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Art & Exhibits: Week of May 6

Summer events on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza kick off this weekend with the Mountain Artists Guild's 24th annual Fine Art Crafts Festival.

More than 150 artists from the Prescott area and around the state will converge on the courthouse grounds to both show and sell their woodworking, glass, metal, sculpture, leather, fiber art, jewelry, photography and more.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and is free to the public.

Exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their works and talk to people interested in buying their pieces. Demonstrations will include the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild, and popular steel drum band Pandemonium will entertain the crowd on Saturday.

Vendors will include the San Francisco Chocolate Factory and Tornado Fries and others will be selling kettle corn, funnel cakes and miniature donuts made on the spot.

For more information about the festival, call the Mountain Artists Guild at 445-2510.

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This year's Southwest Indian Art Festival at the Smoki Museum will offer a wide variety of artists and their work, from baskets, pottery, silver and textiles to sculpture, wood working, 2-D and beadwork during a two-day show Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30.

In addition to performing artists, the show will also offer artists demonstrating their work. People will be able to learn how baskets are constructed, watch silversmiths at work and watch other artists create everything from paintings to katsinas being created before your eyes.

Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Pomo, Mohave and Apache are among the tribes that will be represented at this year's festival.

Admission to the festival includes museum admission. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

For additional information, call Cindy Gresser at 928-445-1230 or visit the museum's website at www.smokimuseum.org

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery's "Animals in Art" exhibit explores the unique place animals have in the human heart. 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 until May 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. today, 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.