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Phippen Museum presents 34th Annual Western Art Show

“Reaching Shore” by Mary 
Ann Cherry won Best in Show at last year’s Western Art Show at the Courthouse Plaza.

Courtesy<p> “Reaching Shore” by Mary Ann Cherry won Best in Show at last year’s Western Art Show at the Courthouse Plaza.

The 34th Annual Western Art Show at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza tops the list of Phippen Museum events throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

The art show and sale begins at 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, and features more than 150 Western artists in booths showing art of the American West in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and drawing.

The Phippen lists all presenting artists including cowboy artists Bill Nebeker and Oreland Joe at

"We are extremely pleased to have such a large representation of juried, professional artists participate in our biggest annual fundraising event," said Kim Vallalpando, Phippen executive director.

"It is inspiring to see such a wealth of talent in one place."

The Phippen has scheduled other events through the weekend including two "Quick Draw" art demonstrations where 15 to 20 artists create a work from a blank canvas in 45 minutes on the courthouse steps, beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday.

Resulting works are auctioned to the crowd immediately after at 3 p.m.

Also scheduled is the annual Denim to Diamonds Dinner, live auction and awards ceremony 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday at the Prescott Resort.

The Phippen will pay tribute to this year's award-winning artists during the evening that includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and a gourmet dinner in addition to the live auction emceed by Carson Thomas.

Tickets are available through the website or by calling the museum at 778-1385.

Also, the Miniature Masterpieces Show & Sale continues with its fifth year with popular names in Western art showing drawings, paintings and sculptures, extended from three days to the end of May and moved to the museum's newly remodeled Community Cultural Hall.

Artists ages 8 through 17 can participate in drawing contests from noon to 1 p.m., and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the courthouse gazebo, and paint their own boot later in the day.

Entry for the drawing contest is $5 per person.

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