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Sunday in Arizona

This week was a catch up week from the flurry of activity with CHA and the Art Unraveled Art Retreat of the last couple weeks.   

Saturday was a welcomed day off and we spent it with very good friends visiting some of the Arizona wine country.  Yes we do have one!   The higher elevations provide great land for vineyards.   While it is 109 degrees in Phoenix, we dined outside in balmy breezes and cloud filled sunny skies.

Inspiration for art came from the scenic landscapes and architecture.   We learned allot of history too.

Where else can you see movies at a theater like this one?   Look close and see modern technology in the background!

We went to the Oldest Store in Arizona, opened in late 1800's and still selling!   The Wilcox Commercial Store is where Geronimo would come from the Chiricahua Mountains to get food and provisions.  

   Johnny Ringo stands in the center, below 
a real bad a** as he called himself.

The area was the largest producer of cattle in the world at one time.   5000 head of cattle were shipped out per month on the railway that runs through the area.    In more current times the highway was brought through, skirting the towns with fast moving vehicles onto more glamorous locales such as Los Angeles or Phoenix.  This left the small, once vibrant towns to slowly decay.   But the people we met were fiercely proud of the land and their towns. One young man at a winery told us he was 4th generation, with his great grandparents staking their land in the late 1800's.  They owned the largest active farm and cattle ranch in the US at one time.   Scott left for a big shot job as an intern to a chef in Boston, but returned to the place he loves and now works at the winery on his family's land.     

AND you never know what you will literally find at the End of the Road!

This triptych mixed media was done by 
Bisbee Arizona Artist, Sam W.
She worked with acrylics, and collage papers.  Titled: The Flow.
This among other wonderful works were displayed 
in the Tasting room at Keeling Schaefer Winery

All of the Art we saw was magnificent from assemblage and mono prints, oils and acrylics, abstract and landscape, each wonderfully inspiring.

Cornado Winery Vineyards

And Finally a toast to all our our Blog followers for a great week ahead....

Jean and Friends!


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