Images Courtesy of the Sonoran Arts League and Jon Linton
The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League recently announced that Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills (HITH), is scheduled to take place during the last two weekends of this month: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 19, 20 and 21 and November 26, 27 and 28. 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 also 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,” says Jane Boggs, a gourd artist and studio host who serves as the event’s co-chair. “We are eager to welcome collectors and art enthusiasts to our studios for what is sure to be a memorable artist studio tour.”
HITH co-chair and mixed media sculptor/studio host Joanie Wolter says 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 says. “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.”
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This is Linton’s first year participating in Hidden in the Hills. The talented artist will exhibit and sell his work at painter Stuart Yankell’s studio in Cave Creek.
A Phoenix resident and well-known activist, Linton has been immersed in the art world for more than two decades. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a liberal arts degree in 1987, he went on to work for Ralph Lauren in New York City. A displaced Chicagoan, the former art magazine and book publisher has called Phoenix home for nearly three decades.
“Barrio Viejo” is atypical for Linton, who primarily exhibits black and white photography. Linton says 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 says. “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 HiddenInTheHills.org. For details, call 480-575-6624.