The Seventh Annual ARTwalk, Another Great Success

Linda Shannon-Hills

This year, we had 25 homes with 40 artists showing their work. Even with adding an extra hour, it was a challenge for residents and their guests to visit all the homes. Unlike typical arts and craft shows, the SaddleBrooke Ranch ARTwalk provides artists an opportunity to show and for some to sell their work from their homes to the neighborhood visitors. The talents ranged from oil and watercolor painting, local area landscape photography, jewelry and beading, wood bowl turning, paper crafting, gourd design, pottery, model building, glazed ceramics, glass designs, furniture, and fiber arts (which included crocheting, knitting, and sewing). Some artists have been doing their craft for many years while others discovered their hidden talents since living at the Ranch.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather on this beautiful Saturday afternoon in early November, which allowed more than 100 neighbors to tour the open-studios and displays in their homes and casitas. Several artists combined together in one location, while others had a large amount of artwork in their own home. Residents were excited to be able to purchase the various pieces of art as holiday gifts for family and friends, while many found pieces to adorn their homes at the Ranch.

It was required that all items displayed must be made or created by SaddleBrooke Ranch residents. This event is a great opportunity to discover the many talents of our Ranch neighbors but also to meet your neighbors and cultivate friendships.

The following artists participated in this year’s ARTwalk.

Sharon Morey, watercolor painting; Gene and Carol Nault, painting; Fay Farguhar, kumihimo necklaces—in memory of Fay; Julie Edmondson, pottery; Giner Buetow, jewelry and home décor; Frenchie Clark, quilts, embroidery, and painting; RaDonna Knapp, painter and quilter; Bev and Jim Hinton, glass; Ann Sack, kumihimo jewelry; Jane Locket, painting; Pat Combs, Kumihimo, jewelry; Mary Tomacello, pottery; Linda Strugala, pottery; Elida Jerman, pottery; Sharon Olivia Marchant, beaded jewelry; Peter and Leslie Schlesinger, jewelry; Lori Neal, fiber arts, doll clothing, and embroidery; Jean Morgan, painting, lazy Susans; Lorretta Johnson, painting and photography; Susan Swanson, acrylic painting and artistic purses; Vern Nulk, remote control scale aircraft, woodcarving, and painting; Lydia Reichard, jewelry, sewing, needlework, paper crafting, and fused glass art; Glasshoppers, fused glass, ceramic glass, and stain glass; Mudslingers Pottery; Carol Smith, fiber arts sewing; Jack Smith, woodworking, walking sticks, and kiva ladders; Stephanie Henricks, fiber arts sewing; Janice Mihora, painting and pottery; Linda Parker, alternative greetings; Dan Carter, woodcrafting; Jeff Hanson, wood work; Diane Still, quilting; Steve and Mary Schneck, gourds and painting; Alex Anna, jewelry; Pam Wample, fiber arts sewing and a variety of items; Jerry Strangio, painting, Plein Air pastel; Sylvia Harmon, painting; Bob Hills, photography; Doug Miller, painting and realistic landscapes on canvas; and Erin Newman, paper quilling.

If you decided later you wanted to purchase an item, contact the artist to see if it is still available or if they can make another item for you.

As with any event of this size, it takes volunteers to make it run smoothly. A special thanks goes out to Bob Johnson, Mark Morgan, and friends for volunteering their help with putting up and taking down the ARTwalk street signs; Alex Baker and Darcy Riddle for office assistance; and to ARTwalk Coordinator Linda Shannon-Hills.

Thank you to all the artists that participated in this year’s very successful ARTWalk.