Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – Basha’s Art Gallery in Chandler, AZ
Last week we left Tucson and headed for Wickenburg. We have an art show in Wickenburg this weekend, and we wanted to spend some time in one of our favorite boondock spots. More on that another day though.
We had to stop in Queen Creek to drop off a couple of sculptures, and Al found the Basha’s Art Gallery in Chandler, AZ was really close to that. He had read about it online, and being a lover of all things art, wanted to go. The best part, it’s free, right up our financial alley.
The gallery is the result of Eddie Basha’ love of western art. If you know Arizona, you know that the Basha’s grocery store chain is quite large. They have stores in almost every city of the state. Eddie Basha took over the business when his father passed away, and the stores were originally started by Eddie’s immigrant Grandfather in 1910.
Eddie made his first purchase of western art in 1972. The collection that is in the gallery is about 3000 pieces, so he was a very prolific collector. Most of the paintings and sculptures are from Cowboy Artists of America artists, which is the elite club for all western artists.
I love when we find some random, awesome something. And this definitely fits that.
When we drove to the lake to boondock last week, we passed this hillside with some horses on it. As we got closer, we realized they were sculptures, and not real horses. Of course, when we are pulling the house turning around or stopping is often impossible. When we left the lake, and headed to Three Forks to the RV park, we passed them again. We realized they were very close to were we would be staying, so we went back the next day when we could just drive the truck. Prior to going, I did a quick internet search to see if there was any information about the sculpture herd.
Jim Dolan is the sculptor who created this herd of 39 steel horses. Jim is a resident of Bozeman, and has been a sculptor for many years. He had the idea of creating the horses, as a gift to Montana, but ran into difficulty finding a piece of land for the herd. He stopped in Wheat Montana one day and began talking to the owner. (By the way…if you find yourself in this part of Montana, GO to Wheat Montana) The owner agreed right then and there that Jim’s herd needed to be on a hillside that Wheat Montana owned. It’s next to Highway 287, so very visible for lots of traffic.
Once we got settled in the RV park in Sioux Falls, we decided we better go explore a little. Saturday was forecast for a lot of rain, and we also had the installation in the morning. We wanted to see the falls, and Falls Park was beautiful. The falls were bigger than I expected, and there were the remains of an old mill there too.