Column: Williams' art scene continues to grow

Friday, May 15, is the next scheduled meeting of the Williams Alliance for the Arts, beginning at 4:30p.m. at The Open Studios on Ninth Street.

Led by founder and president Kris Williams, the Alliance was formed to support and promote the arts in the community, including an ambitious effort to convert the abandoned school building into artists' studio spaces.

The group has already successfully conducted art workshops for kids and will be active this summer at the Wild West Weekend, Taste of Williams and other venues. Interested parties are invited to attend Friday's meeting.

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The art scene in Williams will grow this summer with the addition of a scroll saw artist and a fine arts photographer. Wayne Smith's intricate wildlife wall hangings are cut from materials ranging from furniture-grade Baltic Birch Plywood to ply-backed, grain-stained solid oak. He'll be joining The Open Studios effective May 18.

And there's a new shooter in town. Flagstaff photographer Shane Knight will recognize Williams' hotbed of art by opening his local gallery by Memorial Day. Featuring horse, landscape and southwestern photography, his display will be located on Route 66 in the old Mason's building next to Boutique 66. These are not ordinary photographs

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The Gateway to the Grand Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will get underway May 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., then again on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m..

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Open Studios' featured artist for the month is Butch Corrington, producer of wooden sculpture in the form of mesquite furnishings ranging from foot-high five-drawer jewelry boxes to six-foot bookshelf/display cases. All pieces are custom cut and assembled with precision joinery. Unique finishing and design. Worth bringing in to the family.

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Writers are full partners in the Williams art scene. One group that supports local writers in a variety of genres is the Northern Arizona Authors Association. The group is an informal, dues-free organization that offers constructive criticism, helps with self-publishing, and encourages fledgling authors as well as those previously published. The group meets monthly, mostly at the Wild West Junction. Next meeting is scheduled for June 20, 2015. Details at (520)310-3533.

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