Sunday, December 19, 2010

Landmark Myra's Fine Arts Gallery reopens in Pine

Photos by Jim Keyworth
Above: Myra Kraemer in her new gallery with one of her colorful paintings and a bronze sculpture by local artist Gail.
Below: In addition to his custom gates, Ed Kraemer does steel silhouette art. 

By Jim Keyworth
Gazette Editor

Just in time for the holidays, Myra and Ed Kraemer are back.

The husband and wife duo has reopened Myra's Fine Arts Gallery at 3502 Arizona Highway 87 at the southern end of Pine.  Myra had operated a gallery in Pine for 16 years that closed in April, 2009 after a dispute with the landlord.  At its peak, it showcased the work of 75 artists.

While the dispute is still in court, the Kraemers have moved on.  Although the new gallery is small, it already features the work of a good number of prominent local artists. 

Artists who are currently on board include Steve Bingham, Gail, Bill Ahrendt, Angie Cockle, Matalyn Gardner, Valerie Tolliver, Carol Kane, Donn Morris, Jack Greenfield, Bill Mattey, Jason Huffman, and Stephen Watson.

Of course, Myra's work is also featured.  Techniques developed during her 45 years as an artist and graphic designer add a special quality to her pastels and watercolors.  A trademark of her work is vivid color created by layering color on top of color and heavy use of primary colors.

In addition, the gallery features the steel silhouette art of Ed Kraemer, who is currently recovering from a fall off a ladder.  Ed also does custom steel gates. 

Myra, who created Pine's popular Shop Hop, has big plans for the little gallery.  She'll soon open a room that will accommodate her custom framing business, and she plans to hold tent events in the parking lot when warmer weather arrives.

The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  For more information, call the gallery at (928) 476-2256.

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