Written by Julie Hathaway and Eileen Pieczonka
Rich in artistic flair, the Artists of the Superstition (AOTS) is a diverse group of award-winning artists representing an array of art mediums. The organization’s focus is furthering art through developing, exhibiting, and supporting art shows. AOTS now sponsors five Fine Art Shows each season. These include our famous Fall and Spring Studio Tours. Our customers have told us that they look forward to these art tours and return every year.
Member artists will open their studios to the community and host other members and non-member artists. The tours allow you an excellent time just to relax and spend the weekend in the scenic area of Gold Canyon/Apache Junction.
The Spring Fling Studio Tour is this weekend, March 20th & 21st. Download the tour map at http://www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com/event/sunday-march-24th-9a-4p-spring-fling-tour/.
You will be driving roads less traveled, visiting studios, meeting with the artists, watching them demonstrate their creativity, and even meet new friends. Another customer stated, “It’s up close and personal…a way to see the artist in their studio. You get a new appreciation for the finished art piece when you get to see all the steps in creating it.”
Some of our artists volunteer their expertise at schools and in their communities. AOTS gave two scholarships for art supplies in our underserved local schools. Students were invited to share and sell their art creations at an AOTS show. Also, a veteran shared his creative skills making birdhouses with military themes displayed at our show. The organization also gave a significant donation to the local food bank.
Our season of shows is from October to April each year. We publish a calendar of events detailing all of our shows for the season, allowing interested art lovers to plan weekend visits to the east valley.
Initially formed in March of 2007 by three local artists living in Gold Canyon, it now has over 70 members. Membership is open to all artists without geographical restrictions if membership requirements are met. Mediums currently include drawing, ceramics, clay, copper, fabric, glass, gourds, jewelry, leather, painting, photography, picture books, pottery, wearable art, and woodworking.
The Superstition Mountains have inspired people for many years in many ways. The Tonto National Forest brings with it not only saguaros but also a wide variety of wildlife that freely roam the area, and many artists include it in their art.
EXPLORE, DISCOVER, EXPERIENCE THE ARTISTS OF THE SUPERSTITIONS!
Show dates for next season are:
- Fall Studio Tour- November 6 & 7, 2021
- Olive Mill- November 20, 2021
- Mountain View- December 11, 2021
- Mountain View- February 5, 2022
- Olive Mill- February 19, 2022
- Spring Studio- March 19 & 20, 2022
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