Originally Published: July 26, 2018 7:17 p.m.
This month’s Fourth Friday Art Walk is a special one for Mountain Artists Guild, which is holding a special open house to celebrate the end of the work being done on Alarcon Street, according to Guild President Cathleen Rainey.
With all the work that was happening on the road, there weren’t that many people coming into Mountain Artists Guild, Rainey said. In tracking sales and the amount of people that came in, the number was way down from the usual amount and was pretty devastating, she said.
“You can’t recoup that,” Rainey said. “Our gallery is to promote our members’ art. When we sell this, it’s not a huge profit for us, it’s a huge profit for the community. We’re not just promoting any artists, we’re promoting up-and-coming artists and anything that we make goes towards promoting art in the community, towards our scholarship funds, for maintaining our buildings, for putting on more workshops and free classes. All that helps promote art in the community.”
From 1 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 27, there will be food, drinks, music, a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. and artist demonstrations from 5 to 8 p.m. Currently showing in the main gallery is “From Sea to Shining Sea,” running through Friday, Aug. 24. Tickets for the Voila Tour, a cultural exchange between France and Arizona featuring music and art, are also available.
Whoever comes to the open house should have a blast, Rainey said. With Mountain Artists Guild’s mission of promoting art, anyone who loves the arts can come to support it, she said. They can even continue to support long after the open house is over because there’s always new art in the main gallery and spotlight rooms, Rainey said.
“There’s always something new and innovative coming in,” she said. “It isn’t just 2D. We do fabric art, we do woodworking, pottery, jewelry. So there’s always a huge range of different stuff.”
Currently in the Spotlight room is “Printmaking” featuring the art of Gail Holl, Siveria Judge and Steve Straussner, which runs through Thursday, Aug. 16.
For more information about Mountain Artists Guild, visit www.mountainartistsguild.org or call 928-776-4009.
Mountain Artists Guild is located at 228 N. Alarcon St.