The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League will host Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills, during the last two weekends of November.
This year’s free, self-guided tour features 191 artists at 45 private studios throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.
The league announced that Jon Linton’s “Barrio Viejo” photograph of the front entrance of a colorful adobe home will grace the cover of this year’s highly collectible four-color artist directory.
Linton is an acclaimed photographer and activist who advocates for the homeless and other underserved populations. He is best known for his “I Have a Name” street photography series as well as his serene and stunning black and white landscape photography.
“Jon’s photograph captured the sentiment of our 25th annual event beautifully,” Jane Boggs, a gourd artist and studio host who serves as the event’s co-chair, stated in the release. "We are eager to welcome collectors and art enthusiasts to our studios for what is sure to be a memorable artist studio tour.”
This is Linton’s first year participating in Hidden in the Hills. Linton will exhibit and sell his work at painter Stuart Yankell’s studio in Cave Creek.
According to the release, Hidden in the Hills co-chair, mixed media sculptor and studio host Joanie Wolter stated that the cover art selection is also significant because it is the first time a photographer’s work has been featured on the artist directory cover.
“We had many strong entries, but ‘Barrio Viejo’ really stood out,” Wolter stated. “It conveys a warm, welcoming message that resonated with us, and we’re thrilled that Jon will exhibit his new work during the tour this year.”
“Barrio Viejo” is atypical for Linton, who primarily exhibits black and white photography.
“I was reluctant to move away from black and white imagery. I’ve always felt that in the absence of color, you see a certain truth that is left behind, but “Barrio Viejo” did not feel honest absent color and its truth provides new horizons,” Linton stated in the release.
Linton stated that he was surprised and humbled to be chosen as the cover artist for this year’s milestone Hidden in the Hills event.
“I’m honored and also moved by having my work highlighted in such a prominent way,” he stated. “By virtue of being selected as the Hidden in the Hills cover artist, I am already changing the trajectory of my career. I’m now inspired to expand my body of work to include additional imagery in color, and I’m looking forward to unveiling my new work during the artist studio tour.”
Downloadable maps and details about participating artists will be available at www.HiddenInTheHills.org. For more details, call 480-575-6624.
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