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Western art and warm skies at Phippen show, sale and auction

Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier<br>
Crowds buzz around downtown Prescott’s courthouse square Saturday for the Phippen Museum’s annual Western Art Show, Sale & Auction.

Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier<br> Crowds buzz around downtown Prescott’s courthouse square Saturday for the Phippen Museum’s annual Western Art Show, Sale & Auction.

PRESCOTT - An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people are expected around the courthouse square over the long Memorial Day weekend.

With temperatures in the high 70s and nearly 100 artists in attendance, art lovers found a perfect climate for the Phippen Museum's annual Western Art Show, Sale & Auction, which runs through Monday. Many came from much warmer parts of the state, including the Phoenix area, to view the art.

Byron Duckworth from Wickenburg brings his family to the courthouse plaza event every year. He's particularly fond of the annual quick-draw competition.

"We enjoy this cool country and we love the artists," he said. "We do sometimes buy. As a matter of fact, we keep our eyes on some of the quick-draw artists because, for several hundred dollars, you can get something from a highly respectable artist. If he were to complete it, it might sell for thousands of dollars."

Traditional Western and animal art filled the plaza for the show, including detailed paintings from southern California wildlife painter Leslie Kirchner. Kirchner works in both oil and acrylic paints. She painted in Saturday's quick-draw event, at which she produced a painting of a horse.

Kirchner started painting seriously around 2001 and visited Prescott after hearing from other artists about the Phippen show.

"I decided to give it a try and liked the show and liked the people," she said. "I grew up doing artwork but never really developed it into a career until about 12 years ago."

More about Kirchner's art can be found at www.lesliekirchner.com.

According to Phippen Museum Executive Director Kim Villalpando, approximately 90 artists came out for the 2013 show. A quick-draw was held Saturday, with another scheduled for today at 2 p.m.

"There will be about 20 artists and they have 60 minutes to produce a piece of artwork (that) will be auctioned off to the public," Villalpando said.

Some of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Phippen Museum.

As part of the exhibit, Phippen organizers offer a miniature art show, featuring smaller pieces of art sold on an intent-to-purchase system, at the Phippen Museum on Highway 89.

"Intent to purchase is when a buyer fills out a form that says they agree to pay (the price). Part of the form is a little slip they put in a box. On Monday at 11 a.m., we have a draw and pull out a name, and that person is the winning buyer," Villalpando said.

Other events as part of the Memorial Day weekend art show include a "Denim to Diamonds Gala" at the Hassayampa Inn, which will also include a small live art auction.

Visit the Phippen Museum online at www.phippenartmuseum.org for more information.

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