Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival 2018

Featured Artist: Gary Binder
The 2018 featured artist is Gary Binder of Scottsdale, AZ. Gary is a frequent traveler, hiker and nature lover, capturing his impressions of the world around him and expressing his feelings about his experiences through his art. Gary’s painting was selected as the winning art to represent the 2018 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.

“Art is a means for expression and appreciation of the world around me. It has become an integral part of my life. My painting career links the love of the outdoors and the pleasure of observing and translating the natural world. As a frequent traveler, hiker and nature lover, capturing my impression of the world around me is my way of remembering and expressing my feelings about an experience.”

“My primary art mediums are pastels and oils. Each provides different approaches to expressing an image, while keeping the concepts of value, hue and composition in mind. The ideas and basis for my images come from places I have visited, objects I observe, and people with whom I have the pleasure to meet. After moving to Arizona, I have concentrated more on plein air to further work on converting the light, atmosphere and feeling of a place to an artful expression worth sharing with others. Try to imagine the feeling of warmth on a summer beach, the breeze on a mountain trail, sunrise across the desert or the mood of a day when you observe art, and you’ll experience what the artist attempts to portray. The creativity of art contributes to keeping life at its fullest for the artist and the viewer.” – Gary Binder

Each year we put out a call to artists to submit entries that represent the theme for the following year’s Festival. If you are an artist and would like to enter for the 2019 Festival, please talk to Jeri at the registration table.


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