My Weekend Experience “Hidden in the Hills”

18th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale – November 23, 2014

The weekend of November 21st was a little windy, however, it didn’t keep me from attending the Hidden in the Hills art tour on Sunday, the 23rd,  in Carefree, AZ.  I met some amazing artists and got to enjoy their work (paintings, sculptures, personal art creations, jewelry and much more).  It was quite a tour going from one house to the next seeing all of the unique artwork everyone had created…..and the view in the mountains was beautiful! How fun it must have been over the Thanksgiving weekend too!


IMG_3169I visited my dear friend and local artist from the valley, Kim Walker,  to enjoy and view her beautiful, compassionate and personalized artwork.  Kim takes leaves, flowers and various different natural substances and components from nature and creates the most inspiring canvased artwork. When I saw it for the first time, I was totally mesmerized.  Through these photo’s, I hope you can get a glimpse of her work, she does beautiful canvases, intact, spectacular, but you will also find her work on beautiful mirror frames, mahogany plaques,  other wood surfaces, even cups, cards and more. IMG_3174









Her goal goal is to create deep personal compositions, utilizing dried flowers,  from weddings, birthday’s, anniversary, graduations, or in my case, Kim took flowers from my Mom’s recent memorial service and made the most magnificent tribute to her in an art piece that I will treasure for life.  Kim has created a website, dedicated with the statement “Flowers, Like Our Memories Can Last Forever”; just imagine, the birth of a baby, a wedding bouquet, a graduation, in fact, any celebration of life, what a tribute to a forever memory.

Furthermore, Kims talent is magnified by personalizing all of her art with poems that she herself writes, which are so inspirational… one of them actually brought tears to my eyes when I picked up the mug and read the poem called  ‘Mother Earth’… which I later learned was the absolute inspiration to her work, and she published a book entitled Mother Earth.







IMG_3164I was also able to meet Patrick Costello who has been painting for over 60 years.  He has such a warm and rich history dating back to his days living in an old mill he purchased and renovated in Iowa.  It was an amazing trip down memory lane with him to hear of all of the experiences and scenic routes that inspired his art.  He is a true master of his craft.


IMG_3161He was so kind to spend the time with me talking about the origins of his art.  His paintings are so beautiful, unique and most of all scenic.  I loved the mill house painting, the farm houses and fields with birds and ducks.  He shared with me the story of the mill house, that he purchased, renovated and made livable for his family, in which they resided for 30 years before he sold it.  The interpretation he did through his art from cards, scenes, photos, etc. are truly gorgeous.  Here is a photo of Patrick with just a few of his art creations, and I love the little Christmas tree with the tubes of paint adorned around it.

It was too cute to resist taking a picture.IMG_3160


IMG_3165And finally, the 3rd artist we met at this location was Lori Myers.  Regretfully there wasn’t enough time to really get to visit with Lori, but she did have beautiful work in her booth, and some very creative art that is definitely worth a look and I will look forward to meeting up with her again.    Her website is


All artists contact information is on their respective  websites and they approve this Blog. 

Kind Regards,
Joyce Corsi Hazen, REALTOR®, CNE, SFR + Notary Public
Realty ONE Group
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