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Art & Exhibits: Week of April 30

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery unveils its "Animals in Art" exhibit Friday, April 30, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The juried show explores the unique place animals have in the human heart. In conjunction with the show, various local animal rescue organizations and pet- and animal-based businesses will be on PFAA's outside courtyard today with information about their causes and products. The gallery will play host to a special event, "Paw Print Party," from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, when pet owners can let their pets become artists. They will be able to paint their pet's paws with non-toxic paint and lead them to walk on a large art canvas. Later, this canvas will be stretched and framed and then raffled off. Owners will receive a medallion with their pet's paw print, plus a raffle ticket, for a nominal fee. Additional raffle tickets are available for sale and the winner will be notified later. For more information about these events, call 445-3286 or e-mail tickets@pfaa.net.

"The Fantastical Art of David Romo" will be on display May 1-31 on the mezzanine of 'Tis Arts Center and Gallery. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," the artist says. "The intention of my creations is to invite you, the observer, to learn the narratives of your past, present and future in the moment of significant inspirational connection." Romo is currently a consultant, specializing in psychiatric emergency, disaster psychology, post-trauma and addiction. Self-taught, Romo says the inspiration for his artwork came from a desire to one day create a children's program to help them understand and overcome the effects of addiction and learn how to break multigenerational legacies of disease. His specialty is salvaging and recycling found objects or materials and breathing new life into them through his creations.

The artist greet visitors to the gallery at an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 7. He will also be on hand for a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 28 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. 'Tis is located at 105 S. Cortez. For more information, call 775-0223.

Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery welcomes guest artist and coppersmith Chris Floyd and his copper sculptures and fountains in a show that runs until May 14. Floyd became a fine art coppersmith after moving to Arizona in 2007. He is known for copper fountains and sculptures, wall art and custom copper fabrication, copper roses, tube art figures and anything that comes to his imagination. The gallery, located at 134 S. Montezuma, Prescott, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 776-7717 or visit www.artsprescott.com.

The contemporary abstract art of Charles Huckeba, which explores the feeling and form of northern Arizona weather with its dynamic and highly visual water forms, is on exhibit at the Huckeba Art Gallery, 227 W. Gurley St., Prescott. For more information, call 445-3848.

The Prescott Valley Art Guild sponsors artist Paulette Bedford through June 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.

The works of Bill Colligen and Barbara Kimmel-Palmer will be showcased 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.

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.