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Art & Exhibits: Week of May 14

“The Fantastical Art of David Romo” will be on display until May 31 on the mezzanine of ’Tis Arts Center and Gallery.

“The Fantastical Art of David Romo” will be on display until May 31 on the mezzanine of ’Tis Arts Center and Gallery.

Marshall & Borcherdt, an exhibit featuring the works of Arizona artists Jan Marshall and Fred Borcherdt, opens at the Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse on Friday, May 21 and runs until June 19.

Marshall, a Prescott resident, explores in her oil paintings a contemplative relationship with nature and humanity that become "landscapes of the spirit conveying the experience and mystery of existence," she says. Her works are in collections across the United States.

A Southern Arizona artist, Borcherdt's sculpture "carries us forward with the strength of basic materials, metal, stone and wood, forged together in unexpected ways - spiritual markers for the unknown future," he says. His works are also in private, public and corporate collections in the United States.

Together their exhibit combines Marshall's ephemeral paintings with the primal elements of Borcherdt's sculptures. The opening evening features a reception for the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, Borcherdt will talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22, about the evolution of his sculptural works. All events at the gallery are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 776-5258, ext. 5.

'Tis Arts Center and Gallery opens its first Native American Art Show May 26, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 28 in conjunction with Prescott's 4th Friday Art Walk. The show features fine arts and crafts, theater and dance. The gallery is located at 105 S. Cortez, Prescott. For more information, call 775-0223.

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

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 "Clawed Monets." 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

"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.

Romo will 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.

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.

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