Local artists hide in the hills

Emma Weaver, Food Editor

Hidden in the Hills, a free self-guided artist studio tour, celebrated 24 years of art November 20th through the 29th. The 160 artists were scattered among their 40 studios located throughout the Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

At the beginning of the 1990s a group of artists called the Crafts Council evolved into a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts, artists, and art education within the Desert Foothills community now called The Sonoran Arts League. Hidden in the Hills in The Leagues signature premier event and throughout the years sponsored hands-on workshops to open the community and enable participants to work with different media and to learn new techniques.

The tour offered seasoned collectors and art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios during the six-day tour. The studio tour also attracted holiday shoppers seeking original, unique gifts.

Each studio had one or more guest artists who also displayed and sold their work. All artists are Sonoran Arts League members, and several came from different parts of the state to participate in the annual event.

Due to COVID-19, Hidden in the Hills implemented new rules and restrictions. For instance, studios set up encouraged social distancing with a minimum of six feet of space between attendees whenever possible. They also set a limit on the number of people in the studio at one time. All artists, attendees and guests were required to wear a face covering to help protect public safety and welfare. Artists and attendees frequently washed hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.