Arizona, a natural paradise of exotic beauty, has always drawn artists from everywhere—much better than artists have drawn Arizona!

In the old days, the same desert scenery which bloomed so Kodachromishly from the pages of Arizona Highways magazine, paralyzed hosts of artists into postcard painters.

In recent years Arizona has come of age artistically. When the Fourth Arizona Annual, the most important statewide show, opened in April at the Phoenix Art Museum, 300 artists submitted work. A pair of California jurors whittled it down to 107 pieces. The show avoided the potluck look of previous annuals and reflected a resourceful originality and wholesome progressiveness at odds with the state’s conservative political reputation. It was as free of sterile imitations of 57th Street, New York, as of “scenery.”

First prize was won by an Oriental-looking watercolor landscape on rice paper, notable

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