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New Phippen exhibit shows natural beauty of desert
Opening reception March 1 for ‘Desert Horizons’

Kathy Quick Anderson’s oil of “South of Lake Pleasant.” (Phippen Museum/Courtesy)

Kathy Quick Anderson’s oil of “South of Lake Pleasant.” (Phippen Museum/Courtesy)

Phippen Museum has announced another fascinating exhibit opening Saturday, March 2, and a Member Preview and Opening Reception March 1.

“Desert Horizons” features landscapes of the Southwest, as depicted through the eyes of historical and modern-day artists and allowing museum visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and diverse conditions that characterize the Southwestern deserts.

The Member Preview and Opening Reception, free for museum members and $12 for guests, takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1.

The exhibit includes work by Sven Birger Sandzén, Oscar Strobel, Lillian Whilhelm Smith, Curt Walters, Bill Anton and Kathy Quick Anderson, and is offered through special collaboration with the Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art.

“Those of us who live here, and especially we lucky few who live in Northern Arizona, know the incredible diversity that can be found in both the wildlife and landscapes of the American West,” Phippen Executive Director Edd Kellerman said.

“We have witnessed the incredible swaths of colorful wildflowers that blanket some of the most desolate regions of our state in the early spring. We’ve also seen the resurgence of vitality and vibrancy that these regions experience as a result of our annual monsoon season,” Kellerman said.

“But no matter the time of year, there is nothing static about the stunning panoramas we are continually blessed with, offering some of the world’s most amazing vistas.”

The exhibition runs through July 21. Kellerman extends the museum’s heartfelt appreciation to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for its vital support in helping make this special exhibition of dramatic Arizona landscapes possible.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89 at the roundabout. For more information, call 928-778-1385 or visit


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