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Art & Exhibits: Week of Feb. 18

The paintings of well-known Prescott artist David A. VanGorder, whose creativity emerged after an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down decades ago, will go on display in his exhibit, "A Man and His Brush," during the month of March in the mezzanine of 'Tis Art Center and Gallery. VanGorder's life changed dramatically during a fall when he was only 22 years old. He went through ups and downs, but he found a path to lead him out of his bodily prison when he discovered a way to draw and then paint. With the help of two inventions - a movable easel and a form-fitting brush cuff - he overcame him physical limitations and slowly created his first piece of art. Viewers of his works see a man overcoming challenges and adversity, the sense of his passion, his joyful spirit, sense of gratitude and his desire to inspire others. Artist's receptions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and again from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 25 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. 'Tis Art Center and Gallery is located at 105 S. Cortez St. in Prescott. For more information, call 775-0223.

"Face to Face," an exhibit by Choctaw artist Karen Clarkson, runs from Feb 24 until March 23, at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, with an opening reception planned from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 25. Clarkson's works introduce viewers to a world of ritual and ceremony, through faces of past and present, she says, conveying the spiritual beauty that first drew her into the art of portrait painting. And, she writes, "Although many of my works depict Native American, I also create works in still life and landscape, as well as portraits in other mediums." Some of Clarkson's earliest memories of childhood are of drawing people. "Who knows?" she says. "Maybe my first-grade teacher will read this someday and decide she really does want me to draw her portrait." Arts Prescott is located at 134 S. Montezuma in Prescott. For more information, call 776-7717.

"The Beauty of Common Things," the work of artists whose creations stem from tree stumps, pieces of wood found in lakes and the desert, glass bottles recovered from dump sites, old fabric scraps, or salvaged metal scraps, runs from Feb. 25 to April 1 at the Prescott Fine Arts Gallery and Gift Shop. Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 and on March 25 during the 4th Friday Art Walk, which will also feature complimentary hand and foot massages by Audrey Hoke of Beauticontrol. The gallery is located at 208 N. Marina St. (Willis and Marina). For information, visit www.pfaa.net or call (928) 445-3286. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"The Joy of Art" runs through April 30 at the Mountain Artists Gallery, which offers a special invitation to the public to visit the gallery from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the 4th Friday Art Walk on Feb. 25. Artist David Harlan will be in the gallery's Spotlight exhibit through April 14. The artist will be on hand during a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 during the art walk.

"Patience," an artistic illustration of the life experiences of Pamela Henry, runs until Feb. 28 in the mezzanine gallery of the 'Tis Art Center and Gallery in Prescott. Henry's pregnancy in 2009, which required a surprise hospital stay, prompted her artwork, she said. "I used the time to soothe myself by putting my emotions to paper," she said. "There was so much more that came out after giving birth, so it became a mass of works that I wanted to share with the world." The gallery, located at 105 S. Cortez in Prescott. The gallery plans a reception on Feb. 25 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. For more information, call 775-0223.

Artist Megan Dean, whose special interest is in universal symbols of fertility, femininity, family partnerships and homemaking, chooses these themes for her new exhibit, "Primal Power," at Gallery Beyond Words. Dean said she changed her subject matter during her recent pregnancy and birth of her daughter. This experience inspired her collection of fecund figures, Madonna with child, goddesses, seeds and eggs swimming in luxuriant multi-hued floral patterns that create richly complex compositions. Guests are invited to the gallery for the final night of her show from 5 to 8 p.m. during the 4th Friday Art Walk on Feb. 25. The gallery is located at 204 N. McCormick St. in Prescott. For more information, call 778-2713.

Artist Reagan Schmissrauter's works will hang during March in his exhibit, "The Space between Words: A Collision of Art and Poetry," at Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery, 117 N. McCormick St. in Prescott. The artist will greet guests from 6 to 9 p.m. at a reception on March 4. During the 4th Friday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 25, visitors will be treated to a "collision" of paintings and poetry readings. For more information, call 928-308-0319. The gallery's new spring hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Local teenager Noel Brill, 17, whose creativity ignited with the gift of a Dremel spinning rotary tool, exhibits his wood art at the Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery from until Feb. 23. Brill chooses exotic hardwood, such as African black wood, cocobolo and yellow heart, to craft his designs because "of their density and beautiful grains," he said. "I rarely repeat a design. Each project is exciting to me because I learn something new every time." The gallery is located at 134 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott.

The works of Prescott Valley Art Guild members Dwaine "Ed" Edington, Bonetta Foshe, Kay Demski and Ann Musara are on display at the Samaritan Center, 3380 Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley through mid-April. The show features photography, oil and pastel paintings and mixed media. For more information, call Demski at 775-4989.

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