Originally Published: March 3, 2010 10 p.m.
The Phippen Museum's newest exhibition, "All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed," opens Saturday, March 6, and runs through June 11. The "All Aboard" show features a wide variety of Reed's work from several periods over her lengthy career, including her most popular subject, stagecoaches along the various stops and scenes on the Butterfield Overland stage route from San Francisco to Tipton, Mo. The artist made her living solely as a freelance artist for more than 65 years, beginning at the age of 14. In 1944, Reed left her marriage and spent the rest of her life in some of remotest areas of California, Arizona and Montana, chronicling what was left of the Old West. The Phippen Museum, located at 4701 Highway 89 North, Prescott, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and AAA members, and free for children under 12 and museum members. For information, call 778-1385.
"Passion for Music: New Wood Works" by Will van der Heyden runs until March 31, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, at 'Tis Arts Center and Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., Prescott. The artist says, "Creative woodworking has been a long experimental process. I work with what others would call 'leftovers.' When I drive by a junkyard, I see the potential for a vast array of sculpture associated with music. I sense music with everything I see and do: the rhythm of bricklaying ... the orchestral symphony of a building under construction ... the serene sounds of highway traffic flowing through the landscape." Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 775-0223.
A new exhibit by Margarete Bagshaw, a member of a legendary Santa Clara Pueblo family, opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Smoki Museum. Bagshaw produces paintings and clay pieces using bold color, abstract shapes, pueblo-like designs and distinctive textures. Her works have been included in more than a dozen major museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Albuquerque and the Wainwright Museum of Santa Fe. Her exhibit at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, will feature new pieces. The museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and free for children under 12. For more information, call 445-1230.
The works of three artists, Rebecca Davis, Jeffrey Holmes and Alison Spain, converge in "Rendered," a drawing invitational at the Prescott College Art Gallery at 232 N. Granite St., Prescott, in the Sam Hill Warehouse. The show opens March 10 and runs through April 3, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26.
A Prescott resident since 1982, Davis has spent most of her career creating art from natural materials working mostly in sculpture and installations. She has collaborated with her husband, Roger Asay, in a series of installation pieces, "Wood & Stone, Substance & Spirit," which consist of loose, minimal arrangements of natural material shown in museums and at art centers in Arizona and New Mexico. "I seek an experience akin to the thrill of uncertainty when we are touched by the unknown, not unlike peering into dark space, dark storms or that fragile point between life and death."
Holmes, originally from New England, draws pieces that combine seemingly disparate subject matter to create provocative narratives. "As I work, I search for that moment when the whole mysteriously comes together, when the imagery, marks and play of light and dark synchronizes into revelation," he says.
Spain, a native of New York, began working with landscapes of the Pacific Northwest when she moved there in 1992. She is currently an adjunct professor of art at George Mason University. Of her work, she says, "My images are generated from perceived and imagined landscapes as a way to explore the interaction between place/space, inhabitant(s) and moment(s).
Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Frame & I Gallery is featuring new mixed media artworks by Russell Johnson for the month of March. The artist will present a live art demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. March 26 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. The Frame & I is located at 229 W. Gurley St., Prescott. For more information, call 445-5073, or visit www.frameandi.com.
Mountain Artists Gallery presents the contemporary works of abstract painter Bruce Marion in the Spotlight Show that runs through March 17. Also on display is "New Beginnings," a member exhibition that runs through May 1. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott.
Call 776-4009 for more information.
Artist Shaila Christofferson's "Informal Balance" exhibit runs until March 13 at the Yavapai College Art Gallery. Christofferson reassembles found objects into three-dimensional post-modern works. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The gallery, located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, will be closed from March 15-20 for spring break. For more information, call 776-2031.
"Transfixed by Paper and Books," works of artist Annie Alexander, runs until March 5 at Arts Prescott Gallery. The gallery, located at 134 S. Montezuma St., Prescott. For more information, call 776-7717.
The Prescott Valley Art Guild is featuring artists Joan Schroeder-Boyce and Sid Freeman through April 15 at the Samaritan Center. Schroeder-Boyce is a self-taught artist who works in pastels, and Freeman is a lettering artist who works in watercolor and mixed media.
The Samaritan Center is located at 3380 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley. For more information, call Kay Demski at 775-4989.