Young Artists Invited to Imagine ‘Those Who Serve’ Through Art

Arizona students, in grades K–12, are invited to enter Sonoran Arts League’s first “Honoring Those Who Serve” art contest, with electronic art submissions due Sept. 20.

Top winners in each grade of the juried online competition, with judges from the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, will receive cash prizes or free workshops and have their art on community “art cards” that will be sold by the League to benefit its outreach programs, art education and “Art In Public Places.” Winners will be announced in November, and the artwork will be exhibited in the League’s Center for the Arts at Stagecoach Plaza during Hidden in the Hills Nov. 20–22 and 27–29. Up to 26 awards will be given.

“Your canvas is blank and waiting for you to free your imagination with an array of color and style,” said Youth Art chair Robin Ray. “Create artwork expressing your thanks and appreciation to someone who has made a difference in your life and help honor those who serve in our communities and country.”

Those who serve can include a doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker; military veteran; firefighter, police officer or civil servant; educator or art teacher; sports coach or athletics mentor; or parent, grandparent or caregiver.

“The challenge is on to use creativity and imagination to put your thoughts into art,” added League board member Sarah Byrne. “The League promotes creativity through art as an effective method for artists of all ages to express their dreams and ideas for a successful life and a better community.”

All Arizona public, private, charter and home-schooled students may enter one piece of original artwork in any medium. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged.

Photograph the artwork and save a high-resolution image. Register the entry and submit the photo online at by clicking on the Art Education tab and Art Contest. Do not send original artwork. For more information, call 480.575.6624.

Get Ready for the 2019–20 Cave Creek Special Events Issue!

Click here and check out what’s in store for 2019-2020 in The Town of Cave Creek!

As the Town of Cave Creek gears up for its season of events around town, CITYSunTimes, in conjunction with the Town, is hard at work on October’s 2019 Cave Creek Special Events Issue. This annual issue includes a calendar of events for the upcoming season, a special advertiser’s section and a preview of some of the biggest events heading to town for the season.

“Cave Creek is preparing for yet another busy special event season,” says Town of Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein. “Each year we are seeing more and more visitors coming to our great events in Cave Creek. Residents and visitors alike are realizing that Cave Creek is the place to be and the place everyone wants to visit. The town has welcomed more and more special events in town and driving through our town during the ‘busy’ season will clearly show you that Cave Creek is a happening place. From mountain bike events to Cave Creek Bike Week to the Taste of Cave Creek and Hidden in the Hills.

“People who want to have fun…come to Cave Creek. Welcome back to our friends and visitors, and if you have never come to Cave Creek…what are you waiting for? All your friends are visiting us, see what you are missing.” |CST

Discover Talented Artists During Hidden in the Hills

Hidden in the Hills is featured in the November 2018 Issue of CITYSunTimes. See page 43.

A former art teacher who creates colorful, contemporary figural paintings; a married couple who feed off of their creative energy to create whimsical sculptures and fused glass creations; a former equine orthopedic surgeon who now sculpts horses.

Judy Paxton Bruce, Joanie and Charlie Wolter and Joerg Auer are four of 174 artists participating in the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour, taking place from 10am–5pm Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16–18 and Nov. 23–25.

The four artists join a diverse roster of artists who will participate in the free, self-guided tour at 44 private studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale. A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills offers seasoned collectors and art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work during the tour.

Contemporary painter Judy Paxton Bruce is host of Studio #4 in Cave Creek. A former art teacher, she is passionate about color, texture, expression and uniqueness and figural work. Many of her evocative figural pieces are created using a printing press in a monotype process with mixed media: pastel, watercolor, collage, colored pencil and inks.

Joanie and Charlie Wolter are hosts of Cuvee Art Studios #13 in Scottsdale. The married couple blend humor, creativity and imagination into their individual work. A former math teacher, Joanie creates whimsical sculptures using fiber clay. A former mechanical engineer, Charlie creates fused glass sculptures and he particularly enjoys using glass frit to build depth, which creates a 3D effect.

Sculptor Joerg Auer is a guest artist at Marty Gibson’s Studio #8 in Carefree. Auer splits his time between his homes in Scottsdale and Switzerland. A former equine orthopedic surgeon, his career changed from “fixing” horses (repairing fractures) to creating beautiful horse bronze sculptures. He also creates etchings and lithograph fine prints.

Art enthusiasts can download a map at or pick up maps and artist directories at the Sonoran Arts League, 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.575.6624.

Hidden in the Hills Announces 2018 Dates — Cover Artist

HITH Cover Artist Michael McKee; Photo: Morrie Farbman

They’re nestled in the hills of the North Valley, some off the beaten path, but many of them have received national acclaim for their original works of art. And, lucky for art collectors and those seeking original holiday gifts, 42 of them will open their art studios during the last two weekends of November and invite guest artists to join them during the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale.

A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills (HITH) is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 169 artists at 42 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

The free, self-guided studio tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios, which are open to the public from 10am–5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 16–18 and November 23–25. Each studio also has one or more guest artists who will demonstrate how they create their art while displaying and selling their work.

A staple of the Hidden in the Hills event has been the four-color, glossy artist directory, which includes a comprehensive listing of participating artists with an image of their art, a large, easy-to-read map of the studios, and visual highlights from participating artists and community art partners.

In May, participating artists were invited to submit original pieces for consideration of the artist directory cover during a selection process. More than 120 pieces of art were submitted, and the committee chose a striking landscape painting, “Sedona Snow,” by Fountain Hills pastel artist Michael McKee to be the featured artwork on the directory cover.

“There were many strong entries this year, but Michael’s painting took our breath away,” said HITH marketing chair Carole Perry, a glass artist who has opened her studio to patrons for all 22 years of the tour. “His use of color is both calming and powerful. Whether he’s painting a jagged desert hill, a sunset, or an abstract expressionist piece, his work stirs emotions and has a lasting effect on many people.”

Art enthusiasts can find details about participating artists, custom-build their own map or download a map at In addition, the Sonoran Arts League’s Center for the Arts will serve as the information headquarters and Youth Art Studio No. 1 for the popular art tour. Visitors can pick up artist directories, maps and inquire about other tour details prior to and during the tour. Youth artists will also showcase, demonstrate and sell their artwork at the League’s Center for the Arts. The League office is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.575.6624.


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