Events celebrate artistic endeavors this weekend in Gold Canyon

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People who enjoy the arts in many forms can head to Gold Canyon for a weekend of entertainment, community and seeing where local artists work.

The Annual Artists of the Superstitions’ self-guided studio tour will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1-2. This popular, free tour, which began in 2007, allows participants to visit many of local artists’ studios, which are close to each other scattered in front of the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.

The juried artists offer their creativity in clay, glass, gourds, jewelry, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture and wood. It offers an opportunity for participants to drive the roads less traveled, visit studios, meet with the artists and watch them demonstrate their creativity.

Fifty-six artists at 20 studios in and around Apache Junction/Gold Canyon are expected to participate, according to a press release.

Maps are available from the AOTS website: They include the addresses of each studio on the tour, the names of the artists, and each studio’s special medium.

For more information, visit the website or e-mail

On the same days, an art festival will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Gold Canyon Village, 6900 E. Highway 60, in Gold Canyon. The event is supported by the Artists of the Superstitions, Gold Canyon Village merchants, The Oasis 99.3 FM and Color Me Music Entertainment and organized by Art-Attack AZ Promotions.

Paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, jewelry, accessories and other artwork will be available for purchase, according to a press release.

Activities include an open house at the Views at Superstition event center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days.

In addition, live entertainment will be provided by vocalist Tina Vale and muralist/painter Gina Ribaudo. Ms. Ribaudo will create a piece of art in public view on each day that will be auctioned each day, according to Pam Burks, who is helping to promote the event. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Honor Flight of Arizona, a nonprofit organization created to honor America’s World War II veterans for all their sacrifices by transporting them to Washington, D.C., to reflect and be honored at their memorials, according to the organization’s website.

For vendor and festival information, visit Art Attack AZ or call 520-481-8001 or 520-578-5142.

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