Our gallery opened in 1999 to showcase the work of over 40 local artists, featuring traditional and contemporary artwork, including jewelry and pottery. We also have 15 working artist studios on site that you can visit.
Take a few minutes to stroll through our galleries featuring hundreds of pieces of art on display and enjoy an art appreciation moment and visit with the artists working in their studios.
I paint to chase that magic moment. The moment when all that sloppy paint turns into something real and alive. I can never stop looking for that moment.
Light is everything. It is elusive and can transform an ordinary landscape or figure into something magical. No other medium captures the vibrancy and intensity of light and color in the same way as pastel. For this, and many other reasons, I love the power of pastel. chriscookfineart.com
When I was a young girl in Florida, I was inspired by the awesome descriptions of canyons, mesas, and ranch lands written by my favorite author Zane Grey. I hoped and daydreamed of living in the West. It is a dream come true to live and paint in the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful red Rock Country of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. I usually paint in oil or acrylic but I also enjoy experimenting with other mediums and textures to enhance my paintings.
I am inspired by the interplay of light and color that I see in the beauty of God’s creations and try to capture the mood of the moment in my paintings. I paint mostly in oil for the incredible richness of the color and flexibility. I am continually exploring new techniques that will allow for expressive interpretations of each scene in my plein air and studio work.
Eat. Paint. Draw. Repeat.
Collage is my primary medium of art expression. I enjoy “the hunt” for the perfect piece of paper, copy or ephemera to add to or to inspire a piece. The process of creating a collage can be deliberate, but for me, it is more often organic; it grows in bits and pieces. I have lived most of my life in the Southwest, so the high desert landscapes are a familiar and comfortable image for me to interpret. I also occasionally find a pithy piece of text that goes into a more abstract composition. I have been inspired by the work of Nita Leland and Cecil Touchon. The idea of de-constructing and re-constructing images, text, and graphic type is exciting to me and the process of creating “something”, if not really “from nothing”, but from “something else” is my idea of a good time.
I hopped into the shower this morning and noticed that I had pyrrole orange paint on my knees and manganese blue on my toes. It made me happy. When I paint I am so totally absorbed in the act of creativity that I sling paint everywhere. I think each of us have a need to find something of importance in our lives. Art is my “worthwhile”.
The goal of my art is to interpret the Southwest, the four dimensions, in a beautiful, thoughtful way. The art represents a biased viewpoint, incapable of approaching the sublime sense of being there. I seek to find a balance between experience and representation. The images sometimes reach beyond what is visible, to include what is usually held only in the mind. They may not be for everybody. But if you’ve been there, they just might be for you.
Working primarily in oils and acrylics I strive to create an atmosphere of light and shadow through color. Using a combination of impressionism and realism I strive to capture the beauty of a time or place and I love the thrill of finding just the right subject at just the right time of day. Favorite subject matter includes the Southwest landscape, florals, animals, figures and the evening light. My goal is to create a joyful revelation in the observer through color, light or subject. snelsonart.com
Art is something I do every day. I write, I draw, I paint, and I teach. The very act of creating a piece of artwork is what I find most fascinating, the process of starting with nothing and ending with something beautiful and engaging. I love color and all of the endless combinations that come from my palette. I love texture that comes from interesting surface treatments. My mediums of choice include calligraphy, acrylic, drawing, watercolor, collage and woodcarving. Every day I go to my studio and make new discoveries. Art, for me is not an option, it is a way of life.
“Follow your bliss and doors and opportunities will open up to you.” -Joseph Campbell. So true! Since I’ve retired from teaching,, painting has brought me much joy. I love where we live and whether I paint plein air or in mu studio, my paintings are a celebration of the beauty that surrounds us. Each day I learn more and look forward to where it will lead me. What a delightful journey!
Life is sweet! Creativity through cookies, served with coffee!!
Creating art is about seeing what everyone sees and thinking what nobody thinks. Do something that’s routine each day differently from the day before, like shaving in a different pattern. If you use the term “think outside the box”, then you are in a box and probably can’t think outside it. Adventures await.
- Nick Akins – Pottery
- Carla Allen – Pottery
- John Bintz – Pottery
- Michael Bulloch – Watercolor
- Chris Cook – Pastel
- Beverly Henderson – Painted fabric bags
- Beth McDaniel Hill – Mixed Media
- Evelyn James – Painting
- Hannie Collyer – Stained Glass
- Warren Oliver – Leatherwork
- Karen Coy – Acrylic
- Edgar Adamson – Photography
- Derrick Kosea – Photography
- Julane Jensen – Oil painting
- Ernest Johnson – Oil painting, Hand-Woven Horsehair Belts, Silver Jewelry
- Maria Kompare – Collage
- Fran Mayfield – Painter
- Sandy Nelson -Oil painter
- Deborah Pierson – Handmade leather bags
- Connie Polzen – Quilted piecework
- Robin Price – Metal sculpture
- Marcos Arviso – Turquoise and Silver Jewelry
- Rylee Morris – Watercolor
- Molly Jensen – Beaded Earrings
- Kyle Ragsdale – Oil painting
- Lyla Ransdell – Handmade cards
- Travis Rowe – Custom Wooden Slab Tables with Fractal Art
- Melissa Sharpe – Pottery
- Ann Smith – Watercolor
- Bev Taylor – Mixed media
- Tara Taylor – Cookies and coffee
- Tom Taylor – Woodworking
- Marilyn Taylor – Oil painting
- Catherine Thomas-Kemp – Jewelry
- Hazel Commanche – Pull-Tab Crochet Bags
INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
Artifacts Themed Shows 2022
Please check the dates and themes below to ensure your submissions are completed and turned in by the deadline.
Area High School Art Students Annual Show
Opening Reception March 3, 2023, 5-7 p.m.
(show is up until March 31)
Guest Artist - Christy Clugston
Opening Reception and Artwalk Friday, April 7, 5-8 p.m.
“Circles” gallery themed show
Work for this show is due by April 1
Guest Artist - Bev Taylor
Opening Reception and Artwalk Friday, June 2, 5-8 p.m.
“Somewhere in the World” gallery themed show
Work for this show is due by May 27
Guest Artist - Gayle Lewis
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 5,
“Vessels" gallery themed show
Work for this show is due July 29
“Decorated Bra Show"
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month
Work for this show is due by September 30
Southwest Apple and Chile Fest:
Opening reception and Artwalk October 6,
Guest Artists - Catherine Downey
Invited Group - Four Corners Photography Group
Work due for the photography show on Oct. 28
Opening reception and Artwalk November 25,