Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour Celebrates 25 Years | Carefree / Cave Creek

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Arizona’s longest and largest artist studio tour, Hidden In The Hills, returns over the last two weekends of November – November 19-21 and November 26-28 – this time, celebrating its 25th consecutive year. Coordinated by the association Sonoran Arts League, this year’s tour features 191 performers at 45 private studios in the scenic desert foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

The mission of the Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour is to provide the public with the opportunity to tour the workspaces of dedicated artists, learn about each artist’s methodology and process, and purchase directly from them in a friendly and engaging atmosphere.

The free, self-guided studio tour offers seasoned collectors and art enthusiasts a rare opportunity to observe artists at work in their private studios during the six-day event. Visiting the studios also attracts holiday shoppers looking for original and unique gifts. Each studio has one or more guest artists who also exhibit and sell their work. All of the artists are members of the Sonoran Arts League, and several will come from different parts of the state to participate in the annual event.

The 25th annual directory of artists is to be collected






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Those who remember the early years of Hidden In The Hills will remember how the co-founder Judy Darbyshire drew the iconic studio tour maps for the first two years. Back then, photocopied cards were handed out by artists and displayed in Cave Creek and Carefree.

The event has grown over the years – today it also includes studios in the North Scottsdale area – and in doing so, the Sonoran Arts League has invested in publishing a comprehensive artist repertoire. in four colors, which has become quite collectable.

In honor of this year’s Silver Anniversary, the Artist Directory features the work of three artists on the back cover in addition to Jon lintonthe photograph of “Barrio Viejo” on the cover. The back cover features the work of Cynthia Downs-Apodaca, a talented contemporary jeweler who incorporates precious stones into her pieces to create stunning designs; Sylvia Fugmann Brongo, a ceramic artist whose vases, bowls and wall art are inspired by Mother Nature; and Linda Storey-London, a painter of surreal and magical realism who enjoys exploring the mystery of the natural world.

Sculptures from the Legacy project “Eight shades of gray”






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As one of the original members of Hidden In The Hills, glass artist Carole perry wanted to do something special to commemorate the silver anniversary of the tour. She started contacting original artists in the early years of the tour with the idea of ​​collaborating on two legacy pieces. In a few days, seven artists agree to join her: painter Virginie brooks; potter Judy Darbyshire; wood turner Morrie Elmer; ceramist Christophe Heede; sculptor Gordon “Gordy” Mischke; pencil artist Dick mueller; and ceramicist / multimedia artist Robin ray.

It was the perfect way to celebrate this milestone. After all, they’ve been there from the start, in 1997, when the studio tour had just 44 artists in 19 studios.

In the end, the artists chose a sculptural piece made of wood with eight built-in shadow boxes to display the work of each artist. Somehow the topic of aging was brought up and the band decided to call the piece “Eight Shades of Gray”. The collaborative sculpture is 3 feet wide by 2 feet high and it can be anchored to the wall or set on a pedestal.






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“Eight Shades of Gray” Artist work, clockwise from top left: Robin Ray, Gordon “Gordy” Mischke, Carole Perry, Chris Heede, Morrie Elmer, Dick Mueller, Judy Darbyshire and Virginia Brooks.




One of the two sculptures of the heritage project “Eight shades of gray” will be drawn on December 3. Tickets can be purchased now, online, at the Sonoran Arts League office and at select studios during the Hidden In The Hills Tour. The Sonoran Arts League hopes to raise $ 10,000 from the raffle.

The second sculpture will be on permanent display at the Sonora Arts League in January.

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