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The ‘Tis Annex Art Education is happy to be part of this year’s Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour, as eight artists will be on hand to demonstrate and share stories about their special talents: woodturner Antonio Leal, photographer George Lewis, Hopi painter and sculptor Filmer Kewanyama, metal sculptor Stan Book, mixed media and fiber artist Judy Book, mixed media found object creator of “Fauxbots” Debbie Thomas, artist and STEPS educator Melody McConaughy, and gourd artist Shelly Fletcher.
Portrait of Yehudi Menuhin hung for years over the hearth of a fireplace in Zaandam, North Holland before making its way to a new home in Prescott. It belonged to local artist Pum Rote’s mother who had a life-
long fondness for music, especially
violin music. It is a portrait of the re- nowned violinist, Yehudi Menuhin and a family story tells of its fasci- nating history.
When the Dutch famine known as Hongerwinter (“Hunger Winter”) took place in the occupied part of the Netherlands during the winter of 1944, a German blockade had cut off food and fuel from farm ar- eas. “Many were reduced to eating tulip bulbs and grass to survive,” Mr. Rote’s wife, Elisa Drachenberg explains.
Soup kitchens were a saving
grace, and to help raise money
for them, artists in the area came
together to create works and pro-
ceeds were donated to the cause.
One of these works is this portrait of
Yehudi Menuhin. The drawing con-
veys tenderness and gentle deter-
mination as Yehudi plays his violin.
It is as if he has been transported to
another place and time where there
is calmness and comfort, a world outside the devastation of Holland’s Hunger Winter.
Thank You for All You’ve Done was a gift to Mrs. Ann Carson Dater by Prescott area artist Wil Vanderheyden. Mrs. Dater passed away in May of 2017 at the age of 100, leaving be- hind a legacy of rescued old buildings and providing support for the arts in the communi- ties she cherished.
The Ariel Theatre in Gallipolis, Ohio is located in the 1895 building that was built by the Fraternal Order of the Oddfellows. The building is now home to the Ohio Valley Symphony. The ‘Tis, located in the 1893 building originally home to Prescott’s fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias, is now an art center devoted to support and promotion of the visual arts. The Elks Theatre is housed in the 1905 building of Lodge #330 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Recently beautifully restored, the space is newly devoted to the
support and promotion of the performing arts.
Mr. Vanderheyden’s handwritten note appears on the backside of the piece. It includes a
reference to‘Tis and that it was a gift for Mrs. A.C. Dater. It also includes a date of 12/14/2007, his signature and the words, “Thank You for All You’ve Done.”
The raffle tickets for these are now on sale at the ‘Tis Annex. Proceeds will benefit the children’s art education programs at ‘Tis and the Mountain Artists Guild. Winning tickets will be drawn at 4PM on Sunday, October 8.
Barb Wills is an award-winning artist who exhibits internationally and incorporates an- cient Japanese techniques into wearables and accessories. She will exhibit silk scarves, new ice and snow dyed scarves as well as nature-dyed scarves using materials from the Prescott area. Her wearables are from her original designs using designer fabrics not found any- where in the Prescott area.
With an eye for fashion, Joan Knight creates one of a kind ArtWear. Her up-cycled sweat- er coats and vests with matching scarves are all uniquely different. She also designs her own patterns, and each one-of-a-kind garment is embellished with her hand-dyed silks. Nine of her garments have been published in Altered Couture magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art as well as a teaching credential. Come see this season’s new creations.
Laurie Fagen creates and teaches polymer clay and fine silver metal clay jewelry, and is certified as a Level 1 instructor in Art Clay. In addition to designing distinctive pendants, earrings, rings and other wearable jewelry, she also incorporates her love of polymer clay into her quilt fiber work, utilizing beads and other embellishments. Her work has been in collections, galleries and shops in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina and Iowa, and welcomes commissions that are highly personalized in nature to the recipient.
The reigniting of an NAU Art Alumni Homecoming Exhibit is happening for the first time in 37 years. And it all starts at the Opening Reception hosted by Flagstaff Modern and Contemporary Gallery during First Friday Artwalk on October 6 from 6-9PM.
In mid August, two alumni from the 60s, Tom Herbert and Carl Goodwin, were frus- trated from failed attempts to get NAU interested in resurrecting an alumni art show, and remembering the homegrown art store of their youths, contacted Visible Difference. Cur- rent owner, Ruth Ann Border, also happened to be an alumna, and to their surprise, Ms. Border agreed to help curate an exhibit.
Rather than waiting for another year to pass, they agreed to attempt a show this year. With only a few weeks to plan and organize, the trio got busy calling local alumni and friends from college. NAU art instructor Franklin Willis agreed to donate the gallery space, and a show of considerable talent emerged.
“To make the show successful this year, we have included past art faculty as well as work from alumni artists,” says Ms. Border. “Quite a few local artists graduated with art degrees and several retired art faculty still live in Flagstaff.”
The hope is the bigwigs at Northern Arizona University will take notice and perhaps host a show next year. “The show can be bigger and better if we get NAU on board ... The school has produced some really good artists. We should be recognizing these talents,” Ms. Border muses.
The partial list of artists includes: painters Jeremy Adair, Jim Forsman, Carl Goodwin, Michael Hagelberg, Tom Herbert, Stan Kurth, Valerie Marone, Alan Petersen, and Cyn- thia Peterson; ceramicist Mark Arnegard; photographer Christy Flanagan; and faculty Richard Beasley, Don Bendel, Glenda Folk, Chris Magadini, and Paula Rice.
The gallery is located just north of Butler Avenue at 215 South San Francisco Street, and the closing reception will be held on NAU Homecoming, Saturday, October 28 after the
football game.
— Patti Ortiz
— Synlig Unterschied
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