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Picture the Words

Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 7

On display 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through Saturday, Aug. 25

WomanKraft

388 S. Stone Ave.

629-9976

Join local artists at WomanKraft for the opening reception of Picture the Words, an exhibit in which participating artists were required to submit pieces in unique mediums incorporating text and images.

WomanKraft started in 1974 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to help empower under-represented artists in the community. The center includes a gallery for upcoming artists to exhibit their work, and a school offering a variety of affordable classes for people of all ages.

Grace Rhyne is a member of WomanKraft and one of the 15 artists featured in the show. She also teaches a handmade paper workshop at WomanKraft along with her sister.

"What is most interesting about our gallery is our mission to promote under-represented artists and women, and encourage new artists to join, anywhere from beginning artists to award-winning artists who have been around for many years," Rhyne said.

In her piece "I Am Powered by the Sun," Rhyne fills a shadow box with natural materials found in the desert along with glass-seed beads and moving images of cacti illuminated with pink and purple to represent the evening sunset.

"I really enjoy making art, and love using recycled materials, and I am a firm believer that you must do what you love," Rhyne said.

The theme allows artists to be creative and produce different pieces in a wide range of mediums.

"What I like most about this particular exhibit is the combination of text with images, because it can be used in so many ways. There are no boundaries, and it can be open to interpretation," Rhyne said.

The exhibit is free, although donations are encouraged. Artwork will be available for purchase. —R.C.


An Afternoon of Faulk Music

Sabra Faulk in Concert

Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 7

17th Street Market

830 E. 17th St.

624-8821, ext. 7147

Sabra Faulk, a Tucson singer/songwriter and bass player/guitarist, will grace the stage at the 17th Street Market's Music Shop with a solo acoustic show featuring two sets of original music.

Faulk has performed in various venues around Tucson, and has dedicated her life to her craft. Growing up in a musical family, she started attending band rehearsals with her parents at age 5 and picked up the guitar when she was 8. Her songs cover a variety of styles, including folk, country and rock.

"Sabra is a very talented local performer. I've watched her blossom and really come into her own," said Frank Sanzo, manager of 17th Street's Music Shop. "She's got a great voice and a great way with her lyrics that get to the heart."

Notable local musicians Faulk has played with include Heather Hardy and the late, great Sam Taylor.

Faulk's music draws fans from all walks of life. She hopes to get a decent turnout at a venue she's played at several times in the past few years.

"It's just good music written from the heart and performed from the heart," Faulk said. "It's a passion, and it's a spiritual experience for me every time I perform or play. It's like a religion for me.

"It's everything I am. It's who I am. I don't have skills except for playing music. That's what I'm really good at. It isn't just a job. ... It's an art. I'm compelled to do it from a higher power."

The 17th Street Music Shop is inside the 17th Street Market. The show is free. —S.V.


Five Decades of Painting

Jane Buckman: When Sight Speaks

Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 7

On display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through Saturday, July 28

Contreras Gallery

110 E. Sixth St.

398-6557

After 50 years of painting and 29 years of teaching art at Green Fields Country Day School, Jane Buckman will be featured in her first-ever solo exhibition, thanks to the Contreras Gallery.

"It was an easy path to take becoming an artist, because it's my person. It's not what I do; it's who I am," said Buckman, who started painting when she was 10.

When Sight Speaks will feature 24 oil paintings and pastels. Most of Buckman's pieces incorporate her influences and inspirations from nature, specifically from around Tucson.

"I find it difficult to describe in words the sensations I get when I look at nature," Buckman said. "For artists, it's not just a product as much as it is about living a life that is clearly seen and deeply felt."

In a series of paintings titled "Finding My Way," Buckman uses oils to express each of the five senses. She painted contrasting light and dark colors along with rough and smooth textures.

"My hope is to evoke sensations," Buckman said.

She has taught art in all 12 grades at Green Fields and said she gets a lot of inspiration from her students.

"Watching my students, I see they are extremely imaginative, and they have a sense of freedom to explore and discover," Buckman said.

Buckman is looking forward to her students and members of the community seeing a different side of her—as an artist rather than an art teacher.

"I've been an artist all along," Buckman said. "I usually keep it separate from my teaching position, so this is really the first time I am sharing what I do with the people who know me as a teacher."

Admission is free. —R.C.


Early Bird Gets the Exercise

Run With the Roosters

5 a.m., Sunday, July 8

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Road

797-7867

The early bird catches more than the worm this Sunday at the eighth annual Run With the Roosters, a five-mile run and walk: The early bird also catches a break from the heat, because the event starts at 5 a.m.

This year's event marks the fourth time that runners and walkers will race along scenic Kinney Road, with the event starting and ending at Old Tucson Studios. Kinney will be closed to traffic during the race.

The event is sponsored by Everyone Runs, Everyone Walks, which promotes contests that encourage participants of all skill levels. Coordinator Steve Landau said he's expecting more than 400 people at this year's run.

"The concept is to put on community events for people from all walks of life," Landau said. "They feel welcome at these events. They aren't all competitive, and it has that feeling that everyone feels like they belong," he said.

After the race, participants can help themselves to a free breakfast, smoothies, a Slip 'n Slide for cooling off, and massages. Winners in each age category will receive a rooster trophy, and overall winners will receive prizes. Past prizes have included new running shoes and a GPS device.

The cost is $40, and participants can register at the Everyone Runs, Everyone Walks website. Late registration is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 7, at Fleet Feet, 7310 E. Tanque Verde Road. The registration fee includes a shirt that participants will receive after the event, and part of the fee will be donated to various charities around town. —S.V.

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