FREE-Youth Art Workshop MYSTERY BRAIDS
Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at 10AM
Recommended ages: 10 and older
Participating kids will learn the secret technique to crafting a leather braided wrist band that will amaze their friends and family. Come enjoy this hands-on project and invite everyone to figure out just how you did it.
This program is offered free of charge for children but space is limited, so please contact the museum’s Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, today to make your reservation. And while drop-ins are welcome, if possible, we ask that you please try and call in advance. (928)778-1385.
13th Annual FALL GATHERING BARBECUE
Saturday, September 15th at 5:30PM
Cost: $30 per person
Grab the kids and your dancing boots and come join us for all the fun and entertainment at our Annual Fall Gathering Barbecue. Featuring an always popular and delicious ranch-style menu from Big Daddy E’s
and live entertainment by those talented musicians with Sky Daddy & Lonesome Valley, this commemorative event pays tribute to the museum’s roots and its Grand Opening in 1984.
In addition, as is tradition at the Fall Gathering, an induction ceremony for the latest inductee into the Arizona Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame will be held. This special display was established at the Phippen in 2009 to honor Arizona’s most prestigious ranchers and working/rodeo cowboys. And this year’s inspirational new member is Gail Steiger, a well-known local singer, songwriter, poet and working cowboy and foreman on the Spider Ranch.
Gail’s grandfather, Gail Gardner, had a small cow outfit in Skull Valley and wrote several well-known cowboy songs, including Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail (or Sierry Pete’s). His father, Sam Steiger, was an American politician, journalist and political pundit. He served five terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, two terms in the Arizona State Senate, and one term as mayor of Prescott, Arizona.
Gail has traveled to Mongolia, Brazil, Argentina, France, Spain and Hungary with the Western Folklife Center in connection with their cultural exchange program, working on a documentary project about cowboys around the world. He also recently traveled to Afghanistan and Turkmenistan (at the invitation of the US Embassies in Kabul and Ashgabat) to try and connect some American cowboys with Afghan and Turkmen horsemen and herders.
So make plans now to join us for this very special annual western tradition. But this event is continually sold out, so call now to make your reservation at (928) 778-1385.
Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns with Jay Mark
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 1PM
The promise of unimaginable riches is what brought many of the earliest settlers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities once the mines played out…leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. But mostdisappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s journeys to these fascinating ghostly places, along with their stories – long-forgotten places like Contention City, Mowry, Gleeson and Congress.
This special presentation is offered in cooperation with Arizona Humanities’ Speaker’s Bureau, AZ Speaks. It is FREE for museummembers and guests with paid general admission.
Through September 23rd, 2018
Our annual tribute to that majestic, loyal and hardworking companion of all mankind continues in our expansive Marley Gallery.
Focused entirely on one of the most resilient, steadfast and dependable of all animals, this special event features outstanding equine artwork for sale by some of the nation’s top western artists.
To see a list of participating artists, CLICK HERE
. And for an updated, online gallery of the artwork represented, please visit our website HERE
So come enjoy this comprehensive display of incredible horses created in various artistic mediums…and if you see something you like, you’re in luck: all of the outstanding artwork on display is available for purchase.
Pastels: Color the West Exhibition
in the James Gallery
Through November 25th, 2018
Mother & Child in San Miguel
by Harley Brown
Over the centuries many famous artists have used pastels to create their artwork, and it’s easy to see why. It has deep, rich color and a fascinating lineage that is the source of so many unique, moving and beautiful works of art – by some of the most famous artists of all time, no less!
One of the most influential artists of 20th-century American art, Mary Cassat, and Edgar Degas, the most famous artist ever associated with pastels, both chose this medium to render their fine art. And by using pastel as a guide, the history of art opens up to us in whole new way.
So please join us for this special exhibition featuring outstanding pastels by a diverse group of artists who create both contemporary
and traditional artwork. Special thanks go out to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for sponsoring this exhibition and The Eddie Basha Collection
for their generous loan of fine art.
AND COMING SOON…
CLAY OUT WEST
A Clay Sculpture Jamboree & Competition
Saturday, October 6th – Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Through a generous grant from the Arizona Community Foundation
, we will be hosting another Clay Out West sculpture competition for kids in October. It is open to all Prescott area Elementary, Middle and High School students interested in trying their hands at clay sculpture. Participants will be introduced to this fascinating medium and provided hands-on workshops and special instruction. They will then be invited to execute a western-themed sculpture in order to participate in this juried competition.
First-place winning pieces in each age category will be rendered as bronze sculptures by Bronzesmith Fine Art Foundry
and Skurja Art Castings, LLC
. All students and their guardians will also be invited to a special Open House reception. In addition, all winning entries will receive award certificates and the opportunity to display their artwork in the Phippen.
Sign up for these instructional sessions here at the museum (Please note: students may need more than one to complete their sculpture but register early as class sizes are limited to 30.)
Saturday, October 6th 10AM-4PM
Saturday, October 20th 10AM-4PM
Sunday, October 7th 1-4PM
Sunday, October 14th 1-4PM
Sunday, October 21st 1-4PM
Sunday, October 28th 1-4PM
Sunday, November 4th 1-4PM
All materials will be provided by the museum.
Sculptures should have a Western or Southwestern theme — plant, wildlife or domestic ranch animal, Western artifact or figure.
Sculpture dimensions should not exceed 5 inch by 5 inch by 5 inch.
All sculptures to be judged must be in the museum by 4PM on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.
Sculptures will be judged in three age categories:
* Elementary(ages 6-10)
* Middle(ages 11-13)
* Senior High(ages 14-18)
Judging will be based on creativity and quality of artistic execution.
Young award-winning artists from the 2017 Clay Out West Competition