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Mixed collection of paintings available at Smoki Museum

Bonnie Casey stands next to some of her paintings at the Smoki Museum in Prescott

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Bonnie Casey stands next to some of her paintings at the Smoki Museum in Prescott


What: Bonnie Casey Show and Sale

Where: Pueblo room at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott

When: May 15 through June 3 during museum hours

Contact: 928-445-1230

While an art teacher for a good part of her adult life, Bonnie Casey accumulated a significant collection of artwork.

“When I would see struggling young people coming up, I would buy a piece of theirs to encourage them,” Casey said. “Well, that turned into about 200 pieces after a number of years.”

Now in her late 80s, she feels the time has come to redistribute some of this art.

To do so, she collaborated with the Smoki Museum in Prescott to host a Bonnie Casey Show and Sale. It went so well that she and the museum’s staff decided to do it again this year.

The show began May 15 and runs through Saturday, June 3. As of Tuesday, May 23, there were about 35 pieces remaining, some of which were painted by Casey herself.

All of the pieces Casey acquired from other artists are selling for what she originally paid for them as opposed to their appreciated value.

Additionally, much of the proceeds go to the Smoki Museum as opposed to Casey’s wallet.

“We’re trying to see if people could help both the museum and help me disperse my collection,” Casey said.

Anyone who purchases a piece selling for $200 or more is allowed to put their name in a bowl. At the end of the show, a name will be drawn from the bowl and that person will be allowed to select another work of art for free out of the remaining pieces.

While the Smoki Museum traditionally only showcases Native American art, Casey’s show has served as a unique opportunity for the museum to raise some funds.

“We’re just fortunate she has selected us to kind of help her get rid of her art, if you will,” said Cindy Gresser, executive director of the Smoki Museum. “It’s just beautiful. We love it and we love her.”