PINETOP — A painter, jewelry maker and a teacher, Jane Hayes is the featured August Artist of the Month at High Country Art Gallery. She was able to embrace her love affair with art full time after she retired from the Paradise Valley Unified School District during time she was also the supervisor of the PTA Reflections Program for the Arts. She continues her teaching to children through the Gallery and the White Mountain Nature Center.
The Superstition Mountain foothills and the forests of Pinetop, as well as travel, have been constant sources of inspiration for her creative endeavors that range from paintings in acrylics and watercolor, and whimsical painted jewelry including guitar pick earrings.
A dedicated student as well as a teacher, Jane has taken many classes over the years from the Mesa Art Center under the leadership of Agustin Vargas. With her photographer husband, Jeff, she moved to the White Mountains 10 years ago and is the immediate past president of the High Country Art Association board of directors.
She has also participated in the Artists of the Superstition biannual studio tour at her home. Jane will meet the public at an open house on Friday, July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the High Country Art Gallery, 13A E. White Mountain Blvd., in Pinetop across from the Safeway center. The gallery is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information can be found at www.highcountryart gallery.com.