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Art & Exhibits: Week of Sept. 10

Figurative and landscape paintings by Cathy Gibbons will be in the 'Tis Arts Center and Gallery spotlight from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday during an opening reception to introduce her show in the mezzanine. Wine and light appetizers will be available for guests. In her paintings, Gibbons intends for viewers to "feel her captivation by the interplay of brilliant light and warm, rich and muted tones of the Arizona landscape." Her style, she says, is loose and reminiscent of impressionism, and her goal "is to capture the mood and the magic of the landscape rather than every detail." In her figurative work, she also paints with loose and colorful brush strokes, "inspired by the spirit and inherent beauty that emanate from each and every person." Gibbons will conduct an oil painting workshop, "Learn to Fearlessly Paint the Portrait," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Her work will be on exhibit until Sept. 30. The gallery is located at 105 S. Cortez St. For more information, call 775-0223.

The Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse announces the opening of Death & Erasers, exploring the narrative paintings of Tina Mion. This exhibit is on view until Sept. 25.

Mion has lived and worked in Winslow, Ariz., since 1997 when she and her husband Allan Affeldt bought and restored the historic La Posada hotel, museum, and gardens. Previously she led a fairly nomadic life setting up makeshift studios in such places as Sri Lanka and an island off the Maine coast. She is represented in collections all over the world including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

When asked why she chose the title "Death & Erasers," Mion said, "Death appears in my paintings in many ways just as it weaves through out lives - death of dreams, of the environment, death as transition, as a thing of pain and sometimes a thing of great beauty. And erasers....I make a lot of mistakes."

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, contact 776-5258, ext.5. This exhibit is made possible in part by financing from Arizona Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Clowes Fund, Inc, the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council and the City of Prescott.

The Frame & I Gallery is featuring whimsical paintings and jewelry by Connie Green for the month of September. Visit the gallery during the Fourth Friday Art Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 and meet the artist. Refreshments will be available. The gallery is located at 229 W. Gurley St. For information, call 445-5073, or visit

A host of artists' work is on display until Sept. 15 in the Mountain Artists Guild exhibit, "ArtEscape 10." ArtEscape is a diverse group of 36 members who are exhibiting a wide range of media, including jewelry, pottery, painting, mosaic and more. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery, located at 228 N. Alarcon St., is also exhibiting "Autumn Sensations" until Dec. 23.

"Pray tell, how do we stay in business in this economy?" asks Charles M. Huckeba, and his answer is a "Staying in Business Sale" at his gallery, 227 W. Gurley St., now offering "depression era prices." His works feature "hot-off-the-press paintings that are still steaming and wet," including his colored pen and ink of the Beatles in Sgt. Pepper.

Megan Dean and Maria Lynam will be showing their art at N.Y. Bagels and the Greenhouse Café through Sept. 19. Both artists have their roots in printmaking but take entirely different approaches to their art.

Dean hand colors her relief prints and layers them on top of each other. They are bright and bold, and some of her prints reference the feminine mystique and also the beauty and icons of the Southwest.

Lynam is a multi-media artist and uses many printmaking techniques in addition to other media when she creates her art. She stamps relief cuts into plaster and subsequently gold leafs and paints onto the canvas and uses her prints as collage elements. She will also display her original etchings and woodcuts.

N.Y. Bagels and Greenhouse Café is located in the historical Octagon House, 212 E. Gurley St., in Prescott.

Richard Olson, an acrylic and textural painter, will be the featured artist through Oct. 7 at the Eye on the Mountain Gallery. Olson has returned from Santa Fe "to bring Prescott more of his surreal landscapes, picturesque ravens, as the mysterious desert dances across the canvas," he said. Olson describes his work as "inspired by visions and his meditational walks through the Southwest." His "signature painting style chisels fissures and carvings in to the paint. The texture layered on top of each painting creates an ethereal clear shadow that carries one into the otherworld ... even if just for a blissful moment," he said. The artist will be on hand from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday during the gallery's "Virgo Party," featuring a barbecue and music, and again from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 24 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. The gallery is located at 117 N. McCormick St., in Prescott.

Tommie Purcell, Carol Holloway, Leland Morse and Cindy Hsing are the Prescott Valley Art Guild's featured artists at the Prescott Valley Good Samaritan Center, 3380 N. Windsong Drive. The artists do a variety of oil and watercolor. The show will run through mid-October.

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