Mary Lois Brown back at Art Barn

Artist Mary Lois Brown is back at the Art Barn for the 2008 season.

Brown grew up in Pennsylvania, where as a child, she enjoyed drawing and painting horses. When she was very young her parents gave her a "paint by numbers" set and she remembers taking the leftover paints and creating her own compositions. She enjoyed the creative process so much that she took as many art-related classes as she could while in school.

While she continued to study and experiment on her own, her real art education didn't start until the '70s. A year of private studies with Pat Cochran greatly changed her view of art. Cochran taught the approach of the Old Masters and, for Brown, an exciting new world of color and light opened up and it is what she still pursues today.

After moving to the Grand Canyon in 1981, Brown found little time for painting. Working as a mule guide for three years saw to that. Although the magnificent landscape was a livelihood, it was, above all, an inspiration. She then conducted her trained profession as Bright Angel Hair design for 16 years.

Though very busy, she still had time to explore and absorb the beauty of the canyon from river to rim. This awesome experience can still be seen in her work. Her favorite painting subject is still the Grand Canyon.

Completing a painting class taught by Tom Darro in 1997, at the Scottsdale Art Institute, brought to her back to painting with oils, her favorite medium. Since moving to the White Mountains in 2000, she has completed several plein air classes with William Scott Jennings in Sedona. She is active in The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains and, in 2004, one of her plein air pieces won first place in their annual juried art show. In 2005, one of her paintings was selected in the Mini Top 100 Arts for the Parks competition.

Brown and her husband Doug now make their full-time home among the beautiful red rocks of Sedona where she is currently in the Sedona Art Center Gallery. In spite of the move, Brown is back again at the Art Barn this summer where you will see an exciting selection of her landscapes, still-lifes, old buildings and horse portraits.

The 2008 Art Barn season runs through the last weekend of September. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The next festival will be Fourth of July weekend starting Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Art Barn is located at 4756 Buck Springs Road in Pinetop, across from Pinetop Lakes Country Club. For more information call (928) 369-4231.

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