Gail Mangham has been involved in the Prescott arts scene for many years as an actress, director, teacher, and promoter. She's also been instrumental in helping efforts to restore the Elks Theatre.
Her latest project, called The Artist's Path, debuted before a good sized crowd on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Prescott Public Library Founders Suite, where artists from different genres including filmmakers, poets, actors, photographers and more, performed snippets of their work for an appreciative audience.
Mangham said she is always looking for quality artists whose work moves her and she wanted to give the artists an introduction and exposure to the community.
Judging on the quality of the presentations seen on Sunday, Mangham certainly has an eye for talent. She said one of the things she likes about Prescott, or any community for that matter, is the fact that: "I never know when the person sitting across from me is harboring a hidden talent."
One of the goals of the non-profit arts group will be to provide stipends to chosen artists to develop and share their talent.
For that, she'll need to collect money for the artists she finds, a challenge that is never easy in Prescott but one that she's committed to undertaking.
Information on the Artist's Path and how to contribute, links to artists, and plans for future events can be found on www.theartistspath.org.
"Quite frankly, I'm going to need $40, 000," Mangham said, to advance her plans.
The vision statement of The Artist's Path is: "To become a regional, national leader in the arts, building bridges between cultures, exploring the source of artistic inspiration, discovering the diversity within the artistic communities of the world, all while examining the role of the artist in society and how he or she effects change."
The inaugural two hour free show included drama by Mangham and Sacred Heart theater and music teacher, Dino Palazzi; poetry by Apollo and Ada Aharoni; docudrama by Terri New; 14 year-old Navajo filmmaker, Camille Manybeads; Hopi visual artist, Filmer Kewanyama; Ukranian sand painting artist, Kseniya Simonova; a dance film by Nicole Romine; opera by Ember Crocker Larson; memoirs by Arlene, Harold, and Sonia Minuskin, and more.
"This town needs this," said Apollo Poetry, a 26 year-old self described traveling poet, who changed his name to reflect his commitment to the art form.
"There is a certain vibration behind the words we say and what we say ripples in other people's lives and touches their hearts. Poetry is being able to take the intangible and make it tangible," Apollo said.
"All art is that; something that's invisible and all of a sudden making it exist."
Mangham hopes to make art more visible in the Prescott area and got a good start on Sunday.
The next official Artist's Path event features another film by Camille Manybeads, "In The Footsteps of Yellow Woman," at 1:30 and 2:30 on Sunday, April 18, at the Prescott Public Library Founders Suite.