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Windsock Lounge celebrates 25 years, while the Sean Goté gallery offers more than art

The old and the new

The Sean Goté Gallery has been open for a little more than a year.

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The Sean Goté Gallery has been open for a little more than a year.

The Windsock Lounge is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a blowout party featuring Southbound.

Owner Connie Kendall called it a great accomplishment to have been able to keep the bar open for that long. The Windsock Lounge, 1365 Iron Springs Road, is the only bar in Prescott to have made it 25 years with the same owner, she said.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, Kendall said they’re having a big blowout and inviting everybody that’s ever been in the bar to celebrate. They’re having Southbound play because Justin Hitson plays there every week, she said.

“He is like our local house band and he’s got a great following,” Kendall said. “A lot of people come here because of him.”

The Windsock Lounge has everything that people love, said bartender Barbara Clougherty. With pool league, dart league, live music and Taco Tuesday, there’s always something going on, Clougherty said.

Downtown Prescott is a lot different these days too and a lot of the local come to the bar because it’s off the beaten path, she said.

“All the old timers and the locals come in here. Young, old, it doesn’t matter it’s a real mix,” Clougherty said. “It’s like a ‘Cheers’ bar in a way. Everybody knows everybody.”


Having been open for a little more than a year, the Sean Goté Gallery, 702 Gurley St, is first and foremost an art gallery, but offers more than that.

Owner and artists Sean Hart said he and his wife opened in Prescott after moving from Laramie, Wyoming. They had a bar and restaurant that showcased all of his art there, Hart said.

“This is very similar to what we did there,” he said. “We took everything that we learned and did wrong and left it in Wyoming and brought all the good stuff here.”

Recently, Hart acquired a liquor license and opened a Speakeasy Lounge upstairs. It’s a full liquor license that enables him to serve any kind of alcohol without food, Hart said. They can also serve it out the door, so if a person wants to buy a bottle of wine and take it home, they can, he said. The lounge also includes a small dance floor.

The gallery also has a recently built stage for movie night and live music, Hart said. There’s no set schedule, but those interested can look at or find the gallery on Facebook.

“We do it whenever,” he said. “We’re retired and it’s all about how much fun we can have and how much fun we can bring to Prescott.”

As for the art in the gallery, 90 percent of the art is his and consists of whatever he feels like painting, such as characters from the television show “The Simpsons.” The other art is from artists the gallery is featuring. Right now, the upstairs gallery features abstract paintings by Arizona Artist Allen Dutton as well as “The Bronze Smith Collection” from the Bronzesmith Fine Arts Foundry.

Hart said he enjoys the interaction with the people that come in and check the gallery out.

“What we’ve created is a little more open and fun than the average gallery,” he said. “The people we’re attracting love it. It makes us feel good to have them enjoy it.”

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and the Speakeasy Lounge is open from 5 p.m. to around 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday.