OUR 2023 ARTISTS

The Artists of Scottsdale Ranch and our neighboring communities are diverse and unique. Each artist tells a story through their art, whether love of nature, people, places and things, experiences, new and different techniques and materials or just plain whimsy, you are sure to be awed and delighted.  The Feburary 4, 2023 show will featured 20 artists shown below. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Acrylics
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Judith Bloom
Acrylics, Director ASR Art Show

Judi spent 35 years in the cosmetic industry, the last 20 of which was leading a Special Events program for an International Beauty Brand. In her position she lead teams of women, empowering them to reach and break sales quotas while bringing out their inner and outer beauty. 

Following retirement she moved with her husband to Arizona and was ready and excited to try something new.  She attended a wine and painting party and that unlocked a hidden talent that she never knew she had and she was immediately hooked!

She found her niche painting women and now has expanded to abstract landscapes, florals, bears and many commisssioned pieces.  Most recently one of her paintings was selected to be featured in a book of Poetry and Art "Living Large" and also the featured artist in Trends Magazines 40th Anniversary edition. She loves what she does and her passion for life is clearly seen in her work!  Judi hopes you enjoy viewing her art as much as she does painting her creations.

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Rick Graff
Acrylic & Pastels

Rick Graff moved to the USA from South Africa almost 35 years ago.  He began his American adventure as a newly graduated architect in New York City.  Rick moved to San Diego and spent many years practicing creative; ranging from architecture to graphic design, to furniture design and door design. He moved to Scottsdale about 5 years ago and with the advent of COVID, he began abstract painting – with a passion. Rick is drawn to the abstract style since it embodies freedom of expression as well as freedom of interpretation. His art is driven by the elements of surprise. No expectations.

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Mariana Hammers
Acrylics, Alcohol Ink, Custom Cards

In Romania, I had general watercolor classes in elementary school.

When the pandemic forced me to temporarily close my alterations business two years ago, I started to do alcohol ink painting on yupo paper and gradually included acrylics on canvas and custom cards. I was fascinated with the combination of colors and the results achieved. The more I painted the more I loved it.

I now try different styles and techniques, including using paste for color, texture, and dimension.

Mostly self-taught, I constantly strive for improvement and variety. With each painting I learn something new.

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Julieta Hughes
Charcoal & Acrylics on Canvas

Julieta Hughes is a self-taught portrait artist originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Art has been her passion since she got chickenpox at the tender age of three, pre-Internet, had to be home for weeks, decided to pick up a pencil and the rest is history. She specializes in realistic-looking portraits of humans as well as pets, in charcoal pencils as well as pastel pencils. For samples of her work and the services, she offers visit her website below. For live drawing lessons and more of her artistic repertoire, follow Julieta on Instagram.

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Noël McKinny
Acrylic on wood paintings

Noel is a resident of Scottsdale Ranch and also spends part of the year in South Florida.  Both places inspire her work greatly.  She has been painting with acrylics most of her life.  Through color, texture and pattern she creates unique paintings, prints and more!

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Ceramics
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Deborah Bauer
Ceramics

Deborah Bauer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, divides her time between Phoenix and Prescott. She is an artist and writer with degrees in graphic design and creative writing. After a lifetime of painting and drawing, several years ago she found herself fully immersed in ceramic art. Her original black and white illustrations inform her hand-built pottery where she paints her designs using an underglaze on white stoneware. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Her mugs, bowls, and vases are fully functional; her pieces are microwave and dishwasher-safe. Deborah enjoys making works of art for use in everyday life.

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Fiber Art
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Barbara Janson
Fiber Art

The complexity and beauty of Barbara’s work reflect the essence of her heart and heritage. Raised in Minnesota, Barb inherited a love of the outdoors from her father and sewing skills from her mother, a professional seamstress.  As an award-winning fiber artist and competitive quilter, Barb applies the rules of good design and the painterly skills she learned while earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts to her favorite hard-edge medium-Fabric. Barb is a creative professional, who was most recently featured in Art Quilting Studio magazine.  

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Lois Wendling
Fiber Art

Lois has been quilting traditional quilts for over 25 years but discovered Fiber Art Quilts about 9 years ago. She is an award-winning fiber artist and quilter, with some of her pieces being displayed in Art Galleries across the nation. Using her creativity with Fiber Art quilts has been one of her most satisfying ventures ever undertaken. She enjoys designing and creating new pieces of art in the form of Fiber Art in her studio and is always learning new techniques. Her inspiration comes from nature. Working with all the colors of the rainbow and the different designs of fabric soothes her mind and soul. She has found nothing compares to losing herself in creating new Fiber Art pieces.

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Gourd Art
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Jan Downey
Gourd Art

Jan Downey is a gourd artist who uses techniques such as pyrography, carving, painting with inks and dyes, and embellishing with natural materials to achieve her unique art pieces. She creates both sculptural and wall art that is modern and worldly, often featuring nature or contemporary design elements. After retiring from a fulfilling career as a cultural anthropologist, Jan turned to art full time, especially scratch art, and gourd art. Her work reflects the lifelong influences of her anthropology work, experiencing the variations of art forms around the world.  She works out of her home studio overlooking the beautiful desert, which can be seen as themes in much of her art. 

Jewelry & Accessories
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Maryann Palm 
Jewelry

Maryann started designing  jewelry 13 ears ago and aside from her private customers, several gift shops in Illinois carried her designs.  When she moved to Wisconsin, her jewelry designs expanded to reflect her deep connection to nature.  Involved in her local Art Community, their juried Art Show and as many as 7 gift shops, she yearned for a warmer climate. Accepted into the Fountain Hills Art Festival, she made the move to Arizona!  

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Carol Tenwalde
Statement Jewelry - Twisted Sister

Carol has been crafting all her life and flooding her loved ones with her creations. Seven years ago that passion migrated into making 'statement jewelry'. Realizing that jewelry is a very crowded field, she struggled for a way to standout. After much trial and error, she invented a wire wrapping technique she calls the Twisted Sister. BINGO! If you enjoy getting tons of compliments, then you need to wear a 'Twisted Sister'. She also has a line of dazzlingly colorful recycled sari ribbon jewelry.

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Linda Lawrence
Beaded jewelry

I am a designer and artist of Japanese inspired jewelry. Keeping to the Japanese esthetic Icreate pieces of beauty through the simplicity of design. I use the ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo (pronounced, Ku-me-he-mo), combined with modern materials to create braided jewelry that is both unique and timeless.

The challenge of working with such a colorful array of beads and materials is what keeps the creation process interesting. I’m obsessed with color and texture and will often create a bead soup of dozens of different beads, gemstones and pearls to use in a piece of jewelry. I also enjoy creating ombre effects where one color of bead blends seamlessly into another.

In addition to braiding I’ve expanded my skills to include bead stitching. I create bead stitched pieces focusing on bracelets and earrings.

Most of my life I was an art quilter. My quilts won numerous awards and several traveled throughout the world in special exhibits. When I discovered Kumihimo in 2013, I was

immediately smitten and traded in all my fabric for beads. I am forever expanding my skills, taking six master classes with respected Kumihimo jewelry artist, Adrienne Gaskell, and in 2015 traveled to Japan to study with Japanese master, Makiko Tada, at the Kyoto Institute.

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Mixed Media
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Jim Rapisarda
Metal Artist

In 1981, moving to Arizona, the copper state, took my artistic interests in a different and exciting direction. New surroundings inspired a renewed creativity. I now use copper and other metals to capture landscapes and abstract designs in a unique way.

I embellish copper using various techniques including heat and acid wash, to open the pores of the metal to produce abstract patterns and colors which are one of a kind. Various paints such as oil and alcohol ink are then applied directly on the metal to generate striking colors and textures. To view all my work, visit my website , www.jimrapisarda.com

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Leslie Kiefus
Ceramic Sculpture

Leslie is a biomedical engineer by training but an art enthusiast by nature and has been crafting for many years. Her ceramic flowers are large 3D puzzles; getting all those pieces to fit together and stay together is an all-consuming challenge! She is self-taught and finds that her technical skills are quite useful in this medium.  

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Mosaic Pots
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Kathy Samuels
Mosaic Pots

Kathy is a former High School teacher who fulfilled her lifelong dream of raising two boys. She began the art of mosaic in 1998 when a colleague invited several teachers to learn how to create stained glass windows and to mosaic terra cotta pots. Creating inventive patterns using clay tiles, sea glass, pottery, china, etc.  She began designing pots to be sold at charity auctions.  Mexican tile is her preferred resource as the colors and patterns speak to her on her most creative level.  Many friends and colleagues have plants potted in their yards and businesses that she has created, a most gratifying sight to see for Kathy!

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Pastels & Charoals
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Kristin Ryan
Pastels

I began my career as an artist on Thanksgiving Day of 2017 camping at Joshua Tree National Park. On a whim, I decided to take paints and canvases on the trip. Four of us sat outside and painted plein air for 90 minutes and nobody spoke. I nearly jumped out of my skin when the first person spoke! I was hooked!! The only other activity that has ever absorbed me so completely is scuba diving.

I started painting acrylic landscapes, but was quickly introduced to reductive pastel at a 3 day art workshop in Oregon with Carrie Moore. I love using my hands rather than paint brushes and have been primarily a pastel artist ever since. I am an avid mountain biker and hiker, so I am frequently stopped in my tracks (literally) because of the beauty surrounding me. I can't wait to present the scene in some artistic fashion! I take the reference photographs for 95% of my pieces. My focus is entirely on the process. I feel art in my soul every time I pick up my chalks. I am in love with every piece I create due to the experience I had creating it! Creating art has given me peace and freedom that I never had before.

Art has given me a new and more rewarding career as an elementary school art teacher. I love sharing the creative process each day with children in Kindergarten-6th grade.

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Pen and Ink
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Richard Bauer
Pen and Ink

Richard J. Bauer is a life-long artist, holding both Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Art. He is now retired after a twenty-five year career working in museums as a curator, conservator, and photographer. Richard has lived in Arizona for the past thirty-one years and divides his time between Phoenix and Prescott.

Richard has consistently worked in a variety of artistic media including drawing. This body of work is from an on-going series of plein-air pen and ink drawings of Arizona landscapes and limited edition prints derived directly from those drawings. Over his fifty year art career, his work is represented throughout the United States in private, corporate and museum collections, as well as being exhibited in solo and group gallery exhibitions and art festivals throughout Arizona and California.

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Watercolor
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Mary Boehm
Watercolor

The inspiration for Mary Boehm’s watercolor paintings is drawn from her love of travel and nature. Her interest in architectural details and the strong expressions of color and texture in her paintings were honed during her years in the School of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her BS degree in Interior Design in 1967. Her love of nature began as a child while taking walks with her Aunt to pick wildflowers and the feeling of peace that she experienced when communing with nature in the woods on the family farm. The depth and breadth of Mary’s life experiences and travel are apparent in her paintings…and, the meticulous details in her paintings instill in the viewer a sense of a personal relationship with Mary’s artistic expressions.

Mary’s painting has evolved to include the luminous colors of springtime in the desert, the depth of the colors in the mountains and the brilliant colors of Arizona’s spectacular sunsets and blue skies. How 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. The pleasure that Mary experiences in travel and nature is ever present in her paintings.

“My joy of working with watercolor is the elements of surprise that come from the paints. From the incredible depth achieved with various layers of color to the visual effects that happen from paints containing minerals, there is always an array of unexpected happenings.” - Boehm

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Judy Nelson
Watercolor

I am a Minnesota native that has been linked to Arizona for most of my life because of parents who loved the area and spent a great deal of time here over the years .I have been a snowbird for over 40 years and just recently “ downsized” to make Scottsdale my permanent address.

 I started my art on a lark, looking for a new venture . I figured if Gramma Moses could start later in life, so could I.I signed up for a watercolor class and I was hooked. Watercolor is my main medium but I do like to try my hand at acrylic and mixed media.

I’m mostly self taught with an occasional class of something new thrown in the mix.I’m not sure just what my “ style” is, I enjoy many different subject matters that can lend themselves to realism or abstraction. Who knows what the day will bring!!

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Carolyn Wheelock
Watercolor

Carolyn has dabbled in art all her life. Now living in Scottsdale, she is investing herself in drawing and painting. She paints in oils and acrylics, with a current focus on transparent watercolor. Calling her compositions “intimate landscapes” her artwork is representational but not photographic. She draws her inspiration from architecture and nature with subjects such as patio gates, her fishpond, garden paths, and plein air studies. 

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