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Phippen Museum marks 42nd annual art show and sale

Sculptor Greg Kelsey of Colorado works on one of his pieces during the 2010 Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale at courthouse plaza in Prescott.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file

Sculptor Greg Kelsey of Colorado works on one of his pieces during the 2010 Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale at courthouse plaza in Prescott.


Where: Prescott courthouse plaza

When: Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission: FREE



The Quick Draw at the Phippen Museum's Western Art Show & Sale

Phippen Museum’s Western Art Show & Sale returns for its 42nd year this weekend, and organizers say it’s returning to its pre-recession prominence.

“We’re starting to see artists returning from farther away,” said Edd Kellerman, marketing and communications manager for Phippen Museum, indicating the show will include both local exhibitors and artists from across the nation.

The show at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza runs the full holiday weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial Day, May 30. Admission is free.

“One of the most exciting parts of the show is the quick draw,” museum Executive Director Kim Villalpando said.

The quick draw starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. While event-goers watch them in action, artists have 60 minutes to complete a finished piece that will be later auctioned.

Kellerman said about 20 artists will participate each day, most working in oil, but some with acrylic, pastel, watercolor or mixed media.

“There’s a lot of ancillary events that go on,” Villalpando said.

The museum invites patrons for a free visit at 4701 N. Highway 89, Prescott. Over the weekend they expect about 500 museum visitors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

“The exhibit in the main gallery is one of the finest shows we’ve had,” Kellerman said, speaking about the “Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze” exhibit that runs through July 17.

There’s also the “Golden Age of Cowgirls” exhibit running until October.

The museum also has on display a series of bronze sculptures by John Coleman from his Bodmer-Catlin Series, depicting chiefs from the American West during the early to mid-1800s, and based on paintings from the period by George Catlin and Karl Bodmer.

The museum’s 13th annual Miniature Masterpiece Art Show and Sale started May 1. The sale by draw will be at 11 a.m. Monday.

The auction includes pieces by California artist Steven Lang, Arizonan Tim Harmon, and four artists from the Quad Cities: Joseph Robertson Bill Cramer, Steve Atkinson and Cynthia Rigdon.

The Denim to Diamonds Gala and Live Art Auction starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, during which six pieces donated by artists will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the museum.

At 11 a.m. Sunday on the courthouse steps, event organizers will announce the winners of the juried contest at the plaza, with cash prizes for the winners.

Jurors for the show are Bill Anton, Russell Houston and Ken Rowe.

For more information about the museum and its annual art show, visit or call 928-778-1385.


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