Originally Published: May 9, 2015 6 a.m.
We're always amazed at the Phippen Museum when we see the number of visitors we get from out of town - and not just those coming up from the valley. A great many come from all across the country and others from the rest of the world. But I believe it's with good reason. The Phippen Museum is a local jewel, dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of the American West through fine art. However, even more surprising is the number of folks who visit from right here in Yavapai County, and often Prescott, who say, "Wow! I never knew this was here."
If you're one of these people, there's no better time to drive out highway 89 and discover this local treasure; because right now we have two of the finest exhibits ever on display together. The first, Happy Birthday George! 100 Years of Inspiration, will help visitors understand why the museum is named after George Phippen: an extremely talented local western artist and founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America. From Tyin' a Knot in the Devi's Tail to Father Kino, you'll experience artwork that illustrates the genius of George's composition and color in painting, as well as the wonderful stories his sculptures tell that bring Prescott's ranching heritage to life.
And, if you're familiar with the Cowboy Artists of America, you'll understand how important this association of fine western artists is to the craft. The Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists exhibit celebrates the organization's 50th anniversary and features more than 75 pieces of art from CA members both past and present; truly the finest of the finest.
So if you are one of those folks who have never been to the Phippen, or just haven't visited in a while, now is the time to take in two of the finest exhibits you'll see anywhere, right here in everyone's hometown. The museum is located just past Granite Dells at 4701 Highway 89 North.
You won't be disappointed.
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