It only takes quick look inside the newly opened Nook to hook the senses. Colorful paintings, ceramics, textiles and jewelry from 30 Rim Country and Arizona artists fill the tiny space off the Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village Shops.
The Art Nook is the creation of co-owners Glenda Roark, 78, and Solveig “Sally” Myers, 80, two local artists and friends who wanted a place to display the talent of local artists.
On March 15-16, the Art Nook will hold a grand opening celebration at 802 N. Beeline Highway.
While the friends had dreamed of their own shop, the space came together rather quickly in just a few months.
On a whim, Roark asked the owner of Payson Florist in December if she would rent a wall in the florist/gift shop to display and sell her artwork.
The woman agreed and said she could have the space that is now the Nook.
By January they were moving art in and by Feb. 12, were officially open.
Myers said Roark is not one to sit around and procrastinate. When she gets an idea, she runs with it.
“She doesn’t talk about it, she just does it,” she said.
They took their time, however, filling the space with varied art mediums. From Roark’s own pottery, jewelry and abstract paintings to award-winning gourd carver Reg McCormick.
Each artist has their own niche, adding something unique to the shop, the women said.
The Art Nook also features work from Sue Jones, an artist that hand paints delicate, intricate floral work on ceramics, wire-wrapped jewelry from Melanie Capps, wood bowls from Joseph Prow, Myers’ colorful oil and acrylic landscapes, Arizona food products, fabric wrapped bowls and paintings from Gila Community College instructor Jim Strong, to name just a few.
Prices range from a few dollars for a greeting card to several thousand for a painting.
“Everything is very reasonably priced though,” Roark said.
Unlike other local galleries, the Art Nook is not a co-op. The artists only pay a commission when a piece sells.
For Roark and Myers, the Art Nook “has given us a whole new lease on life.”
For more information, call (928) 478-6253. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays.