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Art Listings: Week of April 8

The Yavapai College Art Gallery is playing host to "Immortal Space," an exhibition of works by Karina Noel Hean and Sharon Harper that explores the spiritual in nature in a variety of two-dimensional drawings, prints and paint media. Hean's contemporary drawings are concerned with revering nature and understanding nature as a source of spirituality, in that it serves as a metaphorical reflection of the human condition. In some works, tangled overlapping organic imagery presents the layered contexts and confusion with which man struggles daily. In other of her works, she focuses upon an examination of the visual character and kind of knowledge presented in the pictorial language we use to construct coherent order for the natural world and, consequently, our lives.

Harper's works portray issues that are most prevalent in her life. The paintings on display are part of an ongoing personal narrative series. She uses subjects that have been a source of contemplation and expression since she was young. "I discovered the narrative as a visual means of communication from re-looking at my poetry I had written through the years," she said. "Like my written words, I paint to define and explore feelings."

The gallery, located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 776-2031 or visit www.yc.edu/artgallery. The show runs until April 14.

New paintings by Dana Cohn are on display through April at The Sacred Bean Organic Coffee and Tea Bar, 230 S. Montezuma, Prescott. The Sacred Bean is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 778-1712.

The Prescott Valley Art Guild will host an opening reception for artist Paulette Bedford from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Good Samaritan Center, 3380 N. Windsong Road, Prescott Valley. Bedford is a native of France who came to the United States in 1949. She works in watercolor, oil and acrylic, as well as pastel. Her work will be on display at the Samaritan Center through June.

'Tis Arts Center and Gallery's special show running during April on its mezzanine features Julie Busch and her jewelry, woodworking of Ray and Hedy Veach and Walter Merrell and embroidery by Helen Merrill. The Veaches create wood bowls, vases and lamps using exotic woods. While living in Hawaii, Busch began making jewelry for friends and now, in Arizona, she has expanded her work and offers it to the public. The artists will greet visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and again on April 23 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. Wine and light appetizers will be served.

The works of Bill Colligen and Barbara Kimmel-Palmer will be showcased from April 15 through May 19 at the Mountain Artists Guild Gallery. Kimmel-Palmer's mediums are oil, watercolor and acrylics, showing exciting and vibrant colors. Colligen's expertise is in mixed media gourd sculpture pieces that are a union of art and nature. The gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott. For information, call 776-4009.

"The Spirits of Color & Light" exhibition, featuring the works of Navajo artist Baje Whitethorne Sr., has opened as part of Sharlot Hall Museum's ongoing "Paint! Breaking the Buckskin Ceiling" display of the works of prominent Arizona artists. The Whitethorne exhibition includes 20 of the artist's works, including oils, watercolors and bronze sculptures. The exhibition is included with museum admission, which is free for museum members and children under 18 and $5 for adult non-members. The Whitethorne show continues through Aug. 1.

Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery will feature a showing of the works of guest artist Sheila Savannah in "Impressionistic Oil Landscapes" through April 14. Savannah is an award-winning landscape artist who captures the drama of light in Southwest sunsets, storm clouds, intense sunshine and brilliant snow. Her work has been published in art books and magazines, including American Artist Magazine, and she has been included in Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and other national shows and invitational exhibits.

Her primary subjects are rocky mesas, canyons, mountains, the Sonoran Desert and adobes, and her exhibit in Prescott will include local scenes. The gallery is located at 134 S. Montezuma St., Prescott. For more information about the show, call Savannah at 443-7733.

The Mountain Artists Gallery will put the spotlight on artists Linda Umphrey and Saveria Judge in a new exhibit, "Of Particles and Pigment," which runs through April 14. Umphrey's greatest inspirations for her oil paintings come from the natural world, whether it be the warm to hot colors of the Southwest deserts or the cool tones of the Pacific Northwest coastal areas. Judge, a three-dimensional artist, uses the particles and pigment of clay to make her unique masterpieces. The gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For information, call 776-4009.

The Phippen Museum's newest exhibition, "All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed," runs through June 11. The "All Aboard" show features a wide variety of Reed's work from several periods over her lengthy career, including her most popular subject, stagecoaches along the various stops and scenes on the Butterfield Overland stage route from San Francisco to Tipton, Mo. The artist made her living solely as a freelance artist for more than 65 years, beginning at the age of 14. The Phippen Museum, 4701 N. Highway 89, Prescott, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and AAA members, and free for children under 12 and museum members. For information, call 778-1385.

The Prescott Valley Art Guild is featuring artists Joan Schroeder-Boyce and Sid Freeman through April 15 at the Samaritan Center. Schroeder-Boyce is a self-taught artist who works in pastels, and Freeman is a lettering artist who works in watercolor and mixed media. The Samaritan Center is located at 3380 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley. For more information, call Kay Demski at 775-4989.

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