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March, 2007, Page 24
Photograph of Art by Jackie Alpers
A large oil painting by Tucson artist Russ Recchion ties the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House at Talking Rock to its historic surroundings. Located in the lodgelike great room of the main residence, the atmospheric work is alive with cattle, cowpokes, and high-country Prescott scenery.
The painting’s landscape evokes the memory of Cooper-Morgan Ranch, the former cattle spread that became today’s Talking Rock residential community.
Art has an important place within the three structures of the magazine’s soon-to-be-completed Idea House. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, antique photography and lithography, and more, collected over the past two years both in this country and abroad, add warmth and a sense of history.
Like the Idea House itself, many of these works reflect an Arts & Crafts sensibility—a passion for honest craftsmanship that reached a zenith in the early years of the 20th century and that enjoys a stunning rebirth today, notes Phoenix Home & Garden Editor Linda J. Barkman.
Taking root in the 19th century, the Arts & Crafts movement came to be associated with a mélange of furniture and ornamental modes, such as Stickley, Molesworth, Lodge, Art Nouveau and Western-inspired styles. Rooms of our cozy dwellings, conceived by interior designer Denise Scott-Weber, will be furnished with fine examples of these and other designs.
Among a broad spectrum of art, visitors will see Art Nouveau-style pottery, plein-air paintings, rare lithographs, Edward S. Curtis photogravures of North American Indians, and Western-themed paintings and bronze sculptures. The latter works speak of our wish to honor the region’s history—the opening up of the West.
Along with Recchion, included in our cadre of artists are Arizona folks such as Phoenix painter Bill Shaddix; Prescott mixed-media and collage artist Dave Newman; Tucson sculptor Carol Alleman; Sedona sculptor Deanne McKeown; Scottsdale painter and sculptor Ron Stewart; and Buckeye sculptor Shawn Stewart. You can visit the Idea House main residence and its outdoor Cowboy Kitchen, the guest cottage, and the bunkhouse on upcoming tours. For details, see Page 180.
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