The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League will host Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills, over the last two weekends of November.
This year’s free self-guided tour features 191 artists in 45 private studios in the quaint desert foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale.
The league announced that Jon Linton’s “Barrio Viejo” photograph of the front entrance of a colorful adobe house will adorn the cover of this year’s collectible four-color artist directory.
Linton is an acclaimed photographer and activist who advocates for the homeless and other underserved populations. He is best known for his “I Have a Name” street photography series as well as his serene and breathtaking black and white landscape photographs.
“Jon’s photograph beautifully captured the sentiment of our 25th annual event, ”Jane Boggs, gourd artist and studio host who serves as the event co-chair, said in the statement. “We look forward to welcoming collectors and art lovers to our studios for what is sure to be a memorable artist studio tour.”
This is the first year that Linton has participated in Hidden in the Hills. Linton to exhibit and sell his work at painter Stuart Yankell studio in Cave Creek.
According to the press release, Hidden in the hills Co-chair, mixed media sculptor and studio host Joanie Wolter said cover selection is also important as this is the first time that a photographer has been featured on the cover of the artists’ repertoire.
“We had a lot of solid entries, but ‘Barrio Viejo’ really stood out,” Wolter said. “It sends a warm and welcoming message that resonated with us, and we are delighted that Jon is showing off his new work on the tour this year.”
“Barrio Viejo” is atypical for Linton, who mainly exhibits black and white photographs.
“I was reluctant to move away from black and white imagery. I always thought that in the absence of color you see a certain truth that is left out, but ‘Barrio Viejo’ did not honestly feel absent from color and its truth opens up new horizons, ”said Linton in the press release.
Linton said he was surprised and humbled to be chosen as the cover artist for this year’s Hidden in the Hills event.
“I am honored and moved to see my work highlighted in such a significant way,” he said. “By being selected as the cover artist for Hidden in the Hills, I am already changing the trajectory of my career. I am now inspired to expand my work to include additional color images, and look forward to unveiling my new work when visiting the artist’s studio.
Downloadable maps and details of participating artists will be available at www.HiddenInTheHills.org. For details, call 480-575-6624.