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Phippen fetes anniversary with show

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Cowboys are, and continue to be, part of America's heritage and some of them are talented artists, part of the Cowboy Artists of America. Due to the Prescott area being considered the organization's headquarters, along with its 50th anniversary this year, the Phippen Museum will present "Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists" from Sunday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 16.

Edd Kellerman, community development & communications manager for the museum, said the show is significant as not only does this year mark CA's 50th anniversary, but it's in combination with another show that celebrates George Phippen's 100th birthday.

"Both these shows coming up are commemorative," Kellerman said, noting that Phippen was also a founding member of the Cowboy Artists and its first president.

The exhibit will explore the beginning and history of the Cowboy Artists and, including the story of where it was first created at Bird's Oak Creek Tavern. And along with more than 75 pieces of artwork on display from past and present Cowboy Artists, there will be a special selection of items featuring works by the organization's four founding fathers, including Phippen.

Kellerman stated that the artwork to be displayed comes from both the museum's collection along with private permanent collections. He said the exhibit is a chance for people to see it all together.

"It's a unique opportunity to see a collection of artwork from Cowboy Artists from both past and present," Kellerman said.

The other commemorative exhibit, "Happy Birthday, George! 100 Years of Inspiration" opens March 7.

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. with members admitted free. Regular admission for guests and nonmembers is $7 for adults, $6 for AAA members, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

The museum is at 4791 N. Highway 89.

For more information call 928-778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.

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