The Mountain Artist Guild at 228 N. Alarcon St and Grayleaf Galleria, 124 S. Granite St., will present a kick-off preview of the Quad-City Artists Open Studio Tour, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. The event offers a glimpse into the work of the 52 juried artists from throughout the area participating in the event taking place on the weekends of Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Visit www.mountainartistguild.org.
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery at 156 S. Montezuma will host a reception of new artwork by local bronze artist Heather Johnson Beary and San Diego painter Marna Schindler. The show, titled "Two Views of Nature," is 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The artists specialize in artwork featuring whimsical animals and creatures with a Southwest flair.
Bernie Lopez will teach acrylic classes at Mountain High Five Art Gallery at 110 S. Montezuma, Ste. H, in Hotel St. Michael's Alley. Call 760-310-0838 if interested. The gallery will have an "Off the Wall" sale Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25.
The Prescott Valley Art Guild will meet on Oct. 14 at the Prescott Valley Methodist Church in Prescott Valley at 9:30 a.m. Paulette Bedford will demonstrate watercolor on tissue paper. Refreshments will be served. Call 636-1530 for more information. The Guild's current featured artist show is Jim Boyce's collection of graphite drawings at the Samaritan Center Gallery, 3380 N. Windsong Dr.
Prescott College Visual Arts Center presents "Of Time and Alchemy," the premier exhibit at the renovated historic Sam Hill Warehouse, 232 N. Granite St., featuring the photographic art of Carol Panaro-Smith, James Hajicek, Byron Wolfe and Mark Klett. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 350-4503 for more information.
The Gary Melvin Studio at 540 6th St. is a working studio that hosts regular sessions using live models, including Rough Rider re-enactors, clowns, belly dancers and others. Melvin specializes in oil painting with a realistic style, focusing on portraiture, landscape, wildlife and equestrian subjects. He shares the studio with oil painter Fred Poore, whose expressionistic style is used to portray the human form, still-life and scenes from around Prescott. Figure drawing groups meet every Saturday morning to draw and paint from live models.
Mountain High Five Art Gallery is featuring 20 local artists and is offering classes in watercolor and acrylics on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 778-6800.
"Beyond Printmaking," featuring renowned local print artists, shows at the Raven Café through Oct. 26.
The Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art will hold a grand reopening celebration of the new expanded location 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Firehouse Plaza. The gallery will continue to showcase original watercolors and giclée prints by Russell alongside local photographer Richard Charpentier's collection of images of Prescott and other Arizona locales. The gallery now houses a new fine art reproduction and framing facility. Call 445-7009.
The Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma, presents "Sisterhood of Spinning Tales." Local spinners show their hand-spun yarns and fiber art through October. Call 776-7717 for more information.
The Prescott Valley Art Guild presents the work of Jim Boyce at the Samaritan Center, 3380 N. Windsong Dr. "I Sharpened My Pencil" is a 40-piece collection of graphite drawings by Boyce from his photographs from around the world. The show runs through Oct. 17. 775-3668.
The Smoki Museum of American Art and Culture, 147 N. Arizona St., presents "From the Earth," artwork by native artists that explores the legacy of native peoples' connections with nature. The show runs through Oct. 26. 445-1230.
Sharlot Hall Museum at 415 W. Gurley St. presents "Water: Quest for the Solution." The exhibit, which runs through March 2009, examines the history of water management in Arizona. Call 445-3122 for more information. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.
Submit items one week in advance by calling Lorin McLain at 445-3333, ext. 2038; by sending a fax to 759-5671; or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos with a resolution of 200 dpi may also be e-mailed (artwork runs on a space-available basis).