The Copper Basin area ArtUs Guild will be showcasing the group’s work with an exhibit in The Little Gallery in Kearny starting with an opening reception Sunday, Apr. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit is hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd and will remain in The Little Gallery for several weeks. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
This group, for the most part, has been together 17 years or more, starting with a class offered by Gila Pueblo College. Last fall the organized class was discontinued due to the illness of the instructor, but the artists wanted to stay together and decided to continue to meet and formed the guild. Although this year’s show will be the first for the ArtUs Guild on its own, it is also the 10thArtUs show featuring most of the same artists from previous shows.
All work on display is new and has been completed within the last year.
The group is made up of people from Dudleyville to Riverside, and all points in between, including Kearny and Hayden. All the artists started their journey into the creative world in much the same way, a classroom situation and a dream. Several winter visitors are also part of the group. The guild meets once a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and new members are always welcome.
Artists in the group are free to explore whatever subject matter and medium that interests them and the results are spectacular. The guild experience has proven to be unique as the artists learn from each other offering and asking for advice. Mostly the group works in oils, but oil pastels, acrylics, pencil and charcoal are also included.
Exhibitors are from all walks of life, age groups, and levels of experience and offer a unique look into what can be accomplished when people who share the same interest get together and do what they love.
Students studying, associated, and/or showing with the group this year include Lina Cruz, Cobina Martinez, Darlene Dull, Gary Hill, Ellen Endsley, Vicki Clark, Frankie Olmos, Richard Olejniczak, Sam Hosler, Guyrene Ward, Peg Middleton, Joyce Palmer, Donna Gennicks, Carol Hosler, Nancy MacClennen, Becky Drew and Sherry Jordan.
The show can be viewed after the opening on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by request by calling Sam Hosler at 520-363-9781. The Little Gallery is located in Ray Hall next to the Church of the Good Shepherd on Senator Chastain Street in Kearny.
The church compound also offers a spectacular walking experience through The Little Garden. Paths lead walkers through the desert around the church with amazing views of the mountains in the distance and the valley surrounding the Gila River below. This time of the year the desert is alive with the beauty of spring and the walk is very rewarding. The Little Garden is always open.