Originally Published: September 5, 2012 9:50 p.m.
An evening of Western entertainment, friendship and great food await guests at the Phippen Museum's 7th annual Fall Gathering celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
Participants will be treated to a cowboy barbeque, authentic country entertainment, a special saddle raffle and an induction ceremony for the Arizona Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame. Guests can also view the museum's newly expanded lower level and six current exhibits, including Wild West, a collection of artwork depicting Western wildlife, and Arizonarama, an outstanding exhibition of dioramas by local artist, R.G. (Rodee) Rodell.
The Fall Gathering was designed to commemorate the museum's original 1984 Grand Opening and celebrate the lasting legacy and inspirational life of its namesake, George Phippen. Phippen was a well-known local sculptor and painter and was a founding member and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. And while he passed away in his first term at the early age of 50, his friends, family and fellow artists were so enamored of his skill and character that they were motivated to found a Western art institution in his honor, Prescott's Phippen Museum.
The Rancher and Cowboy Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit that features biographical information, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia from notable Arizona ranchers and cowboys. This year's nominations will honor working cowboy and Cattleman of the Year, Bill Howell (1934 - 2010), and local rancher and designer/builder of Arizona's first automated feedlot, Louis Wingfield (1920 - 2012).
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the museum at 778-1385.
The Phippen Museum is located just a few minutes north of downtown Prescott at 4701 Highway 89 North. General admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students with ID and free for museum members and children 12 and under. For additional information, contact the museum or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.