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11/23/2012 6:01:00 AM
Starving Kingman artists invited to show work in Weekend at the Shack
AHRON SHERMAN/Miner Mike Newton stands among some of his own work. He uses bright colors and images that defined 1970s pop culture as well as his childhood, such as the wizard from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album.

Mike Newton stands among some of his own work. He uses bright colors and images that defined 1970s pop culture as well as his childhood, such as the wizard from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Mike Newton worked for 30 years in a General Motors factory. He lost his job three years ago. That's when he started painting.

As he traveled the country with his wife, Pam Newton, who was a traveling nurse at the time, he started painting out of a cargo trailer that was latched to the couple's home, a recreational vehicle. Then his wife landed a job at Mohave Community College. The coast-to-coast painting ended as the couple settled in Kingman, and Newton opened Mike's Art Shack downtown.

"The economy affects everyone," Newton said. "And it forces you to find creative ways to live."

Newton welcomes you to the "smallest art studio in Arizona" as you enter the shack. Paintings of all kinds - a tribute to the Blues Brothers here and a fall landscape there - along with numerous types of crafts fill the room and were all created by local artists.

The Shack offers a place for local artists to sell their work on consignment. Newton charges 20 percent. Within six weeks of officially opening, the store was full. Two or three new artists come into the Shack every week to sell their work, Newton said.

"We're all victims of the economy," he said of the artists displayed in his store. "And we want to rescue ourselves."

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday andSunday, Newton is hosting a "Weekend at the Shack," a free art show for the community. It'll take place in the parking lot of the business, which is located at 303 Metcalfe Road behind the Carl's Jr.

He has room for eight more vendors, as 22 had already committed by Monday. If you're interested in showing off your own work, give him a call at (928) 315-0621.

The show will be highlighted by music, multiple raffles and art.

Local artists Teri Merrill and Jim Hamm volunteered their time to help put on the show. Merrill did much of the organizing, and Hamm drew the posters and leaflets for the show.

"I couldn't do it without (Teri)," Newton said. "And (Jim) is like a mentor."

As artists realize that the Shack offers a place for them to capture their target audience and sell their work, Newton expects the business to grow.

"I believe there's a lot of interest here because of how fast the store filled up," Newton said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

Hey critics....None of those paintings on the wall are copies of album covers. Go check out the originals before you talk about things you don't understand. Call them re-interpretations maybe, but not copies or ripoffs.

Warhol painted exact copies of Campbells soup cans...see what those are going for.

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

As a painter Mr Newton may have some talent. But ripping off the artwork from Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones covers does not show a great deal of imagination or originality.

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: trained observer

This was a fun gathering with lots of local talent. It would be great to see this community embrace the local artists. Additionally, as more people find out about this, more might be inclined to participate. I hope that this grows.

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: Imitation is the best form of flattery

"stands among some of his own work"

Actually, no he isn't. In fact, he could wind up in a lot of trouble for selling work "as his own" when the idea was created by another artist.

It's hard to make a living in a down economy, but laws are laws.

Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the "wrongful appropriation," "close imitation," or "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work,

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012
Article comment by: R .

That's not a wizard on Led Zeppelin 4, that's The Hermit (#9 in the Tarot deck of cards.) Just telling it like it is...
Best wishes to this artist and his new shop!

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