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Marc Buckhout/The Foothills Focus
The 16th annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale returns to Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, Nov. 16-18 and Nov.23-25. The event features more than 160 artists at nearly 50 neighborhood studios.
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Hidden in the Hills tour returns to North Valley

MARC BUCKHOUT ~ MANAGING EDITOR~ 10/3/2012

The Sonoran Arts League’s Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, Arizona’s largest and most popular six-day art studio tour, is set to return to Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale once again this year.
Originally created by Sonoran Arts League in 1975 as the Cave Creek Craft Council, Hidden in the Hills (HITH) has evolved into the League’s flagship event, taking place the last two weekends in November each year.

The HITH self guided tour provides opportunities for interaction with more than 160 Sonoran Art League artists at nearly 50 neighborhood studios.  Paintings, sculptures, jewelry and mixed media creations -- everything from abstract art to wearable art -- can be purchased before, during and after the tour.
“In 2011 we had more traffic, sales and commissions than ever before,” said HITH co-chair Pamela Mangelsdorf.  “We definitely made an economic impact and expect 2012 to be even better with record numbers of artists and studios participating.”
Mangelsdorf works in watercolors, oil and acrylics.  She’s on the Tour in Studio 27.
Yearly, members of Sonoran Arts League compete for the privilege of having their art featured on the cover of the award-winning Hidden in the Hills Directory. An elaborate mixed media gourd mask by Jane Boggs was selected for 2012.

Boggs’ mask was picked from the works of nearly 90 Sonoran Art League artists.  “I’m excited and honored,” Boggs said. “It’s the first time a three-dimensional piece has been chosen.”
Boggs and four other Sonoran Arts League artists will be designing and offering their creations at Studio 38.
Added to this year’s tour is an exhibition by Cave Creek Unified School District students.
Sonoran Arts League, a long-time supporter of student art and provider of art scholarships, will feature a Youth Art Exhibition at the Desert Foothills Library – also known as Studio 1.  Select pieces by budding young artists from kindergarten through senior high school will be displayed.

Also scheduled is a bus tour for more than 50 Cactus Shadows High School art students and their teachers, compliments of Sonoran Arts League on Friday, November 16.

The bus will be loaded with advanced placement art seniors, promising art students from juniors on down to freshmen and several International Baccalaureate students with an interest in art.
The League’s intent is to show off studios with a variety of work and connect students with artists.  Some studios also offer hands-on experiences.
2012 Chairman Karen Budan oversees the flow, structure and logistics of HITH, which will enable the community to meet the largest group of artists in the event’s history.  “This is a thrill for me,” Budan said.  “To be among such a wide variety of professional artists who have dedicated their lives to art or have made second careers of becoming artists is amazing.  I love sharing the excitement with so many appreciative people.”
This year’s event is set for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 16-18 and Nov.23-25. Admission is free. The Tour is self guided.

Each week leading up to the event The Foothills Focus will feature one of the artists that will be showing their work during the event.
For maps, HITH Artist Directory or information go to sonoranartsleague.org/hidden.php or facebook.com/hiddeninthehills.