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CREATIVE ORACLE: Artist Cynthia Watson displays her paintings at Rancho Linda Vista in Oracle.

Watson's inspiration comes from nature, a source often portrayed through her use of multiple-layered definitive marks "that allow me to create a tapestry of light and space," she says. This technique "conjures a feeling of shifting through fields of infinite dreams and remembered fragments of landscape. It transcends the real landscape, and creates an exploratory space that is completely intuitive in its relationship with light, color and composition."

Cynthia Watson's work is on display in the Rancho Linda Vista Stable Gallery through November 29. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Take Oracle Road north, turning east at Oracle Junction. In the town of Oracle, turn right on Linda Vista Road. For information, call (520) 896-2448.

FOLK HERO: Southwest folklorist Jim Griffith will sign copies of his new books at the UA Bookstore.

The former longtime head of the Southwest Folklore Center, "Big Jim" has been acclaimed for his books and research on our region. Today he unveils his latest contributions. Saints of the Southwest details the lives of the land's most revered saints, including brief biographies and striking illustrations.

Hecho a Mano: The Traditional Arts of Tucson's Mexican American Community explores the culture through the photographs of José Galvez and Griffith's keen observations.

The book-signing runs from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 in the UA Bookstore, east of Old Main. For details, call 621-2426.

GLOBAL VISION: A distinctive Berlin outcry echos through Tucson with Trebor Scholz: Folks and Fun, showing in Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art.

Call it McDonald's on meth: Scholz looks long and hard at ways marketing hype promotes "desire machines." It's the same notion highlighted by Andy Warhol decades back--that folks are looking more and more alike, and acting in increasingly repetitive ways, all due to marketing mandates.

With a video, a website, a mural painting, CD-ROM, room-sized objects and photos, Scholz "points to the global stage setting of corporations," and the increasingly international movements resisting this massive marketing machine.

Folks and Fun runs through December 9 in Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, 441 E. Grant Road. There will also be an artist's talk, Fight the Powers, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 903-0577 for information.

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