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5/21/2012 9:03:00 AM
'Every Body Talks' exhibit opens in Camp Verde
Camp Verde’s Free Fourth Friday summer sendoff
By Steve Ayers

Staff Reporter



The Town of Camp Verde has yet to decide if it will continue its Fourth Free Friday program throughout the summer or be like the rest of us and take the summer off.

Regardless of what they decide to do in the coming months, it is on again this Friday, May 23.

On the list will be a special flag display and ceremony at Fort Verde. Included will be a collection of historic flags along with a flag retirement ceremony and a flag lowering ceremony.

The Camp Verde Historical Society will have a blacksmith demonstration and a leatherworking demonstration at the historic jail on Hollamon Street, just outside the entrance to Fort Verde.

The historical society's museum and the Hance House will also be open.

Several Main Street merchants will host music and art along with evening bargains.

The Wingfield Plaza merchants will host Reno and Sheila, a performing duet. Lexi's on main will be offering free hand spa treatment for al the ladies.

Gary Simpkins will be performing at the Stage Stop courtyard in front of Laid Back jewelry

The Horn Saloon will feature singer songwriter Robin Dean Salmon at 6 p.m. along with a dinner special of seafood stuffed portabella mushrooms.

And the White Hills Gallery will host the opening reception for "Every Body Talks," a display that features the science of body language and facial expression.

Fourth Free Friday runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., up and down Camp Verde's historic Main Street. Admission to all events is free, as the name implies.


White Hills Gallery, located in downtown Camp Verde, will host an opening reception for the upcoming group show, "Every Body Talks."

Opening during Camp Verde's Free Fourth Friday event on May 25 from 5-8 p.m., "Every Body Talks" aims to exhibit work that expresses the science of nonverbal communication through the human body alone.

Each work on display focuses on how the human body can tell a story through body language and composition. When words were removed from the equation, the artists were able to depict emotion, feeling and a story by relying on the interaction between model and composition.

White Hills Gallery invites the viewers to appreciate and engage in the concept behind each work by relying solely on the work itself without words, titles or explanations.

To enhance the concept of nonverbal communication through body language, White Hills Gallery has selected local artist Nikki Smith Wilden as the featured artist for this theme.

As president of the nonprofit organization, Artists Against Drunk Driving, which paints portraits of victims of drunk drivers, Nikki Smith Wilden is no stranger to creating stories and emotion behind facial expressions in portraits.

The oil paintings by Wilden, selected for "Every Body Talks," are from the last few years and reflect both her realism and her fantasy work.

In her paintings, she has skillfully mastered the art of using facial expressions and body language to tell a story behind her models.

With over 50 interpretations by over 20 artists, "Every Body Talks" brings together local and regional contemporary artists working in a wide variety of mediums and styles, including works by previously featured artists B.C. Detwiler, Deborah Gallagher, Pat Sharp, and local artists Elaine Bomkamp, Alice Daean Hickey, Lynette Kovacovich, Idell LeGendre, Larry Linhardt, Stephanie Peters, Sharron V. Porter, Keith Schall, Karen Sellers, Kitty Thacker, and more.

White Hills Gallery invites the community to meet the artists during the opening reception and to join them in participating in a community art project that involves using the body as a canvas. The event will be free and fun for the whole family.

"Every Body Talks" will be on display at White Hills Gallery located at 348 S. Main St. through July 11.

It is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information, check out the website at www.whitehillsgallery.com or call the gallery at 928-274-7903, during business hours.

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