Artists Of The Rim Gallery Now In Swiss Village

Artists of the Rim Gallery ribbon cutting

Artists of the Rim Gallery ribbon cutting Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Artists of the Rim Gallery has moved from its Main Street home in February to the Swiss Village for better visibility and more space to showcase the artists’ work.

The cooperative of Rim Country artists opened the Main Street site in August 2006. The group’s members have changed over the years, with only three of the veteran members still participating: Ruth Overton, Brenda Baker and Dick Wolfe, according to Overton, who now serves as the co-op’s president.

Currently, 10 artists are on exhibit at 618 N. Beeline Highway in Payson. The plan is to rotate the works every three to four months.

Overton said Loretta Musgrave has been juried in, but does not yet have work on display.

The space features familiar names from the Rim Country’s artist community, in addition to Overton, Baker and Wolfe. Visitors can find displays of work by Patricia Allebrand, Jay Kemp, Sandy Pendleton and Pat Stacy. Jan Hodson and Angie Cockle have returned after being away for a while.

Newer artists include Betty Daily and Diane Haugen, as well as Musgrave.

The gallery features carpeted walls, a new trend in exhibit spaces. The multitude of work includes oils, acrylics, watercolors, jewelry, glass, gourds and sculpture. There are original works to purchase, traditional and giclée prints, as well as cards featuring many of the artists’ works.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the gallery March 20 (pictured above) and the gallery plans a formal grand opening in late April.

To learn more, call the Artists of the Rim Gallery at (928) 472-1159.

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