Artoberfest Showcases Local Talent

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It might be the jewelry or perhaps the bronzes and other sculpture pieces or the glass works. Certainly the lighting lends a nice effect.

When you step into the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center this time of year, the place absolutely glows and glistens when the Payson Art League’s ARToberFest is in place.

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Donn C. Morris and 21 other members of the Payson Art League will have their works showcased at the ARToberFEST Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale Oct. 18-20 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center.

The annual fine arts and fine crafts show and sale are in residence this weekend. The event opens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 and continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20.

The 2013 show and sale will have works from 22 artists on display, almost all of them from the Rim Country. Donn C. Morris is the year’s featured artist.

Morris has bringing art to life since he was in third grade. He shared his gift and taught young people to express their own as a high school teacher for 36 years. Morris has also taught drawing and art history for Gila Community College in Payson for five years and is a frequent volunteer art teacher in Payson’s elementary schools and with Payson Community Kids. He was also a medic with the U.S. Army Green Berets.

Morris and his wife, Carolee, discovered Payson by accident.

“The first time through, we were on our way to Maine (from California),” he said. “We stopped on the way back to camp at milepost 250 and see if it was real.”

The couple decided to relocate immediately.

“We have met the finest group of true friends that anybody could have,” he said. “When they hug you, you’ve been hugged. Payson has grown, but that hasn’t changed.”

The contemporary West, with its rodeos, Indian powwows, and people have always come to life under Morris’ brush and pen.

“My primary medium is watercolor, but pencil drawing is a passion as well. My favorite subject is people… their work, their play, their lives,” he said. He also works in oils, acrylics, and pen and ink.

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Bronze sculpture by Don Harmon will be on display at ARToberFEST.

Outside of the Payson Art League’s ARToberFEST show and sale, Morris’ work is on display at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson, and at Myra’s Gallery, 3972 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

The 2013 ARToberFEST also will showcase the juried works of the following jewelry artists: Melanie Capps, Payson, 14kt gold filled wire, Argentium silver wire, stones, dichroic glass; Sharon Kennedy, Payson, jewelry of semiprecious beads, crystal, pearl, glass; Clint Gardner, Payson, jewelry; Solveig Myers, turquoise and sterling silver jewelry and oil and acrylic paintings.

The three dimensional artists in the show include: Debra Farrell, Payson, pottery; Don Harmon, Payson, bronze sculptures, oil and acrylic paintings pen and pencil drawings; Reg McCormick, Surprise, gourd carving; Joseph Prow, Payson, wood; Georgianne Smolenski, Payson, hand-woven wearable art.

Sharing their paintings will be: Ann Christenson, Payson, oil; Angela Cockle, Payson, scratchboard art; Steven Andrew Cole, Payson, Sharpie markers; Rock Newcomb, Payson, acrylic, scratchboard; Pat Sessions, Pine, oil; Pat Stacy, Payson, acrylic and mixed media; Jim Strong, Payson, oil; Larry Trotter, Pine, acrylic.

Photographers participating are: Shiranda Deerwoman, Matalyn Gardner and Ted Harmon, all of Payson; and George Lewis, of Prescott.

ARToberFEST:

Friday 5pm-8pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center

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