Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Waxing Life

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #18

Katalin Ehling has had a long art career doing many art forms. However, it is batik that she is passionate about and has been doing for over 40 years. During the last few years, Katalin has added mixed media non-representational paintings, collage works and has become fascinated by the unpredictability of encaustic monotypes.

Her current series reflect her heritage, thus calling them “Personal Biography.” Katalin is originally from Hungary and its language and culture were a large part of her upbringing. Over the decades, travels have taken her to many parts of the world including Indonesia, Japan, China and most countries in Europe. These places were very inspirational, but Hungary still remains closes to her heart.

Katalin was honored to use her batik skill as the medium to illustrate a children’s book. This was the first children’s book to ever be illustrated using batik. She has also written her own book, published in 2011, entitled Waxing Life, a memoir of her 50 years as an artist. The book is available on www.amazon.com.

Katalin Ehling
Katalin Ehling Fine Art

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Viking Chain Work

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #26

Julia Harmon grew up making things instead of playing with toys. Having sold her first jewelry piece at the age of 13, Julia continued to learn jewelry techniques of various sorts throughout her life. After raising a family of her own, she decided that jewelry techniques were what she wanted to concentrate on learning.

Julia focuses her jewelry on the ancient arts of ‘Chain Maille,’ which is Viking chain work.  She taught Viking weave/knit in the Valley at The Loft Gallery & Studios, Bead It, Desert Mountain Art League workshops, and Creative U. Julia continues to teach at her own studio, Harmon Studios, and works with the Artisans Creative Exchange, a group of Valley jewelry makers.  

Julia continually incorporates new ideas, materials, and techniques in her one-of-a-kind designs. To view her jewelry designs, stop by Studio #26 during the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 27-29.  

Julia Harmon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Balancing Between Positive and Negative Forces

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #7

Sylvia Fugmann Brongo will highlight her hand-built ceramics, porcelain jewelry and sculptural pieces at this year’s Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour.

A clay artist since 1983, she creates clay vases, wall pieces, and bowls. They are all hand-formed. Sylvia continues her pierced, incised pieces in clay. Using rolled out slabs, she cuts elongated feathered shapes and wraps them in and around forms to provide a shape. Sylvia works while the clay is still wet and pliable using a myriad of tools to carve and incise linear textures. The series she is currently working on is entitled “tem·pes·tu·ous.”

“The pieces portray a lively, wild and exciting emotional sense of movement, perhaps mirroring my current state of emotions,” she said. “I like the idea of carving through the clay to add light and an interplay of negative and positive space. Perhaps the same way we view life on a daily basis balancing between positive and negative forces. The results seem to capture the essence of an organic life form.”

She also has a series of whimsical, functional pieces. Using simple shapes of squares, circles and hearts, these small pieces are very functional.

Additional artists that will be at Studio #7, along with Sylvia, are guest artists Walt and Ruth Pinkus, photography, and Kathy Walker, painting.

Sylvia Fugmann Brongo

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Virginia Garden Table

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #16

Beth Zink proudly displays the most recent project she has been working on for a client in Virginia, who wanted hummingbirds and butterflies amongst her eastern flowers. Known as the Virginia Garden Table, Beth created a 36 x 36 painting that became a coffee table for the client’s outdoor living space.

The aluminum art painting included metal fabricators creating a beautiful, powder-coated steel 60" square coffee table and adding tempered, 1/4" glass to make it all come together. “What an experience it has been, to get this all coordinated!” said Beth.

Beth Zink
Beth Zink Fine Art

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cowboy Way

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #24

Marless Fellows is a renowned American Southwest artist, known for her vibrant colors and exquisite depictions of the Cowboy Way, pulling from her own life’s experiences. From the history of her grandfather breaking horses for the United States Cavalry, to her days as a rodeo barrel racer, you can sense every moment and emotion from every brush stroke on the canvas. Fellow brings her world of the American Southwest to life.

Fellows is one of only two women to have been chosen to represent the life of the cowboy at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, both in 2010 and 2014. In 2002, Fellows opened Saddle Up Gallery in Cave Creek, where she paints daily and represents many fine western artists as well.

For numerous years, Fellows participated by invitation as a Quick Draw Artist at the Phippen Museum’s Western Fine Art Show.

Marless Fellows
Art by Marless

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Watercolors Inspired by Nature and Travel

Participating Artist
Studio #31

The stage was set for Mary Boehm while walking and picking wildflowers with her aunt. She experienced a deep feeling of peace when communing with nature in the woods on her family’s farm.
Fast forward from farm to another setting – the School of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati where Boehm received a BS in interior design; it was during this time that her interest in architectural details became an influence in the strong expressions of color and texture in her paintings.

Drawn from her love of nature and travel, the depth and breadth of Boehm’s life experiences are apparent in her paintings.The meticulous details instill in the viewer a sense of a personal relationship with her artistic expression.

Currently living in Phoenix, Boehm’s watercolor paintings have taken on the luminous colors of springtime in the desert, the depth of the colors in the mountains and the brilliant spectrum of Arizona’s spectacular blue skies and sunsets. The way in which Arizona’s pure desert light plays upon the natural landscape, and how light and shadow play upon architectural elements, become a dance that brings life to her paintings.  

Boehm's body of work includes commissioned paintings based upon photographs of her clients’ own travels and has included corporate/foundation collections and private collections in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Utah, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, Georgia, Canada and Germany.

Mary Boehm
602-375-1168 studio 
602-619-0982 cell

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Engaging the Quintessential Personality

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #11

Beth Hyatt adventures behind the eyes we look into, discovers the expression of life found in all living creatures and has the rare ability to capture that essence in her work.  

Whether using a camera, pencil or a brush, engaging the quintessential personality is extremely exciting for Hyatt. The plethora of emotions in just one face offers the opportunity to paint colorful portraits in an unconventional way. In every diminutive movement of muscle, the entire emotion is changed!

Creative endeavors have been the hallmark of Hyatt. She loved dancing; she trained and became a dance teacher. She loved drawing and fully intended to pursue an art career at the Art Institute of Chicago. That was waylaid by another creative expression when she found herself swept into the world of fashion. Hyatt became one of Skrebneski’s top models. Hyatt was featured in and on covers of national magazines. Wanting to share the knowledge and experience she gained, she and a partner developed Model Image Center.

Hyatt currently lives in Anthem, Arizona. She has been reapplying herself to her art and expanding on the skills from her drawing foundations.  Always up for adventure and despite her uncertainty as to the process and materials required for painting, in 2004 she took her first class in that medium. Since then her portraits have won awards, been in featured articles and her painting of a bobcat took center stage on the directory cover for the 2010 Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour.

Hyatt has enjoyed watching her talents and passions converge into her multi-dimensional artistic career. Always carrying her camera wherever she goes, she continually seeks to capture the silent, universal language that surrounds her. From her simple affection for animals to her detailed observation of life, action, reaction, and environment, Hyatt has developed a mastery of reflecting expression. It’s often been said that she conveys as much emotion in her animal portraits as she does in human faces.

Beth Hyatt
Beth’s Image Studio

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Addicted to Glass

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #44

A man of all seasons, accomplished sculptured glass artist David Wheeler began his creative focus in drawing and painting, moved on to explore film, design, and photography attending art classes in universities, institutes and schools from coast to coast before he found his niche in glass. 

Initially, Wheeler worked with stained glass as an art medium – pushing it to its limits and creating sculptures by placing stained glass pieces in juxtaposition to each other at 3D angles and sculpting the solder into intricate details. This led to an interest in fused glass and he excelled in glass making in several specialized advanced courses taken at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. To add to his credit, Wheeler was the creative element of a five man team at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 2013. 

As a master of multiple interrelated techniques involving warm glass fusion, casting, hot glass blowing, flame working and cold working skills, Wheeler loves to explore the expanding boundaries of glass – stretching, molding and manipulating it into new depths and dimensions by bending, carving, weaving, layering – controlling light by utilizing color, shape and texture. At times he simply surrounds himself with bits/pieces of molded glass in shapes/colors – combining them to create distinctive sculptures which can be viewed as realistic or abstract.

David Wheeler currently lives and works in Arizona. Desert Studio, located on the outskirts of Cave Creek, boasts 13 kilns designed to produce different glass effects. Wheeler is addicted to glass and here he can have various parts of glass in three or four kilns at the same time – each creating different liquid viscosities, allowing him to manipulate shape and color, pattern and transparency. Here in the bright sunlight glass is cut, fired, molded, shaped, draped and ground. Here casting, fusing, slumping, flame work and cold work all combine and interrelate forming great depth of color, refracting light and pattern in a three-dimensional sculpture

David Wheeler’s beautifully designed and skillfully executed glass sculptures have been accepted by prestigious galleries in Santa Fe and are held in privately owned collections worldwide.  

David Wheeler
Desert Studio

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Inspired by the Southwest

2015 Hidden In the Hills Participant
Desert Jewel Studio #20

Patricia Shepherd’s creative spirit runs long and deep – from developing her talent for drawing and painting at an early age to honing her skills with notable mentors and exploring the exciting possibilities of working with metal, gemstones and dichroic glass.
As an Arizona native, the desert and the everyday life of its inhabitants have always sparked her ideas. Impressed by the tones and hues of the vast sky and scape, Patricia fires dichroic glass in a range of colors from subtle to intense to incorporate into her art. As a jeweler, she sets carefully select gemstones culled from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show into her handcrafted bracelets, earrings, necklaces and pendants that reflect and replicate the distinctive radiance of the desert.    
As a mixed media artist, she uses glass to create images of quail, and lizards; using hand-cut metal, she creates their iconic desert environment. Horses are another focal point and her life-time love for them is plainly apparent in her work. In the spirit of the southwest, yet with her own unique vision, Patricia creates 3-D pictorial wall art. While driving through Monument Valley, she found the inspiration for one of her favorite pieces which incorporates running appaloosa horses made from fused glass and reticulated copper.  
She has participated in competitions and won awards in various juried exhibitions. Her art has been purchased for corporate and private collections worldwide.

Patricia Shepherd Designs

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Masters in Copper Art

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #23

The husband and wife team of Ralph and Sheri Meldrum are masters in the creation of copper art. They have chosen copper both for its inherent beauty and the joy they receive in work with this metal. Ralph and Sheri have been creating copper wall structures, copper weavings, and mixed media pieces for displaying on interior walls for more than 10 years.  

The variety of colors in their work is the result of years of experimentation with chemicals and their effect upon the copper. The colors of the Arizona desert inspire their color pallet and much of their work is an abstracted view of the natural lines and forms found in the desert.

Ralph and Sheri are also inspired by the diversity of copper. There are so many different ways to manipulate it and create unique pieces with various tarnishes and patinas, which they continue to enjoy experimenting with. These patinas, developed by the Meldrum’s, are quite unique, and can be found nationally and internationally in residential, commercial, and office spaces.

Ralph and Sheri Meldrum
Copper Art Studio

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Functional Art Glass with a Smile

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #19

Lea Plosker has always loved art, but never thought it was more than just a hobby until she started taking classes in fused glass. Lea loved the classes so much she continued taking them growing her love of art from a hobby to owning her own studio Sunscape Creations.

Lea spends as much of her time designing functional fun art glass that put smiles on her customer’s faces. Her creations include functional tableware, coasters, purse hangers, bottle stops, and Judaica items like challah boards and mezuzot.

Lea creates a collection of everything in an attempt to find her niche. So far, her favorite is the Judaica.

Sunscape Creations
Lea Plosker

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Evolving Artist

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #44

Arlene Meyer’s passion for drawing and painting animals and nature is rooted in her youth growing up in Illinois. During her time at school studying art, she began a career as a floral designer that blossomed for over thirty years.

Arlene’s paintings focus on the abstract qualities of landscape. She uses cloth, papers, and tissue as a structure and oil or acrylic paint for the finish. Arlene experiments with different mediums and techniques to capture the nature of the landscape. She tends to use oil for her more traditional paintings.

Arlene continues to evolve as an artist through classes at Scottsdale Artists’ School, Paradise Valley Community College, Brio School of Fine Art, and Phoenix Center for the Arts. Her artwork is currently available at On The Edge Gallery in Scottsdale.

Arlene Meyer

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Storyteller of Fine Art

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #32

Award winning Arizona artist, Lucy Dickens has created a unique, story-like approach to landscape painting, which has the fine art community and collectors abuzz.  Dickens discovers the landscape, and then transforms it into a narrative pictorial on canvas.  Her landscape paintings convey an emotional reaction that transports the viewer into scenes of beautiful tranquility; an authentic place and time. 

"I paint landscapes because I’m drawn to moments that take my breath away," explains Dickens.  "It’s those moments of beauty that cause me to feel, to reflect, and to give thanks; a scene that has a power, placidity and intensity that draws me in. It’s these fleeting illustrations that I strive to capture. There is a story in these segments of time, and therefore, a story in all my paintings. I am a fine art storyteller."

As the daughter of a watercolorist and a photographer, Dickens spent most of her childhood exploring the outdoors. She and her family would hike and camp their way through the back country of Arizona and the greater Southwest. In more recent time, Dickens has had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. These experiences instilled a great appreciation for nature and a ubiquitous beauty, along with a passion for capturing such experiences on canvas and in word.
Dickens employs her spiritual love of nature to evoke feelings of peace in her artwork.  "The interplay of light and shadow draw me deeply into a scene," she explains of her process.  "What does the light touch? What is hiding in the shadows? I love 'the magic hour' just before dusk when the shadows grow long and the golden light caresses the landscape before me."

From an early age, Dickens has been drawn to the incredible work of the great masters, especially the Hudson River Valley painters, such as Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church. She spent time studying these artists, their handling of oil paints, mastery of atmosphere and light, and capturing a sense of the divine that influences her work today.

"I most enjoy painting in a series from my travels; bringing my viewers along for the journey through depicting images and my written 'story' accompanying each painting," explains Dickens.  "I hope to evoke feelings of serenity and grace, a scene to transport you to another place and time exploring the mystery within, to capture memories, and those fleeting moments of beauty. There is a story evolving all around us and my hope is to inspire others through my images and words."  

Dickens resides in the majestic state of Arizona where she feels it's a privilege to be surrounded by the colorful and dynamic imagery of the Southwest.  She furthers, "There are few places on Earth where you can enjoy the morning on a glorious lake cut by glaciers and rising red rocks, have lunch watching a gentle snowfall in a quiet forest, then end the day watching a sunset standing on the rim of the largest canyon in the world!  Arizona is an artist's paradise and as an artist, I've dedicated my life to capturing this God given beauty on canvas."

Lucy Dickens
Lucy Dickens Fine Art 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Abundance Forever

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #22

By taking just what you need…. there will be abundance forever. A statement made by painter Charles Berry draws on the inspiration for his paintings… early western photographic black and white images by renowned photographers such as Edward S. Curtiss, William Henry Jackson and John Anderson.

Through his vivid, graceful paintings he tries to reveal a deep appreciation of natural beauty. He has always had an affinity for nature. Charles’ eye-catching paintings range from impressionistic landscapes to faithful depictions of exotic animals in the wild. Painting in a variety of mediums, oils are his first love due to their brilliance of color.

Charles’ paintings capture a rare sense of immediacy and intimacy. He strives to draw the viewer right inside the painting and make them feel as though they are actually there. An avid traveler since college, he is always in a constant state of motion which has fueled his art. All of the traveling and observances have been food and education for painting.
Many of his paintings have been in print by major publishers such as Bruce Mcgaw, Bentley House publishing and others. He recently produced 62 paintings for the Villas at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA.

Charles Berry
Charles Berry Fine Art