With closed galleries and few art sales during the pandemic, a group of Arizona artists is launching The Finer Arts Gallery at 6137 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek.
Slated to open to the public Sept. 1, the artist-owned gallery will exhibit the work of 36 fine artists in mediums including jewelry, glass, fiber sculpture, ceramics, bronze, gourds, textile, photographers, metal sculpture, wood live edge, graphite, acrylic, pastel and oil.
“We are thrilled to be able to represent some of Arizona’s most accomplished contemporary artists in our gallery,” said Linda Lindus, an acrylic painter and one of the gallery managers.
“The art transcends the rustic past with today’s contemporary fine art, yet still pays tribute to its history by including art with a Western flair.”
Meet the artists at the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, with light refreshments, which is free and open to the public. The gallery will close at 4 p.m. that day for a private party. Regular hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and by appointment.
Featured artists in September include live edge burl woodworker Rick Griggs; graphite artist Jack Schilder and jewelry artist Marlene Sabatina.
The Finer Arts Gallery is on the picturesque road winding through Cave Creek and Carefree, in the rustic building known as the Cave Creek Station. It’s still shaded by a grand, 150-year-old Tamarisk tree, fondly remembered by residents as the “Treehouse.”
For details, visit thefinerartsgallery.com or call 480-488-2923.
A complete list of all the artists accepted into The Finer Arts Gallery follows:
• Kathy Nelson, glass.
• Merrily Kulmer, painter.
• Joanne Gallery, acrylic.
• Julie Gilbert, jewelry.
• Sarah Curley, ink/transfer.
• Patrick O’Grady, jewelry.
• Jan Stiles, jewelry.
• Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw, pastel.
• Linda Paul-Sontag, painter.
• Linda Lindus, acrylic.
• Jack Schilder, graphite.
• Dennis Despois, painter/acrylic.
• Robin Ray, ceramic/oil.
• Bill Goren, bronze/ceramic.
• Paulette Galop, ceramic.
• Karen Friend, gourds.
• Sandy Asbaugh, ceramic.
• Joanie Wolter, fiber sculpture.
• Pat Isaacson, glass.
• Carol Tenwald, jewelry.
• Shannon Taggert, mixed media.
• Marlene Sabatina, jewelry.
• Casey Cheuvront, realism oil.
• Jan Griggs, abstract/acrylic.
• Dick Mueller, Western.
• Nancy Breiman, acrylic.
• Cynthia Eral, impressionism.
• Kirby Plessas, digital.
• Karen Chatfield Barnhart, sculpture.
• Sandra Hamilton, photo/digital.
• Robert Elenbaas, photo.
• Anne Von Pentz, photo.
• Laurie Fagen, fiber.
• Karen Johnson, beads.
• Rick Griggs, sculpture wood.
• Beth Benowich, jewelry.