Discover Talented Artists During Hidden in the Hills

Arizona largest and longest-running artist studio tour, the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, returns for a 23rd consecutive year during the last two weekends of November (Nov. 22–24 and Nov. 29 – Dec.1). A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, the free, self-guided tour takes place from 10am to 5pm at 47 private studios throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale.

Phoenix gourd artist Jan Downey and Gold Canyon mixed media/paper artist Karen O’Hanlon are two of 199 artists participating in the popular tour. While their art is very different, both are inspired by remote cultures and countries they have visited.

The first gourd Downey fell in love with was in Ethiopia. At the time, she was working as a cultural anthropologist with the National Museum of Ethiopia, helping them with their ethnographic collection.

“It was a gourd used by women in the very hot, remote desert to carry butter, and I was struck by how even a utilitarian object was designed and embellished,” Downey said.

A Chicago native who moved to Arizona from the Midwest, she was always fascinated by the multitude of ways humans have expressed their creativity.

“Humans have used gourds from prehistoric times as containers, dippers, bowls, spoons, tools and even musical instruments. Their many versatile shapes and sizes lend themselves to utilitarian service, but also makes them a great medium for artists,” she said.

After she retired, she devoted her time to creating unique gourd sculptures. She uses a variety of processes in her design work including pyrography, carving, painting with acrylics and ink dyes, and embellishing with natural materials.

Downey, who will exhibit her work at Judith Freeze’s Studio #46 in Cave Creek, has been working on a new series called, “The Village it Takes,” a play on the phrase, “It takes a village.”

O’Hanlon is the designer of Japanese paper miniature kimonos created in the same detailed fashion as full-sized traditional robes. Each is unique because the kimonos have the appearance of fabric, but they are actually paper. The high-quality papers are made by master craft artisans in Japan using traditional as well as modern tools and techniques.

As a regular visitor to Japan during her career as an international flight attendant, she became fascinated with Japanese paper art.

“I was fortunate to meet and study traditional Japanese paper arts under a master sensei, Yuriko Kodama,” O’Hanlon said.

It took O’Hanlon five years to master the art of the paper kimono. The exquisite and unique kimonos are constructed using kozo (mulberry paper) featuring popular designs from the Edo period (1600–1868).

“I use two types of kozo. One is chiyogami, which is decorated with brightly colored, woodblock-printed patterns. The other is yuzen, which includes patterns based on traditional silkscreen designs derived from the silks of the Japanese kimono,” she said.

During Hidden in the Hills, O’Hanlon will exhibit her work at Beth Zink’s Studio #27 in Cave Creek.

For complete details about the 2019 Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, call 480.575.6624 or visit www.hiddeninthehills.org.

 

Library Hosts ‘2019 HITH Showcase’ Exhibit & Preview

Artist Sue Hunter stands with “All Tied Up,” which will grace the cover of the 2019 Hidden In The Hills artist directory.

The annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour & Sale (HITH), the signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League featuring 197 artists in 47 studios throughout the community, is slated for the last two weekends in November — Nov. 22–24, and Nov. 29 – Dec. 1.

Select artists’ work is on view at the Desert Foothills Library through January in the “2019 HITH Showcase” exhibit. A special behind the scenes preview event will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 12:30-2:30pm at the library. Go behind the scenes and meet some of the participating artists, try out several different art processes and watch a visual slide tour of artists in action in their unique studios in preparation for the event kick off, Nov. 22.

Now in its 23rd year, HITH is a free, community-wide self-guided tour that provides life-long learners and art lovers the opportunity to see and interview artists at work in their private studios. The “2019 Showcase” is a sampling of some of the artwork available during the six-day event. The “Showcase” exhibit is on view until January 23. The Nov. 7 program will highlight the diversity of media and styles of individual artists. Eight to 10 HITH artists will engage with the public in hands-on demonstrations taking them behind the scenes in a preview of this program that falls on the weekend before and after Thanksgiving.

Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

Learn more about the Sonoran Arts League and the 2019 Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour & Sale by visiting www.sonoranartsleague.org.

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Recognize World Hunger Day at Foothills Empty Bowls — Event proceeds to assist area families in need

Friday, Oct. 18, the annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction to honor World Hunger Day will be held at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, from 11am to 1pm. Sonoran Arts League of Cave Creek sponsors the event. All proceeds from the event benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center.

The popular art auction began Sept. 3 and runs through the October event. Art lovers and food bank supporters and can bid on the artwork, which includes a wide variety of items including paintings, sculpture, glass, wire, copper, gourds, mixed media, engraving, ceramic, jewelry and more, all custom created by local artists. Individuals can bid online at www.foothillsfoodbank.com. The artwork will be present for viewing during lunch with the auction closing at 1pm.

“We are excited to offer the auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,” says Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout.”

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

The Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral and Tech4Life sponsor the Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2019. Other donors include Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Arizona Clay, Sonoran Trails Middle School and Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items.

Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 East Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.6070 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com. Learn more about Sonoran Arts League at www.sonoranartsleague.org.

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 www.hiddeninthehills.org 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.

Student Artists Sought For Hidden in the Hills

Pictured L–R: Middle school art students Simone Smalley, Ella Aretakis and Mara Smith gained valuable experience exhibiting and selling their work at last year’s Hidden in the Hills Youth Art Studio One. Photo: Patty Demers.

Information sessions begin Sept. 15

The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League is issuing a “Call for Student Artists” for the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour (HITH) taking place the last two weekends of November. Student artists in grades 6 through 12 from the Phoenix metropolitan area are encouraged to showcase and sell their work at a special youth art studio during the event.

Emerging artist Olivia Bartz gained valuable experience exhibiting and selling her work at last year’s Hidden in the Hills Youth Art Studio One. Photo: Patty Demers

A signature event of Sonoran Arts League, HITH is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 174 professional artists at 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek 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 10am–5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16–18 and Nov. 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.

For more than a decade, the prestigious tour has included local student artists at Youth Art Studio One, but this is the first year that the League is expanding the studio to include young artists from other parts of the Valley.

“Education and mentorship have always been an important part of our mission,” said Pat Bell-Demers, Sonoran Arts League executive director. “Youth Art Studio One not only gives student artists a chance to showcase a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces, the students receive practical business experience and professional support.”

Olivia Bartz

Sarah Cameron is a multimedia artist who participated as a student in the very first Youth Art Studio One featured by HITH. Now she has come full circle to serve as the League’s student mentor for the tour’s Youth Art Studio One.

“Our goal is to empower student artists by helping them hone their artistic skills and learn everything from how to price their art to how to engage with prospective clients,” Cameron said. “We know that savvy art collectors often like to find emerging artists and follow them as they develop their talent, and we encourage collectors to visit Youth Art Studio One during the Hidden in the Hills tour.”

The Sonoran Arts League will host three special information sessions for student artists: Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1–2pm; Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6–7pm; and Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6–7pm. The information sessions will take place at the Sonoran Arts League’s Center for the Arts, 7100 East Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek.

For more information, call 480.575.6624, or visit www.hiddeninthehills.org.

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 www.hiddeninthehills.org. 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.

 

Explore Summer Fun For All With ECS

Arts, sports, STEM and more

Since 1974, Cave Creek Unified School District Education & Community Services (ECS) has offered inspiring, creative, engaging and educational workshops and classes in a wide variety of programs for all ages — and the legacy continues this summer.

In the performing arts, explore theater and dance choices for elementary students (90-minute block classes in June and a three-hour block in July) at Desert Willow: “Taking the Stage” and “Theatrical Adventures” with Lisa Barzano; Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) Creative Kid’s Camp “Monsters are Friends Too!”; “Camp Broadway” with Kevin Glenn, a new singing and acting workshop focusing on Broadway songs; and the Hip-Hop, Happy Feet Camp in July.

Performing arts choices at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center include DFT’s Musical Theater Camp “Once Upon a Crime,” and an intensive High School Performing Arts Workshop, incorporating dance and theater with Andrew Cupo and Haley Vago.

Visual arts at the elementary level include 3D Art “Imaginative Places and Fantasy Creatures,” Imagination Station “Famous Artists’ Studios,” and “Stitch It Up!,” plus drawing, painting, mixed media classes “Young Rembrandts” and “Mindfulness & Art.”

The ECS Kids Club is in full swing with the summer theme “A Trip Around the World,” featuring hands-on learning segments reflective of other cultures: Italy, Australia, Jamaica, Egypt, United States, France, China and Russia. Activities include science, active games, art, clubhouse, music, cooking, special events, movies and field trips.

Child’s Play Preschool (established in 1988) offers STEM curriculum, Cause and Effect Science, and Frog Street Sing and Read. A kindergarten readiness class, Kinder Prep, is offered to those students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018.

There are sports offerings galore, like Sports Rock Camp, karate, Arizona Athletics Basketball, yoga, tennis, martial arts, wrestling and more.

Other popular summer options include Robotics Camp, Bonanza Lego®, “Escape the Room” Math Camp, Rosetta Stone, Ramp Up Reading, Reading Rangers Book Club — Adventures in Survival and Book Club — Choosing Kind, Study Skills, Supplemental Math (a course which earns .5 high school credit), and more.

ECS teen and adult workshops from the Foothills Arts Academy of the Sonoran Arts League include painting, “What the Hue?!,” and watercolor, “Beyond the Hue,” workshops by Robin Ray, and Digital Photography with Bob Grebe.

For those who are looking for creative inspiration in other pursuits, there are culinary classes for teens and adults, like “Chocolate Making” and Unified Culinary Arts. Elementary students may enjoy “The Spanish Kitchen” with Hayden Ballestursos, Nancy Gervasio’s “Street Food Factory” and “Around the World in One Kitchen.”

A 24-page summer catalogue is available online or in print at the front office of Cave Creek Schools and the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Visit www.ecsforall.org for information and registration. Learn more at www.ccusd93.org.

Carefree To Honor Veterans At Annual Community Event

The Town of Carefree will host its ninth annual Veterans Day presentation and musical tribute Saturday, November 11, 3–5 pm, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, in Downtown Carefree.

The event will feature a mixture of patriotic and military music by Todd Knowles and his Main Event Swing Band. World War II veteran Colonel Blaine Keith, U.S. Marine Corps retired, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Special speakers will include veterans of the armed forces, including World War II veteran, Captain Lew Jenkins, U.S. Army, who will share their experiences from the past. This year the program will include a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace.” And, by popular request, the finale will once again include the bugle call, “The Last Post,” followed by “taps” on dueling bugles.

Barbara Hatch, founder of Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), will be in attendance with students from Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) and Sonoran Trails Middle School (STMS), whose VHP chapters are now in the capable hands of two volunteer adviser/teachers: Bret Lineburg (CSHS history teacher), and Shannon Griffith (STMS English teacher). Their exhibit and books will be on display and for sale. Hatch is one of the recent recipients of the Hon Kachina Award for “improving the lives of others in her community.” Veterans Heritage Project students can now be found interviewing in 27 schools in Arizona, as well as one in Hatch’s Illinois hometown and a pilot program in Niceville, Florida. VHP will publish six editions of Since You Asked this year.

The Sonoran Arts League will share information about its Veteran Art Program. The Desert Foothills YMCA will discuss their veteran support programs. The Association of the United States Army will have a representative available to assist any veterans with questions. The Carefree Kiwanis Club will provide light refreshments and coffee from the Carefree Coffee Roastery with assistance from the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

All area residents are invited to attend and enjoy the special presentations and join in the opportunity to honor those who have sacrificed for all. For more information, visit www.carefree.org or call 480.488.3686.

Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch And Art Auction Set For October 20

Online auction added to 2017 event aimed at helping feed hungry in need

The annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 will honor World Hunger Day Friday, October 20, and will be held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek, from 11am–1pm.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its Empty Bowls event. The auction will be on the food bank’s website, www.foothillsfoodbank.com, which gives people the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists.

“We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,’ says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.”

Carole Perry and Robin Ray, two highly regarded Sonoran Arts League artists, brought Empty Bowls to the northern desert foothills to benefit Foothills Food Bank more than 17 years ago. Perry says that online bidding began September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration, and that 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center to support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance.

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items.

For more information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.


Local Artist’s Glasswork Featured At Empty Bowls

Carole Perry, who helped create the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch in the Northern Desert Foothills more than 17 years ago, knows glass. Intimately. Her business, Laughing Glass Contemporary Glass Art Studio, has been producing beautiful glass artwork for more than 27 years and thousands of Laughing Glass bowls have been a hallmark of the colorful glass and ceramic bowls offered each year as part of the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to honor World Hunger Day.

This year, Perry and other local artists’ glass and ceramic bowls will be available to participants who attend the event at Harold’s Corral, from 11am–1pm, Friday, October 20. Perry says she began working with the project because her local community supports artists and as an artist, she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Perry and her Sonoran Arts League friends began by creating and donating bowls to the Empty Bowls project at the Arizona Center in 1997. After starting the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to benefit the Foothills Food Bank at El Pedregal in North Scottsdale in 2000, Empty Bowls now has found a home in Cave Creek. Today, Perry continues giving back while enjoying her own success as one of the top glass artists of her kind.

“When I came back to the desert, every magical, mystical thing came together for me,” says Perry. “I love what I do and this is where I learned the simplest of rules: the more you give, the more you receive…and, I get to live in the greatest place on Earth.”


Robin Ray’s Ceramics Boost Empty Bowls Event

Robin Ray mastered her craft while teaching visual arts to students of all ages for more than 26 years. However, as an accomplished painter and ceramics expert, she also took the time to help bring the 17-year-old Empty Bowls Lunch event to the northern desert foothills.

For the first five years, she gathered artists and friends to create ceramic bowls in the ceramic department of a high school. And, every year since, like clockwork, a cadre of ceramic lovers gets together at her studio in early September to make bowls for the October fund-raiser. Her leadership has resulted in thousands of additional bowls for the annual event.

Ray, owner of Robin’s Nest in Cave Creek, produces her own beautiful paintings, ceramics and murals for people from around the world. However, when it comes to creating distinctive ceramic bowls for the event, which benefits Foothills Food Bank, her peers and students love working on the bowls which will help focus people on hunger in the world.

“These special bowls will be filled with pasta at the Empty Bowls Lunch,” says Ray. “The amount of pasta that fills each bowl roughly matches the amount of calories a homeless person is provided in a single meal.”

Carefree Hosts ‘Art In The Garden’ In April

Photo by Vickilyn Hussey

Education and Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) will host Art in the Garden Saturday, April 8, 8-11am.

The morning of free family art activities, literary and art contest, art exhibitions and entertainment by local school groups, takes place in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at Carefree Desert Gardens.

“We love having the opportunity to brag about all of our ECS programs that are offered to our students and community,” says Gina Durbin, ECS director. “Art in the Garden features the amazing art and literary work of our students and community members. Our community partners are fabulous and so supportive that we want to give them the recognition they deserve at this community event.”

Scully Learning Center, Sonoran Arts League, Desert Awareness Committee, Education & Community Services, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Library, ECS Kid’s Club and Child’s Play Preschool, ECS Enrichment and Summer Programs, ECS Storytellers and Kiwanis Reads will have activities and informational booths.

Black Mountain Elementary drama, dance and chorus students, Desert Sun Academy Chorus, Sonoran Trails Middle School Chorus, Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, Cactus Shadows Improv Dance and Improv Drama groups will perform on stage at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, while the Carefree Kiwanis serve up the “World’s Best” pancakes at their Pancake Breakfast ($5 children; $8 adults).

Arts and crafts, face painting, sand painting, storytelling, live performances by outstanding youth music, dance and theater ensembles, works by Literary and Art Contest Winners, an art exhibition by CCUSD staff and alumni, and local summer program informational displays and sign-up tables are just a few of the many attractions.

“You can participate in art activities with your kids, enjoy breakfast, be entertained with music, dance, theater and storytelling, view award winning artwork, buy artwork by students and local artists to benefit the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center renovation, and learn about summer camps and classes,” according to Elaine Adrian, ECS Art in the Garden Coordinator. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young children and their families.”

Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion are located at 101 Easy Street, Carefree. For more information about ECS Art in the Garden, contact Elaine Adrian at eadrian@ccusd93.org. For additional information, visit www.ecsforall.org or www.ccusd93.org.

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