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It’s the middle of summer in Flagstaff and the air is hot and moist, teasing us with the promise of an afternoon shower. Wheeler Park, our little shady green gem, is crowded with white canopies and beautiful acoustic music pours from the live performers on the small stage. Your mouth waters at the combined aromas of bratwursts, kettle corn and Navajo tacos. It’s the Fourth of July weekend and you have the good fortune to be once again at Flagstaff Art in the Park!
Inside those tents are over 100 artists that have traveled from across the Southwest to share with you their talents. All the artwork you will find here is handmade, designed and crafted by this incredibly diverse and quirky collection of artisans. But this is not just about shopping. These folks are here in part to help you reconnect with an essential element of humanity that is sadly slipping away. At Flagstaff Art in the Park you get to meet the makers of things. You can acquire objects that are not anonymous and empty, but instead are en- ergetic and alive, wrapped in the experience of the time you spent with these creators and the stories they shared with you about their lives, their processes and motivations.
When you put on those glistening tanzanite earrings you bought from Sarah Walker you will remember how her eyes sparkled just like those gems as she told you of the multigen- erational family history of those particular stones.
Every time you wear the handwoven hat you bought from Katherine Farr you will smile remembering her infectious laugh, and how in the middle of the sale she had to pause to feed her dog counting obsession and make a note of the new breed that just walked by.
When you drink your morning coffee from that pastel colored mug you will laugh at the memory of how you dirtied your knees, digging through a box of Joni Pevarnik’s pottery while she entertained the crowd behind you in a bad Scottish accent.
Or perhaps if you pause to enjoy the gentle splashes of color on the new Roberta Rogers painting you just hung on your wall, you will remember the same softness in her eyes and voice and sweet smile.
So please, come meet these lovely artists, lie in the grass and listen to live music, eat some decadent food, and perhaps bring home a new cherished treasure.
Flagstaff Art in the Park, Fourth of July weekend, July 1, 2, and 3; 9AM-6PM in Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff at the corner of Humphreys Boulevard and Aspen Avenue.
Participating artists from “A New Latitude” will also open their homes and studios to the public with weekend tours in Williams July 15 and 16, and in Flagstaff July 22 and 23 from 10AM to 5PM each day. Participating artists include painter, author, ecologist Gwendolyn Waring, potter Joni Pevarnik, glass artist Patricia Kearney, jeweler Christina Norlin, blacksmith Tom Williams and sculptor Micheal Barbaric.
The tour map and more information can be found at and at Coconino Center for the Arts at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff.
Gwendolyn Waring is an artist, author and ecologist. Her first book A Natural History of The Intermountain West: Its Ecology and Evolutionary Story, was published by University of Utah Press in 2011. Presently she is finishing up a new book on the natural history of the San Francisco Peaks. It will be the first book of its kind on the mountain, and draws on research from the past 100 years. Ms. Waring enjoys straddling the line between art and science and says that both disciplines require creativity and analysis. When painting, Ms. Waring works primarily in oil paints on both canvas and panel. She finds painting outside especially meaningful and her subject matter is mainly the western landscape from forests and mountains to prairies and deserts. Ms. Waring is a member of the Art35oN collective and will be showing paintings at her studio as a part of the festivities of “A New Latitude Exhibition and Art Tour.”
As a part of exhibition and studio tour, a number of local artists are opening their studios to the public so everyone can try out the tools of their trade and create their own art.
In Williams on July 15 and 16, 1 PM: If you can take the heat, Tom Williams of the Twisted Horn forge is offering a metal working clinic where you can make a copper rose with your own two hands. Tools, supplies and instruction cost $50 per person and space is limited. Must be 18 or older to work in the forge.
In Flagstaff, July 22 and 23: Get fired up with glass artists Patricia Kearney and Sonya Francis are opening their studio and their kilns for several Make ‘N Take activities where the public can make earrings, pendants or a sun catcher. Participants layer colored shards of glass into clear glass which will be fired overnight in the kiln and guest artists can pick up their art the following day. The price for each project is $10. Children under 12 must have parental supervision.
Hope to see you there!
— Stu Wolf
Art 35 Degrees North is a 501(c)3 non-profit juried organization that consists of a di- verse and dedicated cooperative of artists in Northern Arizona. For the month of July, Art 35oN is presenting “A New Latitude Exhibit and Art Tour.” Participating artists will exhibit their work at the Flagstaff Modern & Contemporary Gallery July 1 through July 30, 2017 with an opening reception during the Flagstaff First Friday Artwalk on July 7, 2017 from 6PM to 9PM at 215 South San Francisco Street. | the NOISE arts & news | JULY 2017 • 19

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