chance to hang their work in the gallery. The gallery features an impressive array of prints, original paintings, sculpture, photography, hand-crafted gifts, wind chimes, dream catchers, Indian jewelry, pottery and greeting cards.