MAG presents Quad-City Artists Open Studio Tour
The Quad-City Artists Open Studio Tour, sponsored by the Mountain Artist Guild, involves more than 52 artists working at 24 studio locations in Prescott and the surrounding area. It's open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, and Nov. 1 and 2.
The event offers an opportunity for the public to watch painters, glass-blowers, jewelers, potters and sculptors at work.
The event kicks off during the Fourth Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, at the Mountain Artists Gallery and Grayleaf Galleria, where the public can preview work of the participating artists, with snacks, beverages and entertainment on hand.
Brochures and maps are available at the two galleries, the four area Chambers of Commerce, or at www.mountainartistsguild.org.
Following are profiles of three of the participating artists.
Dewey-Humboldt photographer Jody Miller focuses her fine art pursuits on capturing the beauty of horses and the Western lifestyle.
Currently showing her work in The Grayleaf Galleria, 124 S. Granite St., Miller spent much of September photographing wild horses in Colorado and northern New Mexico for the Cloud Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing wild horses, and at a Santa Barbara dude ranch for a travel magazine.
Miller, 47, who also runs a mobile computer repair business, started her photography career while working on a California ranch in her 20s.
"I wasn't really doing anything professionally with photography - just a hobby. I basically got out one day and just started taking pictures of horses, and people started seeing my stuff and asking me to take pictures of their horses, and it kind of started spreading," she said.
"I've spent a lot of time fixing computers, but I always keep coming back to photography, and I've always had a passion for horses."
Miller's website states she came to Arizona "to leave the rat race behind, to revel in the visual beauty of open space, and to devote herself to equine photography in the incomparable desert light."
For the Quad-City Studio Tour, Miller will exhibit photographs at the host studio of Dewey-Humboldt artist Caroline Rodriguez.
Working out of her Paulden studio, Lin Hall creates unique metal sculpture pieces inspired by nature, ancient people of the Southwest and her horses.
Most of Hall's work consists of large landscape pieces constructed from steel and stained glass, many standing around seven feet, while some are more than eleven feet.
Her signature piece, "Red Dancing Shoes," modeled after an ocotillo plant, is a kinetic piece constructed from horseshoes and red glass, using rebar for the skin.
"People love the movement. The glass - you get the sunlight coming through it, and the wind makes it move, and the birds land on it, that makes it move," Hall said.
Hall said she cuts the stained glass to fit her welds, holding the glass in with silicon.
Also in her steel garden are purple and blue flax, poppies and sunflowers.
The first piece she ever created is a six-foot-tall saguaro made entirely of horseshoes.
A blue heron, roadrunner, a family of quail in the piece "Family Outing" and nesting chicks in "Flight School" and "Where's Dinner?" round out a collection of sculpted birds.
Horsehair and feathers with copper rivets and tubing complement a Hopi mask series.
She also has a few horse-themed pieces, like "Wild Hair with Cart," made from horseshoes and nails, on which she used a welding rod to create a flowing pattern for the mane and tail.
A picture framer for 25 years, Hall said her previous art experience was some stained glass work and jewelry-making in high school and college. She decided to take a welding class after years of collecting antique tractor seats. She said she kept reassuring her husband she would one day make them into bar stools.
"I took a welding class, enjoyed it, and took a sculpture class, and it just went from there," she said, adding that steel is her favorite metal to work with.
"I really love the steel. There's
something about it - you can take an old rusty horse shoe and polish it up, and it comes out a beautiful, bright silver," she said.
"Any of the steel, you start with found objects, they're all rusty and dirty, you polish them and they're just gorgeous. It's fun to see that transformation."
Hall said the neutral tone of steel allows her to experiment with coloring using heat patinas, paints and dyes for dramatic effect.
"Once I did start with steel, I got the idea of combining it with glass. I just really enjoy the color you can get with it."
From her studio in the Mint Creek Ranch area of Williamson Valley Road, Patsy Jackson works in watercolor, pastels, and acrylics.
Jackson, 69, started painting in her school-age years in West Texas, going on to college to earn a degree in art education. She spent the early part of her career in Prescott in the 1960s, teaching art at Prescott High School the year it opened at its current location.
She moved to Sacramento for about 30 years, where she continued to show at galleries, restaurants and other exhibitions.
Jackson relocated back to Prescott in 1996, teaching for a few years at Yavapai College.
"This area is quite an inspiration - the Southwest, the color and lighting and everything. It's kept me going for a lot of years," she said.
Jackson, who has exhibited at shows with Prescott Fine Arts and the Mountain Artist Guild, said she finds inspiration in local art groups and meeting other artists through classes taught at Yavapai College.
"You get a lot of stimulation being around people who are doing the same thing you're doing, or trying new things," she said.
Jackson currently shows at Grayleaf Galleria, 124 S. Granite St., and will show at the Karen van Price Studio, 2057 Heavenly Place off Copper Basin Road, during the Quad-City Studio Tour.