The Desert Caballeros Western Museum will offer a free program on “Arizona’s Water Pioneers” on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center. Early settlers like Jack Swilling and Henry Wickenburg set their sights on discovering gold in Arizona but left a second legacy regarding another precious resource: water.

Presenter Sandra Hurlbut holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental studies from Boston University and a master’s in public affairs from UMass – Boston. A former medical researcher, environmental analyst, and interpretive park ranger, Hurlbut now works with Arizona’s Project WET, an organization that advocates for water conservation and education in Maricopa County. Her presentation is free to the public. Museum admission is not required. Everyone who attends will receive a complimentary icy treat following the program.

The Wickenburg Art Club welcomed a crowd of over 250 at the opening reception of “West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club” on Friday, July 26. Pamela Plummer’s photograph, “Mustang Stallions of Adobe Valley” won the inaugural People’s Choice Award at the opening. The exhibition, now in its eighth year, is curated by the Wickenburg Art Club and hosted by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. The diversity of mediums, including oil, photography, wood working, and bronzes, reflects the diversity of experiences and perspectives that each member brings to the art club. All of the art can be purchased, with proceeds benefiting the art club and its members.

Art club members will present free public demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m. on each Saturday for the duration of the exhibition and sale, which runs through Sept. 29. Upcoming demonstrations include acrylic pour with Gayle Siegfried (Aug. 17), smartphone photography with Stan Strange (Aug. 24), acrylic watercolor with Gina Beck (Aug. 31), single brush painting with Gayle Siegfried (Sept. 7), oil painting with Marian Koegele (Sept. 14), watercolor florals with Nancy Hill (Sept. 21), and pastels with Susan Moehring (Sept. 28).

The Museum’s auxiliary, Las Señoras de Socorro, is now taking applications for vendors for the holiday market at their annual home tour on Saturday, Nov. 2. The holiday market takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Center. Vendors offering holiday-themed gifts will be prioritized. For more information or to apply, visit lassenoras.org.

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